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

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Name Boerboel Rottweiler German Shepherd
OriginsSouth Africa Germany Germany
Group Working Dogs Working Dogs Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs)
Popularity Rank12482
Reviews1612
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Other Names South African Boerboel, South African Mastiff Rottie, Rott Alsatian, Berger Allemand, Alsatian wolf dog (UK), Deutscher Schäferhund, Schäferhund
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2015 as a Working breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1931 as a Working breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1908 as a Herding 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 Sheepdogs and Cattledogs (except Swiss Cattledogs) group, in the Sheepdogs section.
Breed Recognition American Kennel Club
America's Pet Registry
Dog Registry of America Inc.
North American Purebred Registry, Inc.
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
Price $1500-$2000 $1200-$2000 $800-$2000

General Appearance - Boerboel vs Rottweiler vs German Shepherd

Size Large
Giant
Large
Giant
Large
Weight 154-200 pounds (70-90 kg) 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)
Avg. Weight 177 pounds (80 kg) Male: 112.5 pounds (51 kg), Female: 100 pounds (45 kg) Male: 77 pounds (35 kg), Female: 60 pounds (27 kg)
Height Male: 25-28 inches (64-70 cm), Female: 23-25.5 inches (59-65 cm) 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)
Avg. Height Male: 26.5 inches (67 cm), Female: 23-25.5 inches (62 cm) 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)

Hair & Care - Boerboel vs Rottweiler vs German Shepherd

Coat Dense
Shiny
Smooth
Dense Fuzzy
Colors Brindle
Cream
Reddish
Brown
Red
Tawny
Mahogany
Tan
Rust
Black
Silver
Tan
Red
Black
Grooming
Effortless: The Boerboel requires minimal grooming.
Effortless: The Rottweiler requires minimal grooming.
Average: The German Shepherd requires average grooming effort.
Shedding Level
Boerboels shed moderately.
Rottweilers shed moderately.
German Shepherds are heavy shedders.

Characteristics - Boerboel vs Rottweiler vs German Shepherd

Temperament Confident
Intelligent
Territorial
Dominant
Obedient
Alert
Fearless
Independent
Loyal
Courageous
Good-natured
Intelligent
Protective
Alert
Courageous
Intelligent
Obedient
Confident
Curious
Loyal
Watchful
Intelligent Rank
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
Outstanding: Rottweiler is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Outstanding: German Shepherd is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Trainability
Boerboels are quite easy to train.
Rottweilers are easy to train.
German Shepherds are easy to train.
Playfulness
Boerboels, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Rottweilers, like any other dog breed, like playing.
German Shepherds, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Sensitivity Level
Boerboels have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
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.
Affection Level
Boerboels are average dogs regarding their 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.
Social Needs
Boerboels need for social interaction is average.
Rottweilers need a lot of social interaction.
German Shepherds need for social interaction is average.
Barking
Low to Average: The Boerboel rarely barks.
Low: The Rottweiler barks none to minimal.
Low to Average: The German Shepherd rarely barks.
Watchdog Ability
Boerboels are one of the best watchdogs.
Rottweilers are one of the best watchdogs.
German Shepherds are one of the best watchdogs.
Territorial
Boerboels are extremely protective guard dogs.
Rottweilers are extremely protective guard dogs.
German Shepherds are extremely protective guard dogs.
Biting Potential Low
The Boerboel has a low chance of biting somebody.
High
The Rottweiler has a high chance of biting somebody.
High
The German Shepherd has a high chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Boerboels have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
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.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Wanderlust potential of the Boerboel is strong enough to escape from home.
Rottweilers tend to escape less than other breeds.
German Shepherds are not the biggest explorers.
Prey Drive
Boerboels 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.
German Shepherds have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Apartment Friendly
Boerboels 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.
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.
Adaptability
Boerboels adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
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.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
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.
Fighting Dog Yes
In history, this breed was unfortunately used for combat dog.
Yes
In history, this breed was unfortunately used for combat dog.
Yes
In history, this breed was unfortunately used for combat dog.

Good With - Boerboel vs Rottweiler vs German Shepherd

Stranger Friendly
Boerboels are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Rottweilers are not stranger friendly dogs.
German Shepherds are stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Boerboels are kid-friendly dogs.
Rottweilers are not the most kid-friendly dogs.
German Shepherds are very kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Boerboels are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
Rottweilers are average friendly towards cats.
German Shepherds are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Boerboels are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
Rottweilers are not dog-friendly.
German Shepherds are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
Boerboel is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Rottweiler is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
German Shepherd is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Boerboels are usually recommended for elderly people.
Rottweilers are not the best breed for elderly people.
German Shepherds are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Boerboels usually don’t get on well with other pets.
Rottweilers are generally with other pets.
German Shepherds are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners Yes
Boerboels are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
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.
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 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.
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
Boerboel breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
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.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog Yes
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.

Health Factors - Boerboel vs Rottweiler vs German Shepherd

Health Issues
Boerboels 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.
German Shepherds are commonly healthy dogs.
Health Problems Allergies
Epilepsy
Hip Dysplasia
Joint Dysplasia
Vaginal Hyperplasia
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
Life Expectancy 10-12 years 8-11 years 10-13 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
Boerboels have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Rottweilers have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
German Shepherds are high energy dogs.
Exercise Need
Boerboels need quite a lot of exercise.
Rottweilers have an average exercise need.
German Shepherds need quite a lot of exercise.
Sleeping Need
Boerboels sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Rottweilers are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
German Shepherds don't need too much sleep.
Avg. daily food consumption 8 to 10 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. 3 to 4 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.
Low to Average.
Weather & Climate Tolerates warm and cold weather. Prefers average to warm weather conditions Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness Medium
The Boerboel has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Rottweiler has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The German Shepherd has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Boerboel 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 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.

Reproducibility - Boerboel vs Rottweiler vs German Shepherd

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 7-10 puppies 8-12 puppies 6-10 puppies

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