Doberman a good family dog?


My boyfriend and I are considering getting a dog. We have a lot of space and a big fenced in back yard so we would like a bigger dog because it would make me feel safer. (We live in a nicer neighborhood that has had a couple of break ins lately. I will NOT train my dog to be aggressive. I just think someone will be less likely to break into my house with a dog in it.)

My boyfriend really wants a doberman. He had one when he was younger and he loved it. Sadly, he was hit by a car and did not make it. I’m a little concerned with the doberman, because I don’t know much about them and I dont know if they would be a good family dog. We have a 6 month old son at home who will be crawling soon. I dont want him to get bitten because he pulls on the dog or something.

Other dogs we were considering were: German shepherd, Lab, Golden retriever, Rottie. (Not too sure about the rottie either :/ )

Do any of you have any opinions on these dogs? Or any suggestions on what bigger dogs would be a good family dog?

Thank you!
I know its a little cliche to think of rotties and dobermans as somewhat aggressive. I know full well its all in how they are raised, but there are some dogs that are better with kids and families than others. I just want everyone to be happy and safe! (Including the dog!) 😀

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    17 Responses to “Doberman a good family dog?”

    1. chereecebyrne says:

      you have to get a doberman! – my dobe is 14 months and is amazingly gentle with young children , she instinctly knows to be calmer and caring around kids.

      check youtube for dobermans with kids- this will certanly put your mind at rest – there’s one video of a toddler pulling on the ears and poking the eyes and the dobe is still so gentle.

    2. kaherine33647 says:

      if i were you ill get a german shepard, or a samoyed, they are really cute, but if u wanna get one thats protective get a GS

    3. ^.^ says:

      Dobermen are great dogs in a family or otherwise. They are easy to train but a Great Pyreneese would be good to Just make sure you have the money to care for them.

    4. MichelleR says:

      If you do get a Doberman make sure you get him/her as a puppy and train, train, train they are very good dogs for a family, very protective.

    5. says:

      Contrary to popular belief, Labradors are top of the list for biting people. German Shepherds are territorial and although a good working dog are likely to dislike any kind of stranger in their territory with a vengeance. Dobermans are are looked on with unjustifie

    6. nicoleh92lee says:

      Okay! we have a dobe of about 6 months.. lemme tell you.. Puppy dobermans MOUTH alot. They have TONS of energy and need exercise and ALOT of attention. Their milk teeth WILL break skin. Are they good pets for kids? At an older age..yes. Sure. But a puppy and a baby do NOT mix haha.
      Get a calmer family dog.. like a retriever is a good one! Rotties..are very crazy and hyper as well. Nip alot too.

    7. Adopt a Pit! says:

      I was raised w/ a Doberman. My parents got her when I was born….she was a puppy. She was a GREAT family dog! Lived to be my best friend for 15 years! Don’t believe what you hear about certain dogs (media-wise). Do the research for yourself, check w/ a few reputable breeders…have you introduce you to their dogs…it might help you decide much easier. Don’t just go get the first thing you see, you might be sorry.

    8. Julie D. says:

      In my opinion, yes, since I’ve had 8 of them in the past. We got our first one, though, when our sons were 3 and 6 years old. (The are now 29 and 32) You MUST obtain one from a reputable breeder! Don’t just go for the cheap ad in your Sunday Newspaper. (Google: DPCA for a breeder referral list in your area) Also, if you do decide to get one with a child this young, it is up to YOU, the PARENT, to make SURE that that child DOESN’T pull on any dog, and that NO child should EVER be left alone with a dog, unsupervised….EVER! Now, you can start doing your research on the breed, and the DPCA website is a very good place to start.

    9. Aphrodite *Dobe uses a PRONG says:

      I currently own a Doberman.
      They make GREAT family dogs – BUT you have to be willing to keep up with the amount of exercise and training the dog needs. They are very intelligent and because of that you have to work with them to keep their minds occupied as they are a high energy dog as well.
      Dobermans are very dominant – if you let them be. As they grow up, they will be testing their boundaries with you and you both have to be able to set limitations for the dog and be firm leaders. A Doberman that is running the show in the home….it’s not fun for anyone!

      You should have this dog socialized with people and dogs as well.

      Any breed of dog can be good or bad with a family. It is all depending on the owner and how willing they are to put the time into the dog to make sure it can co-exist with its human family well.

    10. Keith says:

      We have Pitts and they love kids. They are very affectionent. Any of the ones you named will be good. Get them young and train them to be the way you want them to be.

    11. Taryn says:

      Seriously, it is very cliche to think that dobermans, rotties, and pits are bad dogs. Any dog is a good family dog when raised to be. I think a Doberman would be a great dog!

    12. Bill L says:

      I’d go with a lab.


    13. DixieGirl says:

      with the rottie and doberman it all depends on the way they were raised but with dogs you are considering they all are loving and have the tendency to need to protect there family

    14. JenVT says:

      The two dobermans I have known well in my life have been awesome family dogs. You must be willing to train it properly and socialize it, but I think they are wonderful dogs. However, check with your homeowners insurance. On the above list, you may be limited to a lab or a golden if you live in a state that allows insurance companies to impose breed restrictions.

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    16. Food = Doof says:

      I would say that a black lab is more of a family dog

    17. ۞ Memphis Belle ۞ says:

      The Dobermann was created to be a be a highly intelligent, high energy, bold, alert, work-driven warrior dog & prerequisits were that it be sound in the head {so never abitrariy aggressive}, strong nerves {so would not react fearfully to environmental stimulus} & have the genetic drives/charertsics/structure, to be trained to work as personal protection dog.

      Unfortunately for the Dobermann popularity has resulted in the back yard breeders/puppy mills breeding substandard dogs to cater to the pet market & soft marshmallow or unsound weak temperaments are now prevalent in the breed.

      A well bred Dobermann from a responsible breeder, needs a strong minded owner trust, who will clearly teach it what behavior is expected from the dog & ensure that the dog is very clear in its head that it ranks below all the humans in the pack, otherwise a strong willed, naturally dominant breed like the Dobermann will assume the leadership role in its pack, ignore command & generally behave like a brat. Not a happy ending for the dog or family!

      It’s a typical breed trait for a Dobermann to form a particularly strong bond with one human & think the sun rises & sets on that person, but will still be a good family dog & bond with the rest of its pack. Dobermanns are not for the idle & make lousy coach potatoes as an adult Dobe needs a minimum of 1.5 hours exercise & some kind of work to exercise its mind & body.

      A Dobermann is not the right breed for someone who wants to keep the dog outside, as it’s extremely pack focused & while it can be left on its own, will choose to be its human family for as much time as it can manage.

      Despite the prevailing myth about the breed, unless a working line Dobermann has been professionally trained as a protection dog, it will not reliably guard its human pack, but typically should grow into a good watch dog & effective visual detterent.

      The reason why many adolescent Dobermanns are owner-surrendered to breed/general rescue is that it was a terrible match between what the dog needed in a home & what the owner wanted from a dog & had the capability to handle.

      My advice would be to contact the Dobermann Club, as it’s a font of information about the breed in general, join your local Dobermann breed club & talk to owners & if you have any championship shows near your home, go there & talk to breeders.

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