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If someone attacks you and your Doberman goes for them to protect you, are you liable for anything in the UK?

Hi everyone,

I have a Doberman who is really protective of me. I'm a single woman who lives alone, and I feel safer with my dog around. However, I've been wondering about the legal implications if my dog were to attack someone who was threatening me.

Would I be held liable for any injuries the person sustained? Would my dog be considered dangerous and be put down? I live in the UK and I want to make sure that I'm following the laws properly.

I appreciate any insights you can provide. Thank you!

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Hi there,

I can share my personal experience with a similar situation. My Doberman is also very protective of me, and one day while we were out for a walk, a man approached us and made threatening gestures towards me.

Without hesitation, my dog jumped in front of me and snapped at the man, causing him to back off. Luckily, the man wasn't hurt too badly, but he did make a complaint to the authorities about my dog's behavior.

In the end, I wasn't held liable for any damages, as the man was deemed to have provoked my dog. However, the council did require me to take a behavioral assessment course with my dog, to ensure that she was properly controlled in public settings.

So, my advice to you is to make sure that you have control over your dog and that you understand its behavior cues. If you do find yourself in a situation where your dog feels the need to protect you, make sure that you take all necessary precautions and follow the law to prevent any legal consequences.

Hope this helps!


Greetings everyone,

As a former Doberman owner, I can offer some insight into this topic. While my dog was never put in a situation where she had to defend me, I did take measures to ensure that she was properly trained and socialized.

In the UK, there are certain laws and guidelines that govern how dog owners should behave, especially if their dog is considered a dangerous or potentially dangerous breed. For example, you may be required to take out special insurance or obtain a license to own a Doberman.

If your dog were to attack someone in self-defense, you may not be held liable if it can be proven that the person was threatening you or your property. However, it's important to remember that dogs are animals, and their behavior can be unpredictable. It's always better to err on the side of caution and take steps to prevent any incidents from occurring in the first place.

I would recommend that anyone who owns a Doberman or any other potentially dangerous breed to take the time to properly train and socialize their pet. Attend dog training classes, learn basic obedience commands, and make sure that your dog is comfortable around other people and pets. By taking these steps, you can ensure that your dog is a well-behaved and valuable companion, rather than a liability.

Stay safe, and happy dog ownership!


Hi everyone,

I can understand why you would be worried about the legal implications of owning a Doberman, as they can be seen as intimidating and fierce. However, I would like to share my personal experience as a Doberman owner, and the protective nature of these dogs.

I used to take my Doberman out for walks in rough areas of town, as I felt safer with her by my side. One day, a group of men approached me and started making derogatory comments. My dog sensed that I was afraid and stood in front of me, barking aggressively.

The men quickly ran off, and I was left feeling shaken but protected. In situations like these, Dobermans can be more than just pets, they can be protectors and can give you the confidence you need to feel safe.

In regards to the legal implications, I believe that if your dog is trained properly, and you take precautions to ensure that it is under control at all times, you should not be held liable if it attacks someone who is threatening you. However, it's important to remember that every situation is different and that you should always act within the law.

Overall, I believe that Dobermans are a loyal and protective breed, and can make great companions for those who are in need of a bit of extra security.


Hello everyone,

I can understand why a person might be concerned about the legal implications of owning a Doberman, especially if they are known to be protective dogs. However, as a Doberman owner myself, I can attest to the loyalty and protective nature of these dogs.

In my experience, my Doberman has always been gentle and loving with me and my family. However, she has occasionally shown signs of protectiveness when strangers come around us, especially if we are in an unfamiliar environment or if we sense danger.

Although I have never found myself in a situation where my Doberman had to defend me, I strongly believe that she would try to protect me if she thought I was in danger. That being said, I think it's important to recognize that owning a protective breed like the Doberman carries a great deal of responsibility.

As a responsible pet owner, you should take the necessary precautions to ensure that your pet is trained properly and is under control at all times. This includes attending dog training classes, socializing your dog with other dogs and people, and following the law when it comes to owning a potentially dangerous breed.

While owning a Doberman carries certain risks, I believe the love and companionship they provide outweigh any concerns. With proper care and training, your Doberman can be a loving and protective companion that will make you feel safe and secure.


Hello there,

I have heard of a few instances where dogs have come to the aid of their owners in situations where they felt threatened. In all instances, it was found that the dog was not held liable for any injuries sustained by the person being attacked, as they were deemed to have been attacking in self-defense.

However, the owners of the dogs were required to take measures to ensure that their pets were properly trained and under control at all times. This often involved attending dog training courses and obtaining a special license for owning a potentially dangerous breed.

It is important to understand that while dogs can provide a great sense of security and protection to their owners, they can also be dangerous if not properly trained and controlled. As a dog owner, it is your responsibility to ensure that your pet does not pose a threat to others, and to take action to prevent any accidents or incidents from occurring.

So, my advice would be to ensure that your Doberman is properly trained and socialized, and that you take steps to ensure that it is under control and not a danger to others. With the right training and care, your dog can continue to provide you with a sense of security without posing a threat to others.

I hope this helps!

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