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How much space do Dobermans need?

Hi everyone,

I'm considering getting a Doberman as a pet, but I'm not sure how much space they need. I live in an apartment with a decent sized living room and kitchen, but I don't have a backyard or a lot of extra space. I work from home, so I'll be able to take them out for walks and give them plenty of attention, but I want to make sure they'll be happy and comfortable in my living situation.

Do Dobermans require a large amount of space to run around and play? Will they be okay living in an apartment as long as I provide enough exercise and attention? I want to make sure I'm giving the dog a good life and not causing them any discomfort or stress.

Any advice or information would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

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Hi everyone,

I have had the pleasure of owning a Doberman in both a house with a backyard, and in a small apartment. While my dog did enjoy having a backyard to run around in, he was perfectly content living in the apartment with me as long as I provided him with enough exercise and attention.

I found that daily walks or runs are essential to keeping my Doberman happy and healthy. Additionally, playing with interactive toys or puzzles helped him stay mentally stimulated and prevented destructive behavior when I wasn't home. I would also take him to the dog park or arrange playdates with other friendly dogs so he could get more exercise and socialization.

A crate was also helpful for potty training and keeping him safe when I wasn't home. I made sure to fill it with comfortable bedding and toys so he would feel at home.

In my experience, I found that the most important thing was to give my Doberman plenty of attention and love. They are social animals and need lots of interaction and affection from their human. As long as you can provide that, the size of your living space is less of a concern.

Overall, living in a small space with a Doberman is definitely possible. It just takes a bit of extra effort to make sure they're getting enough exercise and attention to keep them happy and fulfilled.


Hey there,

I'm currently living in a small apartment with my Doberman and we're doing great! Although Dobermans are high energy dogs and need a lot of attention, they're also very adaptable to different living situations.

My apartment doesn't have a backyard, but I make sure to take my dog out for daily walks, runs, and trips to the dog park. We also have lots of interactive games and toys at home that help keep him mentally stimulated and entertained. I also created a comfortable space for him with a cozy bed, plenty of toys, and a designated space for his food and water.

One thing that has really helped me is crate training. Not only does it provide a safe space for my dog, but it also helps with potty training and preventing destructive behavior when I'm out of the house.

Overall, I think it's definitely possible to own a Doberman in a small living space, as long as you're willing to put in the effort and attention they need. It's important to remember that Dobermans are social animals and prefer to be with their humans, so make sure you give them plenty of love and attention, no matter how much space you have.


Hi there,

I have personal experience with owning a Doberman in a small living space. I adopted my Doberman mix when I was living in a one-bedroom apartment and he was perfectly content with the space. However, it's important that you're able to provide plenty of exercise and mental stimulation for your dog, especially if you live in a smaller space.

Daily walks, trips to the dog park, and interactive toys can help keep your dog happy and healthy. I also made sure to provide plenty of comfortable bedding and designated areas for my dog to relax and play.

One thing to keep in mind is that Dobermans are known for their high energy levels and need for exercise. If you're unable to provide enough exercise or mental stimulation, your dog might become restless or destructive. Make sure you have a plan in place for regular exercise and enrichment activities before bringing a Doberman into a small living space.

Overall, it's definitely possible to own a Doberman in an apartment or smaller living space, but it requires careful planning and attention to your dog's needs.


Hi everyone,

I’ve owned a Doberman in the past and currently live with two Dobermans in a house with a decent-sized backyard. Although they have more space to run around, I’ve observed that their need for indoor exercise or mental stimulation isn’t related to their space.

Like other dogs, Dobermans can adjust to a small space, as long as you provide them with enough exercise, interaction time, and enrichment activities. For example, I’ve seen my dogs utilize the living room space to play fetch or engage in interactive games, which they thoroughly enjoy. Additionally, we go for regular walks or runs, and the physical activity definitely improves their behavior and reduces stress.

It’s important to note that Dobermans are active dogs that require a lot of physical and mental attention. Regardless of how much space you have, Dobermans prefer to be with their pet parent and need adequate socialization. So, even if you live in a small apartment, always try to keep up with their mental and emotional health by spending quality time with them.

Overall, Dobermans don’t necessarily need a lot of space to thrive. It’s more about creating a healthy environment for them and providing opportunities for them to get the necessary exercise and stimulation.



I have been considering getting a Doberman for a while now, and I live in a small apartment in the city. Although I don't have a backyard, I have a park nearby that I can take my dog to for exercise and socialization.

One thing that has helped me prepare for a Doberman in a small space is doing research on different breeds and their energy levels. I know that Dobermans are high-energy dogs that need a lot of exercise, so I plan on taking my pup on daily walks, runs, and to the park to make sure he gets the activity he needs.

I also plan on providing my Doberman with plenty of mentally stimulating toys and interactive games to keep him entertained and happy. Crate training will also be essential for house training and keeping him safe when I'm not home.

Of course, owning a dog in a small space requires a lot of dedication and commitment to providing a healthy and fulfilling life for your pet. But with the right preparation and care, I believe a Doberman can be perfectly happy in a small apartment.

Thank you for all the helpful advice in this thread. It has given me a lot of confidence and insight into what it takes to own a Doberman in a small living space.


What's up everyone,

I have owned a Doberman in the past, and I currently live in a small apartment with a different dog breed. Although Dobermans can be high-energy dogs, they are also incredibly intelligent and easy to train. By providing your Doberman with the right amount of exercise, mental stimulation, and attention, they can quickly adapt to a small living space.

I found that daily walks or runs, training sessions, and nose work games helped keep my Doberman happy and fulfilled. In fact, they preferred to be in smaller spaces because it made them feel more secure and closer to their owner.

One important thing to keep in mind is that every dog is unique and requires different levels of attention and care. Before getting a Doberman or any dog breed, do your research, and make sure that their temperament, energy level, and requirements fit your lifestyle.

In conclusion, owning a Doberman in a small living space requires a lot of dedication and attention to your pet's needs. As long as you provide them with enough exercise, mental stimulation, and love, they can be perfectly happy anywhere.

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