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My husband and I have two indoor-only 4 year-old male neutered cats who are our "kids". We don't have any children so these 2 boys are our pride and joy.

We are getting a male Dobe pup at the beginning of May who will be around 10 weeks old when we bring him home. We will be crate training him for housebreaking, and for when we aren't home to supervise him.

Do any of you have any problems with your Dobes and your house cats? I know it'll take awhile for the cats to get used to the dog, and I've done a lot of research on the breed and read that if the dog is raised with cats, they'll be fine with them, but I just wanted some personal experiences to back up all my reading (and to make me feel less nervous, hehe).
 

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I have 2 cats, both 1 year old. When I brought Reese home he wanted to chase them and put them in his mouth. He never bit down, just covered them with drool. The vet said, and I have to agree, if he wanted to hurt them they would be dead. He wants to play and they just don't like his idea of play. The vet and some members here told me to put Reese on his leash and let him go after them when they walked by. Pop the leash and tell him no. Do it over and over until he got the message. Well, he never got the message. He has a very high prey drive and will chase anything small and fast. I now have baby gates all over my house. The cats stay upstairs or in my bedroom when the dog is out of his crate. A lot of members here have cats and Dobes that get along. It can be done, just apparently not at my house. Good luck and let me know if you figure out a solution that works for you.
 

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Thanks for the reply, though it doesn't make me less nervous, lol. ;)
 

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My cats and Isabelle never got along. Sasha my old cat has never liked dogs so when we brought Isa home Sasha wasn't pleased. She moved into my mom's house with her dog & cats and is happy & healthy & will turn 16 this fall. My mom had her neo mastiff at the time and Molly wasn't a chaser. So they were fine. Ivan lived with Isa til he died (2 years ago). He had the spare room with a baby gate in the door way. He could come & go, but had a "safe" place too. Also kept the dog away from litter & cat food :) He would wander abround the house even when she was there he was very sneaky. We also tried the leaving the leash on and it never worked. The cats ran ansd she thought chase. So needless to say it never worked in my house. Isabelle has a very strong prey drive and still doesn't approve of cats! They aren't allowed in her backyard or on the wall or neighbor's rooves basicly anywhere she can see them :) We have a feral cat problem in our neighborhood and they only time she isn't well behaved on a walk is if she spots a cat. Hope it works out in your home - wishing you the best of luck.
 

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It really depends on the dog SO much. Even though so and so’s Dobe gets along with “x” cat, doesn’t mean yours will. A lot also depends on the cat and their personalities.

For the most part my dogs get along with the kitty great (one had to have some direction when younger) but one Dobe is obsessive, and it took months for him to be okay with the cat, started out always having to wear a leash, and he is okay now, I couldn't tell what his intentions were and didn't care honestly, I wasn’t letting him chase, sit on, punch, put in mouth, annoying, paw, hold down with paws and squish, bark at, get “zoned” on kitty and shake, foam at mouth at, (and I could go on and on), the cat. But now they can groom each other and are okay and have a relationship while I am watching. But I can never leave those two alone and will never be able to, even for a shower or to go outside to get something; I have to separate, just in case.

The cat has places she can run to get away from the dogs, complete with water fountains, kitty beds, heated bed, kitty tower scratching posts, lots of toys, food bowls, and litter box. This also works b/c the dogs want to eat poo out of the litter box, and would eat all of her food in heartbeat if they could. And I worry about the Dobes eating her toys, so they mostly stay in her room. The cat likes other dogs a lot too; she is very social, which helps a ton, she seeks out their contact. She is not fearful and is very bold.
 
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Definately depends on the dog. I have three cats in my house. Most of the time they are all great together and will lounge around sleeping together. Then, the cats will start a playfest of chasing that gets out of hand. I have a cat tree that stretches to the ceiling so they can climb up high away from them. Though the dogs think they can climb behind them. I also have my bedroom blocked with a gate so the cats can be secluded from the dogs when they want to be alone. This also keeps the dogs out of the litter box and cat food. They know their "safety zones" and utilize them well. I have more issues with Doodle's drive than I do with the others though.
 
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I have a 6 month old dobie (Tia) and we also have 2 cats. Tia wants to play with the cats constantly but they won't entertain her. She's never tried to hurt them but obviously runs after them when they make for a quick getaway! When the cats aren't outside they tend to reside upstairs (apart from meal times) and Tia is mainly downstairs. I think the cats are just put off cos Tia's so big compared to them.
 

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I'm sure you'll be fine with bringing a young pup in the house, then he will be raised with the cats.

I have three dogs (only one dobe) and I have anywhere from 5-13 cats (5 of my own, and up to 8 fosters once, now I'm just down to 3 fosters) and the dogs are fine with them. Occasionally they get a little "excited" and want to chase them, especially if it is a spooked kitty running, but they stop as soon as they are told. I keep a special room as just the "Cat Room" barred by a baby gate that the cats can get over.

It's great to have a cat tree for your guys, vertical space is so important to cats, and they they can get away from a rambunctious youngster ;)


This is Bailey, my most recent permanent addition, he loves messing around with Lexus..... More then once I've seen his whole head and neck in her mouth!
 

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I think it depends on the dog as well. My sis-in-law adopted a gorgous Sheltie that someone had just dropped off on the side of the country road in 10 below weather. Buddy came to their garage door and they let him stay there with old blankets, food and water until they could take him to the vet's the next day. This sweet 2-yr-old had been obedience trained, was a joy, and he and her 3 older cats never crossed paths. When he arrived, Buddy came nose to nose with one tabby - he barked at her, she swatted (de-clawed) his nose and they took off in separate directions. He never chased after them and they pretty much ignored each other and kept to separate areas of the house.
 

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I have 4 indoor only housecats. Males ages 12, 6, 5. Female 2.
I rescued my dobe Rudi when he was approximately 2 1/2yrs old. He hardly has a prey drive unless I entice him to "go get the kitty or squirrel." Rudi and my five year old male black cat JJ, are best buddies. JJ is one fat tough dude and can tolerate most anything. Sometimes Rudi will nibble on JJ's head and sides, I call it the typewriter. When JJ has had enough, he'll tap Rudi on his snout and run away. Rudi hardly ever gives chase. My my male 12 year old tuxedo and white male 6 yo can tolerate Rudi being within close proximity, but if Rudi makes any sudden moves they'll take off under the bed or to higher ground or to the laundry room. Their safest place is the laundry room......Rudi has been taught he is not allowed to go thru the kitchen into the laundry room since I keep the dry cat food out all day and the litter boxes in there to prevent Rudi from tasting the delectible delights in the litter box! My grey female cat 2yo......well I hardly even see her when I'm home. She is afraid of anything.........even me.....I don't know why? Possibly because she was a ferral kitten when I brought her home. Who knows? Crazy kitty! She comes to me on her terms and for treats. Weirdo!
I believe the cats have to have a saving grace spot. Rudi does not get crated, he roams free in the house, so I feel safe leaving his collar on with all of his dog tags on them. When the cats hear the jingle of the dog tags, they know he is roaming the house and can prepare themselves.

 
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Thanks for the replies and the pics, guys!

We will be attending advanced obedience training with the pup as well, so hopefully if he has a problem with chasing the cats, he will stop as soon as he's told. Also, maybe if we don't force the issue and let the cats come out and investigate on their own terms, it will be okay.

I guess I just looking for some reassurance with other people's experiences that cats and Dobes can live harmoniously together in certain situations.
 

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we did at first only because the cats wanted to run away from Duchess...so she would chase them. thats it. then we introduced them slowly...and they are fine now. Right now we are taking care of a kitten and Duchess avoids eye contact with her but will sniff her lick her ears and let the cat rub up against her.
so my final word of advice is try to prevent the cat from running away etc :)
 

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Lexus said:
I'm sure you'll be fine with bringing a young pup in the house, then he will be raised with the cats.
That's what we're banking on. Hopefully since the pup will still be relatively small, the cats won't feel overly threatened by him. And they can get used to him before he becomes a huge monster, LOL.

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It's great to have a cat tree for your guys, vertical space is so important to cats, and they they can get away from a rambunctious youngster ;)
Yep, we've got 2 cat trees, plus we'll have a tall gate up with a small cat door so the dog can't get through but the cats can, that way the dog can't get to where the cat trees and cat food is.

I'm sure it'll be a big adjustment for the cats, but I think the cats will come around eventually (as long as the dog is not overly prey-driven and doesn't try to attack/chase them). And hopefully the cats will learn not to run since running away = being chased by the dog.
 

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LOL I don't know sometimes they are bigger monsters when they are little!!

I imagine your two adorable little kitties will probably be a little disdainful at first! After all, they are the rulers of the roost right now!

Sounds like a good set up you have. We keep our litter boxes in the cat room, as well as down stairs, but it is all blocked from the dogs. Nothing grosser then tootsie roll snacks....
 

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We had two cats with our last Dobe. The calico was simi-anti-social. Natasha would play gentle with the cats but did not like them around her food. Our other cat was just a poor fat slob. He was 32# and lover to romp through the house. Our cocker did not like that cat because that cat would beat the slobber out of the cocker. Our cats were declawed which is important to me in that I would hate to see a young pup get it's eye slashed.

Anyway we never had a problem other than around the food. Natash would growl under her breath but never did any worse than that. She would sleep with the cats too.
 

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The good thing is thet you are bringing in a puppy to the cats,instead of the other way round,we had a cat with all our Dobes and she played with them all when they were pups, so they grew up thinking she was the small black and white Doberman who spent all her time in the garden.
 
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If you keep their nails trimmed up then you really shouldn't have any issues with damages caused from long nails, no more risk then one pup playing with another pup that is. A lot more humane then mutilating the cat's feet.
 

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Burns said:
Thanks for the replies and the pics, guys!

We will be attending advanced obedience training with the pup as well, so hopefully if he has a problem with chasing the cats, he will stop as soon as he's told. Also, maybe if we don't force the issue and let the cats come out and investigate on their own terms, it will be okay.

I guess I just looking for some reassurance with other people's experiences that cats and Dobes can live harmoniously together in certain situations.

Yes the obedience has helped with ******* and the cat. I can put her in a sit and the cat can walk by. But in general she likes to try and chase Smokey, I really try not to let this happen. I had a G.S. that had a very high prey drive, and he was excellent with my cats inside and out. He alway's would try and chase other cat's outside, but I could alway's call him off. I think the more mature ******* get's the better she will be with the cat.
 
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