I often think so. Opinion, maybe! Over the years I’ve noticed how certain dogs seem to like their own breed best. In fact, they love their own kind.

My last doberman “Gretchen” was a very big girl with a European build. Muscular and strong like her parents from Germany.

Most other dogs were immediately intimidated by her look and almost always afraid to make contact with her.

She was everything that I admire about the doberman breed; beautiful, fearless and extremely proud.

We adopted Gretchen from the local humane society at the age of six and we were even able to talk with her former owners which gave me great insight into her personality.

Do Dobermans Favor Other Dobermans?

Gretch would play with “Lulu” our yellow lab when they were both young, but I distinctly remember her meeting up with a neighbor’s doberman and how incredibly excited she was.

The way they romped and played took me by complete surprise because I had never seen Gretchen play like that before. It was beautiful!

This fueled my suspicion that certain breeds do indeed seem to like their own kind.

Coincidence, possibly or maybe not!

Jenna is our current doberman and she’s always been pretty much a loner. She doesn’t wrestle with other dogs, tug or engage in any physical contact, period.

We rescued Jenna from the doberman rescue at the age of 2 and it was obvious that she suffered with many emotional and physical issues as well.

I often mention how Jenna is apprehensive of other dogs and the possibility of conflict of any kind.

This leads me to believe that something happened to our girl that scarred her emotionally. As of yet, I haven’t had the opportunity to see how Jenna reacts to other dobermans – but, I will at some point and I’ll let you know how it goes.

Labs Love Other Labs!

I also noticed how our yellow lab “Lulu” would play more with other labs than other breeds. This isn’t to say that she wouldn’t play with other breeds, she would; but the key is that it wasn’t the same kind of play. Each day during our walk, we would stop at our neighbor’s house so that her dog and our dogs could mingle a little.

There was always a certain excitement when Lulu hooked up with another lab. It was obvious. In fact we started saying jokingly “labs love other labs”. They would play for hours. The same goes for our current yellow lab “Maggie”.

Theory Or Not?

What do you think? Do dogs seem to favor their own breed? Leave a comment below!

The Following Video Could Challenge The Point I’m Trying To Make

Check out Buster the border collie and Boo the chocolate lab having a grand old time. However, my yellow lab “Maggie” typically plays pretty hard with Boo, but she wouldn’t have any parts of Buster.

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  • Kristi

    I have two senior basenjis who I often refer to as my “racist old men” because they will ONLY play and wrestle with other basenjis. I fostered a basenji/corgi mix for a few weeks a while ago, and at first they accepted her cautiously, but as soon as they heard her bark they wouldn’t have anything to do with her after that. They seem to tolerate other dogs’ existence but never get playful or excited around other dogs unless they are basenjis!

    • janie

      Hi Kristi:

      I’m not at all surprised by your little “racist old men”, lol! My dobes were the same way, except they weren’t little… Haha

      Thanks so much for sharing!


  • Ann S

    I know this is an old post, but I’ve just come across your site, so it’s new to me. My greyhound mix LOVES other sighthounds–they’re the only ones that can keep up with him! A sighthound’s favorite game is “Chase Me” (a variation on “Tag”). Most dogs are just left in the dust when a sighthound starts to run, and soon lose interest in the game. My boy gets so excited when he meets another sighthound, especially if we are somewhere they can safely run off-lead. Even though he is neutered, at sighthound gatherings he will focus in on one sighthound girl and behave as though he is completely lovestruck, and will be just heartbroken when it is time for one or the other to go home.

    On the other hand, he HATES smooth-coated, stocky dogs, like pit bulls, bulldogs, boxers or rotties. I don’t know what his history is with such dogs (I adopted him at about 14 mos. old), but he hates them on sight, and is very reactive to them. I think he’s just a little bigot, sometimes :).

    • yourolddog

      Oh Ann, thanks for sharing. I loved this comment. It made my day! My German Griffon Wired Haired Pointer absolutely can’t stand Welsh Terriers. Not sure why, but when she sees this breed, she gets worked up. Funny!

      Thank goodness dogs don’t react to political correctness Ann, lol! 🙂

  • admin

    Hi Trish:
    Thanks for sharing! It sounds like your Briard really did enjoy his own kind a little more then?

    Janie 😮

  • trish

    my briard loves to play with other dogs. sometimes at dog parks some dogs just didn’t *get him*. getting him together with briards at briard parties brought such joy to my heart……*look at all these dogs who not only look like me, but they *get me*…..*they know how to play*. those were wonderful times.

  • Hawk aka BrownDog

    Hi Y’all,

    I love little dogs, but love retrievers best of all…not necessarily Chessies. My Human tells me that years ago there was a Standard Poodle in her life. Other breeds did not really care for him and he was always somewhat aloof around other dogs after an initial greeting.

    Y’all come by now,
    Hawk aka BrownDog

  • Mango

    Not true in Mango’s case. He is not a fan of large dogs of any ilk. That said, he has not met another mastiff since my other mastiff crossed over the bridge. He did run into his dad at a show once and they did NOT want anything to do with each other.

    I’ve noticed at daycare that the golden retrievers are certainly hanging in a pack as are the black labs.

    Mango Momma

    • admin

      Hi Mango Momma:
      Thanks for the great feedback. The one breed that I’ve always felt this way about was the labs. That’s interesting about Mango and him not liking other large dogs. That makes me wonder if it’s a domination issue. Just speculating. 😮

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