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August 28th, 2005, 01:05 PM
:ca: Hello, my name is Don. We are starting a search for 2 pets; one dog and one cat. I have been a cat person for 50 years. What I am interested in is data on dog/cat compatibility. My son is wishing for a doberman. I understand that they come in different sizes. We also wish to have a cat. Has anyone any comments or advise?

August 28th, 2005, 07:50 PM
WElcome to the forum good luck in finding your cat and dog. I havent heard of dobermens coming in two sizes. Would you mean a minature pinscher? Not to sure as I am not to familar with either breed, Anyway welcome. :)

August 28th, 2005, 08:08 PM
You must be thinking of the minature pincher(min pin). These are not dobermans. The best thing you can do in your search is go to and research select a breed. This will help you determine what breed will be suitable for your home/ lifestyle. Please don't pick your dog by looks alone. Are you looking for adults/ rescues. If so choose a dog who has already lived with cats. Same goes for choosing a cat, find one who has lived with dogs.

August 28th, 2005, 09:31 PM
Also talk to breeders of the dogs you decide on and learn as much as you can about them before you get one.

If you decide on a doberman, be sure to either get a rescue (there are so many beautiful dobies that need homes ) or get from a reputable breeder- there are so many, SOOO many genetic diseases possible in Dobies, and a good breeder is the only way to avoid them if you want a puppy.
Here are some dobie resources:
Doberman club of Canada (
Genetic diseases in Dobies (
Go here to learn about how to find a reputable breeder:
No Puppymills Canada (