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Join Date: Apr 2009
Dogs Name: Cypress (Dobe) & Dempsey (Rat Terrier)
Dogs Age: 05.08.19 & 11.04.14
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Hi, Ray E Davis. I have a couple of questions.
1) Do you have any previous dog experience?
2) Have you ever raised a Dobe pup before?
In my experience, people who entertain the idea of getting two Dobe pups at once usually haven't raised a Dobe pup before. They are a super demanding breed that's typically not recommended to be raised in pairs or multiples.
There are some breeds in which raising littermates can be done fairly successfully with a good amount of effort, however, those tend to be much easier breeds to raise compared to the Doberman.
One Doberman pup is a lot of work. The average Dobe pup tends to be pretty busy and require a lot of attention and management for the first couple of years (with an occasional exception here and there). But I feel pretty confident saying - especially if you've never raised a Doberman from puppyhood - you and your wife will have plenty to do just keeping up with one average Doberman pup.
In addition to that, there are some very good reasons why not to raise littermates together. If you're not exceptionally well prepared and knowledgeable, they do tend to bond to one another more than the humans involved. Dogs communicate more easily with other dogs than with people and other dogs/puppies are nearly always more entertaining to a puppy than you are. So, what you end up with, is two puppies who live together and who would rather play with each other than focus on you. And they end up seeing you as the obstruction to their fun and games, not someone they necessarily want to please.
And, I can't emphasize this enough - especially if you've never raised a Doberman - no matter how much you read and talk to people and listen to stories or watch videos, you just don't quite know what you're taking on yet. And you really won't understand until you've got the pup home and you're in the thick of it.
My recommendation would be to make sure this is the breed you want. And then get one Dobe puppy and experience and learn from that puppy.
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