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Chicagoland - first doberman + cats
I am new to the forum and wanted to ask for everyone's wisdom on the matter. I am considering getting a doberman, and would really like one to get along with my two cats. One of them is very shy/skittish. This would be my first official dog, but I have fostered many dogs before, including multiple bully breeds and even a 120lb mastiff, so I know how to handle larger dogs. But have never had one WITH cats.
I am thinking, the only way to ensure they get along is getting one as a puppy. I live with my boyfriend, and although we both work full-time our schedules are staggered and he works very close to our home. The idea is, we move to an apartment (with a yard) that is very close to his job, so he can maybe stop by during the day or at least have a short commute. I might need a dog walker on those 3 days. We only have 3 days of the week where our schedules overlap, and even then he starts work 3 hours later than I do.
Because I live in the city, the best way to exercise an active dog is at the dog park. In short - a dog that is very social with animals if of the utmost importance. Am I asking too much considering the breed or are my expectations reasonable? I am prepared to spend the $$ on a well bred dog. I like the breed because of his stature, his intelligence and protective nature, I don't want a dog that is going to lick the hand of a robber. I live in an area that can be dicey and want a breed that will be taken seriously by strangers, but that is loving at home.