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Question by Owais
Submitted on 1/13/2004
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About temperament: How about keeping a dobermann in family where the children are, comparing with breeds like German shepherd and Labrador retriever? People say dobermann is one-man dog rather than family pet, it may harm and attack other family members, please. comment?


Answer by DobieGuy
Submitted on 1/14/2004
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Over the years I've had 8 Doberman's and 4 kids. There has always been at least one Dobie in my home but normally there are two. My kids from infancy to their teen years all grew up with Dobies and I can honestly tell you that there was never, ever, not one instance where one of my Dobies had the desire to hurt my kids. If anything they, they will protect them. I had one of my Dobies clamp down on my brothers arm while he was playing with my oldest son. The Dobie must have thought he was going to hurt my son or my brother was just playing too rough with my son. The dog didn't hurt my brother in the least, but he did let him know that my son was being protected. Anyone who tells you a Dobie is a bad pet, can't be trusted, or is dangerous, has never shared their lives with one or had a Dobie that was poorly bred, and this does happen as it does with any breed. Get a well bred puppy, raise him with love and companionship and you can't go wrong!

Sorry to write a book for an answer, but I really know these dogs and wanted to give you a fuller picture then just a few words would have done. :o)

Sean T.

 

Answer by Tanisha
Submitted on 2/1/2004
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Dobermans can be mean if not bred properly. If you have kids then you might not want to take the risk of buying a badly bred dog, or the dog trying to protect the kids from each other. If you have very small kids then get a dog you are sure won't hurt them. If they're older then make sure they know how to treat a dog and respect it's privacy. No offense to dobies but they're not known for their people skills. Out of all of your selections I would choose the lab as German Sheppards are larger and also very protective.

 

Answer by angie
Submitted on 2/5/2004
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I've owned dobies for 13 years and have 4 kids & 2 grandkids (which also are being raised with a dobie.) One a gave my daughter when her son was 1, because I KNEW the love that these dogs have for family! My 12 & 10 yr old sons were talking about the best mom's ever, and after me came our beloved blue dobie we had for 10 yrs. They loved her that much and she really looked after them as if they were her children. What more could someone ask of in a dog?  I can't express how wonderful these animals are. I will not ever own any other breed.

 

Answer by Dete
Submitted on 2/19/2004
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Ive got two kids and a female dober of 8 years. She is so lovely with the kids and we have never ever had a reason to think that she could hurt one of them. She takes care of them - much more than of the dults -sure. She is a member of the family - being loved by everybody and giving back even more. A well educated dober from a good breed is a wonderfull partner exspecially for kids.

 

Answer by DieselRox
Submitted on 4/11/2004
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Training and early socialization is VERY important

 

Answer by Mr.RednRust
Submitted on 4/20/2004
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every time i hear that its All In the Breeding i Cringe to think of the Idiot Who buys  well breed dog then mistreats it .. a dog that is a raised like that any dog no matter of breeding is a loaded weapon hence the whole Pit Bull issue i would never own one but they can be very loving family dogs but they are sought out by idiots who think because they are good fighters that they are good guard dogs. This is wrong as it also is with dobs too they are no more a guard dog than any other breed but they are one of the most if not the most intelligent dog that can learn any task you wish of them if anything they are more mothering than anything my current female red will raise anything ... kittens other pups anything when growing up we had a red that even raised raccoons as my parents did wildlife rehab and that doby would have false pregnancies and fill up with milk. so as to the question of is a doby good to have around kids YES for me its a must the things my 3 year old would get into if we did not have dobs to keep him out of trouble

 

Answer by Julia
Submitted on 6/23/2004
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I rescued a one and half year old Male Dobermann last year and apart from his social skills which left a lot to be desired he is fantastic with our two young children. I will go on to say he is better with kids than our German Shepherd who I have raised for four years (since he was eight weeks old).
I think the Dobermann is a great breed and wouldn't hesitate in buying another one.

 

Answer by Amber
Submitted on 11/23/2005
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All Dobermans or miniature should be raised form puppies with the people you want them to respect. Also they should not be raised with the people you don't want them to respect so when they are around the dog will be protective.Also early socialization is VERY important.

Amber Age:10

 

Answer by shawn
Submitted on 11/26/2005
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when i met my wife she had two children ages two and six. my dobie ZEUSE was two at the time and showed affection to the kids like they had always been around.. our daughter Haley was born two years later and he was her constant companion. ZEUSE was a very loving dog that was raised in a very loving home. time was spent with ZEUSE on a daily basis to make sure he was a well rounded member of the family.. Other than trying to protect the family from the occasional door knocking salesman he never showed a bit of aggressive behavior...ZEUSE was put down on November 22 2005 because of an unknown hip disorder. We are in the process of interviewing breeders for a new dobie.. there is no other breed i would consider for my family....loyal to the end...      

 

Answer by shawn
Submitted on 11/26/2005
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when i met my wife she had two children ages two and six. my dobie ZEUSE was two at the time and showed affection to the kids like they had always been around.. our daughter Haley was born two years later and he was her constant compainon. ZEUSE was a very loving dog that was raised in a very loving home. time was spent with ZEUSE on a daily basis to make sure he was a well rounded member of the family.. Other than trying to protect the family from the occasinal door knocking salesman he never showed a bit of aggresive behavior...ZEUSE was put down on November 22 2005 because of an unknown hip disorder. We are in the process of interviewing breeders for a new dobie.. there is no other breed i would consider for my family....loyal to the end...      

 

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