Currently, the lifespan of a White Albino Doberman is said to be 10 to 13 years, which falls under the typical range for all other Dobermans. Given that there has not been solid studies or data, it is inconclusive to proclaim that the White Albino Dobermans have a shorter or longer lifespan than other Doberman Pinschers.
What’s Wrong With White Albino Dobermans?
Despite having similar lifespans, the White Albino Dobermans, owing to their complete lack of pigmentation, may be prone to a number of health issues, some of which may have negatively impacted their quality of life.
Due to the reduced pigment in their eyes, more light will pass through the White Albino Dobermans’ eyes which may cause squinting when the dog is exposed to bright light. This also means that the dogs will have a natural and strong preference to stay indoors.
Also, White Albino Dobermans may have been described to be blind but it is not the case. Their eyes are just highly sensitive to sunlight and they simply have poorer vision.
White Albino Dobermans are prone to sunburns due to their low pigment. For this reason, some owners use a dog-friendly sunblock to manage the prolonged exposure to the sun, especially around the nose. Some also limit the outdoor times while others ensure that they have clothes on.
The most common type of skin problem experienced by White Albino Dobermans is skin tumors. A study has shown that 12 out of 20 White Dobermans had tumors, and only one out of 20 of the standard color ones had the tumor.
White Albino Dobermans are prone to other issues as well, including
- Hip dysplasia
- Chronic Active Hepatitis
- Progressive Retinal Atrophy
- Dilated cardiomyopathy
- Cervical Vertebral Instability or the Wobbler Syndrome
- Gastric Dilatation
- Osteosarcoma or bone cancer
- von Willebrand’s Disease
- Volvulus Syndrome
Are White Albino Dobermans Unstable?
Due to their intense inbreeding, the White Albino Dobermans might have unstable temperaments. They tend to also experience some skin and eye issues because of their reduced pigment. The poor vision may make the dog unsure of its surroundings, which might lead to aggressive behavior.
Are White Albino Dobermans Deaf?
As much as other Dobermans, White Dobermans are prone to hearing loss. A study shows the exact pigmentation patterns which relate to hereditary deafness in dogs. However, it is unfortunate that there is no treatment, and Dobermans with hearing problems tend to remain deaf for the rest of their lives.