Many of us have grown up hearing that a Doberman Pinscher was a very aggressive dog that should be owned only to be a guard dog and not a family pet. We’ve all seen the movies with the vicious guard dogs chasing the villains and most likely decided that the breed would not be for us. However, the Doberman Pinscher may actually be stuck with a bad rap because over the past three or four decades, much of the aggressiveness has actually been bred out of the breed. That being said, if you are considering acquiring a Doberman Pinscher, please be aware that you will be taking on a huge responsibility for making sure that your Doberman Pinscher is trained to know the difference between acceptable and not acceptable people in the environment.
Your Doberman Pinscher will need to be trained and well socialized. Even though much of the guard dog’s aggressive protection has disappeared, this breed will still want to protect the owner and family. Therefore, if you choose to own a Doberman Pinscher, there will need to be extensive training in the area of socialization so that the dog will learn to be very comfortable around a lot of different people to develop the ability to determine various intentions. This socializing experience needs to start when the Doberman Pinscher is a puppy. Walking the puppy in various places, letting people get close, talk to and pet the dog. With extensive experiences around other people and animals, your dog will learn to know the difference between those who don’t mean any harm and those who do. Completing obedience training with your Doberman Pinscher will also help with the necessary socialization in addition to learning basic obedience skills. The dog owner may need to reassure the Doberman Pinscher that people are friendly, but this shouldn’t need to be mush of a problem.
The Doberman Pinscher is a dog that will need daily exercise, ie running, playing “fetch” games, etc. If you are interested, it could also benefit your dog to enter competition and/or agility training. These activities will provide continued socialization and can be exciting for both owner and dog. As you can probably tell from reading this far, owning a Doberman Pinscher will require a big commitment of your time.
In addition, remember that the Doberman Pinscher is not a passive breed and will require a strong, firm handler or the breed will rule the roost. Therefore, find a trainer who will help both you and your dog become both a contented and an obedient pet.
As a caution, remember that the Doberman Pinscher is still often seen as an animal that is not to be trusted, so you will need to make sure that this breed will be accepted in the environment in which you live. While each Doberman has a different disposition, they shouldn’t be left alone with small animals until after they have proven they are gentle 100% of the time. A Doberman can make a great addition to your household, just make sure you have the time and training ability to control one.
- Loyal, Fearless, Alert
- AKC Breed Popularity: Ranks 17 of 191
- Height: 26-28 inches (male), 24-26 inches (female)
- Weight: 75-100 pounds (male), 60-90 pounds (female)
- Life Expectancy: 10-12 years
- Group: Working Group