From the early days of the Club, members wanted an objective evaluation of breeding stock that included not only a conformation evaluation, but also a temperament evaluation for dogs to be used in breeding programs. Hence was born the UDC Breed Survey.
The United Doberman Club Breed Survey is modeled after the Doberman Verien (DV) Zuchttauglichkeitsprufung (ZTP) or breeding fitness trial, and includes an intensive, thorough conformation evaluation followed by a temperament evaluation. Before the dog is accepted for the conformation and temperament evaluation, the handler must submit proof of certain health tests such as hip x-rays, thyroid testing, eye testing, VWD (von Willebrands), and cardiac testing. Beginning with the conformation evaluation, the dog encounters being handled and examined by strangers, mingling in a noisy crowd, and protecting the handler from an attack by an aggressor. Throughout the entire examination, the dog is expected to react appropriately, to protect when necessary and to calm and quiet when any threat is resolved.