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Is a Doberman Good With Other Dogs? Tips for Success

Written by: Nicole Cosgrove

Last Updated on July 15, 2024 by Dogster Team

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Is a Doberman Good With Other Dogs? Tips for Success

The Doberman Pinscher is an intelligent, loyal dog that is considered gentle and loving with family members. With early socialization, the breed will get along with other people, including strangers. They can also get along with other dogs of the opposite sex, but there can be aggression between dogs of the same sex. This is especially true of female Dobermans, so it is generally recommended that Doberman owners should not get two females unless they have experience with the breed.

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About Dobermans

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The Doberman is a relatively new breed. In 1890, German tax collector Louis Dobermann wanted a dog that he could take with him on his tax-collecting rounds. The dog would need to be protective and guard against would-be thieves. They also needed to get along with Dobermann himself because they would act as a companion on the road.

Although there are no records detailing the exact lineage of the first Doberman, Dobermann likely combined several German dogs, including the Rottweiler, German Pinscher, and German Shepherd. The resulting dog was alert, intelligent, loyal, and willing to protect his owner, while still being affectionate and even kind. This blend of traits made the breed the de facto guard dog, and Dobermans are still used for this purpose today.

While many Dobermans are bred and kept as pets—rather than as guard dogs for tax collectors—they do still have guard dog traits. They have retained their intelligence and are considered trainable in experienced hands. They are loyal to their owners and family. However, they can also be protective and alert to what they perceive as danger.

Dobermans and Other Dogs

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The Doberman’s traits mean that they can be good with kids, though care should always be taken with young children and any breed of dog. Those same traits also mean that the Doberman can be wary around strangers, at least until they have determined whether they are considered a threat.

Dobermans are also generally good with dogs of the opposite sex, regardless of the breed. However, they may not get on with dogs of the same sex. This is especially true of female Dobermans with other females, but it can also be true of males. The problem is especially pronounced in rescue dogs and those that have had multiple homes. According to research, the aggression is usually instigated by the younger of the two dogs.

Early Socialization

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Early socialization is often cited as an effective way to prevent canine aggression of all types, and it can help with same-sex aggression in Dobermans. However, sexual maturity can change the characteristics of a dog and the relationships that they have with other dogs. So, two dogs that got along well before sexual maturity might become aggressive afterward.

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Final Thoughts

Dobermans are known for getting along with other dogs of the same sex but tend to show signs of same-sex aggression. It is especially common in females and dogs that have had multiple families or that have come from a shelter. When it does occur, it is usually the younger of the two dogs that instigates the aggression, and it can be difficult to overcome. Prospective owners are generally advised not to get two Dobermans of the same sex, but all dogs are individuals and exceptions do exist.

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