United Kingdom Dobermann Association Committee

Michael Mc Cann

President & Working Dogs Director

Shangar Sivarajah

General Secretary and Canicross/Bikejor Director

Mr Mark Wells

Chairman & Membership Secretary

United Kingdom Dobermann Association Founder: 

Mr David Anderson

Pictured left to right at the UKDA ZTP: David Anderson, Mr Hans Wiblishauser, Mr Michael Mc Cann.

I have owned, bred and most notably shown, top quality Dobermann since 1979. Showing both the Dobermann Bitch CC record holder Eng & IR CH Pompie Sea Jade of Chancepixies winning some 24 CC’s (a record she held for some 15 years prior to being overtaken). I also handled the Male and Breed record holder CH Sallate Ferris to in excess of 40 CC’s (a record that was eventually broken in 2012). Other Dobermann I have campaigned and gained titles for are: CH Chancepixies Friend or Foe, CH Chancepixies Aura (owned and bred), CH Chancepixies Monopolist (owned and bred), CH Gaindyke Keramia of Chancepixies Bh, CH & IR CH Vincenza Distant Thunder, CH Vincedobe Eclipse of Chancepixies and CH Chancepixies Locomotive.

I am also a Championship show judge in the UK and have been invited to, and fulfilled, judging appointments internationally.

I became heavily involed in the working aspect of the Dobermann taking part in the VPG/IPO sport with notable success both through breeding and handling, having bred 4 of the first 10 Dobermann in Great Britain to have full working titles, namely Chancepixies Legend VPGIII, Chancepixes Angellica VPGI, and also being the handler of Chancepixies Auctioneer VPGI and Chancepixies Cherry Brandy VPGI.

David is co-founder (along with Mrs Jean Frost) of the Chancepixies affix.

President & Working Dogs Director: Michael Mc Cann

Email: ukdobermannassociation@gmail.com


Pictured is UKDA President Mr Michael Mc Cann receiving the prestigious KCAI dog training award at Crufts from KCAI Chairman Mr Paul Rawlings in 2015.

Michael has been training dogs for over 20 years and owns & currently trains several Dobermanns in IPO & PP work.

Michael has gained various degrees of canine related qualifications ranging from Dog Psychology to Understanding Canine Aggression through CIDBT (Cambridge Institute of Dog Behavior and Training) He has gained Professional Instructor Skills and Management in Dog Training, receiving the National Dog Training Instructor certification from CIDBT, GODT Guild of Dog Trainers (Master Dog Trainer), MBIPDT/ MtGodt/ NASDU.

Michael was an approved & accredited instructor for NASDU 

 (National Association of Security Dog Users) delivering HABC GPSDH L2 & L3 courses to ex Police, Military, Security & civilian personnel.

 Michael is an accredited KCAI (Kennel Club Accredited Instructor) which was presented to him at Crufts in 2015 by Mr Paul Rawlings Chairman of the KCAI Board and is an approved trainer for the Kennel Club GCDS as well as an A list examiner.

Michael is also a founding member of the NRDTB (National register dog trainers & behaviourists.

Michael also completed courses with Edinburgh University in Animal Behaviour & Welfare under Professor Natalie Waran, BSc, PhD, Dr Fritha Langford, BSc, MSc, PhD , Dr Susan Jarvis, BSc, MSc, PhD , Heather Bacon, BSc BVSc CertZooMed MRCVS , Hayley Walters, RVN , Dr Jill MacKay, M.Sci, PhD.

Michael assesses dogs for various police forces such as the Metropolitan Police, Surrey Police, Kent Police and also carries out assessments on dogs that have been seized by the police under the Dangerous Dog's Act 1991 for the magistrate courts for various solicitors and private clients.

Michael has a deep passion of how dogs learn and behave The Dobermann is a particular passion for Michael due to their high drives and the specific training techniques needed to get the best from them.

Michael has trained many Dobermann for Security / Personal Protection and IPO and is currently training his young male from Russia in PP work and his female from Germany in IPO.

Currently Michael is competing with a 3 yr old female Dobermann from the Warringhof & Vom Jaspis kennel in Germany gaining his IPO1 in Holland with the highest points of the trial in Obedience. He recently gained his IPO2 at the 2017 Dutch Nationals also winning the Dutch Youth Working Champion title of 2017 as well as the Dutch Female Working Champion title of 2017 a first for any breed of dog from the UK and more recently came  2nd at the 2018 Dutch Nationals and gained the 2018 Dutch Female working champion and then went on to gain their IPO3.

Michael is the only Dobermann competitor that has gained 100 points in tracking under an FCI judge here in the UK.


Michael trains regularly in Holland with top IPO trainers and world championship competitors Paulus Bosma and Marielle Van Der Kooij and is a regular member of their club in Pijknacker as well as being a guest member of various other Dutch IPO Clubs.

Michael is a licensed bite helper in IPO assessed & licensed by FCI World Championship Judge Mr Simon Kwak from Holland as well as being a licensed tracklayer.

Michael gained his Dutch Helper licence having worked under the guidance of International and World Championship Competition helper Dhr Ruud Broeders. The examining judge in Utrecht was Dhr Rick Zainal from Holland.

Michael competes throughout Europe and the UK in IPO which he says is something he really enjoys.

Treasurer: Shangar Sivarajah

Shangar has a diploma in Management Accounting (CIMA Dip MA), and graduated from Reading University with Ba in Buisness Ecomonics. He has worked in the Logistics industry for 10 years overseeing the finance function and is currently head of finance at a fast-growing Freight Forwarders specialising in the e-commerce sector. 

 Shangar has a great passion for working dog breeds, maintaining the philosophy that working dogs are bred to work, and we as responsible dog handlers should give these dogs the opportunity to do so. 
 He currently competes in IGP and has titled his GSD to IGP2.
Shangar enjoys travelling to Europe when able to further develop knowledge and skills in IGP.

Mark Wells: Chairman and Membership Secretary.

Email: ukdamembershipsecretary@gmail.com

Mark has been interested in the Dobermann breed for a number of years, and from his first one he has a passion for the breed. He has been a part of the UKDA for the past ten years and has trained Dobermanns from the good citizen awards up to and including BH titles. 

Mark is hoping to progress in his training and compete in IPO. Mark has a great passion for all working dog breeds. 

He maintains the philosophy that working dogs are bred to work, and we as responsible dog handlers should give these dogs the opportunity to do so whenever possible.

Mark currently works in the healthcare industry as a registered nurse DipHd Nursing studies.

Mark is currently undertaking his KCAI (Kennel Club Accredited Instructor) and has also gained his diploma in pet psychology and certificate in pet nutrition.

Monika Katonova: Trials Secretary

Monika has been involved with the Dobermann breed for over 10 years and has been involved with the UKDA for over 4 years, helping to organise specialist events and working trials and comes from a strong working dog background.

Monika works in the private healthcare sector and dedicates a lot of her time to the elderly.

Kimberley Sadler: General Secretary and Canicross/Bikejor Director

Kimberley is working towards becoming a KCAI instructor and takes particular interest in the working aspects and training of the Dobermann, a breed she is particularly enamoured with. She trains in IGP and is a keen canicross runner, believing that Dobermanns are the ideal sports companion. Kimberley has a working background in both primary and secondary education and examining but is currently on a career break.

Email: ukdageneralsecretary@gmail.com

Director of Development and Engagement: Mrs Anne Marie Davison 

Anne-Marie has been running and racing her dogs since 2013 in the sport of Canicross. Starting off with her smaller schnauzers, she competed in the European Championships in 2014 for Team GB. Since then she has continued to train and run alongside her full time job as a Head of Department in a Secondary school. Having had to take a break in racing due to work and family life, Anne-Marie recently added her third dog to her family and so began her love of Dobermanns. Looking for a loyal companion with whom she could feel safe with running alone and in the evenings, she chose a Dobermann for the athleticism and working attributes of the breed. Since the arrival of her dog into the UK, Anne-Marie has spent much of her time re-focusing on running, racing and training her dog ready for the race season. 

Outside of school and training, Anne-Marie enjoys working with Social media and looking at new innovative ways to promote the sport and breeds she works with to others and often arranges to meet up with newer runners to help them begin their journey. A certified Health Walk Leader and experienced events leader, Anne-Marie aims to continue to develop her skills in the future to incorporate run coaching and dog training so she can help others to enjoy sports and activities with their own dogs. Since starting her own social group Wild Running Dogsports, she has also led over 30 Dobermanns from across the world to participate in a Virtual event to raise money for charity.