These dogs are gentle, loving, super intelligent, super loyal, and have amazing physical abilities. They will protect property, children, and pretty much anything else you want.
I have a story about how great these dogs are at protecting your stuff. Friends of ours had one a long time ago before us. It was a great dog, very friendly and fun. Their house was out in the country and sometimes they would leave the house and not even shut the front door. Just leave the screen door closed and the dog inside the house. If we happened to go over while my friends were gone we could talk to the dog through the screen door and she would wage her tail and jump around excited to see us. BUT if we started to open up the screen door to come inside the dogs personality would change instantly. It was like she was letting us know, I like you and I'm glad you are here but the masters of the house are not home right now so you are not allowed inside.
I have owned a lot of different dogs. These are the most intelligent dogs I have ever seen. I can give my dogs just about any type of brain teaser challenge and they will figure it out, especially if there is a reward of food involved.
These dogs were so smart and tough that they fought with the US marines in WWII. They were called Marine Devildogs. www.doberman.ws...
Dobermann was a tax collector who frequently traveled through many bandit-infested areas, and needed a protection dog to guard him in any situation that might arise. He set out to breed a new type of dog that, in his opinion, would be the perfect combination of strength, loyalty, intelligence, and ferocity.
Doberman Pinschers are, in general, a gentle, loyal, loving, and highly intelligent breed. Although there is variation in temperament, a typical pet Doberman attacks only if it believes that it, its property, or its family are in danger. According to the US Centers for Disease Control, the Doberman Pinscher is less frequently involved in attacks on humans resulting in fatalities than several other dog breeds such as pit bull-type dogs, German Shepherd Dogs, Rottweilers and Alaskan Malamutes. Those familiar with the breed consider well-bred and properly socialized Doberman Pinschers to be excellent pets and companions, suitable for families with other dog breeds, excellent with young children, and even cats. The modern Doberman Pinscher is well known as a loyal and devoted family member.
The Doberman Pinscher has been used as a protection and guard dog, due to its intelligence, loyalty, and ability to physically challenge human aggressors. Doberman Pinschers were once commonly used in police work and in the military. The breed was used extensively by the U.S. Marines in World War II, and 25 Marine War Dogs died in the Battle of Guam in 1944: there is a memorial in Guam in honor of these Doberman Pinschers. In these roles, they inspire fear. They are often stereotyped in such roles in movies (where they are trained to exhibit seemingly "aggressive" behavior), and video games, consequently many people are afraid of the breed. A related problem is the misunderstanding of their legitimate roles; because guard dogs are trained to neutralize unwelcome intruders, many people mistakenly believe that Doberman Pinschers are vicious.
[edit on 6-8-2007 by zerotime]