Can You Believe This? Doberman Myths

Published: 13th March 2009
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There is a lot of misinformation floating around about Dobermans. These include "facts" about their size and temperament. I am an owner and breeder of Dobermans, so I can tell you what I know. The first and probably the silliest myth about Dobermans, is that their skulls are too small and their brain grows and pushes against the skull and causes them to become vicious and turn on their owner. This was supposed to have been caused by careless over breeding. If you stop and think about it, you will realize this is physically impossible. The only reason a Doberman or any dog would turn on his owner is if the dog is being abused or mistreated. Dobermans are not by nature vicious dogs.

Another misconception is that Dobermans are "attack dogs". In truth, they are a working breed developed as protection for a tax collector in the late 1800s. Today, Dobermans are still protection dogs but they are loving, affectionate, loyal family pets. They do not need to be trained to do their job and in fact should not be trained to be aggressive guard dogs. Dobermans are intelligent animals and they know instinctively when they need to protect their people or property. They will never attack unless they absolutely have to defend themselves or their families.

Dobermans are not only intelligent, but they are also sensitive. My Doberman, Thunder can be truly scary when he is barking at strangers, but he gets upset if people speak in raised voices. He actually goes in the corner and waits until all is calm again. Because of this unique combination of traits, it is very important for them to be trained in a firm, consistent but gentle manner. They definitely need to know who is boss! Dobermans are also not meant to be outside dogs, tied to a line, alone all day. They need to be with their people, as close as possible, at all times.

Another myth about Dobermans is the existence of the "Warlock" line. This refers to a super-sized, superior Doberman. Disreputable breeders have used this to imply their puppies will be bigger, better and special, which translates to higher prices. There was in fact a Doberman named CH. Borong the Warlock in the late 1950s. He was a standard size male Doberman with an especially mild temperament. He was bred after he retired from showing, but it was so long ago, there would not be any dogs left from his line.

Dobermans have come a long way in recent years in terms of temperament and health. With socialization, training and love, a Doberman will become a loving, loyal, and even comical addition to your family

Joseph M. Sabol is a world class doberman breeder. Please go to or for further information.

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