The iconic appearance of the Doberman is marked with grace, elegance, and proportion. These can be beautiful dogs – in both appearance and character. If reared properly and treated with love, Dobermans can also be great family pets. In a proper environment, they are great around children and are protective of their beloved family. And best of all, they are fiercely loyal to their owners. Still, the Doberman has that nasty reputation of being an aggressive, ferocious, and violent dog, with the popular image associating them with mobsters, gangsters, and violent men. But is there any credibility to such a claim? Are Dobermans aggressive?

It shouldn’t be surprising to know that in the end – it all comes down to proper upbringing. If a Doberman is properly trained and treated from its puppy age, it can be safe to say that they will be a wonderful family dog, friendly around children, and loyal to the owners. They will be friendly to other dogs too, mostly those that have been raised alongside them. Still, there are some natural aspects that need to be taken into account. Dobermans tend to have a territorial side, which always needs to be kept in mind.

Originally, the Doberman was bred in the late 1800s as a dog for personal security, a breed that would be defined by its ferocity, fearlessness, and intelligence. These instinctive traits might still persist to some degree in modern Dobermans, but will still be dependent on their surroundings and training. Nowadays, these dogs are intelligent, curious, and loyal, with little aggression displayed in a friendly and controlled environment. In general, it is said that Dobermans are non-aggressive to their owners, mildly aggressive or wary of other dogs, and aggressive to strangers. Remember that physical punishment is no way to treat your pet – especially a Doberman. If you cross that line, you might see them retaliate! Positive reinforcement works so much better and helps you create a strong and loving bond with your pet.

The Doberman is a protective and loyal breed. If they perceive a stranger or an unfamiliar dog as a possible threat, they might become territorial and aggressive. In other cases, they might turn to resource guarding. This is best observed when food is in question. If your Doberman gets aggressive around its food, it means that it is guarding its resources, and that behavioral training might be needed.

To that end, it is important to always walk your Doberman pet on a leash and to employ a muzzle when it is needed. While they are not aggressive under normal circumstances, their territorial, fearless, and protective nature might float up to the surface in unexpected situations. This is especially true for those times when a Doberman is frightened, threatened, or confused.

Otherwise, if you treat and train your pet properly, you should be able to enjoy a dog that is intelligent, fiercely loyal, and very protective of its family. It becomes a true guardian dog, with a great level of canine intelligence!

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