I have a 3 yr. old, a 5 yr. old and a 7 yr. old. We have had a unique situation come up and are looking at an adult doberman to possibly bring into our home. We have spent some time with her. She is 5 years old and is extremely outgoing and loving with adults. She however is very jumpy with my children. The older two boys are very gentle however they do love to give her gentle hugs around the neck which she does not like and pulls away from. She relishes hugs from me though! Our three year old does well and we are very persistent on teaching him how to be very gentle with her however there have been times he has come up behind her and put his hands on her and she jumps and turns to face him. She doesn't growl she is just very very jumpy. I am not exactly sure how to adequately teach a three year old to act perfectly around this dog for the simple fact that he is three. He doesn't hit her or crawl on her, he simply puts his hands on her to pet her. My question is if this dog should even be considered for our home. She obviously is not accustomed to children at all and has grown up around adults. I simply do not know if the kids are something she will gradually get used to or if she is too old to really settle in with kids. Has anyone else brought an adult dobe into a home with young kids? I am feeling like a puppy that can be brought up with my children might be the best option which, although will be much more work, is what we had planned on doing originally. Thanks for the input.