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Dobermans have a regal appearance, and they hold their powerful physiques at attention. The Doberman pinscher is an impressive bread that gives the impression of being aggressive and, therefore, dangerous, but the facts may surprise you. Ultimately, aggression in dogs tends to be a matter of circumstances that include how they are raised and how they are treated by their owners. Virtually any dog can become aggressive and can cause considerable damage if it attacks. If you or someone you care about has been injured by a Doberman pinscher, don’t wait to consult with an experienced New Jersey dog bite lawyer.
The truth is that Dobermans are not the blood-thirsty hounds they’re often portrayed to be. Dobermans can be domesticated and are an intelligent breed of dog that many families – even those with small children – enjoy having as pets. Further, Dobermans are quite social, and this trait is enhanced when they are raised with the consistent interaction necessary to bolster this trait.
Yes, Dobermans have something of a bad reputation, but statistics show that they’re far less likely to attack people and other animals than some of the other breeds that are identified as aggressive. Consider the following:
Dobermans are a medium-sized breed that is well known for its speed, agility, and strength. Dobermans also have a good deal of energy, which means they aren’t great candidates for living in small, confined spaces. The intelligence of this breed leaves them highly trainable and well-suited to the position of a guard dog. Just like any other breed, Dobermans can make excellent companions, but the opposite is also true – any breed can attack – and a lot rides on how careful and consistent their owners are in relation to all the following:
Helping pets to control their aggression rather than inspiring them to unleash it savagely is also an important element of responsible dog ownership.
Dogsplanet.com rates Dobermans on a range of common characteristics, and the traits that they are most closely associated with may surprise you. Consider the following:
Lower scores that it’s important to keep in mind in relation to the Doberman breed include all the following:
Dobermans that get the exercise and outdoor activity they need and crave – as well as the necessary training, care, and love – tend to be excellent pets.
Dobermans strike an aggressive pose and have a commanding presence, but under the right circumstances, they tend to be loyal, affectionate pets who make great additions to the families who love them. Dobermans are so strong and powerful that they require consistent training from a patient owner who remains constant in their guidance.
Dobermans are far less likely to become aggressive when they have owners who don’t allow them to become dominant and who remain in constant control. Dobermans are fiercely protective of and dedicated to the families they belong to, which makes proper training that much more important.
Doberman owners who acclimate their dogs to strangers from an early age are far more likely to avoid instances of unforeseen aggression. It’s important to note, however, that a Doberman’s strength, speed, and vigilance make taking every precaution around children and strangers paramount. Always keeping a Doberman on a short leash when out in public is an important rule to follow, and a pet owner who doesn’t have the size or strength to control a Doberman on a leash should seriously consider another breed.
Underneath their steely exterior, Dobermans that are well-trained and well-loved tend to be affectionate pets that are devoted to the families who take them in. Dobermans, according to dogsplanet.com, have an interesting history.
Dobermans are thought to be a cross between a rottweiler and a German pinscher, which is why they are often called Doberman pinschers. Dobermans emerged on the dog scene in the late 1860s.
It’s said that Frédéric Louis Dobermann – who was a tax collector carrying large amounts of cash on his beat – chose a courageous and aggressive guard dog to accompany him on his work outings in or around 1870. Dobermann also happened to manage the dog pound, which afforded him access to many breeds. The animal he ultimately bred for protection and companionship was dubbed the Doberman, which amounts to the birth of the breed. The first Dobermans were stockier than the elegant pets we’re more familiar with today – they were also considerably smaller, with large heads on short necks.
Dobermans are powerful dogs with a lot of energy behind them, which makes providing them with regular exercise critical. Dobermans that don’t get the amount and level of exercise they need are more likely to react aggressively. Obedience training and socialization are critical elements from very early on and are essential components of raising Dobermans that are safe, reliable pets who are less likely to react dangerously out of aggression or fear.
The fact that this breed responds very well to positive reinforcement only sweetens the deal. Finally, Dobermans don’t require special guard training in order to serve as reliable protectors of their families and homes. In fact, trainers tend to advise against such training, which can support aggression and hypervigilance in a Doberman.
If a Doberman does attack and bite you, there are several very important steps you should take to help protect your health and your dog bite claim. These include:
With these simple steps, you can help to ensure that you get the prompt care you require and that you protect your claim from the involved insurance company’s attempts to twist your words, statements, or posts to its own design.
Many states are dubbed one-bite states because pet owners are afforded the benefit of the doubt when it comes to a dog’s first known act of aggression. In New Jersey, dog owners are called upon to protect others from their pets at all times – even if the animal has given no indication that it has aggressive tendencies.
David J. Cowhey is a trusted dog bite attorney who brings his ample experience and legal skill to The New Jersey Dog Bite Lawyer, and he’s standing by to help you. Your claim is important, so please reach out to learn more by contacting us online or calling us at 866-343-3181 today.