Oakwood German Pinschers
© Oakwood German Pinschers - January 2021

What about Health?

GP’s have generally good health but it is critical to maintain. In comparison to other breeds, they are relatively free of inherited diseases. To maintain this healthy and long lived breed we test to ensure we are using dogs in breeding that are least likely to produce inherited genetic disorders.

What testing is done?

~Hip x-rays to ensure there is no evidence of Dysplasia. ~An echocardiogram with a cardiologist to rule out hereditary heart conditions. ~Yearly eye exams with a certified veterinary opthamologist. ~ DNA testing for vWD (a bleeding disorder) as well as dilute coloring if not cleared by DNA of parents. What about Dilutes? Blues and Fawns? The gene for Alopecia (a skin condition which results in baldness) is on the same DNA strand as the dilute gene so German Pinschers who are dilute in color can suffer from Alopecia. For this reason, I do not breed dilutes. I cannot, in good conscience, deliberately breed a dog who may experience lifelong health problems. On this website, each dog’s health testing is listed, even if an exam is failed. Transparency is vital. I have 20+ years of health data across multiple generations and my testing is always publically disclosed. Buyers - do your research.
My Responsibility as a Breeder I love my dogs deeply and have a tremendous commitment to ensuring each one has the best possible life. In order to continue to home raise and properly socialize my next generation to be wonderful ambassadors of the breed, I limit myself to keeping at most 2-4 adult dogs. My heart breaks each time I place a beloved adult in a new home once their show careers are over but I know I am doing the right thing for them. Each one deserves to be the center of someone’s universe. My joy when I get photos of my beloved dogs in front of Christmas trees with their presents, on boats, hiking with their doggy backpacks, lounging on the couch or dedicating their lives to being service dogs makes it all worthwhile.

Preservation breeder

Preservation breeders dedicate their lives to the heritage

of a single breed; to preserve the gene pool and protect

and improve the breed through carefully considered

combinations that include excellent temperament, a clear

multigenerational pedigree for hereditary health

conditions and exceptional quality in conformation.

Frequently Asked Questions: Are Titles Important?

Preservation breeders have very high expectations for the quality of the dogs they produce and show, however a championship is not the ONLY ticket into my breeding program. Oakwood dogs are shown in national competitions, achieve Grand Championships or higher, and earn end titles in activities like agility, rally, scentwork or FastCAT. Proving your dog’s stable temperament with working titles as well as its beauty means dogs that do not meet my standards are altered and placed, even when they already have wins to their records. Conversely, some beautiful, stable and healthy dogs hate the show ring yet can contribute to the gene pool. Its all about assessing the assets of the individual dog, regardless of the titles attached to their names. I strive for excellence.

What is your Breeding Philosophy?

The AKC does not have any rules about inbreeding and in the United States any combination is registered, even father/daughter and full sibling litters. In Europe there are regulations preventing inbreeding and close line breeding. Experts in canine genetics have found “deleterious effects” at an Inbreeding Coefficient (COI) of 5% and greater. When an inbreeding coefficient of 10% is reached there is a higher mortality rate among puppies, smaller litters and the expression of genetic defects becomes much more likely. In breeds like the German Pinscher which was saved from extinction using just five dogs in the 1950’s, the entire worldwide population is already highly related even when their three generation pedigrees show no common ancestors. Inbreeding (father/daughter, mother/son, sibling to sibling, half- brother to half-sister) and very close linebreeding in this breed can be expected to result in genetic health and temperament problems which could be prevented by wiser breeding decisions. The Kennel Club of England recommends a COI below 4.9% for German Pinschers. The Institute of Canine Biology recommends a COI under 3% but not more than 6% in all breeds. I invest in the long term prosperity of the breed by factoring COI into my breeding decisions. I travel to the best studs in the world, regardless of their location. When I cannot reach a stud through travel I import the dog or frozen semen. I strive to find the best males worldwide with genetic diversity, excellent temperament and health as well as superior conformation.

What about Temperament?

It is FIRST and FOREMOST - Temperament is, in my experience, highly inherited in the German Pinscher and therefore I am focused on selecting dogs to breed that are confident, friendly and stable. A dog with an amenable personality makes both a wonderful life-long companion as well a wonderful ambassador for the breed in the show community. I do not keep my dogs in kennels, outbuildings or runs, my dogs are house dogs and my companions. I have removed any dog who is shy, insecure or aggressive from my gene pool.
Oakwood German Pinschers
© Oakwood German Pinschers - Jan 2021

Preservation breeder

Preservation breeders dedicate their lives

to the heritage of a single breed; to

preserve the gene pool and protect and

improve the breed through carefully

considered combinations that include

excellent temperament, a clear

multigenerational pedigree for hereditary

health conditions and exceptional quality in

conformation.

Frequently Asked Questions: Are Titles

Important?

Preservation breeders have very high expectations for the quality of the dogs they produce and show, however a championship is not the ONLY ticket into my breeding program. Oakwood dogs are shown in national competitions, achieve Grand Championships or higher, and earn end titles in activities like agility, rally, scentwork or FastCAT. Proving your dog’s stable temperament with working titles as well as its beauty means dogs that do not meet my standards are altered and placed, even when they already have wins to their records. Conversely, some beautiful, stable and healthy dogs hate the show ring yet can contribute to the gene pool. It’s all about assessing the assets of the individual dog, regardless of the titles attached to their names. I strive for excellence.

Breeding Philosophy?

The AKC does not have any rules about inbreeding and in the United States any combination is registered, even father/daughter and full sibling litters. In Europe there are regulations preventing inbreeding and close line breeding. Experts in canine genetics have found “deleterious effects” at an Inbreeding Coefficient (COI) of 5% and greater. When an inbreeding coefficient of 10% is reached there is a higher mortality rate among puppies, smaller litters and the expression of genetic defects becomes much more likely. In breeds like the German Pinscher which was saved from extinction using just five dogs in the 1950’s, the entire worldwide population is already highly related even when their three generation pedigrees show no common ancestors. Inbreeding (father/daughter, mother/son, sibling to sibling, half- brother to half-sister) and very close linebreeding in this breed can be expected to result in genetic health and temperament problems which could be prevented by wiser breeding decisions. The Kennel Club of England recommends a COI below 4.9% for German Pinschers. The Institute of Canine Biology recommends a COI under 3% but not more than 6% in all breeds. I invest in the long term prosperity of the breed by factoring COI into my breeding decisions. I travel to the best studs in the world, regardless of their location. When I cannot reach a stud through travel I import the dog or frozen semen. I strive to find the best males worldwide with genetic diversity, excellent temperament and health as well as superior conformation.

What about Temperament?

It is FIRST and FOREMOST - Temperament is, in my experience, highly inherited in the German Pinscher and therefore I am focused on selecting dogs to breed that are confident, friendly and stable. A dog with an amenable personality makes both a wonderful life-long companion as well a wonderful ambassador for the breed in the show community. I do not keep my dogs in kennels, outbuildings or runs, my dogs are house dogs and my companions. I have removed any dog who is shy, insecure or aggressive from my gene pool.

What about Health?

GP’s have generally good health but it is critical to maintain. In comparison to other breeds, they are relatively free of inherited diseases. To maintain this healthy and long lived breed we test to ensure we are using dogs in breeding that are least likely to produce inherited genetic disorders.

What testing is done?

~Hip x-rays to ensure there is no evidence of Dysplasia. ~An echocardiogram with a cardiologist to rule out hereditary heart conditions. ~Yearly eye exams with a certified veterinary opthamologist. ~ DNA testing for vWD (a bleeding disorder) if not cleared by DNA of parents. What about Dilutes? Blues and Fawns? The gene for Alopecia (a skin condition which results is baldness) is on the same DNA strand as the dilute gene so German Pinschers who are dilute in color can suffer from Alopecia. For this reason, I do not breed dilutes. I cannot, in good conscience, deliberately breed a dog who may experience lifelong health problems. On this website, each dog’s health testing is listed, even if an exam is failed. Transparency is vital. I have 20+ years of health data across multiple generations and my testing is always publically disclosed. Buyers - do your research.