I'm a parent of two young children and I'm considering getting a Doberman as a pet. I've always loved the breed and their protective nature, but I'm concerned about their behavior around kids. I've heard mixed opinions about whether or not they are suitable for families with children, so I wanted to hear from other parents who have experience with Dobermans.
My children are ages 5 and 7 and they are very active. We have a large backyard where they love to play and we enjoy going on family walks in our neighborhood. I have researched the breed and I understand that they require plenty of exercise and socialization to prevent any aggressive tendencies. But even with proper training, are they still a safe choice for families with kids?
I would really appreciate any advice or personal experiences from Doberman owners who also have children. Thank you in advance for your help!
I have a Doberman and two children ages 3 and 9. We got our Doberman as a puppy and made sure to socialize her with children and other dogs from a young age. She has been wonderful with our kids and they adore her. Our Doberman is very protective of our family and home, but has never shown any aggression towards our children or their friends. However, we always make sure to supervise any interactions between them, just to be safe.
One thing to note is that Dobermans have a lot of energy and require plenty of exercise. We take our Doberman on walks, runs, and to the dog park regularly to help burn off her energy. She also loves to play in our backyard with the kids. Training is also important for any breed, especially Dobermans, to ensure they know how to behave around children and other people.
Overall, I think a Doberman can make a great family pet as long as they are socialized, trained, and given plenty of exercise. But like with any dog, it's important to always supervise interactions with children to ensure their safety.