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Does every Doberman's brain outgrow its skull?

Hey everyone,

I am currently doing some research on Doberman Pinschers and I have come across a statement that I am curious about. I read somewhere that every Doberman's brain outgrows its skull, but I am not sure if this is true. I would love to know if this is a common occurrence in the breed or if it is just a myth.

I am also curious about how this could potentially affect the health and behavior of the dog. Would it cause any issues with their cognitive abilities or behavior?

Any information or insights on this topic would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance!

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Hey there,

I have been a Doberman owner for the past 5 years and I have heard this myth too. However, from my experience, I can say that not all Doberman's brains outgrow their skulls. My dog's head size and shape have remained fairly consistent over the years and there have been no issues with his cognitive abilities or behavior.

From what I understand, this myth may have originated because Dobermans tend to have a larger head size in proportion to their body compared to other dog breeds. This can create an optical illusion where it seems like their brains are too big for their skulls.

That being said, if anyone has had a different experience or can provide more information on this topic, please feel free to share.



As an owner of two Doberman Pinschers for the past decade, I feel like I should weigh in on this topic. Firstly, the brain does not outgrow the skull of every Doberman. It is true that Dobermans have a larger cranial structure which creates a perception of having a bigger brain.

My experience is that this physical characteristic does not substantially impact their health or behavior. In fact, I've found that my dogs are intelligent and alert, which is not surprising since they were bred for these attributes.

It is understandable that people may believe this myth because the breed has a reputation for being intelligent dogs with a unique physique. However, based on my experience and observations, I believe this myth should be dispelled.

I hope my perspective has helped shed some light on the issue!


Hey everyone,

I have been a Doberman owner for over 15 years and I can say that I have never experienced any issues with my dog's brain outgrowing its skull.

Doberman Pinschers are known for their attentive and alert nature, which could be why there is a perception that their brains are larger. However, I agree with the previous posters that this is simply a myth.

I think it is important to highlight the health concerns that could arise if a dog's brain were to outgrow their skull. This could cause potentially life-threatening conditions such as hydrocephalus, which causes an excessive buildup of cerebrospinal fluid in the brain.

In conclusion, based on my experience, Dobermans are excellent dogs with no known issues with cranial health or the size of their brain relative to their skull.


Hello all,

I have been a Doberman owner for several years now and I have to say, I have never heard of this myth before. From what I understand, it is not true that Doberman's brains outgrow their skulls. In fact, it is physically impossible for a brain to outgrow its skull as this would cause serious health problems.

Doberman's do have a larger cranial structure than most dog breeds, which can give the impression that their brains are bigger. However, this does not mean that their brains actually outgrow their skulls or cause any problems.

I think it's important to dispel this myth as it can create unnecessary worry or concern for potential Doberman owners. In my experience, Dobermans are intelligent, loyal, and loving companions that require proper care and training, just like any other dog breed.

I hope my experience has added to this discussion and provided some clarity on the subject.


Hi everyone,

I have been researching about Doberman Pinschers for a while, as I am planning on getting a puppy soon. I came across this myth about Doberman's brain outgrowing its skull, and I can agree with the other responses that it is just a myth.

The breed is known to have a larger and more defined head shape. However, this does not mean that their brain outgrows their skull. From my research, I found out that most owners of the breed have not reported any relevant health or cognitive issues with their dogs.

In my opinion, this is just another myth that had somehow gotten around over time. It is essential to always rely on trusted sources of information rather than base our knowledge on hearsays.

I hope this response clarifies the topic for other individuals wondering about this myth.

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