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!
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!