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Name Belgian Malinois Doberman Pinscher Akita
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Other Names
What other names do they have?
Malinois Doberman
Dobermann
Dobynm
Dobie
American Akita
Japanese Akita
Great Japanese Dog
Breed Type
Which dog is purebred or crossbreed? Belgian Malinois vs Doberman Pinscher vs Akita breed type comparison:
Purebred Purebred Purebred

Belgian Malinois vs Doberman Pinscher vs Akita Price and Availability Comparison

Price
Which is cheaper, Belgian Malinois or Doberman Pinscher or Akita? Which is more expensive?
$1200-$1400 $800-$1000 $800-$1200
Availability
Which is easier to get, Belgian Malinois or Doberman Pinscher or Akita?
Very frequent: The Belgian Malinois is quite easy to get.
Very frequent: The Doberman Pinscher is quite easy to get.
Very frequent: The Akita is quite easy to get.

Belgian Malinois vs Doberman Pinscher vs Akita Size Comparison

Size
Which is bigger, Belgian Malinois or Doberman Pinscher or Akita? Which is the smallest dog, Belgian Malinois or Doberman Pinscher or Akita?
Large Medium Large
Weight
Which is heavier, Belgian Malinois or Doberman Pinscher or Doberman Pinscher? Belgian Malinois vs Doberman Pinscher vs Akita weight comparison:
Male: 65-75 pounds (29-34 kg), Female: 60-70 pounds (27-32 kg) Male: 88-99 pounds (40-45 kg), Female: 71-77 pounds (32-35 kg) Male: 75-120 pounds (34-54 kg), Female: 75-110 pounds (34-50 kg)
Average Weight
Which dog has a smaller / higher average weight?
Male: 70 pounds (31.5 kg), Female: 65 pounds (29.5 kg) Male: 93.5 pounds (42.5 kg), Female: 74 pounds (33.5 kg) Male: 97.5 pounds (44 kg), Female: 92.5 pounds (42 kg)
Height
Which is taller, Belgian Malinois or Doberman Pinscher or Akita? Belgian Malinois vs Doberman Pinscher vs Akita height comparison:
Male: 24-26 inches (61-66 cm), Female: 22-24 inches (56-61 cm) Male: 26-28 inches (66-71cm), Female: 24-26 inches (61-66 cm) Male: 26-28 inches (66-71 cm), Female: 24-26 inches (61-66 cm)
Average Height
Which dog has a smaller / higher average height?
Male: 25 inches (63.5 cm), Female: 23 inches (58.5 cm) Male: 27 inches (68.5 cm), Female: 25 inches (63.5 cm) Male: 27 inches (68.5 cm), Female: 25 inches (63.5 cm)

Belgian Malinois vs Doberman Pinscher vs Akita Grooming, Hair and Care Comparison

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat/fur do they have? Belgian Malinois vs Doberman Pinscher vs Akita coat comparison:
Weather-resistant
Straight
Fine Fluffy
Dense
Waterproof
Straight
Colors
What are the original Belgian Malinois, Doberman Pinscher and Akita color?
Brindle
Cream
Fawn
Black
Blue
Red
Tan
Brown
White
Black
Red
Fawn
White
Black
Brown
Grooming
Which dog is easy to maintain, Belgian Malinois or Doberman Pinscher or Akita? Belgian Malinois vs Doberman Pinscher vs Akita grooming comparison:
Average: The Belgian Malinois requires average grooming effort.
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Easy to groom: The Doberman Pinscher doesn't require a lot of grooming.
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Easy to groom: The Akita doesn't require a lot of grooming.
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Shedding Level
Who sheds more Belgian Malinois or Doberman Pinscher or Akita? Belgian Malinois or Doberman Pinscher or {name3 shedding:
Belgian Malinois dogs shed moderately.
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Doberman Pinscher dogs shed moderately.
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Akita dogs are heavy shedders.
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Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
Which dog should be bathed more: Belgian Malinois or Doberman Pinscher or Akita?
8-12 weeks
Very rarely. Bathing your dog is beneficial to them in more ways than just one.
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3-4 weeks
More often than average. These dog coats tend to be longer, softer, and oilier than short-haired breeds.
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3-4 weeks
More often than average. These dog coats tend to be longer, softer, and oilier than short-haired breeds.
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Belgian Malinois vs Doberman Pinscher vs Akita Personality / Temperament Comparison

Temperament
Which one has a better personality? Which is a better family dog, Belgian Malinois or Doberman Pinscher or Akita? Belgian Malinois vs Doberman Pinscher vs Akita behavior/temperament comparison:
Active
Alert
Confident
Friendly
Hard working
Protective
Stubborn
Watchful
Alert
Fearless
Loyal
Energetic
Intelligent
Obedient
Alert
Dignified
Friendly
Responsive
Courageous
Docile
Intelligent
Vigilant
Independent
Faithful
Willing
Protective
Intelligent Rank
Which is the smarter dog? Which is best? Belgian Malinois vs Doberman Pinscher vs Akita intelligence:
Very smart: Belgian Malinois is an excellent dog breed.
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Outstanding: Doberman Pinscher is one of the brightest dog breeds.
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Average: It takes patience to teach this breed any tricks or commands, but the effort is worth it.
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Trainability
Belgian Malinois vs Doberman Pinscher vs Akita trainability comparison.
Belgian Malinois dogs are very easy to train.
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Doberman Pinscher dogs are quite easy to train.
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Akita dogs are easy to train.
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Playfulness
Belgian Malinois vs Doberman Pinscher vs Akita playfulness comparison:
The Belgian Malinois is a highly playful breed.
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Average: Doberman Pinschers, like any other dog breed, like playing.
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Average: Akitas, like any other dog breed, like playing.
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Sensitivity Level
Which dog is more sensitive? What's the difference?
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
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Sensitive: Doberman Pinscher dogs don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household, and frequent guest visits.
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Sensitive: Akita dogs don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household, and frequent guest visits.
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Affection Level
Which is the more affectionate dog breed: Belgian Malinois vs Doberman Pinscher vs Akita?
Slightly Below Average: Belgian Malinois dogs may seem unfriendly sometimes due to their independence.
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High: Doberman Pinscher dogs are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving, and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
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High: Akita dogs are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving, and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
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Social Needs
Belgian Malinois vs Doberman Pinscher vs Akita social needs comparison:
Belgian Malinois dogs are a social breed.
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Doberman Pinscher dogs need for social interaction is average.
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Akita dogs need for social interaction is average.
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Barking
Which dog barks more/less: Belgian Malinois vs Doberman Pinscher vs Akita?
Average to High: The Belgian Malinois is a vocal breed.
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Low to Average: The Doberman Pinscher rarely barks.
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Low: The Akita barks none to minimal.
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Watchdog Ability
Which is the better watchdog: Belgian Malinois or Doberman Pinscher or Akita?
Belgian Malinois dogs are one of the best watchdogs.
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Doberman Pinscher dogs are one of the best watchdogs.
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Akita dogs are one of the best watchdogs.
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Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Which is a better guard dog Belgian Malinois or Doberman Pinscher or Akita? Which dog is most likely to protect its owner? Which is the best dog to use for protection?
Belgian Malinois dogs strongly protect their territory.
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Doberman Pinscher dogs are extremely protective guard dogs.
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Akita dogs are extremely protective guard dogs.
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Biting Potential
Which breed of dog is most likely to bite? Biting potential comparison:

Low 🔽

The Belgian Malinois has a low chance of biting somebody.

Moderate

The Doberman Pinscher has an average chance of biting somebody.

Moderate

The Akita has an average chance of biting somebody.
Bite Force
Which bite is stronger: Belgian Malinois or Doberman Pinscher or Akita?

Between 100 and 200 PSI 🔽

Belgian Malinois bite force: Weak.

Between 200 and 400 PSI

Doberman Pinscher bite force: Ordinary.

Between 200 and 400 PSI

Akita bite force: Ordinary.
Mouthiness
Which is the better dog? Belgian Malinois vs Doberman Pinscher vs Akita mouthiness comparison:
Belgian Malinois dogs have an average tendency to nip, chew, playbite, or herd people.
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Doberman Pinscher dogs have a lower than average tendency to nip, chew, playbite, or herd people.
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Akita dogs have an average tendency to nip, chew, playbite, or herd people.
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Impulse to Wander or Roam
Which dog has a greater roaming instinct?
The wanderlust potential of the Belgian Malinois is strong enough to escape from home.
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Doberman Pinscher dogs tend to escape less than other breeds.
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The wanderlust potential of the Akita is strong enough to escape from home.
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Prey Drive
Which dog has a higher prey drive? Which can be better for hunting?
Belgian Malinois dogs 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.
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Their prey drive is low.
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Akita dogs have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
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Apartment Friendly
Which dog is more apartment friendly Belgian Malinois or Doberman Pinscher or Akita?
It is not the best choice if you want to keep them indoors, however, with careful exercise and several walks a day, they will tolerate the indoor environment, so it is possible to keep Belgian Malinois indoors.
Very house-friendly dog the Doberman Pinscher breed.
Very house-friendly dog the Akita breed.
Adaptability
Which dog has a higher adaptability potential? Which is the better dog?
Belgian Malinois dogs adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Doberman Pinscher dogs adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Akita dogs adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Which dog can be left alone: Belgian Malinois or Doberman Pinscher or Akita?
Belgian Malinoiss 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.
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.

Belgian Malinois vs Doberman Pinscher vs Akita Good With Comparison

Stranger Friendly
Which dog is more stranger friendly Belgian Malinois or Doberman Pinscher or Akita? Which dog is more friendly?
Belgian Malinois dogs are not the most stranger-friendly dogs.
Doberman Pinscher dogs are not stranger friendly dogs.
Akita dogs are not the most stranger-friendly dogs.
Pet Friendly
Which dog breeds get along well with other animals/pets?
Belgian Malinoiss are generally with other pets.
Doberman Pinschers are generally with other pets.
Akitas are generally with other pets.
Child Friendly
Which dog is more child/kid friendly Belgian Malinois or Doberman Pinscher or Akita?
Belgian Malinois dogs are kid-friendly dogs.
Doberman Pinscher dogs are average friendly dogs towards children.
Akita dogs are kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Which dog is more cat friendly Belgian Malinois or Doberman Pinscher or Akita?
Belgian Malinois dogs are average friendly towards cats.
Doberman Pinscher dogs are average friendly towards cats.
Akita dogs are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Which dog is more dog friendly Belgian Malinois or Doberman Pinscher or Akita?
Belgian Malinois dogs are average friendly towards other dogs.
Doberman Pinscher dogs are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
Akita dogs are average friendly towards other dogs.
Good For First Time Owners
Which dog is good for the first-time owners: Belgian Malinois vs Doberman Pinscher vs Akita?
Yes
Belgian Malinoiss are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Yes
Doberman Pinschers are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Yes
Akitas are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Office Friendly
Which one fits better in the office?
No
Belgian Malinois is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Doberman Pinscher is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Akita is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Which dog is good for elderly people?
Belgian Malinoiss are usually recommended for elderly people.
Doberman Pinschers are commonly okay with elderly people.
Akitas are usually recommended for elderly people.

Belgian Malinois vs Doberman Pinscher vs Akita Health Comparison

Health Issues
Belgian Malinois vs Doberman Pinscher vs Akita health comparison. Which is the healthier: Belgian Malinois vs Doberman Pinscher vs Akita?
The Belgian Malinois is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Doberman Pinschers are commonly healthy dogs.
The Akita is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems
Which one has more or less genetic/health problems: Belgian Malinois vs Doberman Pinscher vs Akita? What are the allergies, genetic diseases and concerns for them? Belgian Malinois vs Doberman Pinscher vs Akita health problems comparison:
Elbow Dysplasia
Epilepsy
Eye Problems
Hip Dysplasia
Cardiomyopathy
Hip Dysplasia
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Von Willebrand's Disease
Wobbler's Syndrome
Bloat
Hip Dysplasia
Hypothyroidism
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Sebaceous Adenitis
Veterinarian Visits
Which one may need more or less veterinary visits?
Average
The Belgian Malinois should have a complete physical check-up at least once per year.
Rare
The Doberman Pinscher should have a complete physical check-up at least every 12-18 months (but preferably once per year).
Average
The Akita should have a complete physical check-up at least once per year.
Life Expectancy
Belgian Malinois vs Doberman Pinscher vs Akita lifespan comparison. How long do Belgian Malinois, Doberman Pinscher and Akita breeds live? Which one has a longer lifespan/life expectancy?
12-14 years
The average lifespan of Belgian Malinois: 13 years
10-12 years
The average lifespan of Doberman Pinscher: 11 years
10-14 years
The average lifespan of Akita: 12 years
Hypoallergenic
Belgian Malinois vs Doberman Pinscher vs Akita hypoallergenic comparison. Which dog is hypoallergenic or not?
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Energy Level
Who has more energy a Belgian Malinois or Doberman Pinscher or Akita? Belgian Malinois vs Doberman Pinscher vs Akita energy level comparison:
Belgian Malinois dogs are high-energy dogs.
Doberman Pinscher dogs have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Akita dogs have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
Belgian Malinois vs Doberman Pinscher vs Akita exercise need comparison. Which dog needs more activity? Which dog needs the most exercise: Belgian Malinois or Doberman Pinscher or Akita? Which dog needs the most walking? Which dog is the laziest?
Belgian Malinois dogs need a lot of exercises.
Doberman Pinscher dogs need quite a lot of exercise.
Akita dogs need quite a lot of exercise.
Sleeping Need
Which one sleeps the least/most: Belgian Malinois or Doberman Pinscher or Akita?
Belgian Malinois dogs don't need too much sleep.
Doberman Pinscher dogs sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered a lazy breed.
Akita dogs are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend too much time with sleeping.
Average daily food consumption
Which dog eats more: Belgian Malinois or Doberman Pinscher or Akita?
2 to 3 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 5 to 6 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. Recommended daily amount: 3 to 5 cups of high-quality dry food a day.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
Which dog breed is more prone to obesity? Belgian Malinois vs Doberman Pinscher vs Akita weight gain potential comparison:
Low to Average: The Belgian Malinois has a low to the average risk for obesity.
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Average: The Doberman Pinscher has an average risk for obesity.
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Average to High: If you don't pay attention to the Akita's weight, he can easily gain weight.
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Weather and Climate
Which dog is best for hot or cold weather: Belgian Malinois vs Doberman Pinscher vs Akita?
Tolerates warm and cold weather
Dogs that tolerate hot and cold weather are typically those that have a double coat of fur.
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Prefers warm weather
Dogs that prefer warm weather conditions are typically breeds that were originally bred in warmer climates.
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Prefers cold weather
The Akita can adapt well to harsh weather conditions, and also can be a good mountain dog.
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Stinkiness
Which dog breed smells the least? Which dog smells the most? Which is best, Belgian Malinois vs Doberman Pinscher vs Akita?

Medium

The Belgian Malinois has an average chance of bad smell.

Medium

The Doberman Pinscher has an average chance of bad smell.

Medium

The Akita has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling Tendency
Which dog drools the most? Which dog drools the least?
The Belgian Malinois is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency.
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The Doberman Pinscher drools quite a lot, so if you dislike being covered by slobber spots on your clothes, you may want to choose another dog breed.
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The Akita is a big drooler, so if you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, you should choose a dog from another breed.
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Belgian Malinois vs Doberman Pinscher vs Akita As a Working Dog Comparison

Service Dog
Which one could be a service dog?

Yes

This breed makes good as a service dog.
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Not really

This breed generally not used as a service dog.
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Not really

This breed generally not used as a service dog.
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Therapy Dog
Which one could be a therapy dog: Belgian Malinois or Doberman Pinscher or Akita? Which is better for autism?

Not really

This breed is generally not used as a therapy dog.
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Not really

This breed is generally not used as a therapy dog.
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Not really

This breed is generally not used as a therapy dog.
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Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Which one could be a detection/sniffer dog?

Yes

After proper training, they can excel at this kind of work.

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases.

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Which one could be a search and rescue dog?

Yes

This breed would make an excellent search and rescue dog.

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog.

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog.
Boat and Sailor Dog
Which one could be a boat dog: Belgian Malinois vs Doberman Pinscher vs Akita?

Not really

Belgian Malinois breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
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Not really

Doberman Pinscher breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
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Not really

Akita breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
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Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Which one could be a cart pulling or drafting dog?

Not really

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
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Not really

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
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Not really

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
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Fighting Dog / Military Dog

Not really

In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Yes

In history, this breed was unfortunately used for combat dogs.

Yes

In history, this breed was unfortunately used for combat dogs.

Belgian Malinois vs Doberman Pinscher vs Akita Reproducibility Comparison

Gestation Length 60-64 days See more. 60-64 days See more. 60-64 days See more.
Litter Frequency

Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy.
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Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy.
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Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy.
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Litter Size
How many puppies can Belgian Malinois and Doberman Pinscher and Akita have?
6-10 puppies 6-10 puppies 3-12 puppies

Belgian Malinois vs Doberman Pinscher vs Akita Recognition Comparison

AKC Group
Which dog is recognized by the AKC?
Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1959 as a Herding breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1908 as a Working breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1972 as a Working breed.
FCI Group
Which dog is recognized by the FCI?
Not recognized by FCI. Recognized by FCI in the Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattledogs group, in the Pinscher and Schnauzer type section. Recognized by FCI in the Spitz and primitive types group, in the Asian Spitz and related breeds section.
Breed Recognition
What other organizations and kennel clubs recognize these dog breeds?
American Canine Registry
American Kennel Club
America's Pet Registry
Australian National Kennel Council
Canadian Kennel Club
Continental Kennel Club
Dog Registry of America Inc.
Federation Cynologique Internationale
Kennel Club of Great Britain
National Kennel Club
New Zealand Kennel Club
North American Purebred Registry, Inc.
United Kennel Club
American Canine Association, Inc.
American Canine Registry
American Kennel Club
America's Pet Registry
Australian National Kennel Council
Canadian Canine Registry
Canadian Kennel Club
Continental Kennel Club
Dog Registry of America Inc.
Federation Cynologique Internationale
Kennel Club of Great Britain
New Zealand Kennel Club
North American Purebred Registry, Inc.
United Kennel Club
American Canine Association, Inc.
American Canine Registry
American Kennel Club
America's Pet Registry
Canadian Kennel Club
Continental Kennel Club
Dog Registry of America Inc.
National Kennel Club
North American Purebred Registry, Inc.
American Canine Association, Inc.

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