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There are some temperamental traits that are common with the Doberman Pinscher that directly influence how they behave with children. While certainly each specific dog will have its own disposition, the following is a list of some of the common traits that Dobermans have and how they affect their behavior around children.

  • Extreme intelligence: Dobermans are consistently ranked among the top five most intelligent dog breeds in the world. They are smart enough to be aware of their actions. In fact, they are smart enough to tailor their actions to who or what they are interacting with. This is why a Doberman can behave completely differently with a baby than with an older child: they actually understand that they are interacting with a younger, more fragile family member.
  • Trainability: Also being one of the most trainable dogs in the world means that the dog is likely to understand and remember slight corrections due to any inappropriate behavior around a child in the future.
  • Desire to Please: Dobermans have an extremely high desire to please their masters. This comes from a combination of his intelligence and his people-oriented nature. This means that they want to clearly know what is expected of them and they will meet those expectations fairly consistently.
  • Protective Instincts: This breed protects its family (or «pack»). Once they understand that the young baby is part of the pack, they are likely to become protective of the child as well.

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How the Doberman Performed

The Doberman Pinschers performed exceptionally well. Like, top 5 okay. The Dobermans did so well that they were placed in the top 10 smartest dog class, the highest possible category for dog intelligence.

Being in the top 10 meant that Dobermans were capable of learning a new command with less than 5 repetitions! Depending on the complexity of the command, you can teach a Doberman a new command in just a few minutes!


Both races are highly intelligent, which means they can both be trained. There is a difference in the way of approaching training. German Shepherds, for example, are known for their versatility. They can be trained for a variety of disciplines, from competition to herding to guarding.

Herders tend to be wary of strangers, which is why early socialization is so necessary. Introducing a German Shepherd puppy to many different people and types of situations helps make these situations more enjoyable later in life.