Doberman with behavioral issues

Hello. I met a family a couple weeks ago with a 4-year-old Doberman Pinscher, named Diablo. I love this breed! I grew up with a Doby and owned my own for 14 years until she passed. Anyway, they have 5 children and not much time to exercise him, train him, or love him! Not sure why she bought this dog. Anyway, they want to give him to me for free. This dog was attacked by a couple large dogs as a puppy and, understandably so, Diablo is extremely anxious around large dogs. 


Anyway, she brought him over to my house to get introduced to my 8-year-old Greyhound, Smokey. Everything seemed to be going well. She decided to leave for an hour for a trial period. I took the two dogs outside in my backyard, which is huge. Eventually, they started playing. When Smokey ran after him to play, he screamed and ran from her. His hair stood up on his back too. Let them back in the house, and Diablo marked my living room. I know he was just nervous. 

So, does anyone think Diablo will eventually turn on Smokey? Is his behavior too far gone? 

To boot, the husband of the family is impatient with him. When Diablo does something wrong, he hits him with an HDMI cable, according to the wife. This breed is sensitive and respond to love! 

On one hand, I want to save him from this. On the other, I do not want to take on irreparable problems of Diablo! If anyone will shed some light on this situation, it would be appreciated. Thanks. 

Sharon

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