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Are there certain breeds of dogs that are not compatible with Dobermans?

Hi everyone,

I recently adopted a beautiful Doberman and I'm considering getting another dog to keep him company. However, I'm not sure if certain breeds of dogs are not compatible with Dobermans. I want to ensure that any dog I bring into my home will not pose a threat to my Doberman's safety or be at risk themselves.

Are there any breeds that I should avoid pairing with a Doberman? Any advice and insights on this topic would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance!

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Hi there,

I have had experience with Dobermans and other dog breeds, and in my opinion, there are certain breeds that may not be the best match for them. From my experience, Dobermans tend to be more dominant and have a strong prey drive. This means that they may not tolerate dogs that are of the same or larger size as them, or dogs that have a prey drive.

In my case, I had a Doberman and a Labrador Retriever, and they got along very well. The Labrador Retriever was very gentle and submissive, and there was never any conflict between them. However, I have heard that Dobermans may not do well with small dogs, such as Chihuahuas or Pomeranians, because they may perceive them as prey.

Overall, I think it's important to consider each dog's individual personality and not solely rely on breed stereotypes. Dobermans can do well with a variety of breeds, as long as they are properly socialized and trained. It's always best to introduce dogs slowly and carefully and monitor their interactions closely to ensure everyone is safe and comfortable.

Hope this helps!


Hi there,

In my experience, Dobermans can be quite territorial and may not react well to certain breeds of dogs. I had a friend who had a Doberman and a Maltese, and although they initially seemed to get along, there were a few incidents where the Doberman became aggressive towards the Maltese.

Based on this experience, I would say that small dogs may not be the best match for Dobermans, as they may trigger their territorial instincts. However, I know of someone else who had a Doberman and a Golden Retriever, and they got along perfectly fine. The Golden Retriever was very easygoing and did not pose any threat to the Doberman.

I would also say that it's important to consider the gender of the dogs. In my experience, pairing a male Doberman with another male dog can lead to some territorial or dominance issues, but pairing a female Doberman with a male dog may be more successful.

Ultimately, the key to successful dog pairing is to ensure that both dogs are properly socialized and trained, and to introduce them gradually and under close supervision. It's also important to be able to recognize any signs of aggression or discomfort from either dog and to take appropriate action if necessary.

I hope this helps answer your question!



I have had experience with Dobermans and other dog breeds, and I would say that it really depends on the individual dogs' personalities and temperaments. I had a Doberman that was quite gentle and mellow, and got along well with all other dogs that we introduced him to, regardless of breed or size. However, I have also heard of Dobermans that were very aggressive towards certain breeds or sizes of dogs.

One thing to keep in mind when considering adding another dog to your household is to ensure that your Doberman is properly and thoroughly socialized. This can help ensure that they will be accepting and tolerant towards other dogs, regardless of breed. It can also be helpful to introduce the dogs in a controlled, neutral environment, such as a neutral park, before bringing them into your home.

In terms of specific breeds to avoid, I would caution against pairing a Doberman with another dominant breed such as a Rottweiler or a Husky. These breeds can sometimes clash due to their strong personalities and high energy levels. Again, however, it's important to remember that every dog is an individual, and that there are always exceptions to general guidelines.

Overall, the key to successful dog pairing is to be patient, do your research, and prioritize proper socialization and training. With the right preparation and approach, Dobermans can do well with a variety of different breeds.


Hi everyone,

I have had a Doberman for several years now and have also owned several other breeds of dogs at different times. From my experience, I can say that Dobermans can usually get along quite well with other breeds of dogs, provided that they are socialized well from an early age.

One breed that I would caution against pairing with a Doberman is a smaller, more delicate breed such as a Shih Tzu or a Yorkshire Terrier. These smaller dogs may not be able to handle the rough play and energy levels of a larger breed like the Doberman, and may be at risk of injury. Similarly, I would also advise against pairing a Doberman with a dog that has a more fragile temperament, as this could lead to aggression or anxiety in either dog.

I would also suggest that you consider the age and size of the other dog when pairing with your Doberman. Puppies, for instance, may be more vulnerable and require more patience and training on your part to ensure that they are able to coexist peacefully with your Doberman.

In general, it's important to remember that every dog's personality and temperament is unique, and there is no hard and fast rule for which breeds pair well with Dobermans. The key to success is to be patient, vigilant, and observant, and to socialize both dogs thoroughly from a young age.

I hope this helps!


Hi everyone,

In my experience, Dobermans can be very protective of their owners and their turf, so introducing another dog into the household can be tricky. I once had a Doberman and a Border Collie living together, and they had a few scuffles in the beginning. But gradually, they started getting along better and began to respect each other's space.

While Dobermans can be dominant and assertive, I have found that they generally get along well with most breeds of dogs. But it's important to keep in mind that each dog is unique and has their own personality, so there's always a risk that they may not hit it off.

One breed that I would caution against pairing with a Doberman is a Pit Bull or any other breed that has a reputation for aggression. Although I'm aware that a lot of Pit Bulls are actually incredibly sweet and gentle dogs, there are some that are prone to aggression and may not be the best match for a Doberman.

Ultimately, introducing another dog into your home should be done with a lot of thought and consideration. It's important to introduce them gradually and to monitor their behavior closely. If you notice any signs of aggression or tension between them, it's important to intervene and separate them before things escalate. With time, patience, and plenty of training, however, it's possible for Dobermans to get along well with other breeds of dogs.

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