Doberman Pinscher

Overall satisfaction


Acquired: Worked with pet (didn’t own)

Gender: Male

Training: I haven't learned care / training techniques

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 Hiking Buddy


Roanoke, Virginia, United States

Posted June 4, 2015

If Boss is any example of this breed, then I absolutely love them. He was such a sweet natured dog, and very well behaved. We used to take him on long hikes with us, and he would never need a leash. Humans, other dogs, squirrels, he couldn’t care less what ran across the path, he stayed at our side. He was, however, a very good guardian. He would use intelligence, rather than his brute strength to protect us. I remember a hike we took up to some mountains a few years back. We turned a corner on the path and there stood a mother bear and two cubs. Normally, a bear is no threat, but with cubs, they can be very protective (rightfully so). The mother reared up at us, very upset by our presence. Instead of snarling back, Boss looked back at us and lead us in a wide circle around the bear, leading us back to the trail once we had given her a wide enough birth. This is the same dog I have seen face off a lion on a trip to Africa, scaring it into submission when he dared to bear its teeth at us. My point is, he recognized the bear’s reasoning for her aggression, and responded appropriately, despite it not being the biggest threat he’d ever come across.

Unfortunately, something that is common in doberman’s, ended up stealing his life. Purebred doberman’s often suffer a disorder where their stomach flips inside out. He had it fixed several times, but the cure never stuck. It finally became clear his quality of life had dropped drastically, and it was only fair for him to be put to sleep.

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