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Which is the best breed out of Doberman and Great Dane?

Hi everyone,

I am currently in the process of deciding which breed of dog to adopt and have narrowed it down to either a Doberman or a Great Dane. However, I am having trouble deciding which breed would be the best fit for me and my lifestyle.

I lead a moderately active lifestyle and have a decent-sized backyard. I am also looking for a loyal, affectionate and trainable companion who will fit well into a family environment. I have heard great things about both breeds in terms of their loyalty and protectiveness.

However, I would like to know which breed is generally easier to train and tends to have less health issues. I am also curious about any potential temperament issues that either breed may have.

Based on your personal experiences or knowledge, which breed do you think is the better choice? Any insights would be greatly appreciated.

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Hello everyone,

As a current Doberman owner, I feel that I can add some valuable insight. In my experience, Dobermans are intelligent and highly trainable, making them a great dog for those who require obedient dogs. They are incredibly loyal and protective, which can make them great watch dogs. In addition, they tend to have a playful nature and are great with children.

When it comes to health issues, Dobermans have more susceptibility to heart, liver, and kidney diseases. However, this can be managed by proper diet and regular veterinary check-ups. Additionally, like many breeds, they can be prone to hip dysplasia.

As for temperament, my Doberman has been nothing but friendly to everyone she has met. However, they may have dominant behavior making them have a tendency to challenge their owners. Proper training and socialization can prevent this dominant behavior from turning into a negative trait.

Overall, I believe that Dobermans make great pets for active families who want a loyal and protective companion. However, they may not suit everyone, especially given their dominant behavior. It is important to conduct research and understand the temperament of the specific dog you are interested in before making a decision.


Hi there,

As a Great Dane owner, I have to say that they make amazing companions. They are affectionate, gentle and love nothing more than to cuddle up with their family. However, I will say that they can be quite difficult to train. They are incredibly intelligent, but also very strong-willed, so it can be a challenge to get them to follow commands.

In terms of health issues, as mentioned by user 1, Great Danes are prone to bloat and hip dysplasia. However, with proper care and regular check-ups with a veterinarian, these issues can be managed. I will say that Great Danes do tend to have short lifespans, with an average life expectancy of about 6-8 years.

As for temperament, I have found my Great Dane to be very gentle and friendly with everyone she meets. They are not typically as protective as a Doberman, but they certainly make up for it with their affectionate nature. They also tend to get along very well with children, making them a great family pet.

Overall, I think both breeds have their pros and cons. If you are looking for a dog that is easy to train and more protective of its family, then a Doberman may be the better choice. However, if you are looking for a gentle giant who makes a great cuddle buddy, then a Great Dane might be the way to go. Ultimately, it comes down to personal preference and what you are looking for in a companion.


Hi there,

As someone who has owned both a Doberman and a Great Dane, I can offer my personal experience with both breeds. In terms of trainability, I found the Doberman to be much easier to train. They are incredibly intelligent and eager to please, making them perfect for obedience training. On the other hand, Great Danes are much more stubborn and independent, so training can often be a challenge.

In terms of health issues, both breeds are generally prone to certain conditions. Dobermans are known for having heart issues and Wobbler's Syndrome, while Great Danes are prone to bloat and hip dysplasia. However, with proper care and attention to your dog's health needs, these issues can be mitigated.

In terms of temperament, both breeds are typically loyal and affectionate. Dobermans tend to be more protective of their family, while Great Danes are known to be more gentle giants. However, individual temperaments can vary greatly, so it's important to meet the specific dog you are considering adopting to ensure that their personality is a good match for your family.

Overall, both breeds have their pros and cons. It really depends on your individual preferences and lifestyle. If you are looking for a highly trainable companion who will be protective of your family, then a Doberman may be the better choice. However, if you are looking for a gentle giant who loves to cuddle, then a Great Dane may be the way to go.


Hi all,

I would like to chime in with my personal experience as a former Great Dane owner. While my Great Dane was without a doubt a gentle giant, I found that their size alone made them more difficult to manage than smaller dogs. For instance, they take up a lot of space and can be a bit of an obstacle in smaller living areas.

When it comes to trainability, as previously mentioned, Great Danes can be quite stubborn. It took a lot of patience and persistence to get my Great Dane to learn basic commands. However, once they did catch on, they were generally well-behaved.

In terms of health issues, Great Danes are prone to bloat, hip dysplasia, and even heart disease. These issues can be expensive to treat and make owning a Great Dane a financial commitment. It's essential to be aware of the potential for these health concerns and find ways to manage and monitor them proactively.

Regarding temperament, my Dane was friendly with strangers, yet they didn't seem to exhibit the protective nature that Dobermans have. Nonetheless, they still made an excellent family pet and provided a lot of love and warmth to our household.

Conclusively, I think Great Danes can make great pets if you have a large living space and the patience and financial means to manage potential health concerns. However, if you're looking for a more trainable dog with a higher protective nature, a Doberman may be the way to go.

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