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Do dobermans genetically dislike cats?

Hi everyone, I am considering adopting a Doberman Pinscher as my new pet, but I am a bit hesitant because I also have a cat at home. I have heard that some dog breeds have a genetic predisposition to dislike or even harm cats, and I am worried that Dobermans might fall into this category.

I love both cats and dogs and I would hate for them to fight or be unhappy in any way. Can anyone provide some insight into whether Dobermans have a natural aversion to cats or if it's something that can be trained out of them? I am open to any advice or personal experiences anyone may have with this particular breed and their interactions with cats. Thank you in advance!

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janelle.greenfelder

Hi there, I also have some personal experience with this. I used to own a Doberman and introduced her to my cat after a few weeks of adopting her. Unfortunately, my Doberman showed signs of aggression towards my cat despite attempts at positive reinforcement training.

Of course, this doesn't mean that all Dobermans are inherently aggressive towards cats. Every dog has its own personality and breeding history, which can influence their behavior towards other animals. There are many cases where Dobermans have successfully coexisted with cats, but it's also important to acknowledge that this isn't always the case.

If you do decide to adopt a Doberman despite having a cat, I recommend introducing them slowly and keeping a close eye on their interactions. Remember that even the friendliest dog can become aggressive towards a cat in certain situations, so it's better to err on the side of caution.

If your Doberman does show aggression towards your cat, it's important to seek professional help from a reputable dog trainer or behaviorist. They may be able to provide insight into why your dog is acting this way and help you establish a training plan to address the issue.

Ultimately, I believe that Dobermans and cats can coexist peacefully with proper training and socialization. However, it's important to acknowledge that every individual is different and that there is always some inherent risk when introducing two animals to each other.

feeney.brenda

Hello everyone, I wanted to share my experience of introducing a Doberman to our cat. Initially, I was extremely hesitant and nervous as Dobermans are known to have high prey drives. But to my surprise, my Doberman and cat hit it off instantly.

In fact, they developed a deep bond over time and became great playmates. I adopted my Doberman as a puppy and made sure that she was socialized with cats at a young age. This helped her understand that cats aren't prey and instead, can be friends. Slowly and gradually, I increased their interaction and provided positive reinforcement whenever they interacted nicely with each other.

I also made sure that they had their separate spaces and their own respective toys. This helped avoid any instances of resource guarding and territorial issues. Even when I wasn't around, I kept them separated under watchful eyes, so that there was no scope of any misbehavior.

In the end, my Doberman and cat enjoyed each other's company and became best friends. It's important to remember that every dog is different, so I would recommend introducing the cat and Doberman slowly and supervising them closely during initial interactions.

With a little patience and the right training, it is definitely possible for Dobermans and cats to live together harmoniously.

carroll71

Hi there, as someone who has owned a Doberman and a cat at the same time, I can speak to this question. I had some hesitations when I first introduced my Doberman to my cat, but I was pleasantly surprised at how quickly they got along. With proper socialization and training, Dobermans can definitely learn to coexist peacefully with cats.

That being said, I do think it's important to exercise caution and never leave the two animals alone unsupervised, especially in the beginning. Even if your Doberman seems friendly towards your cat, it's important to remember that they are still animals and can act on instinct.

I also made sure to train my Doberman to ignore the cat when necessary, by using positive reinforcement. Whenever he showed restraint towards the cat, I would reward him with treats and praise. It's important to establish boundaries and make it clear to your Doberman what behavior is acceptable around the cat.

Overall, I think it's definitely possible for Dobermans and cats to live happily together. It just requires patience, consistency and proper training.

amos03

Hi there, I also have experience with Dobermans and cats as I owned both pets simultaneously. My experience was a little mixed, however. While my Doberman initially showed no signs of aggression towards my cat, there were still some issues that arose later on.

Despite my efforts to properly socialize them, my Doberman still had a high prey drive and tended to chase my cat around the house. This caused a lot of stress and anxiety for my cat, who started to become scared of my dog.

I tried various training techniques, such as positive reinforcement and setting boundaries, but unfortunately, the situation did not improve. Ultimately, I made the difficult decision to rehome my Doberman to a home without cats.

I wanted to share my experience to highlight the fact that every situation is unique, and sometimes despite our best efforts, things don't always work out. It's important to consider the individual temperament and breed history of both pets before introducing them to each other.

If you are considering getting a Doberman and already have a cat, I would suggest doing extensive research and speaking with breeders, trainers, and veterinarians to get a better idea of what to expect. As with any pet, it's important to make sure that both the dog and cat will have the best quality of life possible.

adrienne.parker

Hey there, I had a similar experience to user 4. I adopted a Doberman with a plan to socialize him with my cats, but unfortunately, it didn't go as planned. My Doberman, despite having a gentle personality, simply could not resist chasing my cats around, and it caused a lot of distress for all of them.

As much as I wanted to keep them all together, I realized it just wasn't a good idea for everyone's safety and comfort. So, I had to make the difficult decision to rehome my Doberman.

While it's certainly possible for Dobermans and cats to get along, it's important to remember that each situation is unique. No matter how much socialization and training you provide, there's always a chance of something not working out.

If you're considering getting a Doberman, I would advise you to do your research and consider your lifestyle and what's best for your pets. If you already have cats or other pets in your home, it's important to introduce them slowly and closely monitor their interactions to ensure everyone's safety and wellbeing.

Ultimately, the most important thing is to make sure all animals in your care feel comfortable, safe and happy. It's better to make the difficult decision to rehome a pet than to put everyone in danger or cause undue stress and anxiety.

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