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Q: Are Doberman Pinschers a voilent breed?

February 14, 2010 | By Cassaundra B. | 14 answers | Expired: 1695 days ago

Cassaundra B.

I've always wanted a Doberman but my parents say they will turn on me or harm someone. I'm asking poeple who are familar with the breed and there attitudes. Thx!

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Lilyrose
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Feb 18, 2010

I have known several dobermans and I have family members that have owned several. They were all very friendly and intelligent dogs. Dobies are one of the breeds that have gotten a bad rap because of bad breeding and bad owners! A dog that is well-trained and gets enough exercise and mental stimulation will do well.

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Anonymous
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Anonymous

Feb 17, 2010

Dobermans are just big teddy bears, as are rotties and pit bulls, but nobody ever looks at the sweet ones, they all just watch the news and listen to uneducated people. Every dog requires different levels of training and dedication, dobermans are no exception. Any dog can become aggressive if unsocial behaviors aren't addressed and if people irresponsibly treat them. Dobermans are very powerful breeds and should really be with an experienced person so do some research and present some facts to your parents.

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Anonymous
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Anonymous

Feb 17, 2010

Dobermans can be great pets and working animals. It is bad breeding and owners that cause dobie grief, as with most breeds. They ARE ones that need training and exercise as most have said. And like most powerful jawed dogs, they need constant supervision. You have to make them respect you with fair treatment and discipline. They are not ones to tease and have them "attack" for show them have them draw back like some machos do. Have had dobes and they have many nice qualities. No dog is completely trained and predictable at all times IMHO. The power means you have to be extra cautious and responsible and keep those rabies shots updated.

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Zacharyy
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Feb 16, 2010

I feel as if that is a common misconception of people who have never really been around these dogs. Doberman's, in my opinion, are some of the coolest dogs out there. Like any dog there are some good ones, and some bad ones. Just make sure you get one from a respectable breeder that isn't inbreeding them, and has sound parents who are friendly to everything from small children to cats, because that's where you can run into problems. A good place to start is looking at any local dog shows and talk to the people with dobermans; you can usually find some really nice ones there and even hook up with a good breeder. Otherwise all that is needed is some training with your pup at an early age and get him/her around other dogs and people to desensitise him a little (I have a friend who does agility with hers, and he LOVES it). I don't think enough people see training as a necessary thing, it is a really good activity to stimulate your dogs mind in a group environment, with an outside source giving you their opinion on what to do.

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Sabrina L.
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Feb 16, 2010

I have been around many dobbie's. They are some of the sweetest dogs I know. They require a lot of exercise both physical and mental. Just make sure that your breeder is breeding for the health of the animal and not just for the $.

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Kris
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Feb 16, 2010

I would not hesitate to get a Dobie. As Julie said, they are very intelligent and will need to be mentally stimulated. I know they have a bad rap, but if you find one that is healthy with good blood lines, there is no reason there shoud be any problems with them turning on you. I think the best thing to do is talk to breeders, rescues, etc., read up on them, and take a look at your lifestyle to determine if it is the right dog for you.

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Julie
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Feb 15, 2010

Dobies have a bad rap like the Shepherds and Rottweillers do...
I had a Dobie, and he was the most gentle dog...
Very protective, but not in a mean sense...
A very intelligent dog....
I wouldn't hesitate getting another one...
The dog becomes mean because the way the owners treat them!
That goes for any animal !

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daryl b.
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Feb 15, 2010

years ago when they were breeding them too closely they were a nasty dog but not their fault. these days they are wonderful and i have not met one i didn't like. check out the breeder before you buy. make sure they have good bloodlines

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Denise L.
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Feb 15, 2010

It all depends of the individual dog & how it was raised. I can't stand it when people blame breeds for violent behavior (like pit bulls) & the media doesn't help with this issue. I have met many Dobies who are loving mushies! Do your research, learn how to train properly...if this is your first dog, it might not be recommended that you get a Dobie because they can be stubborn. Basically, I agree with everyone who has posted.

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Debby
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Feb 15, 2010

As with any dog it depends on the bloodlines, the training and care.. I would definitely talk to people beyond this forum as in trainers, respectable breeders and doberman rescue organizations... there is a lot to learn about the breed and you need to make sure it is the right breed for you and if so then find the right dog for your lifestyle and home.

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