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Old 12-28-2012, 11:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a doberman (Valdez) who is 4. She doesn't really get along with dogs at first. After a while she does get used to them though. We are looking to get a small dog as a companion. Since she can't really socialize with dogs, so I feel that she is missing out and is lonely. I am looking to get either a Shih Tzu, Min Pin or another small dog.

I am just looking for recommendations for a breed that might make a good companion for my dog. Preferably a small medium ish dog!!!
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I have Bacchus and an elderly lhasa apso neutered male. They get along pretty well but I think it would work better if the lhasa was not a small dog. Bacchus plays rough and it's too much for the old guy.

Bacchus does play very well with his girlfriend Haley. A young female dobe owned by another DT member chootcher. There isn't any fighting just running and slamming. Occasionally Haley climbs on Bacc's head.
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a small dog because you want one for yourself is a good idea. A small dog for a companion for a doberman isn't such a great idea. I have 2 dobermans and 3 chihuahuas (+ 1 foster chihuahua) while they all get along well I don't allow them together unsupervised nor do I allow them to really play together much if at all. Dobermans and known for rough play and while I'm confident they wouldn't intentionally injure a chi, accidents happen and it can be devastating or even fatal to a small dog if they were to get stepped or pounced on.

My oldest Chi has a permanent limp from an unsupervised accident when he was 2 with my doberman. He was paralized for awhile with a fractured neck and luckily was able to recover.
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I have a small Rat Terrier who plays great with my dobe.. however, my dobe grew up as a young pup with my rattie. I'm not so sure I would match a 4 year old dobe with a small dog.

Why not check out a shelter near you for your next pup? That way, you could be sure that your dobe and a new dog could meet, and you could see if a relationship between the two would be possible.
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I have a small Rat Terrier who plays great with my dobe.. however, my dobe grew up as a young pup with my rattie. I'm not so sure I would match a 4 year old dobe with a small dog.

Why not check out a shelter near you for your next pup? That way, you could be sure that your dobe and a new dog could meet, and you could see if a relationship between the two would be possible.


Shelter dogs are awesome - I have a bunch of them. However a meeting between 2 dogs at a shelter will have no value in predicting how they will "like" each other or get along as housemates. A forced meeting in a strange stressful place is not the ideal place to introduce dogs to each other. Slow introductions at home are a much better way to go.
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Shelter dogs are awesome - I have a bunch of them. However a meeting between 2 dogs at a shelter will have no value in predicting how they will "like" each other or get along as housemates. A forced meeting in a strange stressful place is not the ideal place to introduce dogs to each other. Slow introductions at home are a much better way to go.
Indeed... which, is what I meant. I should have qualified that. I figured most shelters would allow a 'home visit'. They do here.
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I have a yorkie who weighs 2 lbs... Ive only had him a few months, but he is so hyper! my Dobie just watches him sometimes in amazement. The yorkie has a great personality... Which Storm loves.. At times, I think Buddy (yorkie) thinks he's much bigger than Storm, and she has no clue either. You should see the looks we get at our local nature trail on our daily walks.... they truly are a pair!

I'm the first to admit I'm not a small dog person, but this yorkie has my heart too. He's the first small dog I've ever owned, so I wouldn't be able to help much with other breeds.. Keep in mind though, my dog was raised with cats, so she is very gentle with Buddy.


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My parents have a pug/beagle/ terrier and since I am currently living with them, when I got Rowan he automatically ended up living with a small dog and she gets beat up daily, he doesn't mean too but he's big and rough and it looks like he missed out on some dog lessons and doesn't really understand gentle play. He also has no regard for if she was laying next to me and he want to be there he'll just squeeze his way in and usually ends up on her which is amusing and if she wasn't so stocky she'd probably be crushed. They are never unsupervised so nothing gets out of hand and they get time-outs if it goes to far. One issue we have is Bonnie tells him off and you would hope they'd stop but no Bonnie just goes after him instead and it starts all over again... Drives me a little crazy since it makes it hard for Row to learn lessons with gentle. It would be harder of they were both mine but since Bonnie is always with my mom and Row with me they can play but have time apart. And I know they'll miss each other when I move out. I find terriers are pretty scrappy ;p I think it depends on what your dobe is like and what the personality of whatever dog you might want to get.
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We rescued our little girl Rascal a couple weeks ago. The first week we let them get used to each but didn't allow any physical contact other than sniffing and in some cases licking through their crates every day.
After a week Princess and Brave didn't have a problem with her coming up to their crates to meet and greet.
After a week we introduced Brave and Rascal outside, they get along great, but as others have said Dobermans can play very rough so they are always supervised.



This week Rascal and Princess will get to meet outside their crates, Princess can be a little bitch at times but we don't anticipate any problems.

I think as long as you carefully introduce them and your dog is receptive to having another dog in the house you should be fine. Good Luck.
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I have two morkies(less than 12 lbs each) and Phoenix(doberman) We got the small dogs first then Phoenix so he would be use to the little guys.. My male morkie has always been the boss and phoenix respects both of them. If you get a dog for yourself then I would go very slow. When we bring fosters into the house(usually only lb or two so phoenix cant play with them anyways) we always put them in a cage or pen so he can watch them for a while and smell their blankets...then slowly he is able to get closer and closer and sniffy them. Even tho Phoenix lays on the bed at night and lets the little dogs jump on him and they play paw and lick eachother face I do not think it is a good idea to get a little dog for your doberman to play with. Maybe you should try to foster a mellow puppy or dog and see how your dog handles having another dog around that will grow up and your dog can get use to it. Make sure your dog is fine with another dog in house before you buy another dog. More dogs without homes is last thing this world needs. Goodluck!
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wth is a "morkie?" is that another designer name for a mixed breed dog?
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a small dog because you want one for yourself is a good idea. A small dog for a companion for a doberman isn't such a great idea. I have 2 dobermans and 3 chihuahuas (+ 1 foster chihuahua) while they all get along well I don't allow them together unsupervised nor do I allow them to really play together much if at all. Dobermans and known for rough play and while I'm confident they wouldn't intentionally injure a chi, accidents happen and it can be devastating or even fatal to a small dog if they were to get stepped or pounced on.

My oldest Chi has a permanent limp from an unsupervised accident when he was 2 with my doberman. He was paralized for awhile with a fractured neck and luckily was able to recover.
I totally agree with you, our Doberman loves our little chi, they are best buddies and while I'm confident that she would never intentionally hurt her, the size difference alone makes it dangerous when they play. Our little chi tore her acl while playing with her and this was while being supervised. I would NEVER leave them alone unsupervised. Even with the best intentions accidents and injuries in the size diference can and do happen.
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We have a miniature pinscher as well, and they are the best of buds. We have had no issues with them together at all. They eat, sleep, play, watch tv on the couch together. The min-pin not only keeps up with our doberman, but puts him in his place. They are both fixed males, but we have not seen any same sex issues. Just a great pair!
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I have a tweenie Dachshund Patches, & Buddy a 94# Doberman both are 6 years old now Patches is 4 months older than Buddy. Doberman's play rough Buddy was not allowed to play unsupervised with Patches for the first 3 years. The next 3 years still have to keep an eye out Buddy thinks Patches is a foot ball I guess.You have to be very careful now I can leave them alone together but I know Patches can go under the couch at any time she wants to get away from Buddy.
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It all depends on how the small dog will ednure, Kratos is too energetic for the little ones he is not welcome around my mini pin nor chow they both are not fond of him. Like i said it depends on how your dog will react to a small dog and the endurance and patience of that dog.


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Old 12-30-2012, 06:18 AM   #21 (permalink)
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i've got a toy poodle puppy, and energy wise she can certainly keep up with opie playing round the house, and she's having a good try off lead on walks too. it's funny watching them play, she zooms round him at some right speed, and if he gets too rough hides under the chairs or footstools. we never leave them unsupervised. even if we have to pop out of the room for a minute, we pop her into her crate until we can be back in the room with them
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Our miniature pinscher does pretty well with large dogs. At the dog park, she usually ignores the small dogs and likes to play with the Boxers, Weimers, or labs that show up. She loves to run. The big dogs are faster than she is, but she's a lot quicker turning, and stopping/starting that they can't catch her. She's small though, so we have to supervise her heavily and we don't let her play if there is more than one large dog in the park. This is also a neighborhood park so we know the dogs.

We plan on adding a doberman to our crew soon so we can have a complete set.

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I had a 4 lb yorkie with Emily. And stuff happens to quickly to take it for granted that the big dog won't hurt the little one accidently. Em is a bulldozer and I had to watch all the time. Now the Pyr that I had was so careful with her, I never had to worry about the two. They were always kenneled together at work and no problems ever. He knew where she was all the time and never did step on her. Just take precautions.
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I have small dogs (15lbs) with my Doberman. They all get along great and play together really rough, supervised, of course. My small dogs are border terriers, so they are very hardy, scrappy, and have significant bone. So, I don't worry too much about them getting accidentally hurt by Chase. But, Chase has been with these adult terrier bitches since he was 9 weeks old, so he has a very healthy respect for them and just adores them. He also knows how to play at their level. They rule the roost in his eyes, and he doesn't try too much around them.

I would be very careful adding a smaller dog to an adult, established Doberman. If the larger dog is not accustomed to little dogs, things can go south very quickly for the little dog!
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