(Closed) Dobermans and stairs

posted 5 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
2622 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I couldnt tell you if its a good idea to climb stairs or not, but a baby gate while he is a puppy should make it relatively painless to stop if if you so decide to. 

From a quick google it looks like until you find out if your pup is dysplastic you should avoid stairs since it can affect when and, perhaps whether, he begins to develop symptoms as well as their severity.  

Post # 5
5475 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

We have great danes, who are also prone to hip and joint problems.  I’m not sure about the “12 month” restriction though.  I’ve never heard it, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t something that has more recently been suggested (my dogs are all over 4 years old).

I haev noticed that they go UP stairs just fine, but coming down can be tricky, especially for the older one.  He does markedly better on carpeted stairs than hard wood ones.


Post # 7
1405 posts
Bumble bee

I believe they can go up the stairs, they just can’t RUN down the stairs.

Post # 8
903 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

Its amazing my doberman survived her first few years lol she used to crash down the stairs, typically skipping the last 5 or so when she was little. shes a little bit more graceful at them now thankfully lol

why is it they arent supposed to do stairs? Ive honestly never heard it before and i thought i knew the breed fairly well.

congrats on the pup! They are amazing dogs! 

Post # 9
3697 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Boudaries are good for puppies regardless of whether or not they include stairs.  Invest in some $10 baby gates and keep him where you are.  Our puppy didn’t go downstairs to the basement until she was at least 6 months old, just because that was off limits.  In fact she spent most of her first 6 months in our kitchen – we got a sweet babygate with a walk-through door. 

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