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Is getting a doberman a good idea if I have a pet bird flying around in the house the whole time

Hi everyone,

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!

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Hey there,

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.


Hey there,

I'm a bird enthusiast and I have owned several different bird species over the years, including a Doberman. In my experience, Dobermans can definitely coexist with pet birds, but it requires training, socialization and supervision.

In order to introduce a Doberman to a pet bird, it's important to start with basic obedience training and socialization. Teach your dog how to respond to commands and how to interact with other animals. Set aside a designated space in your house where your bird can fly around safely and where your dog can become familiar with the bird's space. Begin by keeping them in separate areas and gradually introduce them by allowing them to be in the same room together while supervised. Give lots of praise and rewards to your dog for good behaviour around the bird.

I would also recommend that you use a crate or playpen for your Doberman whenever you're not supervising, especially during the initial stages of the introduction. This will help prevent any negative interactions and keep your bird safe.

Remember, every dog is different, so it's impossible to say how any individual dog will react to a pet bird. However, by following these tips and taking your time with the introduction process, you can give your pets the best chance of coexisting peacefully.

I hope this helps!


Hi all,

I have owned a Doberman and a pet bird, specifically a parrot, and I can say that it is definitely possible for them to coexist peacefully. My Doberman was trained and socialized well, and as a result, had an incredibly gentle temperament when it came to small animals.

When we first introduced the parrot to our Doberman, we supervised them closely to see how the dog would react. We rewarded the dog with treats and praise for good behavior around the bird, and over time, the dog got used to the presence of the parrot and did not show any aggressive behavior towards it.

Of course, this does not mean that all Dobermans will react the same way, and it is important to research the breed and seek professional training before introducing a new pet into the household. However, my experience shows that with proper training, a Doberman can coexist peacefully with a pet bird.

As a word of caution, it is important to always supervise interactions between the two pets and ensure that the bird is never left alone with the Doberman or any other larger predator animal. By taking these precautions, you can help to minimize the risk of any harm coming to your beloved pet bird.

I hope this perspective helps.


Hi everyone,

I have owned a Doberman and a pet bird, a lovebird specifically, and it has been a wonderful experience. My Doberman is well trained and socialized with other animals, and it did take a bit of work to help her adapt and get used to the bird's presence.

We began by training our dog to be calm and gentle around the bird while the bird was in its cage. We would allow the dog to approach the cage and have a sniff and then verbally praise our dog for calm behavior. We gradually worked towards supervised interactions outside of the cage, and we used positive reinforcement during each interaction.

It's important to understand that there's always a risk involved when keeping predators and prey in the same household. As a result, we only allow supervised and controlled interactions between our Doberman and our pet bird. We never leave the two alone together, and the bird has its own safe space when it needs to be separate from the dog.

In my experience, owning a Doberman and a pet bird is definitely possible, but it requires careful planning, patience, and proper training. If you are considering introducing a Doberman to a pet bird, it is important to do your research ahead of time and understand how your individual dog may react. With the right approach, your Doberman and pet bird can become happy, loving companions.


Hi everyone,

I had a similar situation with a Doberman and a pet bird. My family adopted a Doberman when I was a child, and we already had a pet parakeet. At first, the dog was curious about the bird, as expected, but became increasingly interested in the bird over time. One day, when the bird flew too close to the dog, the Doberman caught it in its mouth and sadly killed it. It was a heartbreaking experience for our family.

While every situation is different, I would strongly caution against keeping a Doberman and a pet bird together. Dobermans can have a strong prey drive, which can make it difficult for them to resist chasing and potentially harming a bird. While some Dobermans may be able to coexist peacefully with a bird, the risk is just too high.

In my opinion, if you have a pet bird, it might be better to choose a dog breed that is known to be more bird-friendly, such as a Golden Retriever or a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. It's also important to supervise any interactions closely and never leave them alone together.

I hope this helps!


Hi there,

I have owned both a Doberman and a pet bird in the past, so I can speak to this from personal experience. In my case, I had a lovebird that flew around my house, and I introduced a Doberman puppy into the household.

At first, I was a bit nervous about how the two would get along. The puppy was naturally curious about the bird and would sometimes watch it from a distance. However, as the puppy got older, it became clear that he had no interest in harming the bird. In fact, they would sometimes even hang out together in the same room!

Of course, every dog is different, and it really depends on the individual dog's personality and temperament. However, I would say that it's definitely possible for a Doberman and a pet bird to coexist peacefully. Just make sure to monitor their interactions closely and never leave them unsupervised.

Hope this helps!


Hey there,

I have experience owning both a Doberman and a pet bird, a cockatoo to be specific. In my experience, it is definitely possible for Dobermans and birds to coexist peacefully, but it requires a lot of time, patience, and proper training.

When introducing a Doberman to a pet bird, it's important to start slow and keep them separated initially. Allow your dog to become familiar with the bird's presence by using a crate or playpen for your dog when you're not supervising him. When they are together, use positive reinforcement to help train your dog to stay calm around the bird, and avoid making loud noises or sudden movements.

It's important to remember that every dog is different, and this includes their prey drive. Some Dobermans may have a higher prey drive than others, which could put your pet bird in danger. Always supervise their interactions closely at all times and never leave them alone together.

Overall, owning both a Doberman and a pet bird requires a lot of work and commitment, but it can be very rewarding. With patience and proper training, your pets can learn to live together harmoniously and develop a mutually beneficial bond. I hope this helps!



I think it's important to share that I have had no personal experience owning a Doberman and pet bird together, but I have had my fair share of watching adorable online videos of Dobermans and birds being best buds.

While each individual dog is unique, it ultimately comes down to how well trained, socialized, and supervised the Doberman is. Dobermans are intelligent dogs, and with proper training, they can learn to coexist peacefully with other pets in the household.

However, it is important to be cautious and vigilant upon introducing your pets to one another. Always supervise their interactions closely and be patient during the process. It's best to provide your bird with a safe space in a cage, and keep it away during the initial stages of acclimatization, so that the dog can become familiar with the bird's presence but not feel threatened or provoked by it.

Additionally, if you already have a Doberman and are considering getting a pet bird, it's important to understand the breed and their tendencies. Some Dobermans may have a higher prey drive than others, and it's important to make sure your dog is under control and not left unsupervised.

In summary, owning a Doberman and a pet bird together requires careful consideration and preparation, but with the right mindset and training, they can coexist peacefully in the same household.

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