- About Me

 


Welcome to the ADAMAS website, I am Elizabeth Barrett RVT, CCRP, CCMT and I have been in the breed since 1991 with the purchase of my first Doberman Pinscher, a black and rust male puppy out of Ch. Mikadobe’s Ninja Warrior. “Amadeus”, as he came to be known, was my introduction into canine events such as conformation, competitive obedience and agility competition (pictured left.) MACH Amadeus Idomeneo Warrior CDX, WAC, ATT (AKC ptd) went on to become the second Doberman male in history to earn the Master Agility Champion Title and was one of the top ranked Dobermans, and the number one male, in agility for two years running.  Amadeus was only the first of five ADAMAS dogs to become a finalist in the Doberman Pinscher Club of America (DPCA) Top 20 Agility rankings. 

Beginning in 1995, I began show training and handling Dobermans for friends and acquaintances. I have shown other breeds including Rhodesian Ridgebacks, Chow Chows, Rough Collies, Whippets, Canaan Dogs, Boston Terriers, Flat Coated Retrievers and Great Danes.  Many of these dogs can be seen on the this website by clicking the Handling link at the end of the page.  I worked at Georgia’s premier private boarding school for puppies for 13 years where I was kennel manager and assistant trainer.  I graduated with honors from Gwinnett Technical College as a Registered Veterinary Technician and am certified as a canine rehabilitation practitioner through the University of Tennessee's College of Veterinary Medicine and Department of Physical Rehabilitation.  I practice rehab at Loving Touch Vet Center in Midtown Atlanta.  Due to my busy schedule, I retired after over 5 years as Agility Trial Chairman for the Sawnee Mountain Kennel Club of Georgia, where I also served over the years as 2nd Vice President, Director, Secretary and 8 years as newsletter editor.  I have served as past President of the Atlanta Doberman Pinscher Club as well as having served as WAC coordinator and occasionally as Show Trial Chairman.

 



I am a member of the Doberman Pinscher Club of America, was a regular contributing writer (in regards to Agility) for two and a half years for The Doberman Digest and continued to contribute articles regarding Canine Physical Rehabilitation to the same magazine for a number of years.  I have been published in The Doberman Quarterly (no longer in publication), re-printed in Front and Finish, and am featured as a contributing writer in the much anticipated follow-up to Bob and Pat Hastings' Puppy Puzzle video.  This book, titled Another Piece of the Puzzle: Puppy Development, is available through DogFolk Enterprises

In 2009 I was a speaker at the Georgia Veterinary Medical Association / Georgia Veterinary Technician and Assistant Association's Fall conference on rehabilitation.  Additionally I co-authored a three hour presentation on Pain Management with an Emphasis on the Geriatric Patient for the 2009 conference of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association. To finish out the year I was honored to judge the 2009 DPCA Top 20 Conformation event as the Handler-Judge.


 


A fulfilling aspect of my life has been Doberman Rescue in which Dobermans are rescued from shelters, given vet care, fostered and then adopted out to a loving home. Many rescue Dobermans have come and gone through the doors of ADAMAS. For more information on rescue, please visit my rescue page.

Only breeding occasionally, ADAMAS takes seriously the code to “Only Breed to Improve the Breed.” Only dogs which have been proven worthy in competition, are considered for breeding.  ADAMAS does not breed for “white” a.k.a. “tyrosinase positive, oculocutaneous albino” Dobermans.  I will not breed to ANY Doberman identified as a carrier or possible carrier of this deleterious trait.  We also do not breed for over-sized Dobermans, aka "king size" or "Warlock."  As a DPCA member, I strive to breed Dobermans to fit the AKC accepted standard, which calls for dogs of 26-28" at the shoulder, or 24-26" for bitches.

In addition to size, and like the majority of reputable breeders, attempts are made to avoid producing dogs of diluted color (blues and fawns/isabella.)  While the dilution gene is spread throughout the breed, there is a DNA test to aid breeders in detecting its hidden presence in any given dog.  Breeders can use this test to avoid doubling up on the recessive dilution gene.  Unfortunately, prospective puppy buyers will often see, and fall victim to, classified ads placed by disreputable breeders selling "rare" blues and fawns at inflated prices.  The reason that these dogs are "rare" as compared to the standard black and red colors is that reputable breeders try to avoid producing diluted colors due to their propensity to lose their coats as adults.  While these fawn and blue colored puppies look appealing to start with, approximately 70% of them will suffer from SEVERE alopecia which sets in around 2-3 years of age.  Affected dogs lose the vast majority of their body coat, leaving their skin exposed to the elements with only a few wispy hairs scattered here and there. Even for the approximately 30% of blues and fawns that do not suffer from alopecia, their dilution makes them susceptible to severely dry, flaky skin as blues and fawns have fewer hairs per square inch to protect their skin as compared to blacks and reds.
 

ADAMAS breeds for "all-around" dogs- that is dogs that not only look beautiful, but have the brains, willingness to please and drive to do performance work like obedience and agility, and the stable temperament to be loving household companions.  To that end I typically only breed dogs that have been proven worthy, in one or more venues, of passing on their genetic imprint to the next generation.  One such venue is the DPCA's Working Aptitude Evaluation (WAE or WAC).  On average nationally, only about 30% of Dobermans taking this test pass.  This is a picture of Int'l CH ADAMAS In Harm's Way CD, AX, AXJ, WAC, CGC (AKC major pointed) in the final portion of the test- protecting his owner from a stick-wielding, threatening stranger as an evaluator watches.  I do not bite train any of my dogs- what you see is natural instinct grounded in positive reinforcement obedience training, endless socialization and a loving home.  While going through this site, you will notice that almost all of our adult dogs have the WAC title as well as performance titles to prove their brains, willingness to please, drive and stability of temperament.  The ROM (Register of Merit) title at the end of one of our dogs' names means that they have not only passed the WAE/WAC test, but have also achieved their AKC Championship and have been titled in a performance venue such as obedience or agility.


As an advocate for the Breed, I feel strongly about highlighting the trainability and working abilities of Dobermans.  Towards that end I take part in various public relations events.  Be it agility and obedience demonstrations, therapy dog work, service dog work, print and video interviews- ADAMAS Dobermans have done it all. 

While the breed was once associated with a bad public perception, reputable breeders have worked hard over the last several decades to make the breed a dependable companion.  These days, very few Dobermans have unstable temperaments and the majority of these can be attributed to poor breeding, poor socialization on the part of the breeder AND owner, lack of positive obedience training, physical abuse and/or neglect.
 


In this photo, a young girl claps in delight after MACH Amadeus Idomeneo Warrior CDX, WAC, CGC, ATT (AKC ptd) has just given her a kiss on stage at the Home Expo Show held at the Georgia World Congress Center.
 

Amadeus was one of several breeds demonstrating agility and trick training to the large audience.  The event was hosted by morning radio show personality Tom Sullivan of Star 94.

CH ADAMAS Ricochet RN, AX, AXJ, ROM was a seasoned therapy dog. He is pictured here at a library as part of a program that encourages children to read.

Here, Elizabeth is shown training "Faiqa" to assist her disabled handler in negotiating stairs and curbs.  Faiqa was donated by her breeder, Penelope Brooks, MD. 

CH ADAMAS Ricochet RN, AX, AXJ, ROM in the news- donating canine oxygen masks to the Lumpkin County Fire Department on behalf of Atlanta Therapaws.

ADAMAS Enchanted Host MX, MXJ, WAC performs an agility demonstration for employees of Federated Systems.

 

 

 

 

ADAMAS Dobermans
Elizabeth Barrett
Atlanta, Georgia
(770)827-1121
email me at
ADAMASdobes@att.net

Please note that with my busy work, training and showing schedule your call or email may not be returned for several days. 

 

 

 

"Nikkos" takes a nap with his best buddy, 3 year old Christian
of Tuscaloosa, AL.