Mike Penny

The Breeder

The Teacher



An experienced understanding of design and architecture. A natural love and intuitive understanding of animals and nature. An outstanding acquired knowledge of canine health, physical therapy and nutrition. Manages a tireless program of conditioning, training and grooming. Impressive accomplishments in canine handling and breeding. Proven expertise in teaching and training. Twenty eight years experience with Doberman Pinschers. A diligent hardworking professional dedicated to improving our understanding and appreciation of and improving the Doberman Pinscher and other breeds.

Professional Experience:

  • Obedience instructor, Rebel Oaks Obedience School, Houston, Texas 1982-1984
  • Real Estate degree with experience in home sales and leasing 1984-1987
  • Interior design and architecture experience designing and redesigning homes in Houston, Texas 1987-1994
  • Co founder and manager of Paradigm Dobermans 1994-present

Canine Accomplishments -Obedience:

  • Highest scoring dog in trial (199.5 points) with Doberman at Astrohall Dog Show 1986
  • Ranked third nationally with Doberman in 1986

The Handler

Canine Accomplishments -Confirmation Handling:

  • Experience showing dogs in all 7 groups
  • Have exhibited in the Doberman ring over 4000 times in the United States and Europe.
  • Exhibited over 40 Doberman Pinschers to their American championship titles.
  • Handled multiple breeds to group first and multiple Dobermans to Best in Show.
  • 5 Awards of Merit at the D.P.C.A. Nationals
  • 2 Best Puppies at the D.P.C.A. National 1997 & 2000
  • Multiple Top Twenty Doberman Pinschers
  • Best of Opposite Sex at the D.P.C.A. Nationals 2002
  • Winners dog at the D.P.C.A. Nationals

Breeder or Co Breeder of:

  • Multiple Best in Show Dobermans.
  • Doberman with multiple Best in Show.
  • Best of Opposite Sex at D.P.C.A. Nationals 2002
  • 2 Best  Puppies at D.P.C.A. Nationals 1997 & 2000
  • 3 Top Twenty Dobermans
  • 5 Award of Merit at D.P.C.A. Nationals
  • Top producing bitch 2004, as awarded by Pedigree in Dog News
  • First Place Stud Dog at D.P.C.A. Nationals 2005
  • Over 40 Champion Dobermans
  • Current top Best in Show winning pug bitch in the history of the breed
  • Top pug 2001 & 2002


  • Participated in D.P.C.A. Judges study group  held in conjunction with the National Specialty, 1996, presenting seminar on “Doberman Mouth and Teeth
  • Participated in seminars at D.P.C.A. Nationals for Judges 2004 and 2005, exhibitors 2003, 2004 & 2005, and breeders 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 & 2009 presenting and discussing Doberman structure, type and movement.
  • Presented Judges Doberman seminar at Chicago International Dog Show 2006
  • Multiple private seminars for dog owners, clients and junior handlers on obedience, handling and living with your Doberman.
  • Presented multiple seminars on animal behavior and nutrition.
  • Worked at age 19 as a professional dog obedience instructor.

The Professional


  Other Accomplishments:

  • Judged in Doberman Sweepstakes including Doberman Pinscher Club of Dallas in 2000, Doberman Pinscher Clud of Sacramento LA in 2001, Doberman Pinscher Club of Missouri in 1999, pug sweepstakes, Austin 2007.
  • Former “Breeder of the Year” – Pug Dog Club of America
  • Voted by D.P.C.A. members to judge 2007 D.P.C.A. Nationals Grand Futurity.


Clubs and Organizations:

  • Doberman Pinscher Club of America
  • D.P.C.A. Breeders Educational Committee
  • Pug Dog Club of America
  • Doberman Pinscher Club of Houston (past member)
  • Doberman Pinscher Club of Dallas (past member)
  • Professional Handlers Association (past member)


  • Feature article in:  Purina Today’s Breeder, Issue 48
  • Feature article in:  Doberman Digest, Vol. V, Number 5, June 2001

5 Responses to Mike Penny

  1. Becky says:

    You will be missed Mike!

  2. Michael Canalizo says:

    Dear Gordon:

    Your words gave some comfort, but nothing will ever satisfy the sense of helplessness that all of Mike’s friends feel not knowing what if anything could have prevented his actions.

    If you don’t have the answers surely none of us will….Mike left a strong mark in many ways , knowing him since the start and watching him grow to one of sports finest was wonderful.

    You are in my thoughts and Mike will be for a very long time.

    Michael Canalizo

  3. Sue Korp says:

    I remember seeing Mike for the first time at the Nationals in Minneapolis. He showed a beautiful male (if I remember right maybe WD?). He had some of the best hands (for showing dogs) that I have ever seen and was always willing to help. We will miss you.

    Sue Korp

  4. Larralyn McKay says:

    Mike was a ray of sunshine that passed far too briefly and quickly through our lives. If only he could have remembered how much he was loved by so many of us.

    In one of the stars I shall be living
    In one of them I shall be laughing
    And so it will be as if all the stars were laughing
    When you look at the sky at night
    …… And there is sweetness in the laughter of all the stars
    and in the memories of all you love

    Larralyn & Dave McKay

  5. Happy Birthday Mikey you will always be my little brother in this world and the next! Miss you …Tina

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