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American Pit Bull Terrier vs Rottweiler vs Labrador Retriever Comparison - Dog breed selector: APBT or Rottie or Labrador? Find the right dog for you

"Find similarities and differences between American Pit Bull Terrier vs Rottweiler vs Labrador Retriever" Compare American Pit Bull Terrier and Rottweiler. Which is better: American Pit Bull Terrier or Rottweiler or Labrador Retriever?
Name American Pit Bull Terrier Rottweiler Labrador Retriever
OriginsUnited States Germany England Canada
Group Hunting Dogs Working Dogs Gun Dog
Popularity Rank33681
Reviews773
User Ratings

Other Names APBT, Pit Bull, Pitty, Pit, Pitbull Rottie, Rott Labrador, Lab
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Not recognized by the American Kennel Club. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1931 as a Working breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1917 as a Sporting breed.
FCI Group Not recognized by FCI. 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 Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs group, in the Retrievers section.
Breed Recognition American Canine Registry
Dog Registry of America Inc.
North American Purebred Registry, Inc.
American Canine Association, Inc.
Continental Kennel Club
National Kennel Club
United Kennel Club
Backwoods Bulldog 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
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
Canadian Canine Registry
Price $500-$700 $1200-$2000 $1000-$2000

American Pit Bull Terrier vs Rottweiler vs Labrador Retriever General Appearance Comparison

Size Medium Large
Giant
Large
Weight 22-78 pounds (10-35 kg) Male: 95-130 pounds (43-59 kg), Female: 85-115 pounds (38-52 kg) Male: 60-75 pounds (27-34kg), Female: 55-70 pounds (25-32 kg)
Avg. Weight 50 pounds (22.5 kg) Male: 112.5 pounds (51 kg), Female: 100 pounds (45 kg) Male: 67.5 pounds (30.5 kg), Female: 62.5 pounds (28.5 kg)
Height 14-24 inches (35-60 cm) Male: 24-27 inches (61-69 cm), Female: 22-25 inches (56-63 cm) Male: 22-24 inches (56-61cm), Female: 21-23 inches (53-58 cm)
Avg. Height 19 inches (47.5 cm) Male: 25.5 inches (65 cm), Female: 23.5 inches (59.5 cm) Male: 23 inches (58.5 cm), Female: 22 inches (55.5 cm)

American Pit Bull Terrier vs Rottweiler vs Labrador Retriever Hair & Care Comparison

Coat Fine Dense Dense
Waterproof
Hard
Short
Colors Blue
Gray
White
Tan
Brown
Red
Yellow
Black
Mahogany
Tan
Rust
Black
Yellow
Chocolate
Black
Grooming
Effortless: The American Pit Bull Terrier requires minimal grooming.
Effortless: The Rottweiler requires minimal grooming.
Effortless: The Labrador Retriever requires minimal grooming.
Shedding Level
American Pit Bull Terriers shed moderately.
Rottweilers shed moderately.
Labrador Retrievers shed moderately.

American Pit Bull Terrier vs Rottweiler vs Labrador Retriever Characteristics Comparison

Temperament Affectionate
Clownish
Friendly
Loyal
Strong
Willed
Aggressive
Courageous
Intelligent
Obedient
Stubborn
Alert
Fearless
Independent
Loyal
Courageous
Good-natured
Intelligent
Protective
Affectionate
Cheerful
Friendly
Intelligent
Loyal
Playful
Social
Alert
Energetic
Gentle
Loving
Going
Responsive
Intelligent Rank
Average: American Pit Bull Terrier's has average obedience intelligence.
Outstanding: Rottweiler is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Outstanding: Labrador Retriever is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Trainability
American Pit Bull Terriers are easy to train.
Rottweilers are easy to train.
Labrador Retrievers are very easy to train.
Playfulness
The American Pit Bull Terrier is a playful breed.
Rottweilers, like any other dog breed, like playing.
The Labrador Retriever is a highly playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Labrador Retrievers don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Affection Level
American Pit Bull Terriers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Rottweilers are average dogs regarding their affection level.
Labrador Retrievers may seem unfriendly sometimes due to their independence.
Social Needs
American Pit Bull Terriers are a social breed.
Rottweilers need a lot of social interaction.
Labrador Retrievers need a lot of social interaction.
Barking
Average: The American Pit Bull Terrier barks occasionally.
Low: The Rottweiler barks none to minimal.
Average: The Labrador Retriever barks occasionally.
Watchdog Ability
American Pit Bull Terriers are average watchdogs.
Rottweilers are one of the best watchdogs.
Labrador Retrievers are average watchdogs.
Territorial
American Pit Bull Terriers are average defenders.
Rottweilers are extremely protective guard dogs.
Labrador Retrievers are average defenders.
Biting Potential High
The American Pit Bull Terrier has a high chance of biting somebody.
High
The Rottweiler has a high chance of biting somebody.
Moderate
The Labrador Retriever has an average chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
American Pit Bull Terriers have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Rottweilers have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Labrador Retrievers have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Wanderlust potential of the American Pit Bull Terrier is strong enough to escape from home.
Rottweilers tend to escape less than other breeds.
Labrador Retrievers have average wanderlust potential.
Prey Drive
American Pit Bull Terriers have an average prey drive, which means that they don't have a high impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals, but it might happen.
Rottweilers have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Labrador Retrievers have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Apartment Friendly
American Pit Bull Terriers are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
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.
Labrador Retrievers are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Adaptability
American Pit Bull Terriers adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Rottweilers adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Labrador Retrievers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
American Pit Bull Terriers 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.
Rottweilers tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Labrador Retrievers tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
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.

American Pit Bull Terrier vs Rottweiler vs Labrador Retriever Good With Comparison

Stranger Friendly
American Pit Bull Terriers are average friendly towards strangers.
Rottweilers are not stranger friendly dogs.
Labrador Retrievers are very stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
American Pit Bull Terriers are kid-friendly dogs.
Rottweilers are not the most kid-friendly dogs.
Labrador Retrievers are very kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
American Pit Bull Terriers are not cat-friendly dogs.
Rottweilers are average friendly towards cats.
Labrador Retrievers are cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
American Pit Bull Terriers are not dog-friendly.
Rottweilers are not dog-friendly.
Labrador Retrievers are very dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
American Pit Bull Terrier is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Rottweiler is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Labrador Retriever is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
American Pit Bull Terriers are usually recommended for elderly people.
Rottweilers are not the best breed for elderly people.
Labrador Retrievers are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
American Pit Bull Terriers do best when they’re the only pet at the family.
Rottweilers are generally with other pets.
Labrador Retrievers are usually friendly towards other pets.
Good For First Time Owners No
American Pit Bull Terriers are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Rottweilers are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Labrador Retrievers are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Yes
This breed makes good as a service dog.
Yes
This breed makes good as a service dog.
Therapy Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Yes
This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
Yes
This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog 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.
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.
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.
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.
Boat Dog Not really
American Pit Bull Terrier breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Rottweiler breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Yes
Labrador Retriever breed usually likes being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
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.

American Pit Bull Terrier vs Rottweiler vs Labrador Retriever Health Factors Comparison

Health Issues
American Pit Bull Terriers tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
The Rottweiler is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
The Labrador Retriever is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems Demodectic Mange
Hip Dysplasia
Skin Allergies
Allergies
Aortic Stenosis
Bloat
Elbow Dysplasia
Hip Dysplasia
Hypothyroidism
Osteosarcoma
Panosteitis
Subvalvular Aortic Stenosis
Acute Moist Dermatitis
Bloat
Cataracts
Cold Tail
Ear Infections
Elbow Dysplasia
Epilepsy
Hip Dysplasia
Myopathy
Osteochondrosis Dissecans
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Tricuspid Valve Dysplasia
Life Expectancy 10-14 years 8-11 years 10-12 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
American Pit Bull Terriers have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Rottweilers have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Labrador Retrievers are high energy dogs.
Exercise Need
American Pit Bull Terriers have an average exercise need.
Rottweilers have an average exercise need.
Labrador Retrievers need a lot of exercises.
Sleeping Need
American Pit Bull Terriers are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Rottweilers are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Labrador Retrievers don't need too much sleep.
Avg. daily food consumption Recommended daily amount: 1.5 to 2.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. Recommended daily amount: 4 to 10 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. Recommended daily amount: 2.5 to 3 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Average.
High: The Rottweiler breed has a strong tendency to overweight.
High: The Labrador Retriever breed has a strong tendency to overweight.
Weather & Climate Prefers average to warm weather conditions Prefers average to warm weather conditions Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness Medium
The American Pit Bull Terrier has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Rottweiler has an average chance of bad smell.
High
The Labrador Retriever has a high chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The American Pit Bull Terrier is a perfect example for very low 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 Labrador Retriever is an average drooler.

American Pit Bull Terrier vs Rottweiler vs Labrador Retriever Reproducibility Comparison

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 5-8 puppies 8-12 puppies 5-10 puppies

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