FAQs

What do the numbers mean?

Can I have duplicate certificates for co-owners?

I have received my certificate and it has an error – can I get a new certificate?

My dog ate my certificate/I spilled coffee/tea/pop on my certificate – can I get a new one?

What if I don’t have an AKC registration?

Are albino or Zfactored Dobermans eligible?

My dog is living. Her certificate was issued as an LC-10L and now she’s 11. What do I do?

Are there any submission tips?
Do I have to be a DPCA member?

Who can submit an application?

Why is 10 years old the eligible age?

Why are there not different eligible age requirements for males vs. females?

 

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Can I have duplicate certificates for co-owners?

Unfortunately in an effort to contain costs we can only supply one certificate, to the owner of the dog.


 

I have received my certificate and it has an error. Can I get a new certificate?

If you receive a certificate with spelling or other error of our doing, please notify Longevity Chairperson and a new certificate will be issued free of charge. However, we cannot reissue certificates free of charge if you make a spelling or other error on your application. If you enter a valid email address on your application, you will receive an email confirming all application details. Please take a few minutes to read the confirmation email for any errors or changes you would like to make.


 

My dog ate my certificate/I spilled coffee/tea/pop on my certificate – can I get a new one?

Sure, we can send you a new certificate, but you will be expected to pay for a hard copy. Please contact the Chairperson for details.


 

What if I don’t have an AKC registration?

We are not limiting ourselves only to DPCA Dobermans or American Dobermans. We will accept registration from any legitimate National or International Kennel Club. This includes, in part, the AKC, CKC, FCI, KC, etc. Dual registrations (such as AKC/CKC) also will be recorded. And we will accept an ILP Doberman for the LC (not the BFL). No, those dogs are not part of the breeding pool, but they have still demonstrated longevity by living past the age of 10 and deserve kudos.


Are albino or Z-factored Dobermans eligible?

Albino and z-factored Dobermans are not eligible for either the longevity or the bred for longevity programs.


 

My dog is living. Her certificate was issued as an LC-10L and now she’s 11. What do I do?

We will not reissue a certificate each year for living LC dogs. However we really appreciate updates to the database and will change the number on the website to reflect advancing age. Please visit the “update” page and let us know the updated information. When the dog passes, a final certificate reflecting age at death will be issued. To receive the final certificate, please visit the “update” page . Presumed cause of death is optional, but desirable information for the database.


 

Submission Tips

The method of submission is directly online. Please proof carefully before submission. We cannot reissue certificates if you make a spelling or other error. However if you receive a certificate with spelling or other error of our doing, please notify the Longevity Chairperson and a new certificate will be issued. If you detect errors on the website please notify Longevity Chairperson and these will be corrected as soon as possible.


 

Do I have to be a DPCA member?

You do not have to be a DPCA member to participate in the program. If you would like to join the DPCA, please visit the membership area for more details.


 

Who can submit an application?

The breeder or owner of the dog may submit an application.


 

Why is 10 years old the eligible age?

The program founders did an informal and unscientific survey on age and cause of death in Dobermans. Though it wasn’t scientific, they got 850 responses and those responses showed that the average age at death for our breed was about 9 for males and 9 1/2 for females. So 10 years old was chosen for the program’s marker.

 


 

Why are there not different eligible age requirements for males vs. females?

The age at death between males and females wasn’t that different based on the survey. We also wanted to make sure the Longevity Program was fairly simple/easy.

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