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!
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!