Originally Posted by maadisonthomaas View Post
This is my first post on the forum and I’ve recently been exposed to a wealth of information, so thank you all for that. My brother recently got 2 male Doberman littermates, and needless to say, we were unaware of the red flags there. The boys are now 13 weeks old and we haven’t had any problems with them thus far, though their playtime has gotten a bit more vocal. I’ve read countless articles and posts about the dangers of raising two males (especially littermates) together, but my whole family is quite attached to the two of them now and we would like to do anything possible to avoid a heartbreaking situation. We also have an older male yorki who I hope may improve the dynamic between the two and breakup some of that “littermate syndrome”. We try to socialize the dogs with other dogs/people as much as possible and we are planning on having them professionally trained. Any advice on how to move forward and raise 2 happy dobies would be so greatly appreciated, as I have spent my day worried sick about having to get rid of one of the babies 😞 Thank you!
If the whole family has become attached to the littermates is there perhaps, a familiy member who would like to take one of the puppies and raise it separately from the littermate.
The"littermate syndrome" isn't just about the two puppies bonding so completely to each other that the people get left out. And Dobes are a breed which is well known for same sex aggression. You can't count on two male Dobes getting along with each other even when they have been raised together and have always gotten along well--several of the regular posters have had two males who got along just fine, played together, slept on the same dog bed and all was fine until it wasn't. And when it suddenly wasn't the dogs had gone from being the best of friends to wanting to kill each other and it became a crate and rotate--total separation situation.
Another male in the mix even if it's a yorkie isn't likely to anything more that create even more possible problems.
At the age these littermates are now I wouldn't expect you to have problems and in fact often puppies of the same age will play nicely with reach other for many more months. Sometimes for all of their lives--but it's not something I'd want to count on.
As far as having them "professionally" trained. Here's an uninvited opinion. The most successful training of dogs is that where the owner(s) finds a good trainer offering good classes and devote the time and evergy to taking the puppy to the class and learning from the trainer how to train a dog and how to deal with problems as they come up. The most unsuccessful training is done by "trainers" often with the dog staying in a kennel owned and operated by the "trainer". At the end of the "training" the trainer usually has the owner come in and learn (in a couple of short sessions) how to make the puppy behave according to the training by the "trainer".
Also for the record--it is the opinion of an awful lot of very skilled trainers that you can't "train" dogs out of being same sex aggressive (just as neutering doesn't stop that either)--at best you might be able to keep a pair of dogs like this who end up being aggressive toward each other to avoid situations where the dogs come into contact with each other.
So, I wish you all the very best luck but there is a very good reason that there are all these articles with red flags about doing this very thing.