No, a Doberman can be a great family dog. It's all in the training. The only time my dog ever came close to hurting anyone was when a buddy & I were wrestling. He thought I was being attacked, even so he grabbed my friend by the jacket & just spun him around & then stood between my friend & myself. Scared my friend but didn't hurt him.
I've had Doberman's since I was a baby they were good with me! They took naps with me and watched out for me! I think they are good family pets. It's all in the way u train them and treat them! Let them get familiar with the baby stuff so they get used to it!! I climbed all over my doberman all the time! I never got bit or anything
Dobermans are very loyal to their families. They are protective but certainly not vicious. My 11 year old is actually a bit timid and for that reason only I'm a little cautious with him because most animals react based on fear any way. Statistically there are more dog bites from cocker spaniels last I read and a death by Doberman is extremely rare. Per our vet, a doberman will snap and release if it's going to bite at all, unlike other "aggressive" dogs who tend to lock on or bite over and over. They are really wonderful companions in my opinion.
When getting a doberman you must investigate the breeder and the bloodlines, my aunt used to breed them and I learned from her that the doberman has had alot of inbreeding which has caused a genetic issue of the brain swelling too large for the skull cavity which if not caught can result in aggressive outbursts from the dog even on a loving and good owner who has properly trained the dog with positive reinforcement. Once you have established that is a good and responsible breeder you can ask them to see the papers verifying blood lines and once you get verification of diverse lineage see if they will gaurantee against genetic defect and if they will I'd get one and immediatly take it to a vet for any and all testing available, even if it passes all testing sol never leave small children alone with the dog and if the dog ever shows undo aggression please take it to the vet for scans to prevent any undo suffering of the dog or any risk to others because it's never really the dog's fault.