Dobermans have long been known for their skills as protection dogs. They're assertive and strong and do a great job of defending homes and people from those who do not mean well. But, increasingly, people are adopting Doberman puppies to raise as family dogs. While they are not the right choice for every family, they do work well for many families. Consider these pros and cons if you're thinking of adopting a Doberman puppy.
Pro: Dobermans are loyal and friendly to those they know.
Some traditional guard dogs are hard to bond with and can be dangerous. Dobermans, however, tend to be very loyal and friendly with those who they know. Especially if you get a puppy, it will grow up with your family members and become loyal to them. While Dobermans can be aggressive, even when not overtly raised as guard dogs, they are unlikely to be aggressive towards people they know and care for. In fact, they will follow their beloved owners around the house like a shadow, staying closely bonded to them.
Con: Dobermans are big and strong.
If you have kids or are not very strong yourself, this could be a con. The average Doberman weighs around 90 pounds, and some are even heavier. You will need to train your dog very well when they are young so they know not to pull on the leash or be too assertive with you. If you have little children, you may want to wait until they are older to get such a big, strong dog. Although the dog should not intentionally harm them, it may knock them over—and it may be too strong for them to lead around and play with easily.
Pro: Dobermans are intimidating to intruders.
Even if your Doberman is not trained as watchdog, having one will help keep intruders away from your home. Criminals will see the dog and have no interest in invading your home or stealing from you. You may be able to get rid of your security system, and you can leave your home feeling more confident in its security.
Con: Dobermans can be clingy.
If you are looking for an independent dog, this is not it. While some people like clingy dogs, others want their dogs to be more independent. With a Doberman, you will end up sleeping next to your dog, eating with your dog, and snuggling next to your dog on the couch. If you do leave the dog alone in the house, it may whine and want to be with you. While it is nice to know your dog loves you, some find this level of attachment to be overwhelming.
Pro: Dobermans are easy to train.
When it comes to potty training and leash training, you should have a pretty easy job with a Doberman. They respond well to positive reinforcement, and they are very smart. Since they want to please, you can work on longer training sessions with them than you can with many other breeds.
Con: Your homeowners insurance rate may rise with a Doberman.
Even though most Dobermans are not as dangerous as people think, homeowners' insurance companies tend to see these dogs as a risk because of their history of being used as protection dogs. So, if you adopt a Doberman, be sure to let your homeowners' insurance company know. They may raise your rates. In rare cases, your insurance company may deny you coverage with a Doberman—you may need to find a new insurance company.
To learn more about Dobermans and keeping them as family dogs, talk to a breeder of Doberman pinscher puppies.