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Why are people so afraid of Dobermans?

Hey guys, I have a question which has been bugging me for quite some time now. I have always been fascinated by Dobermans and find them to be a beautiful breed of dogs. However, I have noticed that many people seem to be afraid of them. I was wondering if anyone could explain to me why this might be the case?

I am particularly interested in this topic because I have been considering adopting a Doberman as a family pet. However, I don't want to risk having a dog that makes other people uncomfortable or scared. I have previously owned other breeds of dogs, but never a Doberman, which is why I am seeking insights and advice from experienced Doberman owners. Maybe there is something about their physical appearance or temperament that makes them come across as intimidating to some people? Or perhaps it's due to negative stereotypes from movies and media?

I am hoping to get some answers from people who have experience with this breed or opinion on this topic. Is this fear of Dobermans even valid or it's just a myth? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Hello everyone, I used to work for an animal shelter and have experience working with Dobermans. Unfortunately, many Dobermans get surrendered to shelters because of the negative stereotypes surrounding them. However, my experience has been that Dobermans are just like any other breed of dogs, and their behavior can be shaped through proper training and socialization.

The key to a well-behaved Doberman is early socialization. I have seen many Dobermans who were raised in loving homes and socialized early, and they turned out to be the sweetest and most affectionate dogs. That being said, some Dobermans can be naturally protective, and early socialization can help prevent this from becoming an issue.

Another important factor in a well-behaved Doberman is proper exercise. Just like any other breed of dog, Dobermans require regular physical activity to keep them healthy and happy. Without proper exercise, Dobermans can become restless, make messes, or even become disobedient.

I have also seen Dobermans that were trained as service dogs or therapy dogs due to their excellent temperament and loyalty to their owners. These dogs were able to help individuals with disabilities or special needs and made incredible companions.

In conclusion, as someone with experience working with Dobermans, I can say that their positive traits far outweigh the negative stereotypes. Proper training, socialization, and exercise will help shape them into well-behaved and loving members of your family. Remember, as a responsible owner, it's your responsibility to provide them with the love and care they deserve.


Hi there, I have had a couple of personal experiences that may be contributing to people's fear of owning dobermans.

The first experience I had was when I was walking my small dog in the park, when suddenly an unleashed Doberman ran up to us and without any warning, took a snap at my dog, leaving a small mark on her neck. Although I understand that it could have been the owner's fault and not the dog, this left a trauma on me and made me a little uneasy around Dobermans or any other larger,bulky dogs.

The second experience happened when my cousin's Doberman whom they had trained for security purposes, attacked my uncle who was visiting them in their home. Even though the reasons for the attack remain unknown, this incident just reinforced the idea that Dobermans are aggressive dogs and hence contribute to people being afraid of them.

Having said that, I do agree that any dog can be aggressive if not trained properly, and it is essential to take responsibility for training and socializing them. However, one should also realize that it is impossible to predict the dog's behavior 100% all the time, and hence, it is crucial to always err on the side of caution.

In conclusion, I think it's okay to be a little scared around Dobermans, but it's not fair to stereotype them as aggressive dogs. It would be best if you gave them a chance, got to know them better, and learned how to behave around them. So, the final decision about owning a Doberman should be made after weighing all the pros and cons and after you have acquired adequate knowledge about them.


Hey everyone, I adopted a Doberman puppy a little over six months ago and I have been having a great experience so far. I have always been fascinated by this breed and I must admit, the process of adopting a dog has been a huge learning experience for me.

One of the things that make Dobermans such great dogs is their fierce loyalty and devotion to their owners. My dog has developed a strong attachment to me, and I really appreciate that he is always by my side. They are also an intelligent breed that picks up training quite fast, and the tricks they perform can be truly amazing.

I didn’t know much about the negative stereotypes around Dobermans before adopting one, but I have since learned that people are often afraid of them because of their reputation as “attack dogs”. It's crucial to counter these assumptions with the love and care that you provide for your pet.

Like other dog breeds, Dobermans also have their faults. Mine is a bit too playful and tends to get too excited during playtime, which can lead to frayed nerves. However, with proper training and socialization, which I have been very keen to do, these can be kept under control.

Overall, I would definitely recommend Dobermans as family pets. They are loving, loyal, and intelligent, and once they become a member of your family, they will always stick by your side.


Hi there, I think people are afraid of Dobermans due to their intimidating appearance and reputation as aggressive dogs. I have owned a Doberman for four years now, and I can confidently say that they are as loving and gentle as any other dog breed.

Sadly, the negative stereotype around Dobermans often results in people crossing the street or avoiding eye contact when they see us walking together. I think part of the problem is in the approach people take when they meet my dog. If you approach him with fear or aggression, he is going to respond accordingly. But if you approach him with a kind and confident demeanor, he will greet you with wagging tail and love.

Moreover, Dobermans are highly intelligent and require obedience training to ensure they are well-behaved. As an owner, it's important to establish a strong sense of leadership with your dog and provide them with proper socialization opportunities to expose them to all sorts of different people and situations.

In conclusion, I think the fear of Dobermans is unwarranted and largely based on stereotypes. Dobermans can be loyal, loving dogs with proper training and socialization.


Hello everyone, I have a different take on this topic as I used to be one of those people who were afraid of Dobermans. To be honest, the fear stemmed from a bad experience I had growing up with an aggressive Doberman who belonged to a neighbor. One day, as I was walking by their house, this dog came charging at me from the other side of the fence and started barking and growling, which scared me and left me traumatized.

However, as I grew older and learned more about dogs, I realized that any breed of dog can be aggressive and had nothing to do with the breed itself. In fact, I met a well-trained Doberman owned by a close friend of mine, and it didn't take long before I fell in love with the breed. I was amazed by their intelligence and their eagerness to please their owners.

Now, after owning a Doberman for a few years, I can confidently say that they are incredibly loyal dogs, and they can make the most loving and affectionate pets. They are also great with children, thanks to their gentle nature, and are extremely protective of their people.

However, I do agree with the other users that proper training and socialization are incredibly important with this particular breed. Moreover, as a responsible owner, it's your responsibility to make sure that your dog is well-behaved and under control at all times.

In conclusion, I believe Dobermans are misunderstood dogs that get a bad rap because of negative stereotypes associated with them. With proper training, education, and socialization, Dobermans can be great family companions and gentle loving pets.


Hello, I'm a dog trainer and have had a fair share of experience with Dobermans. Based on my personal experience, people are often afraid of Dobermans because they have the tendency to become overly protective of their owners. They are loyal dogs and consequently require a lot of training to prevent them from becoming aggressive towards strangers. Moreover, due to their energy levels, they can become too excitable and sometimes a little too rough during playtime without meaning any harm.

In my experience, I have trained Dobermans that were extremely gentle, obedient and affectionate towards their owners and strangers alike. However, these dogs would only develop these great qualities after proper training and socialization. I think many people underestimate the importance of proper training in molding a dog's behavior.

I would advise anyone that is considering the breed to carry out ample research prior to adopting a Doberman. Moreover, it would be best to adopt from a reputable breeder with good recommendations. It's also a good idea to work with a professional dog trainer who understands the breed and can help in the training and socializing process.

In conclusion, they are great dogs, but their aggression, protectiveness, and excitable nature require extra care and training efforts. If you have the time, resources and love to dedicate to a Doberman, they are indeed special dogs and will reward you abundantly.


Hey there, as a Doberman owner for over a decade, I can tell you that there are a few things that may be contributing to people's fear of this breed. Firstly, the physical appearance of Dobermans can be quite intimidating to some people. They are large, muscular dogs with a reputation for being protective and fierce.

Secondly, they have been used as guard dogs in the past, which can also contribute to their reputation as aggressive dogs. But in my opinion, any dog can be trained to be aggressive, regardless of breed. It really comes down to how the dog is raised and trained.

On the other hand, I have found that Dobermans are incredibly loyal, affectionate and intelligent dogs. They make great family pets and are very eager to please their owners. But just like any other breed, they do require proper training, socializing and exercise.

Overall, whether or not someone is afraid of a Doberman really comes down to their personal experience and exposure to them. I have had many positive experiences with this breed and would highly recommend them as family pets. But it's important to do your research and make sure that you are prepared for the responsibility of owning a Doberman.

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