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Doberman Pinscher

Medium-large breed of domestic dog that was originally developed around 1890 by Louis Dobermann, a tax collector from Germany Website

Approval Rate: 78%

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    Wed Feb 24 2010

    Very good guard dogs. Like to be worked with and trained. Extremely smart.

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    Tue Jan 05 2010

    Love them! Was going to get one but changed my mind. I will have one someday. They are gorgeous!

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    Wed Aug 12 2009

    Sadly, I think through the media, word of mouth etc, breeds such as the Doberman Pinscher, Rottweiler and bully breeds such as pitbulls etc. tend to have a bad reputation, despite what loving companions they can be. These dogs do look tough I will give them that, however, any Dobe, Rottie that I have ever encountered has been the biggest SUCK, and is nothing like the mean guard dog that they were supposed to be bred for. On the other hand, these dogs in the wrong owner's hands can become an absolute disaster. Any dog can become aggressive if trained to do so, so breeds such as these need to only be owned by people that understand and can fully manage a powerful breed such as the Doberman.

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    Sun Jul 26 2009

    My Doberman pup is very smart, sweet (at most times), and handsome. He tends to be on the stubborn side just a bit when it comes to working with him, but when he's in the mood, he gets the commands precise. Often at times, he will walk away from me when trying to work with him, lol. He is, however, a runt (not exactly sure if that would affect his personality) and is about 7 pounds lighter than a normal sized 3 month old Dobe. Loki is great with my kids! He runs alongside them and stands beside them as they play. He doesn't jump on them or play bite them unlike my lab puppy; it's amazing! Already, he stands tall and alert when strange people approach, but he's getting plenty of socialization. Loki is usually very happy whenever we return from going out, but not at the point where he's too excited for me to open the cage dog. He's usually very calm and when he does get in the playful mood, he plays fair!

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    Wed Jul 15 2009

    Highly tractable, highly intelligent, highly reactive and energetic. Make sure you have the lifestyle for one.

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    Thu Jul 02 2009

    Love them! We kept a 11 year old one for a friend and he was so friendly and laid back, but when they are puppies watch out they can be hyper!

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    Wed Jun 17 2009

    the best dog i own. 1 master means only 1, no others. yup aggressive and mean against stranger but with a good manner visitor, they should be fine. btw this is my hug pillow lol.

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    Mon Apr 20 2009

    They just have a mean, bully appearance about them.

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    Tue Sep 02 2008

    Duece man!!!!

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    Thu Aug 07 2008

    I want one!!!!!!!!!

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    Thu Aug 07 2008

    they have issues

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    Sun Jul 13 2008

    Nervey and fearful. Lots of health problems encluding poor hips and skin issues. This is just a very nervious dog. I have seem very few that come into the vet's clinic where I work that are neat. Most are overly fearful and act stupid. This was once a working breed but through overbreeding by people who have no clue how to choose correct breeding stock we have turned this into a nerve bag. Like many other dogs; German Shepard, Irish Setters, Labs, and Golden (just to name a few), we have taken the work out of the dog and turned them into show dogs, pets or worse. There are some Dobies that I have thought were quite handsome but from what I have seem of them, most all of them lack stability in temperament.

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    Tue Jun 17 2008

    i like dobermans but one bit me on the nose so i dont like them so much anymore lol!

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    Sun Jun 15 2008

    Great Guard Dogs

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    Sun Jun 01 2008

    ok i guess

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    Sun Jun 01 2008

    Great watch dog, but they bark A LOT!

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    Sat May 31 2008

    Not my favorite but I love tough puppies!

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    Tue May 20 2008

    i like small dogs

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    Wed May 07 2008

    actually quite sweet dogs, very friendly as long as they don't feel threatened and are in a good home

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    Tue Apr 29 2008

    Scary looking, but I havent had one.

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    Sun Apr 13 2008

    If you don't train them to be mean, they're kinda whimpy.

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    Thu Apr 10 2008

    right on. doberman's kick ass.

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    Wed Apr 09 2008

    Used to be used traditionally as guard dogs, but I don't see too much of this anymore.

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    Wed Apr 09 2008

    I respect the breed, but I have never liked the cropped ears.

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    Tue Apr 08 2008

    U kidding!NEVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Tue Apr 08 2008

    I hear these are great dogs with a bad rap. They're only vicious if they're trained to be. They're loyal, intelligent and affectionate by nature, or so I've heard. Plus, I'll always associate this dog with Snoop Dogg's late-90s Gin-N-Juice video, which is by no means a bad thing.

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    Mon Apr 07 2008

    Dobes have lost a lot of popularity lately. Everyone is pit bull happy now...Dobes have some major health issues and really are big babies....they can make very nice family dogs

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    Mon Apr 07 2008

    Dobermans can be incredibly sweet dogs.

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    Wed Apr 02 2008

    I love them . They are a very good companion.

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    Sat Mar 24 2007

    These dogs are fantastic dogs- they are incredibly smart, sensitive and just want to be with their family. They are great with their people and very responsive to their owners. They aren't a dog for everyone as they are an energetic, loyal dog that needs to spend time with their owners and loves to have a 'job to do'... I have shown my dobie in competitive obedience, agility and flyball and he has the best time when he is working and gets SOO excited when he gets to go to class or an event. This breed is protective and can be aggressive to other dogs, IF the other dog is acting dominant and aggressive themselves.. I have never had my dobie be aggressive to any person (if anything, he is a big goofball and just wants to play) but if another dog is trying to dominate him enough he won't back down. This breed has been very misunderstood... they are a superb all around dog- once you meet one you will fall in love with them! They are even gentle with my cats, small dogs and my parrots!!

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    Wed Dec 07 2005

    Dobermans are misunderstood, these dogs are not naturally aggresive, the dogs personality is afected by how people treat the dog. Treat the dog with hatred and violence, the dog becomes aggresive to defend itself. Treat the dog with love and care, you have a faithful friend for life. These are big dogs, which are very energetic and playful, loyal and handsome. Thier coats need little care. To have a well mannered dog, firm training is required from a young age. Dobermans are great campanions.

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    Mon Jul 04 2005

    Dont believe the myths- these are great dogs. No their brains don't outgrow their skulls; No they don't turn on their owners; Etc, Etc. These are great loyal and devoted companions who are more than willing to lay their life down protecting their owner/family. They are completely undeserving of the bad reputation that sometime seem to acquire. This is the only breed actually developed to be a guard dog and protector of their family and they take this job seriously. I have a Doberman pup right now and hope to have more once I am no longer in an apartment. I came home from college for the summer and had my mom ride with me to pick up my pup and she was always afraid of Dobermans because of the myths she had always heard. By the end of the afternoon my mom was sitting at the breeders in the middle of 6 Doberman pups with an adult Doberman patiently waiting for her attention and 4 more adults outside longing for attention. By the end of the day her opinion had changed. I will admit- this i... Read more

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    Fri May 06 2005

    Half crazy,dumb.

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    Fri Apr 22 2005

    Be careful of inner breeding! While any dog inner-bred is a danger, this one in particular is one that is inner-bred just for people who want a dangerous dog. If not inner-bred, then a great dog.My brother has two and they are so loving, energetic, intelligent.

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    Sat Jun 19 2004

    For the right person, the Doberman is a great dog. They're a highly intelligent breed, very devoted to their family and surprisingly, very goofy. Just like any other breed, they need to be obtained from a reputable breeder (or rescue) and require early socialization. There are a lot of myths about this breed, don't fall for them -- their brains DO NOT grow too large for their skulls.

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    Wed Nov 26 2003

    I hear that they are quite intelligent and loving dogs, and not at all vicious unless trained to be (which hardly differentiates them from most other breeds). Interesting thing, though, the way they were bred has led them to evolve a brain that is a little too large for their skull, so it is constantly being squeezed inside their heads, which may result in aggressive behavior if not a constant headache. Very attractive dogs too.

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    Fri Nov 21 2003

    Great intelligence, awesome allegiance. I have had 3 dobies and love each of them.

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    Wed Jul 30 2003

    I have owned 3 in my lifetime. They are the most loyal dog breed to walk the planet.

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    Wed Jul 09 2003

    The most loyal and dedicated beautiful dogs alongside pit bulls. I owned three during my lifetime and they are great for everyone to own. Easy to train too!

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    Sun May 11 2003

    have raised for 20 years now. they are the most intelligent, loyal, loving, protective, obediant dog i have ever been around... And i have been around alot of dogs. SIMPLY PUT WE LOVE THESE DOGS AND HAVE SIX OF THEM RIGHT NOW!!

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    Sun Jan 05 2003

    tough dog i love it have one along with pomeranian

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    Sat Oct 26 2002

    i was taught to fear them. i'm not sure why because all the ones that i've known are friendly and gentle. they are protectors, too. i think that's a fine quality.

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    Sat Mar 23 2002

    I've had a couple of dobies and just love them. They are so sweet natured and easy going. They have a bad reputation. Like most dogs depends on how you raise them.

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    Sat Jan 12 2002

    Beautiful, intelligent, loving, loyal, athletic, protective, noble and versatile. What more could you want in a dog?

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    Sun Dec 16 2001

    I'm sure there are a lot of good-natured Dobies out there, but the few that I've come across weren't too friendly. I try to stay away from them.

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    Sat Dec 15 2001

    I think these dogs, like Rotties, get a kind of bad reputation based on their looks. Yes, some are probably aggressive and very territorial - due to training and/or disposition. But, the only one I ever knew was a big baby who just wanted to chase a ball and sit on my lap.

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    Wed Dec 05 2001

    Dobermanns are really loyal and they are very good guard dogs. I have 2 dobermanns named ebony and lucky, they are really good and dobermanns mostly like people that live with them, they really don;t take to strangers well and they don't like it when my friend ashley comes over. They only bark at certian people and they can be possesive.

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    Sat Nov 10 2001

    Yes, Dobermann's are perceived as aggressive and is a terror but you can't really judge until you own one. Our family dog (our first and current) is one and HE IS THE SWEETEST THING IN THE WORLD. Wild and active he would love to have a nice pat after a long walk, he can be good inside the household just as long as it is properly trained. Loyal and distinctive, the image I'm talking about awhile ago is really helpful in protecting your homes. :)