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Are Doberman dogs the breed good with chickens or will they chase them and hurt them?

Hi everyone,

I am considering getting a Doberman as a family pet and I also own a small flock of chickens. I am a bit concerned about the dog's behavior towards the chickens. I have read mixed reviews online regarding this topic and I am not sure what to expect.

Has anyone here owned a Doberman and kept chickens at the same time? Were they able to coexist peacefully or did you have any issues with the dog chasing or hurting the chickens? I understand that each dog is different and their behavior largely depends on their training and upbringing, but any input or advice would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you in advance!

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Hi there,

I personally have a Doberman and also keep a small flock of chickens. In my experience, my Doberman has never shown any aggression towards my chickens. In fact, he seems to be indifferent towards them and only acknowledges their presence when they wander near him. I should also mention that my Doberman was socialized with other animals from a young age and received proper obedience training.

However, I have heard of other Dobermans that do not have the same demeanor around chickens. It really depends on the individual dog and how they were raised and trained. If you plan on getting a Doberman, I highly recommend socializing them with other animals from a young age and teaching them appropriate behavior around chickens.

Hope that helps!


Hi everyone,

I have owned Dobermans for many years and have also owned chickens during some of that time. In my experience, Dobermans have a natural predatory instinct which can make them more likely to chase small animals like chickens. I found that while Dobermans can be trained, it can be challenging to train them not to chase chickens if they have not been trained from a young age.

When we first introduced our Doberman to our chickens, he was very curious about them and I had to be vigilant to make sure he didn't chase them. I found that keeping him on a leash and supervised around the chickens was a good way to manage the situation. Over time and with consistent training, our Doberman was able to learn to coexist peacefully alongside our chickens.

However, it's important to keep in mind that individual Dobermans can have different temperaments, and it's hard to predict how a particular dog will behave around chickens. It's also worth considering that chickens can be delicate creatures, and while a Doberman might not hurt them intentionally, playfully chasing or roughhousing with them can still cause injury.

So, while it's possible for Dobermans to coexist peacefully with chickens, it requires time and effort to train them properly. If you decide to get a Doberman and already own chickens, I would recommend taking things slowly and consult with a professional dog trainer to help you train your Doberman to be calm and gentle around your feathered friends.


Hi there,

I have owned a couple of Dobermans in the past and they have all been great with my chickens. They are actually very intelligent and highly trainable dogs, so I was able to teach them from a young age that the chickens are off-limits. I used reward-based positive reinforcement training techniques, and consistently reinforced the behavior I wanted from my dogs around my chickens.

I think it's important to understand that Dobermans are natural predators and they do have a higher prey drive compared to some other breeds. However, with proper training and socialization, they can coexist peacefully with other animals. If you plan on getting a Doberman and you already have chickens, I would recommend introducing them slowly and under close supervision. Always ensure that your Doberman is on-leash and supervised whenever he/she is around your chickens until you're confident that they have started to get along.

Overall, my experience has been that Dobermans can be great with chickens, but it requires some training and management. If you're willing to put in the effort, your Doberman and chickens can coexist happily together.


Hey there,

I have owned a Doberman for 5 years now and I have kept chickens for almost a year. My Doberman is a well-trained dog and is usually well-behaved around people and other animals. However, when I first introduced him to our chickens, he seemed agitated and wanted to chase them. I was quite worried and thought he would harm one of the chickens.

After consulting with a professional dog trainer, we began to introduce our Doberman to the chickens gradually, holding him back on a lead so he couldn't chase them. This helped him get used to the chickens and build a calmer and relaxed relationship. Over time, he started to lose interest in the chickens and now he seems indifferent towards them.

Based on my experience, I think that proper training and socialization can help Dobermans coexist with chickens, but it can be challenging because of their predatory instincts. It's important to supervise them closely during the introduction phase and avoid leaving them alone together unsupervised.

In conclusion, it's possible for Dobermans to get along with chickens and even learn to ignore them with patience and training. However, chickens are sensitive animals, so it's important to be careful during their introduction period and ensure the safety of your flock is your utmost priority.

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