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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 01-08-2009, 11:05 PM Thread Starter
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I own a 10 yr old male cat and a 3 year old Shih-Tzu dog who weighs about 9 lbs..

I love Doberman dogs and I'd like to add a Doberman to the family but I'm concerned about safety ...

I know that a lot of dog breeds get along with cats especially if you bring in a puppy ... then again there are some breeds who don’’t.

My cat is a large breed (17 lbs.), he's very friendly and very playful and active even at this age. He's always been more active than an average cat. He gets along with everybody. The same with my dog. Both of them are very friendly, playful and sociable.

Do Dobermans get along with cats and small dogs ?
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Honestly, all dogs are different. They all have their own personality and their own likes and dislikes so there's no way to know without introducing them.


I had a 3/4 doberman 1/4 german sheppard cross. She got along with all dogs(all the one's she had met anyway) and loved to play with my mom's pomeranian, but cats....well she played too rough. She never meant to hurt them, but I guess she didn't really know how to play with them.


I say that if you get a doberman or any breed for that matter, to first introduce new animals to her while she is in a kennel. And then again while the other animal is in a kennel and she is out. Then if that seems to work out then put both animals on a leash and gradually bring them closer together. You'll know if it'll work out or not. I don't recommend just releasing both animals together right away, that could end in a big mess. Good luck and I hope it works out for you and that I was helpful.
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Yes, you can buy a purebred DOBERMANN puppy. I think that there won't be any problem, also it's better to teach the DOBERMANN puppy something before it grows up. DOBERMANN breed is a wonderful dog breed. Good luck.
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Your best bet if you're concerned with your other animals is to seek out an adult doberman at a rescue that they've temper tested with other animals. That way you don't have to worry about ending up with a puppy with a lot of drive, etc.

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Thanks everybody for responding.
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Honestly, all dogs are different. They all have their own personality and their own likes and dislikes ....
That's so true ...

thank you for replying, I appreciate your input.

I don't put a value on dogs because of their breed or pedigree ... They are all precious in my eyes.

But my question is basic, it's more about the breed, -- some breeds have a track record and you know from the start that it's going to be an issue or not ... for example if you get a bulldog, from the start you know that there is a good chance of problems with other dogs.

Overall I'm getting the feeling that Dobermans don't have a basic problem with cats .... which is good news
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Your best bet if you're concerned with your other animals is to seek out an adult doberman at a rescue that they've temper tested with other animals. That way you don't have to worry about ending up with a puppy with a lot of drive, etc.

I had set my heart on getting a puppoy but your post got me thinking.
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I'd say the most common characteristic with dobermans is stubburness and very fast learners. The only problem with those two are that they learn fast, but they don't want to listen to you, so it's almost pointless, lol. Okay, maybe not that bad, lol.
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I think it all depends on the training that you do with it, I think it is easier to teach a puppy to like things when they are the age that they don't know the fun of chasing, they haven't had any issues with cats before, and they are too little to be able to kill the cat easily.

I don't think that any breed is a sure bet on if they will have problems, or wont at least behavioral. I think the only thing breed descriptions help on is energy level, and health problems prone to the breed.

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My parents has always owned dobermen, and everyone my family has had were very loyal but some where to over loyal if you get what i mean? Very protective over them. But as anoter poster said you CANNOT say this and that about any breed its how YOU bring them up and train them to be.
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I have a book called the Howell Book of Dogs. It gives a very brief overview of just about every breed you can imagine. Of course, every dog has its own personality so there are no hard rules, but according to the book, what the dog was originally bred for usually impacts behavior. (So you might not want to have a hunting dog around cats.)

I looked up Dobermans, and they were bred as a companion and guard dog, not a hunting dog. It says "They can be good with other pets and, when taught not to chase, with the family cat.”
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even some hunting dogs wont have issues with the family cat, we have had many labs and they are the best with other critters, a few cats even kicked on of ours out of his doghouse.

And one cat had kittens in his doghouse and he would go check on them. it was cute.

not that that has much to do with Dobermans but it does say that not all dogs act the way the breed was intended.

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True. That's why I made the disclaimer "every dog has its own personality so there are no hard rules".

I have a lab mix, and she's great with my cat. (Although she does chase him occasionally - but would never hurt him.) I think labs were bird dogs, though, so I don't know if that makes a difference.
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I have a book called the Howell Book of Dogs. It gives a very brief overview of just about every breed .....

according to the book, what the dog was originally bred for usually impacts behavior. (So you might not want to have a hunting dog around cats.)

I looked up Dobermans, and they were bred as a companion and guard dog, not a hunting dog. It says "They can be good with other pets and, when taught not to chase, with the family cat.”
Thank you for your realistic answer. This is the type of answer I was looking for. I think a realistic answer is more useful (and safer) than a romantic one.

Thanks again.
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