Post # 1
Hubs and I are thinking about getting another dog. We have an 8 year old Dachshund already. We are considering a Doberman Pinscher or Great Dane. Any bees out there with either of these breeds that can provide any insight?
Doggie pictures are welcome. I tried to share mine but I can’t load any photos.
Post # 3
What energy level would work best for your family?
Both are fabulous breeds but different in temperament and most likely training requirements.
Post # 4
I don’t have either, but I highly recommend a great dane… I’m so in love with them!!
Post # 5
I’ve wanted a great dane for years, so I automatically want to say that. However, you need to look up some common health problems with them and the expenses that can incur, and make sure you’re comfortable with that.
I know nothing about dobermans.
Post # 6
Danes are huge couch potatoes. Ours would back up to the couch and sit on it – hilarious. She was also the sweetest thing in the world with little kids. They can be territorial so they need socializing (the neighbor’s bit me, but in her defense I stupidly reached over her fence).
Our Dane did have some issues that were worse just because she was SO BIG. She tore up the house trying to get out when we weren’t home – but she was abused and re-homed twice before we got her. She was then SO HAPPY to see us that she whacked her tail so hard on the walls that it split open. But again – that’s more dog specific. 🙂 We loved her bunches – she was a total goof and looked the part with her big ears (love the look of an uncropped Dane!).
Never had a Dobie so I can’t comment but have heard they’re also wonderful family pets, just a little higher energy level.
Post # 7
SO’s family has always had Dobermans, they’re such total lovebugs! Definitely high energy though.
Post # 8
My Fiance and I have a fantastic Doberman, Bailey. I must say, she is very unique. Not at all agressive and loves to be around people. (The other one is a rescued sheltie mix, Lucy)
Post # 9
@ashleyodell: What a cutie! I wish I had doberman pics to share, they’re beautiful dogs. 🙂
Post # 10
Thanks, bees. I’m definitely concerned about the energy level with the Dobie. We are NOT runners or anything. We do have a yard but we won’t be hiking or anything like that. Our dachshund is a total bum as a result! hahaha All he does is sleep.
Hub’s concern with the Dane is that they don’t live long.
Post # 11
SO’s family’s dobies tire each other out playing in the yard, when they had one they just took him for regular walks and played with him outside and he was happy with that too. 🙂
Post # 12
I’d go Dane! I have a serious energy dog and its overwhelming at times- and you would want a yard and fence, especially with a Dobe! 🙂
I know they live shorter, but any dog you get has its chances with death. Also a lab may live to 12 but spends the last 6 years with arthitis, health problems etc so its a toss up!
Post # 13
I’ve had several dobies; they are very gentle, loving dogs, and totally don’t deserve the bad reputation they had in the 1990’s. Easy to train because they are extreme pack-oriented; they basically do what the Alpha tells them to do, plus they are smart which also helps make them easier to train. They are very social dogs and while they do not require constant interaction, they do need a lot of time near the pack. So they are just fine chillin’ on the dog bed in the evenings while you watch TV. But it is very important to them that they are around the pack— they are not happy crated, even though many of them can easily be crate-trained. In general all dogs do better when their Alpha’s are home with them instead of working 14-hour shifts, but some dogs cope better with being alone than others. Dobies are not usually happy being alone a lot.
I’ve been around a friend’s Dane (a playmate to my rottie) and a few others, and I kind of feel the dobies are a bit smarter, and definitely less slobbery.
FWIW there are rescues out there for both breeds, and purebred dobies sometimes wind up in shelters. Please consider a recycled pet for your next pet.
Post # 14
I have two danes! They are kind of lazy, the older one is 5 and pretty much just lays around. Our 3 year old female dane has some separation anxiety, so she tends to be a little more high maintenance.
I’ve not had dobermans before, but from what I’ve read/heard, they tend to have higher energy requirements than danes. They are easy(ish) to train, very loyal, smart, and somewhat independent.
Danes are not always the brightest dogs, and not independent at ALL! Mine need to have fairly consant human attention and affection. They are not really smart, but they are easy enough to train. They want to make their human happy, they need clear expectations and boundaries, so much like any other breed.
They don’t live long enough. However, with advances in human medicine, advances in veterinary medicine come as well. They are prone to stomach bload, hip dysplasia, arthritis, and a number of other conditions. We feed our dogs at head level so they don’t bend down to eat. We keep them calm after meals, and feed them two smaller meals a day instead of one huge one. We keep up with prevention and well dog vet visits. They get a lot of exercise, but it is limited to dirt trails and river adventures versus running on pavement. They have a soft place to sleep, and only half flights of carpeted stairs to negotiate.
I love my danes and my mutt, and I think it’s more important to find an individual dog that suits your family than it is to be breed specific. I resuced all three of my dogs, and I honestly could not imagine it any other way!
Best of luck!
Post # 15
I vote Dane, but I might be biased… I have one and am getting a second this weekend.
As a general rule, Danes are total couch potatoes (see above) and want to be with their humans as much as possible. Personally, I will never have another type of dog ever again. It sucks that they don’t live as long as other breeds, but I’d rather have 8 years with a dane than 15 with any other dog. =)
Post # 16
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I just have to say that a dochshund and a great dane would make the most adorable playmates/cuddle buddies ever.