I really appreciate and value your input! I would agree that lawsuits are out of control and WE don't need any additional stresses like that in our lives. The alarm and surveillance systems may be a better route to go and personal protection training for the wife and I. I would still want to pursue a dog that could be highly trained in obedience on and off leash and possibly some service dog training. I really appreciate all the help!
Most dobermans are great for obedience. If that is your primary goal I would suggest talking with someone from your local DPCA chapter club The DPCA | Chapter Clubs
for a breeder referral