Are Dobermans Really Aggressive?

Doberman Pinschers are known for their strength and intelligence, but are they really aggressive? Learn all you need to know about dobermans and their aggression.

Are Dobermans Really Aggressive?

Doberman Pinschers are known for their strength and intelligence, and they rank fourth in terms of aggressiveness. But are they really aggressive? The answer is not as simple as it may seem.


Pinschers are instinctively protective rather than offensive or aggressive. They will only become aggressive when they feel threatened or if they are trying to protect their owners.

Dobermans are loyal, intelligent, and strong, making them great pets and formidable guard dogs. However, if a Doberman is poorly trained, abused, or anxious, it can become aggressive. This is especially dangerous due to their size and strength. Fortunately, this behavior can be corrected in a humane way.

Doberman Pinschers are considered human-oriented dogs that are affectionate and sweet to people when properly socialized and trained. They are loyal to their owners and can be good with children if raised with them. During World War II, Dobermans were used extensively by the United States Marine Corps in the Pacific battles. The breed was originally created for personal safety, so it is likely that their aggression is due to an instinctive desire to warn of perceived threats.

Unfortunately, many older Doberman puppies and young adults end up in shelters and rescue centers because people cannot care for them. The European Doberman has a much closer relationship with Louis Dobermann's original dog than with the American variant. As a result, American Dobermans have a much more stable temperament and have fallen in the ranking of aggressive dogs. Louis Dobermann is credited with developing the Doberman Pinscher breed in the late 19th century by crossing many breeds to obtain the perfect protector.

The Doberman Club realized that the breed had earned a reputation for aggressiveness and decided to eliminate these tendencies.No, dobermans aren't bad; yes, they have the capacity to be dangerous (but they rarely are) and are generally never aggressive without the need to protect themselves or their owners. With proper socialization, the Doberman Pinscher is affectionate and loyal and will protect its master to the end.