These physical traits make the Doberman have a distinctive appearance that often scares people who are not familiar with the breed. These dogs are usually incredibly gentle and not as dangerous as they seem. Unfortunately, this unique combination of physical characteristics makes them the perfect “villain dog” in movies and television, and they are often portrayed as such. The result is that, today, American Dobermans have a much more stable temperament and have fallen in the ranking of aggressive dogs.
John Walter is a family Doberman specialist, has a CPD certification in canine communication and is an active dog trainer specializing in the Doberman Pinscher breed. In his advice to new Doberman puppy owners, Burk says: “I put socialization (intelligent socialization) at the top of the list. While Doberman Pinschers certainly have the physical abilities to be quite dangerous animals, the modern Doberman is generally suited for a companion role and isn't likely to be too aggressive. During my time offering consulting services to Doberman owners, I've come across some dogs that seem to be having a rough patch.
A Doberman might not be the right dog for you if you can't provide enough attention, exercise, and activities to keep him satisfied. People will see a Doberman pass by with his owner and will cross to the other side of the street. With proper socialization, the Doberman Pinscher is affectionate and loyal and will protect his master to the end. Research the breed: they have very specific needs that you should be able to commit to when adopting a Doberman.
The European Doberman has a much closer relationship with Louis Dobermann's original dog than with the American variant. Although dobermans have impressive abilities, they're not likely to use them unless they feel threatened. The Doberman has traditionally been portrayed as the evil villainous dog that will stop at nothing to attack anyone he sees. Building on the legacy of this breed, today's Doberman is courageous, loyal and vigilant, while maintaining the ability to be an excellent companion.
With a Doberman, too little exercise and too little company can cause restlessness and behavioral problems.