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Are Dobermans aggressive to small dogs?

Hi there! I am considering getting a Doberman as a companion for my family. However, we already have a small dog at home and I am worried about how they will interact. I have heard some people say that Dobermans can be aggressive towards small dogs, while others say they are great with all types of dogs. I just want to make sure that my current dog will be safe and happy with a new addition. Can anyone share their experience or knowledge on this topic? Thank you!

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jamir.armstrong

Hello, I would like to share my take on Dobermans and small dogs. I have a Doberman and a small dog at home, and I'd say their relationship is good. However, there have been moments where my Doberman gets too excited and forgets that she needs to play nicer with the smaller dog. I had to make sure that I always watched them when they were playing together to avoid any unwanted situations. I believe that their sizes are not the main issue, but personal character and individual habits matter more. The Doberman may act differently around other small dogs, so it's essential to make sure that your Doberman is trained correctly and disciplined enough to frequently socialize with other dogs. I do recommend that if you plan on getting a Doberman to have a trial play date with another small dog before you take it home. In that way, you can assess if the Doberman can handle being around the small dog.

hipolito.fritsch

Hi there! I have a Doberman and a small dog at home, and they get along great. In fact, my Doberman is very protective of the small dog and always keeps an eye on him. However, it's important to note that every dog is different and their behavior can vary. I suggest introducing them in a neutral location and monitoring their interactions before bringing the new dog home. Also, ensure that you are training and socializing your Doberman properly to help prevent any potential issues. Overall, it's definitely possible for a Doberman and small dog to coexist peacefully. Good luck with your decision!

mratke

Hello! I have a Doberman and a small dog at home and they get along great. However, it wasn't always that easy. When we first brought our Doberman home, he was very excitable and would sometimes play too rough with our small dog. We had to train him to be more gentle and calm around the small dog, and he eventually learned to adjust his behavior. Now, they are inseparable and love playing together. So, in my opinion, it's all about proper training and socialization. If you train your Doberman well and make sure they understand what is appropriate behavior around a small dog, it should be fine. But as always, every dog is different and you should closely monitor their interactions at first.

bquitzon

Hello everyone! I also have experience with Dobermans and small dogs, and I can say that it really depends on the individual dog's temperament. I had a Doberman who was very friendly and gentle around all dogs, including small dogs. She loved to play with other dogs of all sizes, and was never aggressive towards them. However, I also know of Dobermans who have been aggressive towards small dogs, so it really varies. It's important to do your research before getting a Doberman to make sure that you choose a breeder that is breeding for temperament as well as physical characteristics. Additionally, proper training and socialization from a young age is essential to prevent any aggression towards other dogs. As with any dog, it's important to supervise their interactions and intervene if there is any sign of aggression or rough play. Overall, I believe that with proper training, socialization, and responsible ownership, Dobermans can get along with small dogs just fine.

becker.haley

Hello everyone! I don't have personal experience with Dobermans and small dogs, but I wanted to add a perspective from a veterinary point of view. While Dobermans are known to have a higher prey drive, it doesn't necessarily mean they will be aggressive towards small dogs. It's true that some Dobermans may be more aggressive towards smaller dogs, but others may be perfectly fine with them. As others have mentioned, proper training and socialization is key. Additionally, it's important to remember that even if your Doberman is great with your small dog, they may not be great with all small dogs. Therefore, always use caution when introducing them to new dogs and monitor their interactions. If you have any concerns or questions, it's always best to consult with a veterinarian or a professional dog trainer.

robb.bruen

Hi there! Based on my experience, Dobermans can be aggressive towards small dogs. I had a Doberman who was great with humans, but when she saw small dogs, she would lunge towards them and try to attack. It became really difficult to walk her in the park because she was always on edge and looking for small dogs to go after. Eventually, we had to give her back to the breeder because we couldn't handle her aggression. I believe some Dobermans are just predisposed to being aggressive towards small dogs, and it's important to be aware of that if you're considering getting one. Of course, every dog is different, but in my case, it was a significant issue.

vschaefer

Hello everyone! I just wanted to share my experience with owning a Doberman with a small dog. Our Doberman has always been very gentle and loving towards our small dog. However, we did do a lot of training and socialization with our Doberman from a young age, which I believe has helped. It's also important to mention that the small dog we have is very confident and doesn't act fearful around the Doberman, which probably helps to prevent any aggression. In my opinion, socialization and training are crucial, but the smaller dog's temperament and behavior is also a factor to consider. Overall, I believe that it's possible for Dobermans to coexist peacefully with small dogs as long as proper training and socialization is done, and both dogs have compatible temperaments.

hlockman

Hi there! I have had experience with Dobermans and small dogs, and in my personal experience, I would say that it really depends on the individual dog's personality. I have had Dobermans that were great with small dogs, and I've also seen some that were very aggressive towards them. It's important to keep in mind that Dobermans were originally bred for protection, so they may have some natural instincts that drive them to be wary of smaller creatures. However, this doesn't mean that all Dobermans will be aggressive towards small dogs. As others have mentioned, proper training and socialization is crucial to ensuring that your Doberman will be able to get along with your small dog. Additionally, always supervise their interactions and intervene if there is any sign of aggression or rough play. Overall, I believe that it's possible for Dobermans to coexist with small dogs, but it's important to take the time to properly train and socialize them.

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