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Should I get a European Doberman or an American Doberman as a pet with young Children at home?

Hi everyone,

I am considering getting a Doberman as a pet for my family. I have two young children at home, aged 5 and 7, who are very excited about the idea of having a pet. However, I am torn between getting a European or American Doberman.

I have read that European Dobermans are generally larger and more muscular, while American Dobermans are lighter and more agile. I am wondering which type would be better suited for my family, given that we have young children at home.

We have a decent-sized yard and are able to provide plenty of exercise and training for our new pet. However, I am concerned about the temperament of the different types of Dobermans.

Can anyone offer any advice on which type of Doberman would be better suited for a family with young children? Any personal experiences or insights would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you!

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Hi there,

As someone who owns a European Doberman and has young children at home, I can offer some personal insight into this question. First off, I think it's important to note that every dog is different and their temperament can vary based on their individual personality and upbringing.

That being said, in my experience, European Dobermans can be more protective of their family and property. While this can be a good thing in terms of guarding your home and loved ones, it can also lead to them being more reactive to strangers and other dogs. This may not be the best fit for a family with young children who may have friends coming over and other potential visitors.

On the other hand, American Dobermans are typically more social with strangers and other dogs. They may still be protective of their family, but may not show it in the same way as a European Doberman. I think this could be a better fit for a family with young children who will have more visitors coming and going.

Overall, I think both types of Dobermans can make great pets for families with young children, but it ultimately depends on the individual dog and their personality. It's important to do research on reputable breeders and meet the dog in person before making a decision.

Hope this helps!


Hi everyone,

As someone who has owned both European and American Dobermans, I think it's important to consider the purpose for which you want a Doberman. If you're looking for a guard dog, a European Doberman might be a better fit because of their muscular build and protectiveness. However, if you're looking for a family pet, an American Doberman might be a better option.

In my experience, American Dobermans tend to be more social and more playful, which makes them a great match for families with young children. European Dobermans, on the other hand, can be more serious and protective, which may not be the best match for children who are looking for a companion.

That being said, it ultimately comes down to the dog's individual personality and upbringing. Both European and American Dobermans can make great pets for families with young children, as long as they are trained properly and socialized from a young age.

In conclusion, I think it's important to consider your lifestyle and the qualities you're looking for in a dog before making a decision. Do your research on reputable breeders, and meet the dog in person to get a sense of their personality before making a decision. Remember, every dog is unique, and ultimately, it's important to find the right match for your family.


Hello there,

I have owned an American Doberman in the past and I believe they make great pets for families with young children. They are typically calmer and less reactive to strangers or rival dogs, which makes them a better fit for households with lots of visitors. They are a lot less territorial, making them less likely to lash out at children or other living beings.

That said, both breeds have their positive and negative aspects. American Dobermans tend to be more obedient, but they require more training to reach peak obedience levels. European Dobermans are more muscular and may exhibit characteristics such as loyalty, protectiveness, and being more territorial.

In conclusion, I believe, in your case, an American Doberman is the right choice, but it all comes down to the individual dog's personality and upbringing. Regardless of the breed, every dog requires proper training and socialization to ensure they are well-fit and comfortable around children.



I have owned Dobermans of both European and American lineage throughout the years. While each breed comes with its own set of traits, I believe that the ultimate decision between which to get for a family with young children should strictly be based on the individual pup's temperament.

Temperament should generally override breeds when it comes to choosing a dog. However, there are still general trends we can talk about regarding these Doberman lineages. European Dobermans typically have a more muscular physique, and they could be more territorial when it comes to their owners, which may make them more overprotective around young children. Comparatively, American bred Dobermans tend to be on the lankier side and typically exhibit more energy and playfulness.

Ultimately, a lot of factors come into play for picking out your new family dog. Consider the breeder's standards as well as the specific puppy’s temperament before committing. Regardless of the breed or individual dog, all Dobermans are active and delicate dogs. They may require more frequent and intensive training than other pedigrees which could imply a more significant commitment of your time.

In the end, the bond between a Doberman and a family can be a lifelong relationship that’s worth the effort.



I have owned both European and American Dobermans, and I think that each one has its own unique qualities. My European Doberman was more muscular and intimidating, but also more territorial and protective of its family. My American Doberman was more agile and obedient, but also more curious and less territorial.

Personally, I think that an American Doberman is better suited for families with young children. They are more active and playful, which is a great match for children who love to run and play in the yard. In contrast, European Dobermans are generally more serious and less playful. They can also be quite imposing, which may not be the best fit for young children who may be intimidated by their dog.

That's not to say that European Dobermans are not great dogs. They are incredibly loyal, and their muscular build makes them a perfect guard dog. However, in my experience, they may not be the best match for families with young children.

Overall, I believe that the breed is just one aspect to consider when selecting a dog for your family; temperament and behavior should also be considered. Remember that every dog is unique, regardless of breed. I hope this helps you with your decision.

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