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Brain too big for their skulls.....really? 
10th-May-2009 05:38 am
Sons Of Anarchy
I took my dober-boy into Petsmart the other day to look at pet beds (and also because I like showing off how pretty he is). Anyway. So, as I'm checking out a man comes up behind me with a mastiff.

Me: "Oh, I love that breed, they're so strong looking, but so cuddly at the same time!"
Him: "I had a friend who had a doberman once, brain kept growing after it's head stopped. Thing went crazy mean."
Me: "...."

I heard the same thing tonight from some drunk girl on my daily walk with my pups.
"Oh my gosh! Do you know why they're so mean?"
Me: *sigh*
Drunk girl: "It's because they're brains outgrow their craniums."

How can people believe this? If their skull stopped growing and their brains mashed into it they'd hemorrhage and die, not go crazy. Idiots.

I invited a good friend of mine over today to hang out and she told me that she wouldn't step foot in my house because she had a friend who had a doberman and the dog attacked a baby and they had to shoot it to get the baby's head out of the dog's mouth.
I kind of blew up at her and said that she could just forget about it then, because we don't have any guns to shoot my dogs with if they happen to try to swallow her head.

I hate idiots.
10th-May-2009 11:55 am (UTC)
oh god, if I had a dollar for every person who has said this to me. I actually heard a really well known guide dog trainer say that Dobermans can't be guide dogs because when their brains begin to outgrow their skulls (assuming this is before they go crazy and bite someone) that the dog will start spinning its handler in circles.

Well at least now I know what to look for! *sarcasm*
but Laveau, my guide dog, has yet to start doing this, although she has been known to lean up and try to franticly lick any bit of my exposed skin she can. Although she's probably doing this just to tenderize my juicey flesh before she eats me all up!!!

10th-May-2009 12:33 pm (UTC)
What is darkly hilarious is that there IS a congenital condition where the dog's brain outgrows its skull (I forget the name of it) but the breed that has the most problem with it is Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. And it doesn't make them vicious, it just makes 'em really weird.

My boy Beowulf, who is black and tan, has a pointy head. I used to get people telling me that was a sure-fire sign that his brain would outgrow his skull and he would snap. He's now 4 years old and some change and has yet to eat a baby or snap. But then again, his brain is manifestly not very big.
15th-May-2009 05:32 am (UTC)
I was going to mention the Cavalier King Charles Spaniels thing. Can't recall the name either. NEVER heard of Dobies outgrowing their skulls though!
15th-May-2009 10:54 am (UTC)
I just googled it, it's syringomyelia.
15th-May-2009 02:24 pm (UTC)
LOL see even if I would have remembered it I could not have spelled it *blush* Thanks for finding that.
10th-May-2009 01:57 pm (UTC)
Uh oh, then Jasmine is going to snap!!

I'm pretty sure Takoda is safe as he's a mutt, and has a slightly fatter head.

People are such MORONS, I can't believe that stupid myth is still traveling about.
10th-May-2009 03:40 pm (UTC)
We laugh at this particular myth SO much, because our Doberman is dumb as a box of rocks. We're like, "If you knew Apollo, you would realize this rumor is profoundly NOT true!"

After a while you just tune it out...
10th-May-2009 08:54 pm (UTC)
Oh man, this myth makes me just shake my head. What's worse is you can't explain nature to these people-- or the fact that the breed wouldn't even -exist- if it was true. The people that perpetuate this nonsense are also the same people who tell me that it's because Dobermans are "Greyhounds crossed with Rottweilers so that's why..."

10th-May-2009 08:57 pm (UTC)
people are ridiculous. The sighthounds my mother has owned have the most narrow face and skull yet no one starts a rumor about them going mad. People just want to put the Dobers down any way they can due to stereotypes, they can miss out on one of the smartest breeds and best companions and settle for their little nippers. :P

22nd-May-2009 01:43 pm (UTC)
this just cracks me up
next time someone says this
ask Did your brain outgrow your skull, because you seem a little crazy?

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