Dax needs a buddy, what are the best breeds to get from experience.

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My boy Dax will be a year old this month and I think he would enjoy having a playmate. It's just me and Dax and he has a pet sitter that visits him mid day on weekdays and I play with him and run him after work and my friends come and visit and play with him but I think he needs a buddy to romp around with.

I read that getting another male doberman can bring a lot of problems and finding a female around his age may not be easy. So I'm considering another breed or mix. I am looking for input from others that have a Dobie and another breed and how they get along.  I know all dogs have different personalities but I think Dax needs an active and playful sibling but also one who is mellow enough to deal with Dax because he tends to be a rowdy BIG GOOF and some dogs may be quickly annoyed with him. Lol.

Of course I will do a meet n greet with Dax but want to kind of narrow down what I am looking for. Also, is getting a female best? Dax is not neutered yet but I plan to have him neutered  this year. 

 

You might want to look into Doberman rescue for a slightly older bitch.... but most of them will require that Dax be neutered before they will adopt to you.... Not sure why since any bitch would be spayed - it is just their thing. 

Dobermans play rough - so any breed you get should be pretty sturdy. I've had a rescued Greyhound.... and my Doberman at the time used to tear him up (unintentionally) all the time as they just have thin skin. 

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Thanks  for your response. I tend to shy away from rescues because the requirements are so ridiculous sometimes. However, I did look at a couple rescues in my area and the female Doberman were said to have dominant issues with other dogs in the household and that would not be fair to Dax. 

I really would love to save a great dog from the pound. I do know of a 2 yr old male Dobie that needs a home but I have read so much negative of 2 male dobermans living together.  :(

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I think there's other breeds that would be just fine with Dax - high energy puppers that would play and play.

My girl Lib adored her little Australian Shepherd buddy, Gabe. She was boss, and he learned to "read" her really well, and just kept coming back for more. When Lib would give a warning snap, Gabe would just back up, wait about five seconds, and then play again. He never took it personal and respected her space when she asked for it.

Boxers, Aussies, Border Collies - dogs that like to go, go, go!  They would keep up with a Dobe just fine.

I think it would also depend on the dog - if it's a laid back dog that wants to be a couch potato...well, that wouldn't work well.

I would definitely get a female buddy for Dax. Girls tend to rule, so I wouldn't be surprised if she was alpha, but that doesn't mean that it wouldn't be a good match for him. (That said, I wouldn't get a female that was REALLY dominant.) All my guys have not minded the queen ruling the household.  :-)

Of course, if you can find a nice female Dobe or Dobe cross, she will keep up with him just fine, provided she's not an older dog that doesn't like to play.You're going to want one of them neutered, of course.

Have fun looking!

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^^ lol like any household ;) happy wife happy life hahaha
I agree with what everyone has said so far ! Good luck on your new addition and keep us updated :)

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When our female dobie, Harlow, was 11 months, we took on a 9 month old Shepherd/Lab mix. They get on great but there was, and still is at times some jealousy issues. Nothing serious and we are super glad to have the two of them. It is a huge adjustment getting another big high energy dog. They are both still pups thats for sure! Hope you find the dog that fits with you both.