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Rottweiler vs German Shepherd vs Dachshund – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Rottweiler vs German Shepherd vs Dachshund" Compare Rottweiler and German Shepherd. Which is better: Rottweiler or German Shepherd or Dachshund?
Name Rottweiler German Shepherd Dachshund
OriginsGermany Germany Germany
Group Working Dogs Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs) Hunting Dogs
Popularity Rank8213
Reviews231
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Other Names Rottie, Rott Alsatian, Berger Allemand, Alsatian wolf dog (UK), Deutscher Schäferhund, Schäferhund Teckel, Tekkel, Tekkel Doxie, Weenie Dog, Sausage Dog, Bassotto, Worshond
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1931 as a Working breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1908 as a Herding breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1885 as a Hound breed.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattledogs group, in the Molossian type section. Recognized by FCI in the Sheepdogs and Cattledogs (except Swiss Cattledogs) group, in the Sheepdogs section. Recognized by FCI in the Dachshunds group, in the section.
Breed Recognition American Canine Registry American Kennel Club America's Pet Registry Canadian Kennel Club Dog Registry of America Inc. Federation Cynologique Internationale Kennel Club of Great Britain North American Purebred Registry, Inc. American Canine Association, Inc. Australian National Kennel Council Continental Kennel Club National Kennel Club New Zealand Kennel Club United Kennel Club Colonial Rottweiler Club Deutscher Rottweiler Klub International Rottweiler Club American Canine Registry American Kennel Club America's Pet Registry Canadian Kennel Club Dog Registry of America Inc. Federation Cynologique Internationale Kennel Club of Great Britain North American Purebred Registry, Inc. American Canine Association, Inc. Australian National Kennel Council Continental Kennel Club National Kennel Club New Zealand Kennel Club United Kennel Club German Shepherd Dog Club Of America American Canine Registry American Kennel Club America's Pet Registry Canadian Kennel Club Dog Registry of America Inc. Federation Cynologique Internationale Kennel Club of Great Britain North American Purebred Registry, Inc. American Canine Association, Inc. Australian National Kennel Council Continental Kennel Club National Kennel Club New Zealand Kennel Club United Kennel Club Canadian Canine Registry
Price $1200-$2000 $800-$2000 $500-$700

General Appearance - Rottweiler vs German Shepherd vs Dachshund

Size Large Giant Large Small
Weight Male: 95-130 pounds (43-59 kg), Female: 85-115 pounds (38-52 kg) Male: 66-88 pounds (30-40 kg), Female: 49-71 pounds (22-32 kg) Toy: 8-11 pounds (3.5-5.0 kg)Standard: 16-32 pounds (7-15 kg), Miniature: 12 pounds (5.5 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 112.5 pounds (51 kg), Female: 100 pounds (45 kg) Male: 77 pounds (35 kg), Female: 60 pounds (27 kg) Toy: 9.5 pounds (3.5-5.0 kg)Standard: 24 pounds (11 kg), Miniature: 12 pounds (5.5 kg)
Height Male: 24-27 inches (61-69 cm), Female: 22-25 inches (56-63 cm) Male: 24-26 inches (60-65 cm), Female: 22-24 inches (55-60 cm) Toy: 12 inches (30 cm)Standard: 8-11 inches (20-27 cm), Miniature: 5-7 inches (13-18 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 25.5 inches (65 cm), Female: 23.5 inches (59.5 cm) Male: 25 inches (62.5 cm), Female: 23 inches (57.5 cm) Toy: 12 inches (30 cm)Standard: 9.5 inches (23.5 cm), Miniature: 6 inches (15.5 cm)

Hair & Care - Rottweiler vs German Shepherd vs Dachshund

Coat Dense Fuzzy Fine
Colors Mahogany Tan Rust Black Silver Tan Red Black Blue Red White Tan Brown Silver Black
Grooming
Effortless: The Rottweiler requires minimal grooming.
Average: The German Shepherd requires average grooming effort.
Easy to groom: The Dachshund doesn't require a lot of grooming.
Shedding Level
Rottweilers shed moderately.
German Shepherds are heavy shedders.
Dachshunds shed none to minimal.

Characteristics - Rottweiler vs German Shepherd vs Dachshund

Temperament Alert Fearless Independent Loyal Courageous Good-natured Intelligent Protective Alert Courageous Intelligent Obedient Confident Curious Loyal Watchful Clever Devoted Playful Courageous Lively Stubborn
Intelligent Rank
Outstanding: Rottweiler is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Outstanding: German Shepherd is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Average: Dachshund's has average obedience intelligence.
Trainability
Rottweilers are easy to train.
German Shepherds are easy to train.
Dachshunds are easy to train.
Playfulness
Rottweilers, like any other dog breed, like playing.
German Shepherds, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Dachshunds, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Sensitivity Level
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
German Shepherds don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Affection Level
Rottweilers are average dogs regarding their affection level.
German Shepherds are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Dachshunds are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Rottweilers need a lot of social interaction.
German Shepherds need for social interaction is average.
Dachshunds are a social breed.
Barking
Low: The Rottweiler barks none to minimal.
Low to Average: The German Shepherd rarely barks.
High: The Dachshund is a very vocal breed.
Watchdog Ability
Rottweilers are one of the best watchdogs.
German Shepherds are one of the best watchdogs.
Dachshunds are average watchdogs.
Territorial
Rottweilers are extremely protective guard dogs.
German Shepherds are extremely protective guard dogs.
Dachshunds are average defenders.
Biting Potential High
The Rottweiler has a high chance of biting somebody.
High
The German Shepherd has a high chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Dachshund has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Rottweilers have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
German Shepherds have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Dachshunds have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Rottweilers tend to escape less than other breeds.
German Shepherds are not the biggest explorers.
Dachshunds have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
Prey Drive
Rottweilers have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
German Shepherds have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Dachshunds have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
Apartment Friendly
Rottweilers are not the best choice for an apartment lifestyle, but they don't mind being inside if you walk them several times every day.
German Shepherds are not the best choice for an apartment lifestyle, but they don't mind being inside if you walk them several times every day.
Dachshunds are apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Rottweilers adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
German Shepherds adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Dachshunds adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Rottweilers tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
Dachshunds do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
Fighting Dog Yes
In history, this breed was unfortunately used for combat dog.
Yes
In history, this breed was unfortunately used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With - Rottweiler vs German Shepherd vs Dachshund

Stranger Friendly
Rottweilers are not stranger friendly dogs.
German Shepherds are stranger friendly dogs.
Dachshunds are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Rottweilers are not the most kid-friendly dogs.
German Shepherds are very kid-friendly dogs.
Dachshunds are not the most kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Rottweilers are average friendly towards cats.
German Shepherds are average friendly towards cats.
Dachshunds are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Rottweilers are not dog-friendly.
German Shepherds are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
Dachshunds are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
Rottweiler is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
German Shepherd is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Dachshund is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Rottweilers are not the best breed for elderly people.
German Shepherds are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Dachshunds are not the best breed for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Rottweilers are generally with other pets.
German Shepherds are generally with other pets.
Dachshunds are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners No
Rottweilers are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
German Shepherds are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Dachshunds are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog Yes
This breed makes good as a service dog.
Yes
This breed makes good as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Therapy Dog Yes
This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
Yes
This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
Yes
This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Yes
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Yes
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR) Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Yes
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Boat Dog Not really
Rottweiler breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
German Shepherd breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Dachshund breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog Yes
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.

Health Factors - Rottweiler vs German Shepherd vs Dachshund

Health Issues
The Rottweiler is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
German Shepherds are commonly healthy dogs.
The Dachshund is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems Allergies Aortic Stenosis Bloat Elbow Dysplasia Hip Dysplasia Hypothyroidism Osteosarcoma Panosteitis Subvalvular Aortic Stenosis Allergies Blindness Bloat Cancer Cataracts Cherry Eye Chronic Diarrhea Cruciate Ligament Rupture Cushing's Syndrome Degenerative Myelopathy Demodectic Mange Diabetes Digestive Problems Elbow Dysplasia Epilepsy Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency Heart Disease Hemophilia A Hemophilia B Hip Dysplasia Hypertrophic Osteodystrophy Lens Luxation Lupus Megaesophagus Myasthenia Gravis Nail Bed Disease Osteochondrosis Pannus Panosteitis Paralysis Perianal Fistula Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Retinal Dysplasia Seborrhea Vitiligo Von Willebrand's Disease Wobbler's Syndrome Acanthosis Nigricans Baldness Bloat Cancer Canine Diabetes Mellitus Cushing's Syndrome Deafness Demodectic Mange Elbow Dysplasia Epilepsy Intervertebral Disk Disease Legg-perthes Disease Lymphocytic Thyroiditis Mitral Valve Disease Narcolepsy Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Life Expectancy 8-11 years 10-13 years 12-15 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
Rottweilers have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
German Shepherds are high energy dogs.
Dachshunds have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Exercise Need
Rottweilers have an average exercise need.
German Shepherds need quite a lot of exercise.
Dachshunds have an average exercise need.
Sleeping Need
Rottweilers are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
German Shepherds don't need too much sleep.
Dachshunds sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Avg. daily food consumption Recommended daily amount: 4 to 10 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 3 to 4 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 1 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
High: The Rottweiler breed has a strong tendency to overweight.
Low to Average.
High: The Dachshund breed has a strong tendency to overweight.
Weather & Climate Prefers average to warm weather conditions Tolerates warm and cold weather. Prefers warm weather
Stinkiness Medium
The Rottweiler has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The German Shepherd has an average chance of bad smell.
Low
The Dachshund has a low chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Rottweiler drools quite a lot, so if you dislike being covered by slobber spots on your clothes, you may want to choose another dog breed.
The German Shepherd is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Dachshund is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Rottweiler vs German Shepherd vs Dachshund

Gestation Length 60-64 days 60-64 days 60-64 days
How often can the have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Litter Size 8-12 puppies 6-10 puppies 4-8 puppies

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