Doberman Pinscher

Overall satisfaction


Acquired: Breeder (hobby breeder)

Gender: Male

Training: Previous owner

Quick to learn and train


Emotionally stable


Family oriented


Child safety


Safe with small pets


Doesn’t bark a lot




Easy to groom


Great watch dog


Great guard dog


My Doberman Pinscher


United States

Posted March 27, 2015

Dobermans are exceptionally intelligent dogs in my experience, easy to train and eager to please, a terrific combo. I actually have two, a male and a female, and I've found the male is much more eager to please whereas the female is somewhat more hardheaded. Both are great dogs and almost too smart sometimes, such as when my female learned how to open the back door and let herself in or out any time the door was unlocked.

One thing I have noticed is they are instinctively cautious around strangers and will watch them intently until they feel they are not a threat. Even then they do not become friendly and beg to be petted, instead opting to remain aloof and watchful. For this reason it is very important to socialize them from a young age. I did not socialize my female as much when she was younger and she is by far the more shy and distrustful of the two.

Grooming is a breeze with their short hair, but if you live in a cold climate be prepared to have them in your house most of the time as they do not tolerate cold temperatures very well. Mine get along well with my other pets, which includes two birds. Mostly they just ignore them. I taught them early on to leave the birds alone so now they will just get up and move if one of the birds gets too close.

Neither of mine bark a lot, mostly just when a stranger comes to the house, so I would not say they are noisy. Both seem to like children and do not react to them like they do adults. I would strongly suggest a fenced in yard as they are easily one of the most hyper dogs I have ever owned and exercise is an absolute must. During the past winter temperatures were so low I couldn't let them out more than a few minutes at a time, but playing with them in the house resulted in overturned furniture and a lot of chewed up shoes, blankets, and even a throw pillow.

I have not had a lot of vet bills, but I know Dobermans can be susceptible to quite a few health problems. My male is a fawn and they are known to sometimes have skin problems which can result in bald spots, but I am fortunate in that I have not had to deal with that and he seems to have a full coat. Flank sucking is another issue some Dobermans have, and my female does have a mild case of this affliction where she will suddenly sit down and start licking at her flank. Fortunately she doesn't seem to have a severe case, but it is not uncommon in the breed.

I would not recommend a Doberman to anyone that does not have some experience with dogs. They are very smart, easily bored, and can be destructive. They are also very needy and emotional when it comes to attention (or if they get bored) and will not just go lay down. Instead they will constantly whine, whimper, lay their heads on you, poke you with their nose, or jump on you to get you to pay attention to them. This can be very annoying when you are trying to do something else. They also need a lot of exercise. However, you won't find a more loving or devoted dog than a Doberman, which, for me, makes it all worth it.

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