The Doberman is not a perfect breed. As is becoming my refrain, bad owners make bad dogs. But the Doberman has the remarkable ability to make good decisions even when the people around are making bad ones.
Really, people make their own decisions. My blog posts are not likely to change somebody's mind, if they're already set in their thoughts about the Doberman breed. But it kind of mystifies and irritates me that people are deliberately looking for the "mean Doberman". I'm sure they're also looking for the "mean pit bull" and "mean dogo argentine" and "mean rottweiler" too, and I don't dig any of that. What's missing from their lives, that they need a "mean" dog? What do they think they would get out of something like that?
Even a dog that is successfully protection trained is such because that dog 1. listens to commands and 2. knows how to make good decisions. A dog trained to bite a person is also trained to stop the second the command is given. In my mind, whatever that "stop" command is the most important thing for a protection trained dog to know; that off switch makes everything safe. The dogs who are good at things like Schutzhund, if you watch videos of them work, are clearly having a blast. It's the best game ever! Hitting that bite sleeve and hanging on is like a big huge game of tug, something I know Elka loves a great deal. The tracking portion is another game. I know not everybody trains these things like games, and many people train them coercively (to the extreme), but even so, a working dog is not a mean dog; a working dog has a job to do.
So, folks, if you're here looking for a "mean Doberman", you've come to the wrong place. If you want to learn about what the breed is actually about, stick around. Look at my "Sites to See" section. It's much harder to have a well-trained dog than to have an out of control dog. Read up and learn some things about what the Doberman breed is like, instead of what movies (including Disney!) would have you believe.