I am considering getting a Doberman as a new addition to my family, but I have some concerns about their temperament around other animals. I currently have a cat and another dog, and I want to make sure that adding a Doberman to the mix won't cause any issues.
I have heard mixed opinions about how Dobermans get along with other animals, so I wanted to hear from other pet owners who have experience with this breed. Have you had any issues with your Doberman showing aggression towards cats or other dogs? Or have they been friendly and accepting towards them?
Any advice or personal experiences you can share would be much appreciated. Thank you in advance!
I have had experience with two Dobermans and both had very different temperaments when it came to interacting with other animals.
The first Doberman we had got along great with other dogs and was very friendly with our cat. However, she did show some signs of aggression towards smaller animals that she perceived as prey, such as squirrels and rabbits.
Our second Doberman, on the other hand, was the opposite. She was very protective of us and extremely territorial. She would show aggression towards unfamiliar dogs and cats, even those that were much smaller than her. We had to be very careful when walking her and limiting her interactions with other animals.
Overall, I believe that socialization and training plays a big part in a Doberman's temperament towards other animals. It's important to socialize them from a young age and to give them positive experiences with other dogs and cats. But, at the end of the day, it's important to recognize that each individual Doberman will have their own unique personality and temperament, and it's crucial to assess them individually.