I'm considering getting a Doberman Pinscher as my next pet, but I already have a Miniature Dachshund at home. I'm a bit worried if the two breeds can live together and get along well.
My doxie is a little shy, but gets along well with other dogs as long as they're not too rough with her. On the other hand, I've read that Dobermans can have a high prey drive and may not be gentle with smaller dogs like dachshunds.
I'd really appreciate it if anyone has personal experience or advice on whether these two breeds can coexist peacefully. Thanks in advance!
I have personal experience owning both a Doberman Pinscher and a miniature dachshund, but unfortunately, they did not get along. Despite my best efforts to introduce and socialize them, my Doberman had a high prey drive and would constantly try to play rough with the dachshund, which made it difficult for them to coexist.
I believe it really does depend on the individual dogs' personalities and traits, and it's important to remember that Dobermans were originally bred as guard dogs and hunters. Some may have a high prey drive or aggression towards smaller dogs, while others may not.
If you're considering getting a Doberman and you already have a miniature dachshund, I would recommend consulting with a professional dog trainer or behaviorist to help you assess the potential for a positive relationship between the two breeds. It's better to be safe than sorry and ensure that both dogs are happy and safe in the same household.
Just my two cents, hope this helps!