I am looking to adopt a dog for my family and I am torn between getting a Chihuahua or a Doberman Pinscher. I have two children, one is 5 years old and the other is 9 years old. I want a pet that can be around my kids without any issues and would also be a great companion for them.
On one hand, I have heard that Chihuahuas are great with children and are very sociable pets. However, they are quite small and delicate, which makes me worry about any accidental injuries that could happen while playing with my children.
On the other hand, I have read that Doberman Pinschers are quite intelligent and obedient pets. They are also great protectors and have a great reputation for being loyal pets. However, their size and strength makes me slightly hesitant about getting them around my children.
So, which of these two breeds do you think would make a better pet for my family? I would really appreciate your suggestions and any personal experiences you may have had with these breeds.
Thank you in advance!
I have owned both a Chihuahua and a Doberman Pinscher, and I would recommend a Doberman as the better pet for families with children. Dobermans are very intelligent, loyal and affectionate pets that form strong bonds with their owners. They are also very energetic, which makes them perfect pets for children who have lots of energy to burn.
When we adopted our Doberman, she was just a puppy, and we made sure to socialize and train her properly from the beginning. As a result, she grew up to be an extremely well-behaved and gentle dog that loved to play with children. Our Doberman was always patient with my children and their friends, and she enjoyed being part of all the family activities.
While some might worry that Dobermans are too strong and large to be safe around small children, I believe that with proper training and management, they can be great pets for families. However, it is true that Dobermans can be quite protective of their children, so some may prefer to choose a smaller breed if they are concerned about their dog's protective instincts.
Ultimately, the decision of which breed to choose will depend on your individual preferences and needs. Both Chihuahuas and Doberman Pinschers can be great pets, so choose the breed that best suits your family's lifestyle and personality.
Best of luck with your pet search!