What to get Male or Female

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I am looking at getting a Doberman puppy I have grown up around them and have always wanted one, and finally the time is coming. The problem I am having is what to get I have always been more for the females because thats what we always had and they seemed to obay so well, I currently have two other female dogs in the house would it be a bad idea to get a female Doberman with two other female dogs in the house(one is a chocolate lab other is a sheperd mix)? Any feed back would be helpful.

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Best bet would be male

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So you think a male would better get a long with my others? That is good to know

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is there a big diffrence in a male and female as far as temperment and trainability I have heard males can be more high strung?

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This breed as a whole has a tendency to be stubborn and Velcro like so there may be some differences in male and female, but for the most part it boils down to the individual dogs personality. Males take longer to mature so you will be dealing with a big puppy till about 2/2.5years. Females too, but you may see signs of maturity sooner. I have a male who is 14months he is the biggest goof ball and the most affectionate of the dogs I have had. We got him fixed so he doesn't display any of the annoying male behaviors. Yes I can consider my male high strung, but there are high strung females as well. With training, energy outlets, walks a person is able to manage their dogs energy level. someone else here can chime in on differences. Also I reccomend a male since you already have 2 females. Both male and females can have same sex aggression in this breed its more common in male-male pairs. It would be best to be safe then have to deal with fighting. Good luck and welcome!

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do some research on same sex aggression - while it is more common in males I don't see why you would want to take the chance with 2 females already in the house.  

Banko's picture
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 Thank you very much for the ino it is very helpful and I will do some more research on same sex aggression.
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My male gets along better with other males than females.  I've seen females get along better with other females.  I think it boils down to the individual dog.  See how they react/play with the other dogs then judge but that might be hard if you're getting it from a breeder as females or males are sold prior to meeting them or one sex is completely "sold". 

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Klaus was my first male dog in many years...  They are just different.  Females in my experience can be more stubborn.  Males pee on everything...  Just depends on what you want and if you plan on having other dogs.  if you have other dogs, I'd go w/ a female.  the males are impressive though!  Very impressive!

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I get all of my dogs spayed or neutered so to me the gender has never mattered. I love them all. Sorry I couldnt help, just wanted to add my two cents.

 

Tess

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Hmmmmm I keep hearing about the male, male aggression so I'm very, very careful.  I have a 10 year old Rottie and a 20 month old Dobie that I "never" leave unsupervised, but so far they are very sweet together.  Our young Dobe will wait patiently for his old buddy to come outside with him when it's potty time and he will also wait patiently while his old buddy finishes with the food or water bowl.  They sleep side by side together (their beds are beside each other).   I think that 'young Atticus' looks at 'old Roman' as if he's like his Dad.  So far it's going very well, but I am home with them 24/7 and they are never unsupervised.   But I would say that each case is a bit different.  

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 I have both a male and a female. My male is a goofball, likes to play catch with himself, cuddle on the couch and has a very sweet temperment. He is a natural guardian when he needs to be but he is not the alpha of my two. He was easier to train commands and tricks to overall but the female seems to listen to me better the first time every time. My female is very smart, she has yet to find a door that she cant open, knob or handle! She is also sweet and loves to cuddle but is much more alert and defensive of my children and home. While my male would defend the family if some stranger was in the house, Hazel would alert us before they even made it in! Every dog is different, I love mine both to death! Mine are both fixed and no males dont pee everywhere, at least mine does not. My female seems more primal in that she reacts with little hesitation; it could be that she is a natural alpha but she never lacks confidence. Of the two I would say Dexter is more of my dog and in general my tag a long and th female is every watching out for the whole family and spends more time with my wife.

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I've never had a Doberman before but my wife and I are considering getting one soon but aren't sure to go male or female, my mom has always had female dobermans but I'm a male... being a first time Doberman owner do you have any gender suggestions??

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Have raised & bred dobies for 20 years & have had 4 dobes as pets...both male & female. In my humble experience, & I am not an expert, your dog is what you "make" him/her. Never have I had an aggressive male & never have I had an aggressive/possessive female. Yup, there's work involved but, again, in my humble opinion, it's all about integrating your dog into your lifesryle. If you can't do that, find your dog a home that can handle his/her unique quirks...because dobies have 'em. That said, I'm going to be looking for advice from you "old timers." Peace!

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I think because it's going to be a puppy, it won't much matter. The Doberman rescue organizations will sometimes recommend opposite gender, but those are usually adult dogs. I think you go with a puppy that isn't the most aggressive or most reserved in the litter and gender won't much matter. IMHO I'm no expert...just lived a long time.

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The original post was in December of 2012.. Wonder what happened.