Doberman Pinscher

Overall satisfaction


Acquired: Breeder (hobby breeder)

Gender: Female

Training: Books

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


The Ultimate Velcro Dog


United States

Posted August 17, 2015

When my husband first told me he wanted to get a Doberman Pinscher, I was skeptical. After all, you hear all these stories about how awful they are, that they're just "bad dogs" who constantly run around biting people. I had two small children. I didn't want a big vicious dog in the house. But after doing a little more research, I changed my mind, and I am so glad that I did. The best dogs I have ever owned were Dobermans, and they were great with my kids.

As I mentioned, Dobermans have a bad reputation, but this is completely undeserved. They are fantastic, loving, loyal companions. They are highly intelligent and eager to please, which makes training a breeze. If you're looking for a dog that will stay right by your side everywhere you go, look no further. They can be aloof with strangers, but are very attached to their family. A Doberman is a family dog and will not be content to be left outside alone for hours at a time; they want to be right there in the middle of things.

Before you get a Doberman, you should be aware of the health problems the breed commonly experiences. The risks might be reduced by buying a dog from a reputable breeder, though there are many Dobermans in shelters and rescues that need loving forever homes, too. Our first doberman, Jessie, was born with a genetic defect that caused her liver to be too small. She should have died at birth, but didn't, and by the time we figured out what was wrong, it was too late to do anything but put her to sleep. It was devastating. If I ever have the opportunity to adopt another dog, it will most likely be a doberman.

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