Acquired: Breeder (hobby breeder)
Training: I haven't learned care / training techniques, Attended conferences / shows
Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand
Posted February 25, 2013
This is one breed I would recommend if you live alone, or want a great protector. My doberman was the gentlest, big baby with all the family - even small children. But if a stranger came to the door, he turned into a scary, barking guard dog. He was never trained to do that - it's natural instinct. But when the stranger was welcomed into the house, he was fine. I would only advise that if you have small children, they can be a little rough and tumble to play with. Not realizing their muscle strength. I would trust mine 100% around kids and family, but I have heard of stories of them turning on owners if provoked. Just be cautious and know your dog. Mine would also chase anything that got into the yard fence - including cats. Even though he was raised with another cat. No grooming really, but even with the short hair they shed lots in the summer.