The word "Kiziah" is of African descent and translates to "Light of Heart." I named my line of Doberman Pinschers "Kiziah," because that is exactly what my dobermans are to me... the Light of my Heart.
I was introduced to the sport of Schutzhund training in 1999 when a friend took me to a training class. From there I was hooked. At the time I was raising Miniature Pinschers and Standard Poodles. My first Schutzhund dog wasn't the typical dog used in this type of training, he was a Standard Poodle, named Rubbish. Rubbish and I were the oddballs in the club since everybody else had German shepards but took it all in stride and kept training. What most people don't know is that Standard Poodles are hunting dogs so Rubbish was good at Schutzhund.
In the summer of 1995, my son out of the blue asked if he could get a Doberman Pinscher. I don't know where he came up with the idea but he was very specific as he asked for a "red" female. That simple question is the event that set the wheels in motion for what has become the joy of my life. Ironically, later that month a co-worker asked if I knew anyone who would be interested in adopting a Red Doberman female, she could no longer keep. She was purebred with papers and a strong pedigree. The next day Sassy came home with me and that was the beginning of it all. Sassy's first litter was also the birth of Kiziah Doberman Pinschers. All my Doberman Pinscher training and breeding started with her.
From my first litter I kept a red male Luther (Luther Penn Dragon). I learned much about the breed as we grew together. Unlike most breeds, Dobermans usually have very distinct personalities that can vary greatly from dog to dog. Though Luther has a great temperament and is to this day loved by all who meet him, he was too much of a "clown" and loves obedience more than Schutzhund. From my next litter I kept a black and tan female named Briana. Briana was great in Schutzhund and advanced me much further in my understanding and learning of the sport.
In time I made arrangements to breed Sassy to a very well known stud in Kentucky. She came into heat on September 13, 2001. Only two days after the tragic events of 9/11. The airlines weren't flying yet so Sassy and I hopped in the truck and took a ride to Kentucky. Unfortuneatly, she didn't take on this breeding. Instead of risking the trip again, a puppy was exchanged for the stud fee I had already paid.
I was so excited. Finally, I had my full working line puppy and was ready to delve deeper into the realms of Schutzhund.The puppy turned out to be the "blonde" of Dobermans. "Chase the ball? What you want me to do that? No thanks...I just want to play." She was just happy to bounce around and play puppy. I was so disappointed after the excitement of having my first Schutzhund dog. Because of her good breeding lines and exceptional health I decided to breed her to a German import male, named Ivan. Ivan didn't have any working titles but also came from a pedigree rich with working lines.
On February 9, 2004, Erik (my current stud) was born. Erik is the the dog I have been waiting for. He's loves to work and is driven to please. Trainers that have met or worked him told me that he could go as far as I wanted to take him with Schutzhund. He is currently working toward his Schutzhund1 title. To date Erik has sired 7 litters and his puppies always have his strength, endurance and inteligence.
In March 2005 I imported Toula, a female from the prestigious Neerlands Stam Kennel in Holland. In December 2008 I whelped my first true working litter. It took me 10 years to acheive the line I was striving for and nowI am finally there. Erik and Toula will be the foundation of my breeding stock and I hope to get my pups into some good working homes. After all thats what they love to do, it is what they were originally bred for.
I am careful who I breed my stock with as I strive to breed good temperments and good genes in my dogs. All my breeding stock have been tested for all genetic and congenital defects. I handle every puppy and socialize them with people and other animals while they are with me. Every puppy is crate trained before they go to their new homes. I am also selective to whom I sell puppies to, as it is imperative they have good loving homes. I have worked hard to build good lines and do not want them destroyed by a careless breeder who's just looking to make a buck. I also do not want any of my puppies to end up homeless due to poor placement. The working lines also make great family dogs. Like many other breeds they need alot of obedience training and socalization. They are high in energy and intelligence and like to "Keep Busy."