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Which dog requires more exercise: doberman or German shepherd?

Hello everyone,

I am in the process of deciding on a dog breed to adopt and I am torn between a doberman and a German shepherd. One important factor in my decision-making process is the exercise requirements of each breed.

I am an active person and I have a large backyard for the dog to run around in. However, I also have a demanding job that keeps me out of the house for most of the day. I am willing to take my dog for long walks and runs in the evenings and on weekends, but I need a breed that can handle being alone for several hours during the day.

So, my question is: which breed requires more exercise, a doberman or a German shepherd? I want to make sure I choose a breed that I can provide enough exercise for, but also won't be too demanding on my schedule.

Thank you in advance for your input and advice!

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erna.flatley

Hi everyone,

I have owned both dobermans and German shepherds in the past and I have found that dobermans require more exercise compared to German shepherds. Dobermans have a lot of energy and need to be regularly exercised to release that energy. They love long walks, hiking, running, and playing fetch.

German shepherds also enjoy daily exercise, but I have found that they have less energy compared to dobermans. I've found that my German shepherd has a more relaxed and calm demeanor and doesn't require an intense exercise regimen as my doberman.

In terms of mental stimulation, both breeds are intelligent and require plenty of attention. They thrive on obedience training and flashy tricks. I've found that both breeds also love interactive toys and puzzles that can help to keep them engaged and active even when they're alone.

Overall, both breeds have different personalities and energy levels, so it's essential to choose the breed that best fits your lifestyle and personality. If you're looking for a dog that is more active and requires a lot of exercise, then the doberman may be the right breed for you. If you want a dog that is more relaxed and calm, then the German shepherd may be a better fit.

mariam.grimes

Hello everyone,

I have had both dobermans and German shepherds, and I can say without a doubt that both breeds require a lot of exercise. They need to be taken on long walks, runs, or hikes and they love to play.

However, from my experience, dobermans tend to be more high-energy than German shepherds. My doberman needs a lot of exercise and can become destructive if he doesn't get enough. He also needs a lot of mental stimulation and enjoys obedience training and agility courses.

My German shepherd also needed her daily exercise, but was more content to just be with people. She was more independent and could be left alone for longer periods of time without getting anxious or bored.

As others have mentioned, every dog is different and some may be more or less active than others. However, in general, both breeds require a lot of exercise, so it's important to factor that into your decision when choosing a dog breed.

chloe53

Hello,

I have a doberman and I have realized that he requires a lot of physical activity to keep him happy and healthy. He loves long walks, runs, and playing fetch. If he doesn't get enough exercise, he becomes restless and can be destructive indoors.

He also loves mental stimulation, so I make sure to provide him with puzzle toys, agility training, and obedience training. These activities keep him engaged and help to exhaust him mentally as well.

German shepherds, on the other hand, are also active dogs and require daily exercise, but they can handle being alone for longer periods of time than dobermans. Nevertheless, it's important to provide them with ample exercise to help prevent behavioral issues.

Overall, both breeds can make great companions for active individuals who have the time and energy to provide them with the exercise and mental stimulation they need. However, dobermans may require a bit more attention than German shepherds when it comes to exercise.

quigley.romaine

Hello,

I've had a German shepherd and currently own a doberman. In my experience, dobermans require more exercise than German shepherds. At least an hour of exercise per day is a must for my doberman, while my German shepherd was content with half an hour of exercise.

In terms of mental stimulation, both breeds require a lot of attention. I find that my doberman is more demanding when it comes to mental stimulation. He enjoys learning new commands and skills, and playing with interactive toys.

German shepherds are intelligent dogs and enjoy obedience training, but they can also become bored easily. I found that my German shepherd loved to play with toys and challenge her mind with puzzle games.

Overall, both breeds are active and need plenty of exercise and mental stimulation. However, dobermans are more energetic and require more training to be well-behaved. It's important to consider your lifestyle and available time to see if either breed is right for you.

blanche.nikolaus

Hello!

I have personal experience with both dobermans and German shepherds and I would say that they both require a significant amount of exercise. However, in my experience, dobermans tend to have a bit more energy and require more physical activity to tire them out.

My doberman would need at least an hour of rigorous exercise each day, whether it was a long walk, a morning run, or a game of fetch in the backyard. If he didn't get enough exercise, he would become restless and anxious.

On the other hand, my German shepherd was still a very active dog, but seemed to have a little more self-control and didn't require quite as much exercise as my doberman. She would still need a good walk or run each day, but seemed to be able to handle being alone for longer periods of time without getting too antsy.

Of course, every dog has its own unique personality and exercise needs, so it's important to choose a breed that fits your lifestyle, but also be prepared to adjust to your individual dog's needs.

koss.whitney

Greetings all,

I had a German shepherd growing up and currently have a doberman. In my experience, both breeds require substantial amounts of exercise to maintain optimum health and happiness.

My German shepherd lived for long walks, hikes, and runs. Although summers could be challenging due to her thick coat, she was always up for a game of frisbee or fetch. For the most part, she could handle being alone during the day without getting too anxious or destructive.

My doberman, on the other hand, has boundless energy and requires a serious workout regiment to stay happy. I walk him twice daily and make sure he has enough safe outdoor space to do his business and play. He also requires a lot of mental stimulation, so I mix in basic obedience training and different types of toys to keep him from becoming bored.

When it comes to exercise levels, both breeds require a fair amount. However, if you're looking for a breed with greater stamina and a bit more independence, German Shepherds could be the better choice.

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