Puppy Question

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eerised12's picture
Joined: 2008-06-25

Hello everyone!

I recently read that it is better for doberman to be rasied in pairs. I do eventually want more than one doberman, but one puppy is alot of work, and I'm not sure I want to take on two at the same time. Is it true that they do better if raised with another doberman puppy? The only reason that I can think of is so that they can have a playmate and would not get bored as easily.

I also read that doberman puppies should not be allowed to exercise too much because it puts too much stress on their joints, and that even extended walks can be bad for dobermans that are still under a year old. Is this true, and if so is it for all puppies or just the larger breeds?

Any feedback would be very helpful!


It is best not to get 2 Dobermans at the same time. When getting a puppy they will bond with the owner better if they do not have another dog the same age. If you are raising your puppy correctly they are a lot of work. You cant possibly do as good of job with 2 at the same time. Does that mean it cant be done, no it can but extremely time consuming. Also important to say at this point you would never want to have 2 males together, this can be a deadly combination. Dobermans do love the company of other dogs and love to play but do yourself a favor and get your first one trained before adding another addition you will thank yourself later.

As far as exercising a young dog to much this is very true. You can actually ruin a dogs hips. Check out the DPCA website for excellent articles about this they are written by highly respected Doberman people.

rgreen4's picture
Joined: 2008-10-26

I totally agree. Once you have gotten the first to maturity (approx 2 years of age) and comfortable in your home and settings, then you can bring the second puppy in. It is an extremely rare situation where a dog will not accept a new puppy, and will actually help you in training the new arrival. For example, your first dog will by then be accustomed to going outside and telling you when they want out. Then the new pupply will follow the lead of the "uncle" or "aunt".

In the wild, all canines in the pack raise the pups (only the Alpha male and Alpha female mate) and take turns watching over them, in effect becoming their aunts and uncles.