Acquired: Worked with pet (didn’t own)
Training: Books, Friends
Oklahoma, United States
Posted May 28, 2013
After working with a few different Dobermans, I have to admit that this is probably the only dog breed that I don't care that much for. The ones that I have been around were extremely skittish around new people and very, very wary of them as well. I have seen some that were highly trained and excellent guard/watch dogs, but that's about it. They did not play well with any other types of animals and they are not great with children. I would only recommend these dogs for expert animal/dog handlers only.
However, they are beautiful dogs. They are also scary looking in general, adding to the overall guard/watch dog quality. They don't have long fur and don't require much in the way of specialized grooming. They are larger dogs, so they require a bit more food, but not as much as say a mastiff.
If you are looking into getting a Doberman, I would highly recommend that you learn all you can about them before you do.