Are Dobermans Good With Kids?

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Doberman Pinschers are such a fantastic breed of dog. While they often get a bad rep due to how they look, and the fact that they can have aggressive tendencies, this is a misunderstood breed.

If you are living in a country or State where Dobermans are not banned or restricted, you may be contemplating choosing this breed. Any good potential dog owner will research into whether the breed is suitable for their family. This is such an important thing to do. 

In this article, we will be talking about whether Dobermans are good with kids, and whether they are a suitable breed to have as a family dog.

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Doberman History

Doberman Pinschers are a medium to large breed of domestic dog. They were created in 1890, and are fairly popular, originating in Germany. While they are a fairly large breed, they are agile, and will typically weigh around 40 to 45 kg. 

This is a breed that is known for being trainable and very intelligent. When they bond with their owner, they are particularly loyal dogs. However, as they can be wary of other animals and people, they often do get a bad reputation.

Due to the potential aggressive tendencies that some Doberman Pinschers show, they are a breed that is either banned or restricted in many parts of the US. However, there are some states that are more lenient about this. 

When it comes to owning a Doberman, they require a high amount of training, and the correct handling to ensure that they are a well-behaved and obedient breed.

Are dobermans good with kids?

If you are considering purchasing a Doberman, it is important to carry out the correct research to ensure that it is a suitable breed for you to own with children. While you can train dogs to be accepting of children, there are some breeds that are more natural at this than others. 

On the whole, Doberman Pinschers tend to be good with kids. However, you will need to put in a good amount of training to ensure that the dog is well behaved and patient, especially if you have younger children. 

While all breeds of dog should be correctly trained around children, for the breeds that are known to have naturally more aggressive tendencies, this is even more important.

Adults are aware of when a dog is nervous, or wants to be left alone. However, some children may not understand the cues that the dog is giving them. As a result, you will also need to teach your children to be well-behaved around the dog.

This will help to ensure that the relationship is good.

On the whole, they are great around children when given the proper training because of how loyal and loving they can be. The best chance you have of there being no issues, is to have a puppy Doberman.

They will then grow up being used to being around children, and they can be trained easier than an adult dog. 

While adult dogs can be kind too, this will depend on their temperament. It is also important to note that all dogs within a breed are different, too. While some Doberman Pinschers are more accepting of children, others may not be. You will need to keep this in mind. 

The more experience you have with training and with this breed on the whole, the more confident you will be owning this breed.

Are Dobermans a good family dog?

In general, yes, Doberman Pinschers can be a good family dog. However, this will all depend on the specific dog. While one Doberman may love being part of a family, another may prefer a quieter household.

What is great about Dobermans is that they are very loyal dogs. While they are often seen as aggressive, when they have bonded with a person, they become very attached and loyal. The same can be said in a family dynamic.

If you have owned a Doberman Pinscher from a puppy, and you have trained it correctly, the likelihood is that it is going to be a good family pet. However, a rescue may be more difficult to integrate into a family setting.

You will need to ensure you are putting the correct training into teaching the dog what is right and wrong, just as you would with any other breed. While a Doberman is not necessarily the first breed you would consider as a family pet, they can be a very rewarding dog to have.

Given their restrictions here in the US in many states, we would recommend purchasing a Doberman Pinscher if you have previous experience with the breed, or you have experience with larger dogs. 

The key thing to remember is socialization, especially from a young age. The more used to a family setting the dog is, the more comfortable and secure the dog will feel on the whole. 

Are Dobermans aggressive?

As we have already covered, Doberman Pinschers are not typically aggressive towards their owners or their family. However, as they do form loyal bonds, this can cause them to be potentially aggressive to others.

When it comes to other dogs or strangers, they can become territorial and potentially aggressive. This is natural for them, however, it does not mean they are going to be aggressive or attack. 

This is why it is so important to train your dog so that it is socialized and comfortable around those it doesn’t know and other dogs too. 


We hope you have found this article useful. As you can see, Doberman Pinschers can be fantastic pets to own. In general, they are good around children, but a good level of training is needed.

In addition to this, it is always recommended that you teach your children how to interact with the dog correctly.

While Doberman Pinschers typically have one person that they are attached to more than anyone else, they can still be fantastic and loyal family pets too.