I'm considering getting a new dog and I'm torn between a Doberman and a Boxer. I've always loved both breeds and I'm having a hard time deciding which one would be the better fit for me.
I live in a house with a big backyard and I have two kids who are very active. I work from home, so I have plenty of time to devote to my new furry friend. I'm looking for a dog that is loyal, affectionate, and good with kids. I also want a dog that can be trained easily and is overall well-behaved.
I know that both Dobermans and Boxers are known for their loyalty and affection towards their owners, but I'm not sure which one is better with kids. I've heard that Boxers are great with children, but I've also heard that Dobermans can be protective of their family and are good watchdogs.
Any advice or personal experiences with these breeds would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!
I have experience with both breeds, as I currently own a Boxer and used to have a Doberman. In terms of being good with kids, I would say that Boxers are definitely better. My Boxer is incredibly patient and gentle with my young children, and has never shown any signs of aggression or protectiveness towards them. My Doberman, on the other hand, was more protective and would sometimes bark at strangers or loud noises, which could be scary for my kids.
That being said, both breeds can be trained to be well-behaved and obedient. My Boxer was fairly easy to train and is generally well-behaved, but he does have a lot of energy and needs a lot of exercise. My Doberman was also pretty easy to train and was very loyal to our family, but he did require a lot of exercise and attention to keep him from getting bored and destroying things.
In terms of overall temperament, I would say that Boxers are more laid-back and goofy, while Dobermans are more serious and intelligent. Both breeds can make great pets, but it really depends on your lifestyle and what you're looking for in a dog.
Hope that helps!