Canada’s Z List of Albino / Albino-Factored Doberman Pinschers

The CKC Standard allows four colours: black, red, blue and fawn. White/Albino Dobermans are not rare.

The Z-list has been updated as per the 2022 CKC Studbooks. You may download the Zlist in  Excel format by clicking on the document link to the right.


The file available for download above contain listings of albino Dobermans OR Dobermans of an accepted colour descended from albino and/or albino factored Dobermans. Therefore, they either do carry or may possibly carry the gene for albinism and should not be bred. Descendants of these dogs could possibly carry the gene for albinism.

The gene for albinism is recessive. It can be passed along for a long, long time before expressing itself when bred to another Doberman Pinscher that carries the gene. Even when bred to another that carries the gene, it may not express itself at that time. Therefore, to eliminate the possibility of producing albinos, ALL of the possible carriers should be removed from the gene pool, and spayed/neutered. While carriers may not be expressing the trait phenotypically (in appearance), they are spreading the undesirable gene throughout the population by continuing to breed them. Breeding an albino factored Doberman to a non-albino factored Doberman passes along the albino gene roughly 50% of the time. The puppies that receive it will be carriers of the gene.

There is now a DNA test available from Optigen and the Veterinary Genetics Laboratory at UC Davis to determine if a Doberman carries the albino gene. I believe it is also part of the gene tests available through Embark.

This list is a work in progress, and is not complete. In fact, this list so far has been entirely generated by one albino dog being bred in Ontario in the late 80’s / early 90’s (Katmars White Lightning), one black z factored bitch imported in 1990 (Mimis Toska Vom Truslove), one black z factored bitch imported in 2004 (Deegans Black Onyx), one black z factored bitch imported in 2006 (Heidi Mae Mcintosh), four z factored Dobermans imported in 2007 (Matheson’s Mystic Rainie, Miffy, Monster II, Slater’s Sir Anubis), two in 2008 (Northarrow Hope and Sarah Goodin), one in 2009 (Ruby Mercedez), one in 2010 (Mystic Ice Strikerfire), two in 2011 (Mystic Snow Strikerfire and Steppin N Style), one in 2012 (Steppin Out Valdimir), two in 2015 (Aspen XII and Keela Steinmann), one in 2016 (Winter In Berlin), two in 2018 (Farquhar’s Mighty Flynn and Lieben Von Rein), one in 2019 (Why Not Coconut Casper), one in 2020 (Liannas Sapphire Gem), and two in 2022 (Maverick’s Bucking The Trend CGN, NS and Tommy’s Elliot). Work on this list will continue

The DPCC has purchased the CKC studbooks from 1976 – present so far. Work is still ongoing with the studbooks we own. However, the CKC apparently suffered from a rather catastrophic computer problem circa 1985, and a lot of information from years prior was lost. That is a major problem in pinpointing albino and/or albino factored Dobermans who may have entered Canada or been bred to in the years between 1976 and 1985. For instance, there was a kennel in Quebec (Dobiline) that claimed to produce “white” or albino Dobermans, but we have not yet been able to discover the link to the original albino Doberman, Padula’s Queen Shebah, in the US.

Keep in mind that albino and albino factored Dobermans are being exported out of the US into other nations as well. We don’t know exactly what monitoring systems those countries may have in place. All breeding pedigrees must be carefully checked.