I'm thinking about getting a Doberman as a pet, but I have a little concern. I currently have a pet bird (cockatiel) and it flies around my house freely. I'm worried about the safety of my bird if I were to introduce a Doberman into the mix. I know that Dobermans can have a high prey drive, and I wouldn't want my bird to be in danger.
Has anyone had experience with owning both a Doberman and a pet bird? Can they coexist peacefully or should I reconsider getting a Doberman altogether? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you so much!
I may have a different perspective on this topic. Although I have never owned a Doberman myself, I have had a friend who had both a Doberman and a pet bird, and unfortunately, the Doberman had a high prey drive and ended up killing the bird.
My friend's Doberman was a rescue dog, and despite training and socializing the dog, it couldn't help but go after the bird when it flew around in the house. It was a sad and unfortunate situation, but it goes to show that prey drive can be a real issue in certain dogs, including Dobermans.
Overall, while some Dobermans may be able to coexist peacefully with a pet bird, there is always a risk involved, and it's important to be extremely cautious and vigilant. Before making a decision, it's important to fully understand the breed and its tendencies, and to consider the safety of all pets involved.
Hope this perspective helps.