Join Date: Nov 2014
Dogs Name: Sirah
Dogs Age: 5 years
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I currently don't have a Doberman, but I have a female Vizsla (Sirah) who actually has the same age as my older daughter (5 years), well around 8 months older than my daughter. I can tell you with confidence that I wouldn't do it again, it was so tiresome! I had to exercise Sirah at least 2 times per day, but I mean really good exercise, around 1 hr early in the morning (around 5:30 in the morning) and 1 1/2 to 2 hrs in the afternoon plus SAR training on saturdays, and of course I had to go to work and help my wife with the baby, obviously she wasn't very happy I spend such amount of time with the dog, even though we knew from the beginning what type of dog we were getting. This for at least 3 years, Sirah is finally settled down and things were much calmer by the time second daughter arrived (two years ago). Good thing is my wife some times took out Sirah for long walks while I took care of the baby.
Oh and the money. The worst time was when Sirah got parvo, at 10 months old, with vaccination chart complete, absolutely unexpected... that left us without savings. Sirah came out fine at the end but it was a tough week. But you will need to be prepared for things like that.
I've heard all extremes when the dog arrives before the baby: dog being jealous of the baby, dog being overprotective or dog feeling fine with the new member of the family, but I think it's more on the dog's personality and how you prepare her for the new baby arrival, than the breed.
Soooo I would suggest, like LadyDi told you, to wait two or three years until dog or child is a little older.
Just sharing my experience, hope I don't scare you, but in the end all three girls are super attached, get along really well and I think it is an absolutely amazing experience for a kid to grow with a dog. Plus they look really cute together.
Last edited by Isra; 08-31-2020 at 11:48 PM.