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A Visitor asked the following question on 10/26/2004
Are white dobermans albinos or what?

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10/27/04 You will find information on white Dobermans here: Doberman Pinscher Club of America quote: "The results after a five-year study conducted by the DPCA and its consultants, concluded these mutants were correctly termed, "albino or tyrosine positive, partial albino or tyrosine negative which suffer from hypo-melanocytic disease. It is important to note here that partial albinos are still albinos." "Why does the DPCA reject the Albino? We know that these dogs are photophobic, (sensitive to sun light). They have vision problems resulting from abnormal development of the retina. They are prone to skin cancer and skin lesions. Due to the lack of pigment, they are extremely susceptible to skin damage from the sun. Poor temperament is a significant concern. Due to the intense inbreeding to obtain the mutation, the temperaments on a great many are totally unstable. These problems range from fear biting to outright vicious attacks. Shyness is prevalent. Mo Manuel
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