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What type of behavior should be expected from a Doberman?

Hi everyone,

I am considering adopting a Doberman! I've always been fascinated by this breed, but I want to make sure that I know what to expect behavior-wise before taking the plunge. From what I've seen, Dobermans can be very loyal and protective of their families, but I've also heard that they can be prone to aggression if not properly trained and socialized. Can any Doberman owners out there shed some light on what type of behavior I should expect from this breed? Are they generally good with kids and other pets? What kind of training and socialization should I invest in to ensure a well-behaved Doberman? Any advice and personal experiences would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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Hello everyone,

I am happy to share my personal experience as a Doberman owner. Dobermans are a wonderful breed, but as with any breed, they have their own unique personalities and quirks. In general, they are very loyal and protective of their families, but they can also be quite reserved with strangers.

One thing to keep in mind is that Dobermans require a lot of exercise and mental stimulation. They are very high-energy dogs and need plenty of play time and outdoor activities. In my experience, training and socialization are also very important for Dobermans. They are very intelligent dogs and can pick up on commands quickly, but they also need proper guidance and reinforcement to learn proper behavior.

With proper socialization, Dobermans can be great with children and other pets. My Doberman has been raised with cats and they get along great, but I know of other Dobermans who may have a high prey drive and might chase smaller animals. It’s important for Doberman owners to be aware of this instinct and take proper steps to control it.

In general, I would say that Dobermans make great companions for the right owner. They are a lot of work and require a lot of time and dedication, but the reward is well worth it if you are willing to put in the effort.



I just wanted to share my own personal experience with owning a Doberman. I have to say, they are one of the best breeds of dogs I have ever owned. They are protective of their owners and make great guard dogs.

I have found that socialization is key with a Doberman. They are typically very cautious around new people or new situations. Therefore, it’s important to take the time to get them accustomed to new people or environments. Start by taking your Doberman out to public places to expose them to different situations, new people and other dogs.

Also, I recommend getting your Doberman involved in obedience training from a young age. In my opinion, basic obedience training is essential. It will help build a stronger bond between you and your dog and teach them various commands for better communication. Dobermans are eager to please their owners and respond well to positive reinforcement training methods.

Lastly, it’s important to understand that their exercise needs are quite significant. They need plenty of walks or runs, as they are an energetic breed, and they love to run and play outside. I recommend about two hours of exercise per day, give or take.

Overall, Dobermans can be a great pet for the right owner. They are loyal, intelligent, and loving companions.


Hi there,

As a experienced Doberman owner, I would like to add a few points to the discussion. Dobermans are active and energetic dogs that require daily exercise to keep them healthy, happy and content. They also have an inherent drive to protect their families, which means they can be suspicious of strangers or new people.

In my experience, Dobermans can be great with children and other pets if they are socialized properly from an early age. It is important to expose them to positive experiences with other children, dogs, cats, and other small animals so they know how to behave appropriately around them.

Training is also a very important part of owning a Doberman. They are highly intelligent and eager to please which makes them easy to train using positive reinforcement methods. They can be stubborn at times so it’s important to stay patient and consistent with their training.

It’s also important to note that Dobermans have a prey drive which means they may chase small animals like rabbits and squirrels. Being aware of their instincts and providing the proper training and structure can help curb this behavior.

Overall, I highly recommend Dobermans as loyal, loving, and devoted companions. They are a lot of work but with patience, training, and socialization, they can be wonderful additions to your family.


Hi there,

I am a proud Doberman owner and I am happy to share my personal experience with you. Dobermans are very intelligent and active dogs that require a lot of exercise, mental stimulation, and socialization. They are also incredibly loyal and protective of their families but can be wary of strangers or new situations. It is important to note that aggression is not a personality trait of Dobermans, but rather it is a defense mechanism they use when they feel threatened or scared.

In terms of behavior around children and other pets, it really depends on the individual dog and how they were raised and socialized. My Doberman is very patient with kids and loves to play with our cats, but I know of other Dobermans who are not as tolerant. It is important to always supervise interactions between your Doberman and children or other pets and to teach your Doberman appropriate boundaries and how to communicate effectively.

Training and socialization are extremely important for Dobermans. They are very obedient dogs and love to please their owners, so positive reinforcement training works best. You should also expose your Doberman to a variety of people, animals, and environments from a young age to help prevent fear or aggression towards new or unfamiliar things.

Overall, Dobermans are wonderful companions and can bring a lot of joy to your life as long as you are willing to put in the time, effort, and training to ensure that they are well-behaved and socialized.

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