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First class pre-placement medical services  with the additional four to five weeks individual care following weaning.  From weaning the medical service completion includes the  pre-crop physical by the attending veterinarian  with a blood  coagulation test; actually the young pup will receive almost the same physical a pet receives being flown out of it's birth state to its new home after which the design crop is completed**. Then  of course the post surgical care during healing and stance training using only the Quick Brace system of posting again part of the pre-placement medical program.

Note ... do remember if you reserve your Dobe before birth there is a 10% discount bonus from our medically finished pup to our top educational program Presidents Choice

** must be reserved before six weeks of age if natural ears are preferred.                            *Special Offering Dobes are individually priced

                                                                                 Pre-mating examination of each parent 

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Each producing parent has been tested by NCSU for DCM*

X-Rays...each parent has been x-rayed before they enter our breeding program

Each female is checked for the presence of  Escherichia (E-Coli)

Each male & female are clear of Brucellosis

Each female has been given a complete blood profile (CBC), parasite & heartworm check, a safety worming forty days into the pregnancy for added safety; and, from mid term, placed on a specially formulated diet to further protect the mother.

Following the whelp ( birth ), each mother is again examined and x-rayed when necessary to check if all babies have been born, to also protect her from secondary infections that could at minimum endanger her health as well as the newborn pups.

At eight weeks of age a detailed physical, discussed further into this presentation, takes place, including heart, lungs, urinalysis, coagulation, and joint movement, prior to the final medical services, and including, when required, the design ear crop.

*Dilated Cardiomyopathy Mutation

Only Hoytt Dobes that have a  Double Negative NCSU finding are part of our breeding program.

Go back to Selection Guide and open "More on cost variables and discounts for additional details on medical services"

October 2010 the DCM testing success went public at the Doberman Pincher Club National. By the beginning of 2011 all Hoytt Dobes part of our  breeding program have been checked and cleared of these two mutant genes.  Test results on these Dobes all came back double clear. During the first testing went back in time and  the oldest Hoytt Dobe that had been one of our "next generation" Dobes was fifteen.  Our youngest were those still in residence and in training. Over all it would be an understatement to say we are pleased that our careful selection of breeder choice over the years and currently have shown that even before this DCM testing, our building of a private Line has proved it's worth.


 Before you study our training programs let's discuss the medical foundation of  "THE ALL AMERICAN  SUPER DOBE"; remember, you don't build a dream home on a weak foundation. nor turn a Turkey into a Super Star.  So no matter what your decision regarding training, we will first follow the best  medical protocol available as of  2017 for our babies beginning life both while still nursing and during the steps to take the pup to our youngest placement age and beyond.

Know the medically completed Hoytt Dobe pup is the solid foundation upon which you can watch as we build your dream. After completing our medical service program the young Hoytt Dobe can  be home by ten weeks of age if you so prefer and this is the youngest we release our Dobes. We do not place  pups right after weaning.  

To further assure that you and your Hoytt Dobe have the best chance of success at this young stage, we will have taken care of all primary inoculations, secondary medical services and the pup's surgical requirements.  Not available through other breeders due to its complexity, the process that we follow is most impressive and quite valuable.* Not only will this program save you time and money related to vet fees associated with a matched program of this extent, but it will also remove the risk you run of taking a completely healthy puppy to a veterinary clinic.  Unfortunately, it has only been recently that some clinics have started offering separate entrances and waiting areas for healthy dogs coming in for maintenance services, and for those canines suspected of or being treated for communicable diseases.  Therefore, each time you take your (otherwise healthy) pup to a clinic that does not offer these separate waiting areas for routine care, there is always a risk that the pup could pick up one of the viruses you are there to protect it against in the first place. 

Whether you bring home your Hoytt Dobe with the highest level of training or no training at all, the medically complete foundation we provide is the only right way to go,  Take time to read our Health Testing and  Medical Services   above and see just how on target we are in providing the best possible start for these magnificent creatures.

In June of 1978 Parvovirus was first identified and has since become the number one life-taking virus the Dobe has faced.  Since this discovery, and the taming of the Distemper Complex - not one owner of a Hoytt Dobe has needed to provide treatment for this dreaded virus, nor has any Hoytt Dobe lost its life to Parvovirus. Hoytt Dobes have also not had to deal with the less life-threatening, but still serious Corona virus since we began the inoculation program we are about to introduce to you.

TAIL DOCKING ... To the correct length with no bone scars. The pup's tail will look as if it was born naturally docked. Re-dock after you receive a pup because of irritation due to poor surgery, or the breeder not correctly following up on care of the docked tail during healing, can leave the tail with an irritation that seems to never heal or never heals because it is bothering the dog who continues to try and clean itself. Corrective surgeries will run upwards of $500.00 on an older young dog ( meaning past weaning ), and weeks of discomfort will follow because the vet is no longer dealing with soft tissue but an operation almost as complex as the removal of a leg. On the upside, the docking of a tail when a pup is a few days old takes only moments and puts it immediately back with its mom and it simply goes back to nursing. Of course, that means being done right, and we are the experts from nose to tail.

For those that have never owned a large happy breed with a long tail, these tail injuries are very common, as well as uncomfortable to the dog, not to mention costly. The docked tailed dog can't get the tail slammed in a door by the kids or, as you put the kid in the car, stepped on, or have something dropped on it, sometimes damaged by some free-roaming street fighter.

When we did general services to all breeds years ago, a large breed like a Dane who was a happy kid many times came in with bandages on the end of the tail or we added a bandage to protect the tip from banging on the sides of its kennel run.  So when we talk about doing everything right, we mean right.

DEW CLAWS REMOVED ... Dew claws are the thumb-like appendages on the inside front paws just above the toes...some dogs we have seen with rear claws also. Breeders may not bother with these front or back, but again older dog surgeries can run as much as a re-docking of a tail.  Yet left on, they can cut a child or adult during play as clean and easy as a knife would. Dew claws become razor-sharp, damaging clothes and cutting the human play partners on the legs and arms during interactive times; thus removal is for your safety and the dog's safety. These extra claws can catch on even a carpeted stairway and then it's off to the vet because of torn ligaments.

INTESTINAL PARASITE CHECKS ... Parasite checks are done bi-monthly, and worming is done when necessary.

SKIN & COAT CONDITIONING BATHS ... We also give oil-based baths for skin and coat conditioning. While we begin bathing the little ones at four weeks and each week thereafter, we do this primarily for an ongoing study of their overall visual health. It is not recommended that this be continued by the client closer than once per month once placed unless the kid gets into water that would cause you to take a shower after being in the same water.

Added to our program a pre-surgery examination is done a few days before crop to check everything from coagulation times to heart murmurs, eyes to ears, coat/skin condition to one more parasite check. In general, a very detailed pre-crop physical by Dr. Edward Higgins of Crossville Tennessee ( about 100 miles from us ). This doctor has been part of our life since 1984 and is also well-known from his surgical qualities when it comes to ear cropping, but we still do our own cropping here at the kennel. Our general overseer is Dr. Atkins, who has also been watching over the basic health of our Dobes for almost as long, and does the mid and final health examinations when the kid is ready to head home. Dr. Atkins is our general advisor, keeping us up on the latest good, bad and ugly in the world of canine health. We have a third vet, Dr Melon, who handles most of our general surgeries, most being our altering and spaying.  The advantage to having three separate clients or more importantly three Veterinarians to turn to; if a medical question arises in behalf of our clients or ourselves, we have three separate doctors for suggestions and guidance.

Tattoo... part of the safety in identifying each pup. This helps with our own monitoring of who's who as a baby. It helps the first vet who examines the kid before surgery and the second vet ( different clinic ) who examines the Hoytt Dobe before departing to its new home, and a further safety to be sure from day of tattoo to placement of 'the kid' you receive is the one you were promised. The photo below shows where this is done. Audry's photo was taken the day after ear crop, and now she's a Minnesota kid. 

Aurdry displaying her Dog Identification Tattoo

Since the length of the crop is based on head length, the age of the pup receiving its crop ranges from 8 to 12 weeks of age.  The exclusive consistency of design, when you examine the hundreds of photos, many dating as far back as the sixties, confirms our interest in the total Dobe and assumes the future Hoytt Dobe owner that this area few breeders take seriously is one more reason owners consider their Hoytt Dobe an American Super Dobe.
At the House of Hoytt, we seek the perfect balance from nose to tail.  So fear not, no Hoytt Dobe ends up looking like it has Pit Bull ears or looking like a Pharaoh Dog.  So while we know in today's world "one size fits all" seems to be the standard, there still are artists in the world of ear crop design, and we happen to be the leader.  To further help archive ear stance, we use the Quick Brace System.
So while many Dobe breeders claim to be experts, but leave the new owners with a window of days to find the right surgeon, this transfer or responsibility to the new owners is just that; get rid of the pup as quickly as possible with minimal investment.  Here, we take care of all the early needs of the young Dobe before placement of the pup.
[At eight to nine weeks of age if you have requested that your Hoytt Dobe receive its crop before placement (the only way this surgical service is available at HOH) and the exclusive design seen consistently in the photos on this site are assured yet length will be based on the sex and projected size of the pup.
Mr. Hoytt thinks it ludicrous that the few breeders that do have their own vets crop before placement may purposely require a short, almost Pit Bull look on Dobes not purchased for the show ring. One may have the feeling that the breeder is punishing them for simply wanting a great Dobe as a companion. Other sellers can in one breath claim their expertise in the Dobe, but want the buyer with a small window of time to find a vet who offers more than a generic ear crop. The quality of the crop is now the buyer's responsibility.
Sometimes this leaves a Dobe with an almost pit bull look. Breed and structure specific cropping seems to be something rare today, like "one size fits all". Not here and to further help the post surgical care from crop to stance we use the QUICK BRACE for all but over corrections. For those interested in Natural Ears, Please click here.]

Contrary to facts and fairy tails ... the Dobe is not a converted sheep herder or cattle dog, but the only breed that was created specifically to defend man. To enhance its ability to be the victor in direct contact with evil-doers, it evolved into a short-coated dog to eliminate the hand holds that longer coated dogs afforded the human aggressor. For agility as well as healthy joints, it was squared, meaning it is as long as it is high. And finally, its ears and tail were shortened to eliminate the 'handles.' Thus from its early introduction, the reason for cropping has never been cosmetic as some think, but a true enhancement of its capabilities as a protector of life and property. So when you hear negative comments crop up (excuse the pun), referring to the ban on ear cropping in England as proof that cropping is cruel or inhumane, note that this ban began before the Dobe existed; in fact, before anesthesia existed, a time when cutting off anything meant agonizing pain for the victim--a.k.a. patient. Today, with excellent timed anesthesia at the hands of an equally excellent surgeon, a pup can be cropped at 9 a.m. and by noon be ready for lunch. It should also be noted that no ban exists against correct procedure ear cropping in America as of 11/13/2016.
But why are so many well-meaning individuals against cropping?  The following letter tells it all, from the seller who failed to direct their buyer to the right surgeon to the surgeon who was better at creative accounting then veterinary medicine. There are many reputable vets and very caring sellers, but do these sellers really know any more about the breed being offered than the buyer, and is the vet you turn to actually an expert in the area of expertise you need or trying to learn on your baby?

Dear Barry Hoytt,

    I am writing you my tragic story in hopes that other Doberman lovers will gain from my experience. I regret terribly not researching more into breeders and a great deal more knowledge on veterinarians.

    I purchased my first Doberman, July 5, 2002. The nearest veterinarian, who cropped dog's ears was in Maine-3 hours south of my home. My pup at 12 weeks of age and I drove to ***** Veterinarian Clinic for the operation. I was told my pup would be kept overnight and could pick him up the next morning. Two hours later, I received a call on my car phone that my pup had died. I learned after surgery his heart dropped and they couldn't save him. My husband and I were devastated.

    On our return trip home, I wanted to stop at the breeders where I purchased my Doberman. I planned on purchasing another pup from a different litter. The breeder gave me another pup and informed me in 20 years she had only lost one other pup.

    Not putting any blame on the  vet., I called and made an appointment for this pup's ear cropping. this time, I was told the veterinarian wanted to wait until the pup was 16 weeks old before doing surgery.

    The surgery went fine and the next day was sent home with instructions on what to do if the crown came off. We were to use cement glue to the dog's ears and press them against the plastic crown. The crown set lasted all of three days. Once again, I was on my way back to Brewer. They sedated "Rambo" and applied the crown again. I made many trips that fall while Rambo's ears were healing.

    The final visit, when I saw my pup's ears after the braces were removed I was in shock. I was in their waiting room when an assistant brought Rambo to me. His ears laid over his skull. I asked to speak with the vet. and was told he was in surgery and couldn't come out.

    The next day, I called Dr.*****'s office and asked to speak with him. I called over two weeks everyday before he finally took my call. When I explained to him what my dog's ears were doing, he told me they were fine and would straighten on their own. I was totally frustrated and knew that wouldn't happen.

    I then saw an article in Dog Fancy magazine about Barry Hoytt. Calling I explained my dog's ear problem and was told there still was a chance to correct the problem without surgery but unfortunately I still felt the Vet had to have the answer after all he was a doctor.

    I waited out our exceptionally long winter and the end of April called Dr.***** one more time. I had great concerns over Rambo's over lapping ears. Many calls later, I was told Dr. **** wanted to see "Rambo Rain". During our next appointment Dr.***** brought me out a medical book. He showed me metal wires in the shape of a U that are inserted into dog's ears for about three weeks. This procedure would form scar tissue making the dog's ears stand erect. I was to make an appointment for the procedure.

    I must add, each appointment meant, being on the road by 4 a.m.. Each visit, I would arrive on time and made to wait up to an hour and a half. I knew this was done out of spite. I was afraid to be late, fearing Dr.***** would not see me that day.

    The first metal inserts popped thru the stitches within the first few days. So back to Brewer, Rambo and I went. The inserts were removed and Dr.***** said he had put them too high up the ears. I was to wait two weeks and come back for new inserts. This set he told me could stay in longer. About six weeks later the metal popped through the ears. I returned to Brewer to have the inserts removed. Rambo's ears didn't improve. Upon this visit, Dr. **** told me he had done some research and found a veterinarian who had developed artificial cartilage. This is inserted into the dog's ears to correct the problem. Dr. **** told me to let Rambo's ears heal for a couple weeks and make an appointment for the next procedure.

    This time again I was to stay overnight. His office told me to call two days before surgery to make sure the cartilage had arrived. Red flags started going off in my head. Sure enough, after changing work schedules, making arrangements for my eight other animals and booking hotel nights, I was let down again. This time, I was told Dr. ***** office would call me when the cartilage arrived.

    In the meantime Dr.**** asked me to take pictures of Rambo's ears- front view, back, side and on top views. Following orders or being a fool, I did as I was told. I sent two albums full of different angles for him to review. I sent my photos registered so he couldn't five me any excuses- he didn't receive them. I also had three copies made anticipating his next move- that the photos were misplaced.

    I waited from mid July until the first of September with no reply. I phoned Dr. ***** to see where I stood. many phone call later I was told Dr. **** would send me information on this new procedure and that it would cost me an additional $1,500.00. I didn't receive information and after waiting over a week, I called again last Monday. Dr. ****** has communicated all but two phone calls thru his receptionist. She told me to call Saturday and was told he was running late but would call me before he left the clinic. The clinic closed at one o'clock. He didn't return my call.

    This morning I called his and once again repeated my story. Finally, Dr. ***** came on the line and told me this new procedure had never been done on dogs with Rambo's ear problem. He informed me he was going to check with a vet. in the mid west that Dr. **** met at a medical meeting. He was in hopes for help from him. Dr.**** paring words to me was to call him next Monday and keep "bugging him" to remember to call this veterinarian. I was also to know Dr. **** was a very busy man. I hung up the phone ready to pull my hair out.

    My one thought was to call the only man I knew with a great deal of knowledge on Doberman's, ----Barry Hoytt. Not only did Barry take my phone call but spent over one hour talking to me. He is making me a special tape, "Out of the goodness of his heart" to help try and correct Rambo's ears. This is the third time I have turned to Barry Hoytt for help with Dobermans. Each call Barry spent lots of time helping me. Obviously, this man has a great love for animals and man kind. Barry owed me nothing. I had not purchased a Doberman from him. This kindness extremely impressed me. You can bet my next Dobe will be a Hoytt.

    Thank You,

Sincerely Yours,

Connie and Rambo



  1. Canine distemper is a universal, high-mortality viral disease of dogs. Approximately 50% of unvaccinated, non-immune dogs infected with Canine Distemper virus develop clinical signs of disease, and approximately 90% of those dogs die.

  2. Infectious canine hepatitis (ICH) is a universal, sometimes fatal, viral disease of dogs.

  3. Canine adenovirus type 2 infection causes respiratory disease which in severe cases may include pneumonia and bronchopneumonia.

  4. Canine Para influenza is a common viral upper respiratory disease of dogs.

  5. Canine Parvovirus infection results in enteric disease characterized by sudden onset of vomiting and diarrhea, often hemorrhagic and subsequent death.

  6. Canine Leptospirosis is a bacterial infection which may lead to permanent kidney damage.

During a Hoytt Dobe's development time, anything that is needed is taken care of. REMEMBER: acquiring a Hoytt Pup medically complete means that until placement, it is cared for and given personal attention from wake-up to bed time. That means five to six weeks of care before weaning and five to six weeks of care after weaning. This care would continue as long as the kid is here, meaning those who take advantage of our educational programs extend their future Hoytt Dobe's stay and the extreme personal care continues.

For those who have just begun learning who we are, American Kennel Club records show Barrie Hoytt as Breeder has more Hoytt Dobes degreed then any other breeder over the last 28 years. An estimated one out of twelve Dobermans to achieve AKC obedience degrees carry the Hoytt name. An astonishing performance record in AKC trials when one considers there are hundreds of Doberman breeders, but only one House of Hoytt.

Cultivating the mind of a Dobe is most important when it comes to great companions and the ability of the very youngest Dobes to receive titles (under eight months of age) establish that Mr. Hoytt considers temperament as important as excellent health. See: Hoytt Dobes of Record (list under construction).

Medical Service Schedule

4 weeks of age -

Strongid Wormer

5 weeks of age -

Vanguard Plus 5-CV*, Bordetella,
Strongid Wormer

8 weeks of age - Vanguard Plus 5-CV*, Strongid Wormer
11 weeks of age -

Vanguard 5/L**, Bordetella

Strongid Worming

16 weeks of age - Vanguard 5/L**, Strongid Wormer, Rabies

*VANGUARD PLUS 5/CV contains attenuated strains of canine distemper (CD) virus, canine adenovirus-2 (CAV-2), canine parvovirus (CPV), canine corona virus (CCV), and canine Parainfluenza (CPI) virus propagated on an established canine cell line.

**Vanguard Plus 5 L4 is for vaccination of healthy dogs 6 weeks of age or older as an aid in preventing canine distemper caused by canine distemper (CD) virus, infectious canine hepatitis (ICH) caused by canine adenovirus type 1 (CAV-1), respiratory disease caused by canine adenovirus type 2 (CAV-2), canine Para influenza caused by canine Para influenza (CPI) virus, enteritis caused by canine parvovirus (CPV), and Leptospirosis caused by Leptospira canicola, L. grippotyphosa, L. icterohaemorrhagiae, and L. pomona


* Purchase of Hoytt Dobes without crop  are still  available under our  pre-birth 10% discount program.

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