Dobermans are energetic and wary dogs. They are usually fearless and make excellent watchdogs. They are very loyal to their owners and also very obedient. In relation to your family Dobermans are affectionate and loving dogs.
It is believed that the Doberman is a very vicious dog. Such is the reputation this breed has arisen from the fact that these dogs were often used for protection, but mainly because of their size and strength. However, Dobermans usually attack only when they feel that their family or property is in danger.
If to compare Dobermans with dogs other breeds, such as: German sheep-dogs, pit bulls, Rottweilers or Alaskan Malamutes, the likelihood attacks on human have them, much below, than have dogs breeds, listed higher.