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12-27-2012, 02:34 PM
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Finally! A Definitive Answer to the "Is the Doberman a Lapdog?" Conundrum
So it goes like this.
Long nosed dogs have a high concentration of vision cells arranged in a streak across the retina of their eyes. That gives them both good distance vision and good peripheral vision and may help them scan the horizon better. This streak also triggers their instinctive urge to chase something moving in their peripheral vision area.
Short nosed dogs (many of them lap dogs) have their high density vision cells grouped in a single spot on the retina (the area centralis). The area centralis has many more nerve endings even that the visual streak. Some folks think that this may help the lapdog be more able to focus at near-vision (face-lap) distances and able to see human facial expressions better, thus giving them the physical ability to be more responsive to people's moods and emotions.
So we have a potential answer to the age-old question about the Doberman as a lapdog. How are the vision cells in their eye arranged--as a streak or as a spot? LOL
Perhaps that just says that the Doberman is not naturally suited to be a lapdog, but does have an inborn ability to be versatile and adaptable. It may also explain why Dobermans stare into your face from just a few inches away--they're trying to focus.
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12-27-2012, 04:13 PM
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so how does this explain the lap-doggedness of dachshunds, poodles, italian greyhounds, etc? no, it's that Dobermans truly believes they are our children (or grandchildren) and children sit on or lay on the laps of their adults. (and occasionally lay all over each other, as when watching Walt Disney World or other old TV shows when life was still in black and white. Conundrum solved...
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12-27-2012, 05:48 PM
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Is that "focus" with a hard "f"?
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12-28-2012, 07:02 AM
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So true. Think its that if "I am not touching you or you are not petting me, I will be so very sad"!
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