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I am thinking about getting a Doberman Pinscher but I am allergic to dogs. How severe are allergies with dobermans?

Hello everyone,

I am considering getting a Doberman Pinscher but I have a concern about my allergies. I am allergic to dogs, but I really love the breed and have always wanted to have one as a companion. I have researched a bit and some sources say that Dobermans are hypoallergenic or low shedding, while others say they are not. I am not sure what to believe.

Has anyone here had experience with owning a Doberman while dealing with allergies? How severe were your allergies while living with this breed? I would appreciate any advice, tips, or personal experiences you could share with me. Thank you in advance!

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Hello there,

It's good to see that you are considering a Doberman Pinscher as your companion. However, I must warn you that Dobermans can potentially trigger your allergies due to their short hair, dander and shedding. I had allergic reactions when I got my Doberman and it was quite severe.

Despite being a low-shedding breed, I found that Dobermans have a unique smell that can spread allergens in the air. I had to avoid certain areas at home where my dog preferred to lie and groom herself. Even with a strict cleaning regime and HEPA air filter, my allergies would still act up from time to time.

However, I must say that owning a Doberman has been a rewarding experience for me; they are loving, loyal, and intelligent companions. So, if you're willing to take extra precautions to reduce allergens, it is possible to own a Doberman even if you have allergies.

In my experience, frequent baths, grooming, and vacuuming can help reduce the amount of hair and dander that can trigger allergies. Additionally, air purifiers can help trap allergens and other irritants that may float in the air.

I recommend you do a trial visit to a friend or breeder who owns a Doberman so that you can gauge your level of allergic reaction. It's always better to be sure before making such a significant commitment.

Good luck with your decision!



I have had experience owning a Doberman Pinscher and I am sorry to say that my allergies were quite severe. In fact, my allergies increased after getting my dog despite trying various techniques to reduce them.

I had difficulty breathing, my eyes would water, and I would often develop a rash on my arms and legs. I tried everything from frequent grooming to keeping the dog out of the bedroom, but nothing seemed to make a significant difference.

Sadly, I had to give up my Doberman due to the severity of my allergies. I can only advise that if you have allergies to dogs, particularly those with short hair and shed hair, there is a high chance that owning a Doberman may be an issue.

Although they make great companions, it may be best for you to look into other breeds that are more suitable for people with allergies. If you have your heart set on a Doberman, I would recommend getting allergy tests done first to see if it's a good fit for you.

I hope that my experience gives you some insight into owning a Doberman Pinscher with allergies.


Hey there,

I can speak from my personal experience as someone who suffers from allergies and owns a Doberman Pinscher. It's true that Dobermans have short hair and can shed moderately, which could potentially trigger your allergies.

In my case, I found that it was manageable with the right approach. I bought an air purifier designed for pet owners and I was careful to groom my Doberman regularly. I did find that my allergies acted up more during the shedding season, but with a little extra attention to grooming, we got through it.

It's important to note that everyone's allergies are unique, and it's hard to predict how severe they will be with any breed of dog. However, Dobermans are relatively low-shedding and their short coat makes them easier to groom.

Lastly, if you're seriously considering getting a Dobbie, I would recommend spending some time with the breed before making your decision. Arrange a visit with someone who owns a Doberman and see how your allergies react. It will give you a better idea of whether or not owning a Doberman is the right choice for you.

Remember, owning any pet comes with a level of commitment, so make sure you're prepared before taking the plunge. Good luck with your decision!


Hi there,

I can speak to this question from personal experience. I myself have a Doberman Pinscher and have suffered from allergies in the past. In my case, the severity of my allergies greatly decreased after getting my dog. However, everyone's allergies are different, so I cannot say for sure whether this will be the case for you.

What I do know is that while Dobermans do shed moderately, they have short hair and are relatively easy to groom. Many people with allergies find that regularly brushing their dog's coat and bathing them can help reduce the amount of allergens in the air. Additionally, keeping your home clean and free of dust and other allergens can also make a big difference.

Overall, I would say that it is definitely possible to own a Doberman Pinscher even if you have allergies, but you will need to take extra precautions to manage your symptoms. Good luck with your decision!

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