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*** MYTH: The King Doberman is a larger breed of Doberman Pinscher. *** FACT: The King Doberman does not exist. There is no such breed as a King Doberman. ***

MYTH: The Best Dog is an American Show Doberman
FACT:
American Dobermans bred for show may not be of best health, temperament or quality you are looking for in a family pet/protector, companion or breeding program. 

MYTH: You can't start training until 6 months of age or older.
FACT:
By far, some of the worst advice ever given. You should always start training your puppy immediately. Without training, by six months of age, many unwanted behaviours have developed. Early training will ensure you have a well behaved pet.

MYTH:  Doberman Pinschers are difficult to train.
FACT:
Doberman Pinschers are very highly intelligent and easy to train, extremely loyal, and yes even sensitive. a very devoted to people oriented watchful  breed. The Doberman Pinschers owner should be willing and able to discipline the dog without fear of him.

MYTH: Dobermans should be kept locked up and away from people.
FACT:
Dobermans like to be close to the family members physically. Right from puppy hood they need socialization and firm but yet gentle training. A good Doberman is the result of a good pup in the hands of a good owner.

MYTH: American Dobermans are healthy and live long lives.
FACT:
American Dobes in general suffer from more health related issues than Dobermans of European Bloodlines and usually only live 6-10 years. European Dobes live 10-14 years.

MYTH: Donít feed your Doberman Chicken Bones because they splinter and could get stuck.
FACT:
Chicken Bones and any other bone besides fish bones and leg bone of turkey or goose are perfectly fine to feed any medium to large size breed of dogs. They are still of course animals. Itís not recomended to feed young puppies bones, but you should introduce your pup to bones by the age 5-6 months.  

MYTH: The King Doberman is a larger breed of Doberman Pinscher.
FACT: T
he King Doberman does not exist. There is no such breed ever registered as a King Doberman.

MYTH: The Doberman is mans best friend :)
FACT:
In fact The Doberman is also a great companion and protector for woman of any age.

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Other Common Myths About Dobermans

MYTH:  Dobermans turn on their owners.
FACT: 
When properly bred, raised, socialized, and trained; Dobermans are loving, loyal, family oriented dogs who will never think of doing such a thing. The only reason a Doberman would turn on anyone is due to abusive treatment. This is not something that is unique to a Doberman. Any animal, humans included,will defend themselves when threatened.

MYTH:  Dobermans may be good dogs when they're young, but when they're older their skull stops growing but their brain doesn't. Then their brain swells against the skull and they attack people.
FACT:
This is physically impossible. A Doberman is a canine just like a Golden Retriever. They have the same bone and nerve structure. When any canine's head stops growing, so does his brain.

MYTH:  If you want a Doberman to be protective, you have to make it mean.
FACT:
  A Doberman is naturally protective of his family and home. Nothing needs to be done to enhance that aspect. If you abuse a Doberman to try to make it mean, the process will backfire and your dog will only protect himself from you.

MYTH:  If you want a Doberman to protect you from strangers and intruders you have to keep it away from people except your family.
FACT: 
A Doberman that is not properly socialized will probably NOT protect you. He will be very scared of strange things and people. Every Doberman MUST be properly socialized. Taking your pup to lots of places, such as the pet store, shopping centers, obedience classes, vet offices, will help him gain confidence in strange surroundings. You should introduce your pup to as many different people as possible and see that he responds in a friendly manner. Protective instincts are natural and will not be affected by introducing your dog to friends or people he meets on the street. As long as you feel comfortable with a person, by all means, introduce your Doberman.

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Other Common Myths About Dobermans information is authored by Jean Clark.  Jean's Doberman Fun And Information Page can be found at http://www.geocities.com/heartland/flats/7197/index.html

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