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Dachshund vs German Shepherd vs St. Bernard – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Dachshund vs German Shepherd vs St. Bernard" Compare Dachshund and German Shepherd. Which is better: Dachshund or German Shepherd or St. Bernard?
Name Dachshund German Shepherd St. Bernard
OriginsGermany Germany Switzerland Italy
Group Hunting Dogs Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs) Working Dogs
Popularity Rank13248
Reviews111
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Other Names Teckel, Tekkel, Tekkel Doxie, Weenie Dog, Sausage Dog, Bassotto, Worshond Alsatian, Berger Allemand, Alsatian wolf dog (UK), Deutscher Schäferhund, Schäferhund St. Hubert Hound, Chien St. Hubert, Sleuth Hound, St. Bernhardshund, Bernhardiner
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1885 as a Hound breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1908 as a Herding breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1885 as a Working breed.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Dachshunds group, in the section. Recognized by FCI in the Sheepdogs and Cattledogs (except Swiss Cattledogs) group, in the Sheepdogs section. Not recognized by FCI.
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 Canadian Canine Registry 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
Price $500-$700 $800-$2000 $1500-$1800

General Appearance - Dachshund vs German Shepherd vs St. Bernard

Size Small Large Giant
Weight Toy: 8-11 pounds (3.5-5.0 kg)Standard: 16-32 pounds (7-15 kg), Miniature: 12 pounds (5.5 kg) Male: 66-88 pounds (30-40 kg), Female: 49-71 pounds (22-32 kg) 110-200 pounds (50-91 kg)
Avg. Weight Toy: 9.5 pounds (3.5-5.0 kg)Standard: 24 pounds (11 kg), Miniature: 12 pounds (5.5 kg) Male: 77 pounds (35 kg), Female: 60 pounds (27 kg) 155 pounds (70.5 kg)
Height Toy: 12 inches (30 cm)Standard: 8-11 inches (20-27 cm), Miniature: 5-7 inches (13-18 cm) Male: 24-26 inches (60-65 cm), Female: 22-24 inches (55-60 cm) 25.5-27.5 inches (61-70 cm)
Avg. Height Toy: 12 inches (30 cm)Standard: 9.5 inches (23.5 cm), Miniature: 6 inches (15.5 cm) Male: 25 inches (62.5 cm), Female: 23 inches (57.5 cm) 25.5-27.5 inches (65.5 cm)

Hair & Care - Dachshund vs German Shepherd vs St. Bernard

Coat Fine Fuzzy Dense Rough Smooth
Colors Blue Red White Tan Brown Silver Black Silver Tan Red Black Brown Red White Brindle Tricolor Black
Grooming
Easy to groom: The Dachshund doesn't require a lot of grooming.
Average: The German Shepherd requires average grooming effort.
Average: The St.
Shedding Level
Dachshunds shed none to minimal.
German Shepherds are heavy shedders.
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Characteristics - Dachshund vs German Shepherd vs St. Bernard

Temperament Clever Devoted Playful Courageous Lively Stubborn Alert Courageous Intelligent Obedient Confident Curious Loyal Watchful Friendly Independent Going Social Gentle Happy Quiet
Intelligent Rank
Average: Dachshund's has average obedience intelligence.
Outstanding: German Shepherd is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
Trainability
Dachshunds are easy to train.
German Shepherds are easy to train.
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Playfulness
Dachshunds, like any other dog breed, like playing.
German Shepherds, like any other dog breed, like playing.
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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.
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Affection Level
Dachshunds are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
German Shepherds are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
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Social Needs
Dachshunds are a social breed.
German Shepherds need for social interaction is average.
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Barking
High: The Dachshund is a very vocal breed.
Low to Average: The German Shepherd rarely barks.
Low: The St.
Watchdog Ability
Dachshunds are average watchdogs.
German Shepherds are one of the best watchdogs.
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Territorial
Dachshunds are average defenders.
German Shepherds are extremely protective guard dogs.
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Biting Potential Low
The Dachshund has a low chance of biting somebody.
High
The German Shepherd has a high chance of biting somebody.
Moderate
The St.
Mouthiness
Dachshunds have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
German Shepherds have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
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Impulse to Wander or Roam
Dachshunds have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
German Shepherds are not the biggest explorers.
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Prey Drive
Dachshunds have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
German Shepherds have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
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Apartment Friendly
Dachshunds are apartment-friendly dogs.
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.
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Adaptability
Dachshunds adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
German Shepherds adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
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Tolerates Being Left Alone
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.
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
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Fighting Dog Not really
In history, this breed was not really 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 - Dachshund vs German Shepherd vs St. Bernard

Stranger Friendly
Dachshunds are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
German Shepherds are stranger friendly dogs.
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Child Friendly
Dachshunds are not the most kid-friendly dogs.
German Shepherds are very kid-friendly dogs.
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Cat Friendly
Dachshunds are average friendly towards cats.
German Shepherds are average friendly towards cats.
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Dog Friendly
Dachshunds are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
German Shepherds are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
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Office Friendly No
Dachshund is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
German Shepherd is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
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Senior Citizens Friendly
Dachshunds are not the best breed for elderly people.
German Shepherds are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
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Pet Friendly
Dachshunds are generally with other pets.
German Shepherds are generally with other pets.
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Good For First Time Owners No
Dachshunds 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
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Service Dog Not really
This breed generally not used 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 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.
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.
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.
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
Dachshund breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
German Shepherd breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
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Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog 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.
Yes
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.

Health Factors - Dachshund vs German Shepherd vs St. Bernard

Health Issues
The Dachshund is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
German Shepherds are commonly healthy dogs.
Very healthy dog breed.
Health Problems 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) 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 Allergies Bloat Cataracts Dilated Cardiomyopathy Elbow Dysplasia Entropion Epilepsy Hip Dysplasia
Life Expectancy 12-15 years 10-13 years 8-10 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
Dachshunds have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
German Shepherds are high energy dogs.
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Exercise Need
Dachshunds have an average exercise need.
German Shepherds need quite a lot of exercise.
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Sleeping Need
Dachshunds sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
German Shepherds don't need too much sleep.
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Avg. daily food consumption 1 to 1.5 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. 6 to 8 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
High: The Dachshund breed has a strong tendency to overweight.
Low to Average.
Average to High.
Weather & Climate Prefers warm weather Tolerates warm and cold weather. Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness Low
The Dachshund has a low chance of bad smell.
Medium
The German Shepherd has an average chance of bad smell.
High
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Drooling tendency
The Dachshund is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The German Shepherd is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The St.

Reproducibility - Dachshund vs German Shepherd vs St. Bernard

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 4-8 puppies 6-10 puppies 6-8 puppies

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