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I know a lot of people on this site have Dobermans, but they also have a lot of very different breeds to go with them. This is what this thread is more or less about. I have two Dobermans, and an American Staffordshire Terrier. Those of you with other breeds, how do you feel about them? I feel like we all have the same things that drew us to the Doberman, but what about the others? My reasoning for this post is.. I have been questioning which breed I will continue to own after my babies are gone. I know I have a long road ahead of me, but I would like to have my mind made up by that time.

I love my Amstaff just as much as my Dobermans, but for a lot of different reasons. I do, however, think there will always be a Doberman in my life. Something about this breed I just cannot get away from. But sometimes, I don't know how my life would be without a Bully; anyone else have this going on?

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1. What dog breeds do you own, and how do they play with your Doberman? Do they play together at all (we all know Dobies have a "way" of playing)?

2. Pros/cons of other breeds you own?

3. Have you ever considered not owning a Doberman and sticking with another breed?

4. Those with ONLY dobies, would you ever own anything else? Any other breeds ever caught your attention that you may be curious to have? What drew you to having a Doberman in the first place? If you could not own a Doberman, what would be your second choice?

I now have three dogs. I started with a Dobie, then got them amstaff. Amstaff didn't want to play with the Dobie, so we got another Dobie. Dobies play together, Amstaff plays fetch, catch, or spring pole.

I think this will be an interesting thread to see what everyone else has at their home, and in their heads. Please explain answer if need be. I would love to hear other people opinions about this subject.
 

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I was raised with shetland sheepdogs...that's all we ever had and until I was in college, I never owned another breed. I still have a 6 year old male who lives with my parents on their farm. In response to your questions:
1. Andy (my male sheltie) is really sensitive and since he's older, doesn't appreciate rough play. He's never met Gunner and probably never will.

2. Pros of sheltie- Very smart, obedient, beautiful, very attached to family
Cons- HAIR and tons of it, too sensitive to have around young kids IMO, very yappy, a bit too small again for young kids

3. As much as I love shelties, I doubt we will own any more. I don't appreciate the insane amount of hair and grooming, and having two very wild boys...we need a breed that can tolerate the craziness. Dobermans are perfect for our family, and I don't have the desire to own anything else.
 

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1. What dog breeds do you own, and how do they play with your Doberman? Do they play together at all (we all know Dobies have a "way" of playing)?

Doberman, German Shepherd, and Siberian Husky. They all get along great and play hard.

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2. Pros/cons of other breeds you own?

I will never own another husky again. Loyal, obedient, and protective breeds are more my style. The husky is super comical and sweet and adorable but she is 5 years old now and still cannot be trusted off leash. She is very dramatic and a total diva. I love my GSD and will always have one. Cons of double coated dogs = lots of shedding. Pros of a GSD with a Doberman? It looks like I have a police escort when I am out with them together and sketchy people keep their distance :)

3. Have you ever considered not owning a Doberman and sticking with another breed?

I will always want a Doberman but there are definitely other breeds that interest me as well. The other breeds I am interested in owning are: Beauceron, Dutch Shepherd, Miniature Bull Terrier.
 

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I was raised with shetland sheepdogs...that's all we ever had and until I was in college, I never owned another breed. I still have a 6 year old male who lives with my parents on their farm. In response to your questions:
1. Andy (my male sheltie) is really sensitive and since he's older, doesn't appreciate rough play. He's never met Gunner and probably never will.

2. Pros of sheltie- Very smart, obedient, beautiful, very attached to family
Cons- HAIR and tons of it, too sensitive to have around young kids IMO, very yappy, a bit too small again for young kids

3. As much as I love shelties, I doubt we will own any more. I don't appreciate the insane amount of hair and grooming, and having two very wild boys...we need a breed that can tolerate the craziness. Dobermans are perfect for our family, and I don't have the desire to own anything else.
I grew up with Shelties :) They are super cute.
 

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My mother bred Australian Shepherds my whole childhood
They are great but very energetic super smart though the hair is to much for me to manage even though I have worked as a dog groomer for two years Still dont wanna deal with it at home.

I personally have always had a pit never had I not had one. I love them but the dog aggression is very intense and The scrutiny against them gets old I dont think Ill have any more

I have owned a Papillion he was awesome but two much of a barker super smart and cuddly though

Have owned a Jack Russel ... never again didnt last long :(

Have owned a PomCHi.... Never again bit me 5 times first day I had her

AND MY ALICE my first doberman after dreaming of one for about 17 years lol I dont think ill ever not have one again.
 

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@ ZElda my ex roommate had a husky and he was always running of the second he was outside with out a leash very independent to he always did what he wanted.

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Fiance has black mouth cur......... :nocomment: .. Super EVERYTHING aggressive and barks incessantly. ALso the most stubborn dog ever.
 

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Huskies are too primitive/independent for my liking. Some people love that about them, but not me! I like my velcro dogs :) I am in love with the husky woo woooo though, can't stand the baying of a hound dog.
 

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Yes it is a very annoying sound lol.. and yes that's the main thing I love about my bullies they LOVE their people. Mine gets so upset if he isn't allowed on my lap he Had his head on the bottom of my laptop lol But alice is slowly turning into a velcro dog.
 

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1. I have a cocker spaniel that is very small (17lbs) for the breed. She and Whiskey play great together most of the time (except when he drags her around by her ear or leg) she is almost 6 now and he's brought her back to life almost.

2. Grooming, submissive peeing (very very common with cockers) oh and did I mention grooming.

3. Now that I have one I'm seriously considering another further down the line but I want to get into SAR work so I may go with something else if I can't get a good working line bitch.

4. I would really like to have a dutch shepherd or malinios when DH and I finally get to a point in life where we can have a house and yard of our own. I've also considered a border collie (working lines because they are so dang trainable but all that hair...) and a GSD (ugh the hair again)
 

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I am a groomer so I know about all the hair and coats of other breeds, but I appreciate everyones answers so far. This is exactly what I wanted with this thread.

TxDobieLady- I have had 3 rescued bullies, but this is my first that I have had for my own. I agreed about how people are about them, but that's a lot of the reason I want to always have one. My male has not ever given me any issues with other dogs. He does great with people of all ages. I think he helps out the situation they have going on.

ZeldaRules- I had a foster Husky, and I agree with everything you said. I think they're so beautiful but I will never have one again. Things I do like about the breed, but just not for me. PS- love the pictures of them all together. I figured these breeds would be able to put up with a Doberman.

Thanks for all the posts so far.


PS- I would also like a dutch shepherd at some point in my life. Only ever seen two.
 

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My sister has weims, we playdate and go hiking together. I think the two breeds are super compatable play wise. Plus, since one of mine is a fawn natural eared dobe, when someone says "what a pretty Weimeraner" I can assume they aren't talking to me, for once.
 

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@AKTURBO - This is the first bully ive had with dog aggression but he is the best when it comes to people but its made me realize how much I enjoy having my dogs be able to be around other dogs. especially when I would go to work and I could no longer take him.


Breeds I would Love to Own :German Short Haired Pointer, Beauceron, Boxer, Dogo Argentino, Gordon Setter,


Also I forgot to had that I fostered 3 Greyhounds... Great GREAT dogs... Not enough energy for me though other than that amazing dogs
 

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1) Have had a GSD growing up, 4 black Dobergirls, Libby (a ridgeback x staffy x boxer x lab) and now have Flick (hopefully!!) who is a Border x Whippet. Our GSD never really played with the Dobers, he was too serious. Libby plays with Lottie a bit, but Libby is much more gentle than Lottie, luckily she is very tolerant and puts up with a lot from Lottie! Flick has not met Lottie & Libby yet, I don't see them all getting on that well though, Flick doesn't seem like the kind of dog that likes really physical/wrestly play, both Lottie and Libby enjoy that... she would like to run with Lottie, but Libby hates running and just wants to wrestle or play tug.

2) GSD's hair was insane, also he was verrry serious, not playful... very obedient and well behaved, almost like a robot though, it's like he didn't have a personality (he wasn't treated badly or anything, was just always like that). Libby is so naughty, she is always up to naughty things and knows it, but she is so cute she gets away with it! She is incredibly gentle with everyone/thing, loooves her family so much, very sensitive, can't handle people yelling or anything, very little drive and she is very lazy, Libby's idea of a perfect day is spending it cuddled on the couch with her favourite person being fed delicious treats and only going outside to the toilet. Flick is so far a lot of fun, great level of drive/trainability, quiet/calm in the house when you want her to be... she is quite sensitive, high prey drive and reactive with other dogs (but thankfully can be distracted with a toy)

3) The apparent lack of full health testing and titles other than conformation titles in my country has put me off Dobermans a bit, I am very involved in agility, and it's very competitive here with just one venue, so Dobermans will be competing against Border Collies and other farm dogs... Most Dobermans I have seen do NOT stand a chance against the high drive farm bred dogs (heck even the Belgian Shepherds I have seen can't hold their own against a farm bred dog), this would put me off having a Doberman at this stage.

4) I am curious about lots of other breeds... I would love a New Zealand Huntaway one day, or a NZ heading dog Would also love a Malinois, and I would love to try training a sighthound (perhaps a Saluki)... Other breeds in the "would love to own but probably won't" box... Papillon, Cocker Spaniel (English, not American), Bullmastiff, smooth hair Border Collie...
 

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@AKTURBO - This is the first bully ive had with dog aggression but he is the best when it comes to people but its made me realize how much I enjoy having my dogs be able to be around other dogs. especially when I would go to work and I could no longer take him.


Breeds I would Love to Own :German Short Haired Pointer, Beauceron, Boxer, Dogo Argentino, Gordon Setter,


Also I forgot to had that I fostered 3 Greyhounds... Great GREAT dogs... Not enough energy for me though other than that amazing dogs
I feel like when you own any kind of bully you need to keep things in mind about them. I am all for not having breeds band, and the welfare of pits when bullies but when it comes down to it you do have to keep in mind where the breed started. They are a terrier, and they are stubborn and hot headed at times. I am very aware of what I have, and I am very cautious about situations I place him in. I am sure you already know all of this. But it seems sometimes people get too comfortable with them, when in reality this is not the breed for something like that. Being too comfortable can get you in trouble. I do understand what your saying about owning a Doberman over them. Makes total sense to me..

I would LOVE to have a greyhound, beautiful dogs. And all the rescues out there are a plus.

I would also love to own a Dogo.

4) I am curious about lots of other breeds... I would love a New Zealand Huntaway one day, or a NZ heading dog Would also love a Malinois, and I would love to try training a sighthound (perhaps a Saluki)... Other breeds in the "would love to own but probably won't" box... Papillon, Cocker Spaniel (English, not American), Bullmastiff, smooth hair Border Collie...
Being a groomer, I can say that I LOVE the English Cocker as opposed to the American. If I ever had a cocker, it would be an English.
 

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Being a groomer, I can say that I LOVE the English Cocker as opposed to the American. If I ever had a cocker, it would be an English.
Yeah they are great! I have always loved their happy-go-lucky attitudes, and they are soo cute! I don't really like the look of the American ones as much, the big round eye thing and squidgy face look doesn't do anything for me... There are quite a few English Cockers at my agility club, I think you have to be MAD to have one LOL they look like a lot of hard work, and the noise they make when training... OMG!
 

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Questions:
1. What dog breeds do you own, and how do they play with your Doberman? Do they play together at all (we all know Dobies have a "way" of playing)?

Vizslas, who do NOT play as rough as Dobes :) Flirt is not allowed to play rough unless Vizslas want to play rough. She LOVES it when we have pittie boarders :)
What they do in the yard
tunnel fun - YouTube

What Flirt does when she wants to play Dobe style Hey


I said HEY


ARE YOU DEAF - I WANT TO PLAY


made you look!

2. Pros/cons of other breeds you own?
Similar to Dobes, but MORE velcro and MORE energy (both pros and cons)

3. Have you ever considered not owning a Doberman and sticking with another breed?
No
 
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1. I have a male doberman, a rescued female staffie mix, and a male standard poodle. They all get along extremely well, although the am staff mix and the dobe are both extremely needy and affectionate and will get pushy with each other when it comes to receiving attention. The dobe and the poodle play better as kaya my mix breed is a very rough player. I have grown up with bearded collies and old english sheepdogs.

2. Staffie mix is the most loving dog I have ever owned with both people and pets. Con - the breed ban in Ontario and the prejudice against her breed is a daily frustration. Poodle - very obedient and friendly with everyone Con - He is very aloof and uninterested with us most of the time (i prefer my velcro dogs) He is also a submissive/excited urinator and a constant barker. Also wayyy too much grooming. I love him dearly but i would never choose to get another.

3. No way. I love mine more than anything. I have grown up around other dogs in both the show ring and working at a boarding kennel and nothing can quite compare. (but I'm biased :p)
 

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My answer might differ from a lot of people on this board. I love my dobermans, and am so grateful to have shared my life with three wonderful dogs of this breed. With that said, they are not *my* breed, per se. I will not say that I will never have another, as there are a lot of traits about the breed that I love, and I look at Ripley and Keira both often and have a hard time imagining life without Dobermans... but at the same time, there are breeds better suited to me at this point in my life.

1. What dog breeds do you own, and how do they play with your Doberman? Do they play together at all (we all know Dobies have a "way" of playing)?

I also have Dance, my Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever. She let them know early on that she was not going to tolerate any rude play, and so they play together very nicely. Dance does have a different play style, but the dogs all adjust their styles to fit one another it seems. Dance is a very hardy little dog and in a lot ways is rougher than the Dobes when she plays. She loves to wrestle hard, she loves to tug and she loves to chase and be chased. The Dobes like all of those same things, but they also like to body slam eachother sometimes (though not as much as a lot of other Dobes I know), which they do not do with Dance thank goodness. She's sturdy, but she is half of Keira's size and more than half of Ripley's size. Ripley and Dance really are the best of friends. Keira doesn't play a whole lot unless she's in a certain mood, but Ripley and Dance love playing together and just hanging out together too.

2. Pros/cons of other breeds you own?

I've owned a few different breeds, so this question is hard for me. We've had a Dalmatian, four Rottweilers, 3 Miniature Dachshunds, and we even had a Bichon Frise when I was really little. There are pros and cons to every breed I've owned, including Dobermans. The thing I like best about Dobermans though when compared to most of the other breeds I've owned is just how tolerant they are of everything. Doesn't matter what I want to do to them, I'm doing it, so they're going to tolerate it without complaint. My other dogs were all very tolerant as well, but there is just something about the Dobes that seems a bit extra somehow. For example: when I hug the dobes, they stand still and kind of melt and when I hug Dance, she gets all wiggly and excited and then gives in and stays still for a quick second. Or, when I'm doing their nails, the Dobes always give in and even if they kick a bit, they aren't brats. Where as Dance always puts up a bit of a struggle and I have to lay her down a couple of times. She's much more headstrong than the Dobes are in a lot of ways, if that makes sense. Another thing I like about the Dobes is just how compliant they are. I tell them to do something, and sure, they might blow me off every now and then but chances are good they're going to do what they're told and not push my buttons. Dance is more sneaky and is likely going to try what I just told her not to do again and again, just in case I change my mind. She's much more mischevious than they are. Pros for the Dobermans when compared to my Rottweilers are that Dobermans obviously shed a lot less, they're more reserved & refined in their mannerisms, they don't pant constantly, etc. But the Rottweilers were far more eager to please over all, made better pillows (sturdier -- I'm always afraid of squishing the Dobes, haha), and were just so overwhelmed with love and joy and devotion in a more forward way than my Dobes are. More differences about the Doberman when compared to other breeds I've owned: They're ultra clingy and take "velcro" to a whole other level, they have kind of an unfocused energy that is sometimes hard to channel, they are very prone to reactivity it seems and same sex aggression, they can be very sensitive, etc.

3. Have you ever considered not owning a Doberman and sticking with another breed?

Yes, I have. I won't even consider owning another Doberman after my current two are gone until I own my own home one day. Right now I don't want another Doberman because: I am going to move away from home at some point and it's hard to find somewhere to live with a Dobe, I would prefer a breed not prone to dog aggression/same sex aggression at this point (I've been fortunate that both of mine are dog friendly so far), I want something a little smaller (again for living situations, and also because it is easier to take a smaller dog places than it is to take a Doberman a lot of times), I want something more geared toward frisbee and fetch without having to worry about too much joint stress, and I want something much more quick to learn and eager to please, etc. Tollers are my breed for sure and are the breed I hope to always have one of, but I think my next dog will be a Koolie (I've given Kelpies some thought also). With that said, just because I don't want another Doberman in the near future, that doesn't mean I will never have another. There are lots of things I love about them that might make me get another someday, when the time is right.

And question four doesn't really apply to me, since I've never owned just Dobermans. Actually, I've never just solely owned one breed at a time. We've always been a multi breed house hold. The only reason we have Dobermans is because we fell into them through word of mouth that there was a nice dog available through rescue.
 
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1. What dog breeds do you own, and how do they play with your Doberman? Do they play together at all (we all know Dobies have a "way" of playing)?
I own a yorkie, who is an old fart. She does not tolerate Juno's play. I also see my dad's Pug & Shih Tzu 3-5 days a week. They don't like her either. LOL.

2. Pros/cons of other breeds you own?

I sort of answered that, in a way.

3. Have you ever considered not owning a Doberman and sticking with another breed?

No.

4. Those with ONLY dobies, would you ever own anything else? Any other breeds ever caught your attention that you may be curious to have? What drew you to having a Doberman in the first place? If you could not own a Doberman, what would be your second choice?
A Rottie, Cane Corso, or Presa Canario. I think I'd like to have a "heavier" dog one day, and see if they make out to be good sport dogs.
 

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I'm still playing even though I don't have a dobe yet :(

1. What dog breeds do you own, and how do they play with your Doberman? I have a Boxer, an APBT, and a Chihuahua-mix (we believe either MinPin, JRT, or rat terrier). Only my Boxer, Lillie, has ever played with a Doberman - absolutely loved it, very similar play styles. Considering my APBT (Bella) and Chi-mix (Keiko) can't get enough of Lillie, I'd like to think that they'd play well with a Dobe. I always call Keiko my little mini-Dobe because his play style is so similar.

2. Pros/cons of other breeds you own? Lillie is one of the absolute sweetest, cuddly dogs I've ever had. I had Huskies and Malamutes growing up, so it's a whole different ball game. I lovelovelove velcro dogs. I love that Lillie is so happy to see me (even if I've only been gone 10 minutes) that her little butt couldn't stop wiggling if she tried. Keiko is very similar and very in tune to emotions. However, his barking drives me NUTS. He's very protective of our family and even of Lillie and Bella. Bella and Lillie are both so comical that they always cheer me up when I have a bad day, and Keiko use the cuddle method to cheer me up.

3. Have you ever considered not owning a Doberman and sticking with another breed? I will always have a bully breed. Always. But I really want a Dobe as every one that I've met has been the sweetest and they're such amazing, intelligent dogs.
 
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