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Are Dobermans Better In Pairs? The Pros & Cons

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Knowing whether to have one or two Dobermans is something to think about carefully. To make a decision like this it’s always good to have a detailed explanation of the pros and cons, which is exactly what this article takes a look at. I’ll run through the most important things you’ll need to consider.

Dobermans typically do very well in pairs, and this is because they have inherently similar temperaments. But remember, owning a pair of Dobermans is not an easy task, they’re a high maintenance breed that will require a lot of your time, focus, and energy.

Let’s elaborate in much further detail and cover individual advantages and disadvantages.

Are Dobermans Better In Pairs?

Dobermans are a highly social breed and have strong pack instincts, for this reason, a Doberman will always be happier having another canine-buddy… Although this doesn’t mean they are “better” in pairs. As single Dobermans can still of course live happily with their human family.

Another point to make is that whether or not it needs to be another Doberman is hard to say… Truthfully, there are many other breeds out there that have the ability to get along very well with a Doberman.

We must remember that in the dog world, opposites usually don’t attract. This means that dogs with similar temperaments and personalities always get along the best. Therefore, this suggests that two Dobermans (despite having their own individual quirks) are still naturally more similar to each other than a different breed.

So yes, Dobermans will nearly always do well with another Doberman, but it’s not a strict rule that Dobermans can only be in pairs.

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The Pros Of Having Two Dobermans

Let’s run through the advantages of having two Dobermans over a single Dobie.

1. They Help Keep Each Other Stimulated

Dobermans are a high-energy breed that needs both physical and mental exercise to be satisfied. One of the biggest advantages of having two Dobermans is that they will help wear/tire each other out significantly.

From playing at home in the yard, out on walks, and general social interaction with each other, two dogs help to keep each other stimulated both physically and mentally.

This doesn’t mean to say you can reel back on exercise or training, but it does mean that each Dobie will get more out of each walk you go on, each playtime in the yard, and every training session.

2. Training The Second Could Be Easier Than The First

If you get a second Doberman only after your first Dobie is completely trained to a high level, and is very well behaved, then getting a second Doberman as a puppy, will be easier to train.

The second Dobie puppy will follow their older, wiser, and more obedient sibling to the tee, and so your job at training will be heavily assisted by your first Doberman. This is excellent and makes your life easier.

Unfortunately, this advantage doesn’t have the same impact if you are considering adopting an adult Doberman, as another adult will already have their own set ways and will be harder to train.

3. Two Dobies Will Keep Each Other Company

Dobermans are known for not coping well when left alone. They are a highly social breed that craves having company at pretty much all times, both canine and human company.

Having another Doberman will have some benefit in this area, as two Dobies together will keep each other company to some extent while you are gone. This is far better than leaving one Doberman alone on their own.

However, this is certainly not a “fix” if you are currently leaving your first Doberman home alone all day. A second Doberman will just double your problem… Unfortunately, dogs will never replace us, so in the end you will just have two Dobermans waiting desperately for their owner to come back. So, although it does help having another canine-buddy to be with, it doesn’t mean you can leave them alone for many hours on end.

4. Dobermans Get On Well With Each Other

Getting a second dog can be a challenging thing to do, especially if the two breeds have slightly different temperaments and behaviors. As I mentioned in the beginning, in the dog world, opposites usually don’t attract, so having matching temperaments is the key to a good relationship.

Although every Doberman is different, they are still much more similar to each other, than an entirely different breed is. This means that most of the time, two Dobermans will click much sooner and better than with another breed.

If you get two puppies at the same time then this doesn’t really matter, but if you already have an adult Dobie, this becomes an important advantage.

5. Double The Awesomeness

Who doesn’t want two Dobies!? If you can love one Doberman, you can love another. Despite being considered as outgoing working dogs, they also make great family dogs and having two Dobermans just means double the love.

As long as you know you can care for both Dobermans sufficiently and fairly, then there’s no reason why another Doberman won’t be an amazing addition to your family.

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The Cons Of Having Two Dobermans

Now, let’s run through some of the disadvantages of owning two Dobermans. This section contains some very valuable points that all owners should consider carefully before getting a second.

1. Dobermans Can Be Stubborn and Challenging

As you can imagine, two Dobermans could potentially mean be double the trouble.

I can’t put into words how important training is for a Doberman. They are a large and very strong dog that you as an owner must have full control over, and when you have two Dobermans, this responsibility is increased, especially when out in public areas walking them.

If you already have one Doberman, it’s wise to wait until they are 1-2 years of age and are trained to a very high level, before taking on another. If you don’t wait, the chances of both Dobermans becoming partners in crime are very high, and they will likely encourage each other’s naughty behavior.

2. Walking Two Dobermans Is Harder Than One

Walking two Dobies is a lot harder and more to think about than walking just one. You now have double the responsibility and in unforeseen situations, taking control of two large strong dogs may be extremely difficult if you are on your own.

Sometimes the smell of another animal or the lure or something in the distance can get the better of even the most obedient dogs.

This could be more of an issue for others and it depends a lot on where you plan on walking both Dobies. Some areas are more suitable than others, but this is something to remember and be prepared to have to practice.

3. The Cost Of Two Dobermans

Although money is something that most don’t like to speak about, it’s very important to think about.

Most owners think that owning two dogs will just mean double the cost of the first, and although that makes sense, unfortunately, it never really works out like that. Owning two dogs often costs a lot more than double what owning one would be.

Unforeseen situations where one Doberman needs something extra, or one doesn’t get on with the food you purchased, or one needs a vet visit when the other doesn’t, or suddenly both do… You’ll have large payouts to make.

From the big things to the small things… beds, food, treats, food bowls, crates, toys, leashes, harnesses, vet bills, and insurance. It all adds up.

4. Initial Relationship Difficulties

If you are getting two Dobies as puppies this won’t be a problem. But under any other circumstance, there may be some initial difficulties.

Sometimes, when bringing in a new puppy (even harder with new adult dogs) there can be some hardship between your first dog and the “new” one. Especially if the breed has some territorial traits as Dobermans do.

Suddenly having to share their home and their owner with another dog is a big deal for any existing dog and it can take a long time for them to come around to it. You will need to make a conscious effort to show that both of them are treated equally and you’ll have to encourage a positive relationship between both of them.

If you have an adult Doberman and plan on getting a puppy, this will be easier than if you have an adult and plan on getting another adult.

Do Two Male Dobermans Get Along?

Thinking about which gender you should get is important.

Generally speaking, most experts say that two of the opposite sex get along much better with each other than two of the same. And this does seem to be true.

The problem with two males, or even two females together, is that they are much more likely to fight continuously (even for years) to establish who’s the alpha. So it’s possible you’ll have to break up a lot more fights and be extra careful with how they interact with each other.

Opposite sexes are still known to fight a little in the beginning, but they nearly always come to a hierarchal resolution much quicker (and it tends to stay that way from then on).

However, as always, it’s not impossible to have two of the same sex get along just fine with each other. It all comes down to time and how they are raised together.

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Should You Get One Or Two Dobermans?

Whether or not two Dobermans will suit you and your family, comes down to pretty much only one thing… And that’s if you can provide sufficient care for both of them. But remember that “care” means a lot of different things.

And lastly, think carefully before making the final decision and commitment, as it’s very unfair for the puppy and your existing Dobie if you later decide you can’t cope with two.

Thank you for reading! I hope this answered some of your top questions but if you feel I have missed something, please let me know! I am always happy to receive feedback and adjust my content where needed.


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