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Discussion in 'Doberman Talk and Discussions' started by tatlim, Jun 30, 2010.

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    I have been looking at a book about Dobies today and all the pictures show the dogs with flat heads between the ears but Spike has a point at the top of his head, its bone but sticks up quite prominently. does anybody have a dog with a dome head? maybe thats why hes called Spike. lol.
    Im not unduly worried and at 8 years old im hardly going to start showing him, just an observation really.
    xx Tina.

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    Ahhhh the bump of knowledge! SOme dogs do have a more prominent one than others. Post a picture of his head, a front view and a side view.
    There are lots of types of heads that deviate one way or another form the standard of perfection! A correct head is one of the hardest things to breed with any consistency. There are 'apple' heads, down faced, dish faced, deep stops, heavy backskulls, snipey, etc!!!! A correct head is a blunt wedge shape when viewed from both the front and the side!!!
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    i never liked that bump... i seen some huge on some dobes... glad my girls are pretty minor

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    side note... checked the italians to see if they had something similar, if i rub where it would be... i can feel a narrow bone there... but it doesnt penetrate their skull to leave a bump. hmmm never noticed that
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    Spock has a large bump as well. I'm hoping it will show less as he grows as it has only become noticible in the past month or so.
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    My first golden retreiver had a massive dome bump on her head, we used to joke and say thats why she was so smart, she had all that extra room. Her daughter on the other hand had a more flat head, and well she wasn't as bright...wonder if there is a connection??? LOL
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    our smartest Doberman did have the largest bump
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    LOL Apollo has the bump of knowledge too
    Aesa i don't know yet LMAO
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    Just looked at your pics of Apollo and his head is a very similar shape to Spikes, hes a very handsome boy though.
    With Spike being my first Dobie i wasnt sure his head was normal, but hes handsome as he is, dome head or not!
    Thanks everyone for your input.
    xx Tina
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    When Dillon's bump first showed up I freaked and thought he hit his head on something. It seemed to appear overnight. He has since grown into it and it isn't as prominent as it used to be.
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    Just for those that are curious or didn't know, that bump of knowledge is called the Occiput. I learned that when I was showing in 4-H.
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    Cool thanks, I had not heard of that.
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    We call it a "smart-bump" in our house... Lol
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    Roxie is about 18 months old now, and she has always had a ridge/bump on the top of her head.
    It does seem slightly larger now than it was several months ago though.

    As for being a smart bump .... hmmmm, not too sure, She's still crazy.
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    Apple Dome! Von
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    Yep that is wut I've always heard it called the "smart bump"
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    I was helping some of the JR Handlers at a UKC shows..... throwing questions at them, as the judge will ask them various questions about the dog they are presenting, and luckily the 8 yr old that took in a Dobe remembered "occiput" because she was the only one he asked what it was! He had her name 5 other body parts of the Dobe, and she named 6 and nailed it! (withers, pasterns, loin, croup, stifle, hock) and took Best Jr Handler!
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    Sometimes I like to call her my little beanhead because of this. (Then again I also call her nugget when she's curled up. And Poopie because of her farts. Pretty sure my dog has an identity crisis actually lol)

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