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Are Dobermans Good with Children? 2024 Bite Statistics

by Amy Arthur  - May 14, 2024

Disclaimer: We share our opinion only and none of our content should be considered fact, lawful, legal, or medical advice. Your results are in no way guaranteed and will depend on several factors including your willingness to plan ahead, study and train.
The million dollar question: Are Dobermans good with children?

Wednesday, October 12, 2022 is a date that should live in infamy. Tragically, a toddler and a baby were mauled to death and their mother left in critical condition when their 2 beloved dogs of 8 years attacked. 

Now stop right there for a second and think about that. 8 years. Significantly, isn't it shocking that 2 loving pets could turn deadly after such a long and close relationship with their family? Indeed, a dog at that age is well established by that point. Likewise, they are fully mature and their personalities are solidified.

Certainly, such an incident leaves one wondering if any canine lover's home is safe. By all means, every aspiring Doberman owner should ask the critical question: "Are Dobermans good with children?"

Are Dobermans Good with Children? 2024 Bite Statistics
Video Chapters:
  • 00:43 - The most dangerous dogs of 2024
  • 1:22 - List of the most aggressive dog breeds towards their owners
  • 1:44 - Qualities in the Doberman that helped me determine personal compatibility with the breed
  • 2:08 - Why the Doberman protects their family
  • 2:15 - Factors that impact whether a Doberman is good with children
  • 2:33 - How to teach your Doberman to respect your child or smaller pets such as chickens or cats
  • 4:28 - Respect is mutual, teach your children how to treat animals kindly
  • 5:08 - Final conclusions

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Hello, my name is Amy Arthur. Your Doberman breeder and guide. My goal is to help you determine compatibility and gain the confidence that you would require in order comfortably handle this unique breed.

Above all, your ability to understand the psychology behind the Doberman's needs is a crucial element for excellent ownership. My gift to you, sharing everything I know about them. Indeed, no one should have to rely on blind google searches to uncover the Doberman's secrets.


2024 Dog Bite Statistics

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The Most Dangerous Dogs of 2024

Furthermore, the World of Animals Foundation published an article listing the top biting dog breeds for 2024. Their findings are as follows:

  1. Chihuahua
  2. Jack Russell Terrier
  3. Wolf Hybrid
  4. Dachshund
  5. Rottweiler
  6. Cane Corso
  7. Chow chow
  8. American Pitbull Terrier
  9. Bull Terrier
  10. Akita
  11. German Shepherd
  12. Rhodesian Ridgeback
  13. Doberman Pinscher
  14. Dogo Argentino
  15. Siberian Husky

Incidentally, not that in their article, they had clarified that "Dobermans are not naturally aggressive." They went on to explain that "they’ve either been abused, mistrained, or handled irresponsibly (had other than positive training methods). They’re generally just protective of their families and could bite if someone is seen as a threat. Small children should always be supervised around them."

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Dog Breeds Most Likely to Bite Their Owners

Furthermore, take a look at the image below which features a list of dog breeds most often found to bite their owners. Again, notice that the Doberman's records are much lower than several other well-known breeds.

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Personal Experience: Are Dobermans Good with Children?

Indeed, you might be wondering why I've listed all of these statistics first before answering the original question of, "Are Dobermans good with children?" In short, I wanted to establish my standpoint from other sources to help emphasize my message. 

Alternatively, if I had just shared my opinion about the breed, this would have not done justice to their truly loving and loyal nature.

To expound, concerned for my family, we first decided to go with a Doberman because it literally was the only breed that matched exactly what I was looking for in a protection dog. 

Firstly, they were smart, protective, had short fur so the grooming would be easier, they didn't drool and had the size and look of what I was seeking.

However, I quickly found out why the Doberman was so protective over their family. Indeed, the love that they had for the safety of their pack was on a level I had never seen before.

Final Critical Points

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Critically, weather a Doberman is good with children depends entirely upon their upbringing and their handler. Accordingly, if they are treated with respect and taught with love to recognize the authority of their handler, they are likely to suck you into the world of Doberman lovers, just like they did to me.

Further reading: First-Time Doberman Owner: 3 Overlooked Warnings

Side Tip for Establishing Respect

With this is in mind, let me quickly share some advice on how to ensure that your Doberman is good with children (this also works with defenseless animals such as chickens or cats.) 

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Don't Discount Nature

First, keep in mind that puppies start out treating everyone around them (human and canine alike) as equals. As a result, they will play and challenge each other with wrestling as their instincts direct them to practice.

To expound, think of a lion cub. Their play with their siblings is an instinctual directive to prepare them for their own defense and the protection of their pride as an adult

Likewise, Doberman puppies start out life with the same desire to roughhouse and as a result, establish their own pecking order amongst themselves. Which means that, unless taught otherwise, your child is fair game for play to challenge as an equal.

Further reading: Puppy Nipping: 1 Easy Trick to Teach Your New Puppy Not to Nip

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Teach Your Doberman That Your Child Is NOT To Be Challenged

Critically, this may seem cute at first, but it is important to teach the puppy or dog (whatever age they are) that a child or small animal is NOT their equal.

Side Note: In short, you can do this by closely supervising your Doberman's behavior with the child (or small animal). The second that they initiate play as an equal, you step in and gently, but firmly scold. 

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Consequently, this teaches the Doberman that the child belongs to alpha and therefore must be treated the same as alpha. As a result, they will still want to love on and play with the child, but it will be done in a much more respectful way and act as a preventative for aggressive behavior towards that child.

Recommended reading: The Worst Alpha Dog Myth Debunked in 8 Minutes

Notably, since the Doberman is such an intelligent breed, I've successfully had young puppies learn to respect my children within a small number of corrections. 

Side Note: Consistency is key! Do NOT leave your child's side while they interact with your Doberman until it is clear that they are to treat your child with respect.

Likewise, corrections must be done on the spot, or your Doberman will not be able to understand what they are being corrected for. Consequently, if you are not standing right there, you will not be there in time for them to associate your message with their actions and it will only serve as a source of anxiety for them.

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Teach Your Child!

With this in mind, if you really want to ensure that your Doberman is good with children, do NOT allow the child to torment or abuse your dog!

Critically, if you are going to teach your canine that the child belongs to alpha, your child must also learn to conduct themselves so. 

To expound, alphas are not bullies! They are the leader. It is their job to take care of the pack. Not to torment or push the boundaries of their subject's patience. Which leads to me share a common saying:

"There are no bad dogs. Only bad owners."

In summary, you are responsible for your Doberman's behavior. Unless your canine is suffering from a neurological ailment, they are not going to just bite without cause. This especially applies to Dobermans.

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About 

Amy Arthur

I breed, train, conduct personality tests, and find homes for work and service grade purebred Doberman Pinscher canines. Preparing these dogs for life as an excellent quality family pet or service canine requires a lot of work, dedication and experience. My children, the dogs, and my farm are my life. When I'm not taking care of them, I'm expanding my knowledge and working on ways to improve their lives.

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