I am in a bit of a dilemma here. I am planning to adopt a dog, preferably a Doberman or a Rottweiler. However, I am not sure which one of the two breeds would be more suited to my lifestyle.
A little about myself: I work a 9-5 job and am usually away from home for about 8 hours a day. I have a decent-sized yard but no children at home. I do enjoy being active and going on long walks, but I am not an overly outdoorsy person. I also have a housekeeper who comes in twice a week.
I want a dog that is protective but not overly aggressive, loyal, and good with strangers, especially children. I also want a dog that can handle being alone for long periods of time without getting overly anxious or destructive.
I have done some research on both breeds, and while they both seem like amazing dogs, there are some differences that I am not sure how to weigh. Dobermans are more high-energy and require more exercise, while Rottweilers are more laidback and tend to be more protective. However, I am not sure which would be the better fit for me.
Which breed do you guys think would be better suited for my lifestyle? I would appreciate any advice or personal experiences you can share. Thanks in advance!
I have experience raising both Dobermans and Rottweilers, and based on your lifestyle, I would recommend going with a Rottweiler.
While Dobermans are amazing dogs and incredibly loyal, they require a lot of exercise and attention to keep them happy and healthy. If you are not an overly outdoorsy person, you might find it difficult to provide a Doberman with the amount of exercise they need. In addition, without proper exercise, they can become destructive and anxious.
Rottweilers, on the other hand, are more laidback and require less exercise than Dobermans. They are still active dogs and enjoy going for walks and playing, but they won't be bouncing off the walls if they don't get enough exercise. They are also incredibly loyal and protective, making them great family dogs. However, they can have a bit of a stubborn streak, so it's important to start training them early on.
Overall, I think a Rottweiler would be a better match for your lifestyle. They are great with children and strangers when socialized properly, and they can handle being alone for long periods of time without getting anxious or destructive. Of course, it's important to do your own research and meet with breeders or rescue organizations before making a final decision.
Hope this helps!