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Old 01-02-2013, 02:44 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Adding a Dobe to our MinPin Pack

After much research, I've decided that I'd like to add a Dobe to our family. I do understand the commitment it will take to raise a well-balanced Dobe, and I'm up for the challenge. Thanks to this site, I was able to identify a handful of reputable breeders, and I've contacted them. I learned my lesson regarding back yard breeders about 18 years ago when I bought the cutest Dalmation pup. Turns out she was deaf, and I was in denial. There is a happy ending though as she learned hand signals and was a gentle and loving companion for 15 years. Anyway, my hope is to get a female pup near the middle or end of June, at the latest the beginning of July, as I am an educator, so I will have a couple months to devote to the pup before returning to work. I have no kids. I do have a significant other, a cat, and two female MinPins, ages 5 and 3, who are very playful and lots of fun. The 5 year old MinPin lived with my Dalmation for a couple of years before the Dalmation passed. The 3 year old is a rescue who is a little bossy, but a clown. I'd like to hear from other Dobe owners who have a MinPin (or other small terrier type of dog) and a Dobe. How has it worked for you? What advice do you have?
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I'm glad you posted this because I'm looking to add a doberman friend for our min pin when the time is right.
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I'm glad you posted this because I'm looking to add a doberman friend for our min pin when the time is right.
Ha! I love your Avatar. Thanks for your response. Hopefully, some members will respond. If not, I'll let you know how it goes in a few months/years.
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My parents have a min pin. I don't live with them but I bring my Dobe over often and they get along fine. My dad is paranoid about prime hurting his dog though so they are mostly kept separate(even though they're fine together). My dad was never a big animal lover but this min pin has seriously changed him and he is so protective over the little guy. He even bought him a matching leather biker jacket, lol. His dog and my dobe have wrestled together, gone shopping together, ate raw meat together, and napped together. Cute pair, when they're in public together people have asked if the min pin was my dobe's puppy...
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Thanks, ZeldaRules. I'm protective over my MinPins as well. I've considered rescuing a Dobe, but I think I will feel more at ease raising the pup with the MinPins.

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My parents have a min pin. I don't live with them but I bring my Dobe over often and they get along fine. My dad is paranoid about prime hurting his dog though so they are mostly kept separate(even though they're fine together). My dad was never a big animal lover but this min pin has seriously changed him and he is so protective over the little guy. He even bought him a matching leather biker jacket, lol. His dog and my dobe have wrestled together, gone shopping together, ate raw meat together, and napped together. Cute pair, when they're in public together people have asked if the min pin was my dobe's puppy...
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When Ivan was around 9 months old I had a senior Min Pin foster. She just had a lot of dental work done when I brought her home. Ivan was a little bit too much for her. I'm sure if they'd have had more time together, Ivan would have settled down, like he has with my cats. I also know of a couple other people who have Min Pins and Dobes without issue.


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I had 2 yorkies when my dobe pup came to live with us and it was not diffcult to teach her to "play nice" with the little dogs. She had her moments but overall she learned pretty quickly to be around them but not rough house or play with them. Brie is very good with other small dogs and the current one I'm fostering (a brussel/chi mix) is 8.8lbs and although he was scared of her at first he realized that she was not going to hurt him and now he brings his toys to her to see if she'll play.....Brie, in turn, looks at me like "can I please???" as she knows that I would rather she does not play with the little pooches.
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Thanks, ZeldaRules. I'm protective over my MinPins as well. I've considered rescuing a Dobe, but I think I will feel more at ease raising the pup with the MinPins.

We had our Min Pin for a year and then added a rescue Dobie to our pack. They were literally, immediately best friends. Never seen any agression between them (they are both males, we did this without researching same sex aggression). They play nicely together. Odin respects the size difference and allows Skylos to play a bit rougher than then he allows himself to. They sleep together, eat together, walk together. Odin even protect Skylos from my sis-in-laws insanely hyper GSD pup. I think I would look at your min-pins personality, as some of them can be really possessive and protective of their "stuff". But if your min-pin is socialized and good with other dogs, don't rule out the rescues!!

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My son has 3 min pins and when we visit (which is often) Bacchus tries to butter up the little beasties. To say they don't like him would be an understatement.
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Odin's Master...I love the pic! The cat on the top is like...whipped creme on a sundae. I'm not too worried about my MinPin's behavior. They are assertive, but gentle. My concern is more with the big dog getting overzealous in playing with the small ones. I'm glad your adoption worked out well. Adopting a dog is a really cool feeling.

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Poor Bacchus. Have they visited you? Is it different on your property?

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My son has 3 min pins and when we visit (which is often) Bacchus tries to butter up the little beasties. To say they don't like him would be an understatement.
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I had 2 yorkies when my dobe pup came to live with us and it was not diffcult to teach her to "play nice" with the little dogs. She had her moments but overall she learned pretty quickly to be around them but not rough house or play with them. Brie is very good with other small dogs and the current one I'm fostering (a brussel/chi mix) is 8.8lbs and although he was scared of her at first he realized that she was not going to hurt him and now he brings his toys to her to see if she'll play.....Brie, in turn, looks at me like "can I please???" as she knows that I would rather she does not play with the little pooches.
I hope this is the way it works out for us too. Did you do anything to make her "play nice" or was it more or less innate?
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I have 3 Chihuahuas with my dobes (both rescues adopted at 2 and 6 years of age) with no issues. Dobe puppies are rough a rescue known to be good with small dogs may be easier for a first time dobe owner. My 5 all get along fine together however since there is an 85 1/2 pound difference between the largest and smallest I am very cautious when they play. My Chi mix (possibly jack russell terrier) at 11 pounds holds her own with the dobes with no issues.
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We baby sit our sons and xGF YorkiePoo litter mates often.
- but our Amy was 5 years old when the little puppies came...and the interaction was very-very easy with a well trained adult girl
- over the years, little boy Trevor thought he was the boss (all 7 lbs...LOL) and dobe Amy only really growled at him once, when Trevor tried to steal her fresh marrow bone...I laughed my head off, the sweet dobe was finally pushed enough
- often the big dobe and little boy slept on the couch or chair together and both shared the master bed at night with Mom & Dad
If the adults went out to a restraunt (for an hour), big & little dog(s) were left unsupervised with free reign of house...never a concern or issue.

After Amy passed, we got puppy dobe Kelly (very full of energy) and she was really too much in the playful spirit (at 10 weeks old) for little Trevor.
- first few visits
Took this Dad a full month to train Kelly to all house manners, now the 3rd little Trevor visit, went much better.
To keep Kelly calmed down (initially) I resorted to leashing our new pup to the computer table leg sometimes...then we saw little Trevor baiting her with teeth-growls, at a safe distance of one foot out of Kelly's reach...O'h the dynamics, and the shift of power.
Trevor liked gentle Amy, but the new puppy not so much...he-he...Trevor (aka Mr. T) is a jealous boy...and he is a real pouter, with head down.
- Mom has to hold Trevor, more now until Kelly and him figure out their roles and boundaries
Getting a dober pup when your home for the summer school break, makes a lot of sense...some can be a handful, to start with.
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Poor Bacchus. Have they visited you? Is it different on your property?
I have an apartment so it would be chaos if they came here.
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Do Minpins have fragile legs? I guess I would be worried about possible accidents. Dobe puppies are big and clumsy!

I would also look into same sex aggression. I have two females (one IG, one Dobe) and they loathe each other. Luckily they have learned to ignore each other, but it is still a worry of mine that I wish I didn't have to have.

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Yes, min-pin's legs are quite long and fragile. You definitely need to monitor play with a doberpup. My min-pin has been trampled a few times by my dobe when they run out the back door to play in the backyard.

Just something that you need to watch for and teach the dobe to respect the size difference.
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Do Minpins have fragile legs? I guess I would be worried about possible accidents. Dobe puppies are big and clumsy!

I would also look into same sex aggression. I have two females (one IG, one Dobe) and they loathe each other. Luckily they have learned to ignore each other, but it is still a worry of mine that I wish I didn't have to have.

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I was wondering about the same sex aggression with the Dobe. How old are your IG and Dobe? Which did you have first? Did you raise them toogether? Both of my MinPins are females. They play well together....tug of war and keep away. Occassionally, it gets a little heated and their fur stands up, but they are the same size, and it never escalates to true fighting. I am concerned with the size difference between the MinPins and Dobe. Will the age difference help to prevent some of the same sex aggression?
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I was wondering about the same sex aggression with the Dobe. How old are your IG and Dobe? Which did you have first? Did you raise them toogether? Both of my MinPins are females. They play well together....tug of war and keep away. Occassionally, it gets a little heated and their fur stands up, but they are the same size, and it never escalates to true fighting. I am concerned with the size difference between the MinPins and Dobe. Will the age difference help to prevent some of the same sex aggression?

My IGs are both 5.5 years old. I got my Doberman as a puppy at 8 weeks old, which was just 7 months ago. My Doberman is a female and gets along great with the male but does not get along with the female. They play but the Doberman is gentle most of the time. They are never out together unsupervised! NEVER! Can I be honest with you though? I can't suggest it. I knew that it would be tough going into it and I wouldn't trade my Doberman for the world. But I live a life of constant supervising and worry. If one of my IGs were to get hurt, I couldn't forgive myself. Lastly, I think my IGs hate their lives a lot of the time, because the Doberman puppy annoys the crap out of them.

Now, enough of the warnings, here are the cute photos of them living together:


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Old 01-05-2013, 08:24 PM   #20 (permalink)
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Awww, the pics are so cute. Makes it look like they're best friends. Guess I have a lot to think about.
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I have 3 dobermans and 1 chihuahua. The chihuahua loves my old boy Shultz, tolerates Tango and can't stand Stryker. I think there is a very good possibility that you will need to give your Min Pin space and possibly even keep them seperate. There are alot of people on here that have little dogs with their dobermans and they do fine... but it's always a possible they won't get along. Good luck!
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Min pin and Dobergirl owner here! Just monitor them and as the doberman gets older things will be fine.


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Min pin and Dobergirl owner here! Just monitor them and as the doberman gets older things will be fine.


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Thanks for your reply, doggiegirl. Any tactics you used to help it work with the dobe and minpin? When you say older, approximately how long did it take to trust them together?
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We have the doggie gates with the small door in the bottom. It allows Penny Pinscher to get away from Lyla the Dobergirl if she wants. Lyla is now 8 months old and I don't worry about Penny getting hurt any more. But, I am a stay at home rancher. Not sure how I would feel if I was gone all day.


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Well, my little Juno has been part of our pack for three months. The dogs are getting along just fine. The oldest MinPin is assertive and lets the puppy know when enough is enough with a sharp bark. The younger MinPin is the playmate until she is tired and then retires under the bed for some much needed rest. The pictures say it all!
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