The first spontaneously born albino Doberman was born on November 10, 1976. Her name was Padula’s Queen Sheba (“Sheba”). Medically, albinism in animals is caused by a lack of pigmentation (melanin) in the body. Melanin is responsible for the coloration of skin, hair, and eyes. If an animal is born with an inability to produce pigmentation, it is classified as an albino. This condition is caused when a recessive gene from each parent is passed on to the offspring. Albino (“white”) Dobermans quickly gained a niche market for their novelty. They have been exploited for years by unscrupulous breeders who sell these poor dogs as 'rare' white Dobermans. In truth, they suffer from significant health issues such as photophobia (abnormal intolerance to light), skin lesions, and tumors. These animals also often have temperament issues due to their lack of visual acuity and many end up in animal and Doberman rescues abandoned by owners ill-equipped to handle them.