Aggression in Doberman Pinschers

The is an AKC registered . The following interview reviews the breed.

Doberman Pinscher

Aren't Dobermans typically portrayed as movie “villains” and scoundrels?

We have seen in movies and books how Doberman Pinschers are being portrayed as “bad-ass” dogs. These breeds are normally the ones who chase after the lead actor in comedy movies.

While they are very intelligent and strong watchdogs, Dobermans are also known to be aggressive.

As a puppy we need to make sure that we watch them closely. We need to be able to control this aggression and highlight the loving strong dogs that they are.

Doberman Puppy

When do Dobermans typically show aggression?

  1. During playtime
  2. When seeing strangers
  3. When seeing or being with other dogs
  4. When they are afraid (fear aggression)
  5. Aggression towards their leash
  6. During mealtime or when anyone tries to take their bowl away

During these scenarios, Dobermans will either bark, lunge at their object, growl, snarl, bite, snap or wrestle with other dogs. You will also notice that his back and hair will suddenly stiffen.

As their owner, you should be able to instinctively notice when they are about to be aggressive. Their ears will be erect , and you can expect that they will start barking or growling after a few seconds.

What can we do to stop Dobermans from being too aggressive?

We should start training them while they are still puppies so we can ensure that they will be well behaved. It is every dog owner's responsibility to make sure that our dogs will not be in places where he can get aggressive and hurt people.

As early as possible, we should already start establishing our dominance over our dogs to avoid any aggression towards us. It also helps to engage them with everyone in the house, your family members and including your household help so that they don't start showing any untoward behavior.

Doberman Socialization

What about socialization and the dog's mental attitude?

Socialization, with Dobermans and with any other dog breed for that matter, always works. Having them used to noise, strangers and other animals can help make for a less-aggressive dog.

One of the most important things in treating Dobermans would be to treat them with love and respect. This means we should not be screaming at them or worse, hurt them physically.

Any useful discipline and training tips?

There will be times that they will disobey, but punishing them will only do more harm than good.

You need to establish a specific command that tells them No. It could either be “Stop It” or just plain no; at least they know that you disapprove of such behavior.

When things get worse you can also try locking them up in their cages for a while or squirting them with water until they stop.

Doberman Sleeping

Does behavior modification work?

Although Doberman may be instinctively aggressive (especially for males), any form of behavioral are also a result of their owners not being able to take care of them well.

They do not automatically become aggressive or violent, and it is up to us to provide them a healthy, happy home where they can be trained to become a strong watchdog and a well-behaved pet.

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    • YankeeSurvival
    • April 29, 2013

    Wow. Doberman Pinschers are the ONLY dogs that were bred to guard human beings. They were carefully bred for their temperament. Not knowing what led to you being attacked, sorry it happened. But, to insult people who protect their families and homes with animals isn’t cool. A Doberman can be left with a child and it won’t let anyone near that child, but will allow that child to beat it up in rough play because they know their “pack” and make humans part of their “pack”.

    • YankeeSurvival
    • April 29, 2013

    Wrote my response before I read your’s. Agree totally RN8.

    • YankeeSurvival
    • April 29, 2013

    I had a beautiful Chocolate Red Doberman when I was a kid. Best dog ever. During the Blackout of the late 70’s in New York, someone broke into our home. My Dobie was going nuts. I ran downstairs and unleashed him and he ran up to the 3rd floor and ripped the thief a new defecation exit. He protected me (I was a kid), my little sister and my mother who were home alone. The thief ran out with nothing and left a trail of blood down our stairs. Wish it didn’t happen, but glad we had our Dobie.

    • mafiaosobob
    • April 29, 2013

    what a beautiful dog. I hope to one day have one like that except all black. Nice genes. wish we could of seen him sitting up straight tho

    • FLICKOFF1000
    • April 29, 2013

    he looks as though he’s bored of your conversation.. lol!

    • FLICKOFF1000
    • April 29, 2013

    was wondering if they seem to be calm and dont bark much?

    • AnhGuinard
    • April 29, 2013

    my dobermans are so gentle! There is a whole lot of confusion and uninformed people out there. They are loyal, loving pets. To me, my two dobermans are part of my family. They are my companions and not my “pets”
    I guess what I am trying to say is that I am ga-ga for dobies!

    • xenomann442
    • April 29, 2013

    actually its ever been proven that ear cropping prevents infections… vet’s have come to consensus that ear cropping doesnt do anything beneficial to the dog, and is purely for cosmetic reasons.

    • xenomann442
    • April 29, 2013

    actually its ever been proven that ear cropping prevents infections… vet’s have come to consensus that ear cropping doesnt do anything beneficial to the dog, and is purely for cosmetic reasons.

    • xenomann442
    • April 29, 2013

    i dont think they come in all black

    • Huey Freeman
    • April 29, 2013

    Look up the Canis Panther, thats what you want.

    • Alfredo Camel
    • April 29, 2013

    I have the economy model, a dachshund 

    • 30minutegaming
    • April 29, 2013

    Keep your laws of my dog, lol, good one

    • MrDropdeadFred
    • April 29, 2013

    Yeah.. Don’t fancy mutilating any pets i get.

    • Zack Thomas
    • April 29, 2013

    so ud rather have a dog with horrible ear infections and a horrible set of back problems? your a dip shit learn the breed before u say anything

    • DobyDuke
    • April 29, 2013

    I hear the brain tends to outgrow the skull, so i don’t recommend patting them on the head very hard due to headaches.

    • MrDropdeadFred
    • April 29, 2013

    The guy said the ears were cut to make it look scarier, he didn’t say anything about infections. Maybe your the dipshit.

    • derekmichel
    • April 29, 2013

    dobeys are prone to ear infections so its beneficial…
    is it mutilation when a baby gets circumcised? 

    • derekmichel
    • April 29, 2013

    they look just like dobermans but solid, cool!
    they are a bit more muscular though
    might be my dog choice cuz i want a doberman but air force doesn’t not allow dobermans and other breed that have a “bad rep”
    not that you care just sayin lol.

    • Camo kaze
    • April 29, 2013

    very few pictures and infos of this breed are available in the internet. actually i like the appearance of the doberman, but he’s partly too leggy for my taste. this “canis panther” has a idiotic name, but looks really badass. a mix of bullterrier and doberman or something. really to my taste.

    • MrDropdeadFred
    • April 29, 2013

    Derek, an acquaintance told me Dobermans can turn on you even if you treat them well. Is that true? The main reason I want one is cos a website said they were sociable and intelligent animals with protective capabilities. I refuse to buy a poodle and I hate those tiny Paris-Hilton type dogs too.

    • CWBou812
    • April 29, 2013

    An attack dog is a dog that has went through all the training and has learned to correctly respond to commands. This is just a doberman. Owning a certain dog type doesnt automatically make it an ‘attack dog’. Dobermans as well as any other dog if raised correctly can be the best friend you and your family could ever have. Your name fits you well, you are very ignorant and uninformed. Maybe you should learn something and educate yourself before calling others morons.

    • sirscrotum
    • April 29, 2013

    I find Doberman Pinscher owners, just in general, and this isn’t a stereotype, to be a hateful people. They can’t stand the notion that I’m gonna hit payday because my friends dog screwed up and I’m gonna have to sue his home insurance company. I had plenty of people of your ilk in support that the dog mauled me, as well as a combat veteran from Afghanistan, my friends dad, a man trying to pet the dog, and my friends 13 year old half brother. You’re just a really hateful crowd of people.

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