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Do Dobermans get along with other pets and animals?

Hi everyone,

I am considering getting a Doberman as a pet, but I currently have other pets in my household such as a cat and a couple of birds. I am curious if Dobermans are generally compatible with other pets or if they have a tendency to be aggressive towards them.

I have read mixed opinions online, with some people claiming that Dobermans are great with other pets if trained properly, while others have reported incidents of their Dobermans attacking smaller animals.

I would appreciate any input or personal experiences on this matter. Can a Doberman peacefully coexist with cats and birds in the same household, or should I reconsider my choice of breed?

Thank you in advance for your help!

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Hi there,

I have a Doberman named Zeus and while he can be territorial with other dogs, he gets along great with my cat. When we first brought Zeus home, my cat was apprehensive and scared of him. Zeus, on the other hand, was curious and tried to get closer to the cat. We kept them separated for a few days but slowly started introducing them to each other under supervision. Eventually, they started playing together and developed a strong bond.

Zeus has also been introduced to other small animals like rabbits and guinea pigs during our visits to petting zoos, and he has shown little to no aggression towards them. However, I still monitor him closely and never leave him alone with small animals.

In my experience, Dobermans can get along with pets if introduced properly and trained well. It's important to remember that every dog is different, so there is no guarantee that all Dobermans will react the same way to other pets.


Hello all,

I've had two Dobermans in my life and both had vastly different experiences with other pets. My first Doberman, named Rex, had a strong prey drive and did not get along with other animals. I tried to introduce him to my cat and he ended up attacking her, causing her to be seriously injured. After that, I knew it would be best to keep Rex away from other pets.

However, my second Doberman, named Luna, was different. She was well-socialized from a young age and ended up being great friends with my cat. They would even take naps together and groom each other.

From my experience, I think it's important to take into account the individual dog's personality and socialization when it comes to introducing them to other pets. While breed traits can play a role, it's not always a fair indicator of how they will behave.

So, if you're considering getting a Doberman and have other pets already, I would recommend carefully observing their behavior when they are introduced and taking it slow. With proper socialization and training, it's definitely possible for Dobermans to get along with other pets.



While I can't speak for all Dobermans, my personal experience has been rocky when it comes to introduction with other pets. I have a Doberman named Max whom I introduced to a friend's small terrier. Max instantly became excited and curious, lunging forward towards the dog. Luckily, my friend was able to pull her dog back in time.

From that moment on, Max had a negative reaction to smaller dogs and exhibited aggressive behavior towards them. I also had a bird at home, and Max would constantly bark and jump up towards his cage, causing the bird great distress.

I realized that Max had developed a prey drive and was unable to differentiate between play and aggression. As much as I wanted Max to get along with other pets, I knew it simply wasn't going to work out, and eventually, we needed to rehome our bird.

So, I think it's important for potential owners to understand that while Dobermans can exhibit good behavior, their breed traits play a role in how they react to other animals. It's best to introduce them slowly and see how they behave, but there is always a risk that they may not get along with other pets.


Hi there,

As a proud owner of a Doberman, I can say that they can get along with other pets if properly socialized from a young age. I introduced my Doberman to my cat when he was just a puppy, and they quickly became best friends. They often cuddle and play together, and my Doberman is always gentle with her.

However, I have heard of cases where Dobermans have attacked smaller animals, so it's important to be cautious and not leave them unattended with other pets. It's also possible that some Dobermans may have a stronger prey drive than others, so it's important to do careful research on the individual dog you are considering.

Overall, I think it's possible for Dobermans to get along with other pets, but it requires proper socialization and careful monitoring. If you're committed to putting in the effort to ensure everyone gets along, I think a Doberman can be a great addition to a household with other animals.

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