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Do Dobermans bark a lot?

Hey guys, I'm considering getting a Doberman as a family pet but I'm a bit concerned about their barking habits. I've heard mixed opinions about whether or not Dobermans bark excessively. I live in a relatively quiet neighborhood and don't want to disturb my neighbors with excessive barking. Can anyone who has owned or interacted with Dobermans share their experience with their barking habits? Do they bark a lot or only when necessary? Any advice on how to train them to control their barking would also be appreciated. Thanks in advance!

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Hey there, I have owned a Doberman for over 5 years now and I must say that they don't bark excessively like some other breeds. However, they do bark when they feel any form of threat or if they sense any danger around. The key to controlling their barking is proper training right from their puppy stage. You may want to start with basic obedience training with a professional dog trainer as this will go a long way in teaching your Doberman what is expected of them in different situations.

Also, if you're concerned about disturbing your neighbors, you could consider using a citronella or ultrasonic collar to train them. These collars emit a spray or sound that the dog dislikes whenever they bark, which teaches them not to bark unnecessarily. I hope this has been helpful, let me know if you have any more questions!


Hi, I have owned a Doberman for four years and from my experience, they tend to bark only when necessary. As previously stated in this thread, Dobermans are naturally protective and will bark to alert their owners of any potential threats.

However, I noticed that when my Doberman is anxious, they tend to bark more than usual. This is a common behavior in dogs and should not be confused with excessive barking. If your Doberman tends to bark excessively when they are anxious, it's important to identify the cause of their anxiety and work on reducing it. You can use calming techniques such as giving your Doberman a massage, playing calming music, or using a calming supplement to help them relax.

In addition to training and socialization, providing enough physical exercise and mental stimulation is also crucial in preventing excessive barking. Dobermans are active breeds and require plenty of physical exercise to keep them healthy and happy. Mental stimulation, such as puzzle toys or interactive games, can also help keep their minds occupied and prevent boredom, which can lead to excessive barking.

Lastly, it's important to teach your Doberman to differentiate between normal sounds and noises that require barking from unnecessary sounds. Consistency is key when training your dog, and while it may take some time and patience, with enough training, your Doberman should learn when it's appropriate to bark and when it's not.

Overall, Dobermans are not known for excessive barking, but like any other breed, they may bark more than usual in certain situations. Proper training, socialization, exercise, and mental stimulation are the key to ensuring a well-behaved and happy Doberman.


Hello, I have never owned a Doberman, but I have interacted with a few and from my experience, they do not bark excessively. Dobermans are generally known for being quite reserved and stoic, so they only bark when there is a need to do so.

That said, it's important to note that every dog is unique, and some Dobermans may have a tendency to excessive barking. If you find this to be the case with your furry friend, you can train them to control their barking. Start slowly and teach them the command "quiet" or "enough" when they are barking. Reward them with a treat when they stop barking, and use this command consistently whenever they start barking excessively.

Another thing to consider is socialization. Dobermans are naturally protective dogs, and if they are not socialized properly, they may feel the need to bark at anything unfamiliar. Make sure to expose your Doberman to new people, places, and experiences from a young age so that they can learn to differentiate between friend and foe.

In conclusion, while Dobermans do not bark excessively, there may still be some individuals that do. Proper training and socialization can go a long way in preventing excessive barking and ensuring a well-behaved Doberman.


Hello there, I have had two Dobermans as pets and in my experience, they don't bark excessively. They do bark, but only when necessary, such as when they see someone or something unfamiliar, or when they sense danger. However, it's important to note that every dog is different and their barking behavior may vary depending on their personality and how they were trained.

In terms of barking control, I would recommend starting with basic obedience training from a young age. This will help establish a good relationship between you and your Doberman, and they will learn to respond to your commands, which can help in controlling their barking. Positive reinforcement such as treats or praise can be used as a way of encouraging good behavior and discouraging excessive barking.

Another thing to keep in mind is exercise and mental stimulation. Dobermans are an active breed, and if they don't get enough exercise or mental stimulation, they can become bored and restless, which can lead to excessive barking. Make sure to provide plenty of opportunities for exercise such as walks, runs or playtime, and mental stimulation such as puzzle toys or training games.

Overall, I haven't had any issues with excessive barking in my Dobermans, as long as they were trained well and provided with enough physical and mental stimulation. I hope this helps!


Hello everyone, I have owned two Dobermans as pets and I can attest that they do not bark excessively. Dobermans have a reputation for being alert, watchful and loyal dogs, and they only bark when necessary, such as when someone or something they don't know enters their territory.

However, it's essential to note that every dog is unique, and their barking behavior may vary depending on how they were raised and their personality traits. If you get a Doberman who has separation anxiety or has not been socialized properly, they may bark excessively. Therefore, it's crucial to understand your dog's personality so that you can work on their behavior modification effectively.

When it comes to controlling your Doberman's barking, I would recommend positive reinforcement training. The goal of positive reinforcement is to reward good behavior, in this case, making it clear when to bark and when to stop barking. This training method involves rewarding your dog with treats or praise when they refrain from barking excessively as expected, rather than punishing them for excessive barking.

In conclusion, Dobermans are known for being watchful dogs but their barking habits should not be much of a concern. With proper training, proper socialization, and consistency, your Doberman will learn when it is necessary to bark and when to stop. Remember also to offer enough exercise and mental stimulation to keep your dog relaxed and calm.


Hello folks, I have experience dealing with Dobermans in my neighborhood, and I must say they do not bark excessively. However, Dobermans are a protective breed and if not trained properly, they could develop barking habits that could become problematic.

The key to managing barking behavior in Dobermans is training them right from a young age. Training should focus on teaching your Doberman to differentiate between friend and foe and obey your commands. A well-trained Doberman would know when it's necessary to bark to alert their owner, and when to stop barking.

Socialization is also critical in managing excessive barking. Without socialization, Dobermans can be wary of strangers, and this could result in excessive barking. Socialization involves exposing your Doberman to different experiences, meeting other people and animals, and teaching them how to behave appropriately in a variety of situations.

Another thing to consider is providing enough physical exercise and mental stimulation to keep your Doberman active and healthy. Lack of exercise and mental stimulation can lead to boredom and restlessness, which can trigger excessive barking. As an active breed, Dobermans require plenty of exercise and regular engagement in mentally stimulating activities to keep them happy and healthy.

In conclusion, although Dobermans do not bark excessively, their barking habits could become a problem if not managed properly. Training, socialization, enough physical exercise, and mental stimulation are crucial in managing excessive barking in Dobermans. With consistent effort and training effort, you can have a Doberman that doesn't bark unnecessarily.

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