I am thinking of getting a Doberman in the near future. Before I do I wanted to hear first hand from actual owners. I should tell you a little backround about myself and the dogs future environment. First and most important, I have 4 kids ages 17,13,7,5. Each child having friends over from time to time. My wife is home with the kids at night while I work a swing shift. I do work days sometimes and my wife has an 8 hr, M-F job. This would be my primary reason for looking at a Doberman. Dobermans rate in every top ten list for good guard dog. Family protection in my mind is the primary function of a dog along with companionship for each family member. Second most important factor to consider is the existing family pets. A German Shepherd Dog about 8 years, a Yellow Lab, and two cats. Both dog are well behaved and great with the kids. At 8 years old the GSD is starting to move slow and could live from 9 to 12 years according to some sources. We have a larger lot about 3/4 acre with a fenced in portion. Dobermans set fear into just about anyone which is part of the high rating in guarding. So my question: Will I have to fear the dog hurting my kids? Will I have to fear the dog hurting my kids friends? Will I have to fear the dog hurting my cats? Will I have to fear the dog hurting my Dogs? With your personal experience with this breed will it fit in with my family?