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Doberman Pinscher vs Bouvier des Flandres vs Portuguese Water Dog – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Doberman Pinscher vs Bouvier des Flandres vs Portuguese Water Dog" Compare Doberman Pinscher and Bouvier des Flandres. Which is better: Doberman Pinscher or Bouvier des Flandres or Portuguese Water Dog?
Name Doberman Pinscher Bouvier des Flandres Portuguese Water Dog
OriginsGermany Belgium Portugal
Group Working Dogs Working Dogs Working Dogs
Popularity Rank168554
Reviews114
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Other Names Dobie, Dobermann, Dobynm, Doberman Belgian Cattle Dog, Flanders Cattle Dog, Vlaamse Koehond Water Dog, Portie, PWD, Cao De Agua
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1908 as a Working breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1931 as a Herding breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1983 as a Hound breed.
FCI Group 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 Sheepdogs and Cattledogs (except Swiss Cattledogs) group, in the Cattledogs (except Swiss Cattledogs) section. Recognized by FCI in the Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs group, in the Water Dogs 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 New Zealand Kennel Club United Kennel Club Canadian Canine Registry American Canine Registry American Kennel Club 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 American Kennel Club Canadian Kennel Club Federation Cynologique Internationale Australian National Kennel Council New Zealand Kennel Club United Kennel Club The Kennel Club
Price $800-$1000 $1500-$2000 $2500-$2800

General Appearance - Doberman Pinscher vs Bouvier des Flandres vs Portuguese Water Dog

Size Medium Large Medium
Weight Male: 88-99 pounds (40-45 kg), Female: 71-77 pounds (32-35 kg) Males 75-110 pounds (34-50 kg), Female: 60-80 pounds (27-36 kg) Male: 42-55 pounds (19-25 kg), Female: 35-49 pounds (16-22 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 93.5 pounds (42.5 kg), Female: 74 pounds (33.5 kg) Males 92.5 pounds (42 kg), Female: 70 pounds (31.5 kg) Male: 48.5 pounds (22 kg), Female: 42 pounds (19 kg)
Height Male: 26-28 inches (66-71cm), Female: 24-26 inches (61-66 cm) Male: 23-28 inches (58-71 cm), Female: 22-27 inches (56-69 cm) Male: 20-22 inches (50-57 cm), Female: 17-20 inches (43-52 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 27 inches (68.5 cm), Female: 25 inches (63.5 cm) Male: 25.5 inches (64.5 cm), Female: 24.5 inches (62.5 cm) Male: 21 inches (53.5 cm), Female: 18.5 inches (47.5 cm)

Hair & Care - Doberman Pinscher vs Bouvier des Flandres vs Portuguese Water Dog

Coat Fine Rough Curly
Colors Blue Red Tan Brown White Black Fawn Pepper Salt Brindle Gray Black White Brown Black
Grooming
Easy to groom: The Doberman Pinscher doesn't require a lot of grooming.
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Average: The Portuguese Water Dog requires average grooming effort.
Shedding Level
Doberman Pinschers shed moderately.
Bouvier des Flandress shed moderately.
Portuguese Water Dogs shed none to minimal.

Characteristics - Doberman Pinscher vs Bouvier des Flandres vs Portuguese Water Dog

Temperament Alert Fearless Loyal Energetic Intelligent Obedient Familiar Intelligent Protective Gentle Loyal Rational Brave Impetuous Obedient Docile Intelligent Quarrelsome
Intelligent Rank
Outstanding: Doberman Pinscher is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Smart: Bouvier des Flandres's has great intelligence.
Smart: Portuguese Water Dog's has great intelligence.
Trainability
Doberman Pinschers are quite easy to train.
Bouvier des Flandress are quite easy to train.
Portuguese Water Dogs are easy to train.
Playfulness
Doberman Pinschers, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Bouvier des Flandress, like any other dog breed, like playing.
The Portuguese Water Dog is a playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
Doberman Pinschers don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Affection Level
Doberman Pinschers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Bouvier des Flandress are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Portuguese Water Dogs are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Doberman Pinschers need for social interaction is average.
Bouvier des Flandress need for social interaction is average.
Portuguese Water Dogs need a lot of social interaction.
Barking
Low to Average: The Doberman Pinscher rarely barks.
Average: The Bouvier des Flandres barks occasionally.
Low to Average: The Portuguese Water Dog rarely barks.
Watchdog Ability
Doberman Pinschers are one of the best watchdogs.
Bouvier des Flandress are one of the best watchdogs.
Portuguese Water Dogs are good watchdogs.
Territorial
Doberman Pinschers are extremely protective guard dogs.
Bouvier des Flandress are extremely protective guard dogs.
Portuguese Water Dogs are average defenders.
Biting Potential Moderate
The Doberman Pinscher has an average chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Bouvier des Flandres has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Portuguese Water Dog has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Doberman Pinschers have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Bouvier des Flandress have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Portuguese Water Dogs have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Doberman Pinschers tend to escape less than other breeds.
Bouvier des Flandress tend to escape less than other breeds.
Portuguese Water Dogs have average wanderlust potential.
Prey Drive
Doberman Pinschers don't have an impulse to catch or chase small animals.
Bouvier des Flandress have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Portuguese Water 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.
Apartment Friendly
Doberman Pinschers are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Bouvier des Flandress are not apartment-friendly dogs.
Portuguese Water Dogs are apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Doberman Pinschers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Bouvier des Flandress adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Portuguese Water Dogs 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.
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
Portuguese Water Dogs 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.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With - Doberman Pinscher vs Bouvier des Flandres vs Portuguese Water Dog

Stranger Friendly
Doberman Pinschers are not stranger friendly dogs.
Bouvier des Flandress are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Portuguese Water Dogs are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Doberman Pinschers are average friendly dogs towards children.
Bouvier des Flandress are very kid-friendly dogs.
Portuguese Water Dogs are kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Doberman Pinschers are average friendly towards cats.
Bouvier des Flandress are average friendly towards cats.
Portuguese Water Dogs are cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Doberman Pinschers are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
Bouvier des Flandress are average friendly towards other dogs.
Portuguese Water Dogs are dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
Doberman Pinscher is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Bouvier des Flandres is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Portuguese Water Dog is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Doberman Pinschers are commonly okay with elderly people.
Bouvier des Flandress are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Portuguese Water Dogs are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Doberman Pinschers are generally with other pets.
Bouvier des Flandress are generally with other pets.
Portuguese Water Dogs are usually friendly towards other pets.
Good For First Time Owners No
Doberman Pinschers are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Bouvier des Flandress are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Portuguese Water Dogs are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Therapy Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a 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.
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.
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.
Boat Dog Not really
Doberman Pinscher breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Bouvier des Flandres breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Yes
Portuguese Water Dog 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.
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 - Doberman Pinscher vs Bouvier des Flandres vs Portuguese Water Dog

Health Issues
Doberman Pinschers are commonly healthy dogs.
The Bouvier des Flandres is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
The Portuguese Water Dog is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems Cardiomyopathy Hip Dysplasia Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Von Willebrand's Disease Wobbler's Syndrome Cataracts Elbow Dysplasia Glaucoma Heart Problems Hip Dysplasia Hip Dysplasia Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Persistent Pupillary Membranes Entropion Ectropion Distichiasis Cataracts Abnormally Small Eyes GM-1 Storage Disease Juvenile Dilated Cardiomyopathy Gastrointestinal Diseases Irritable Bowel Disease (ibd) Colitis Megaesophagus Hemorrhagic Gastroenteritis Lymphangiectasia Addison's Disease
Life Expectancy 10-12 years 10-12 years 10-14 years
Hypoallergenic No Yes Yes
Energy Level
Doberman Pinschers have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Bouvier des Flandress have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Portuguese Water Dogs are high energy dogs.
Exercise Need
Doberman Pinschers need quite a lot of exercise.
Bouvier des Flandress have an average exercise need.
Portuguese Water Dogs need quite a lot of exercise.
Sleeping Need
Doberman Pinschers sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Bouvier des Flandress are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Portuguese Water Dogs don't need too much sleep.
Avg. daily food consumption 5 to 6 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 3 to 5 cups of high-quality dry food a day. 2 to 2.5 cup of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Average.
Average to High.
Average.
Weather & Climate Prefers warm weather Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Bouvier des Flandres can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Portuguese Water Dog can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness Medium
The Doberman Pinscher has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Bouvier des Flandres has an average chance of bad smell.
Low
The Portuguese Water Dog has a low chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
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.
The Bouvier des Flandres is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Portuguese Water Dog is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Doberman Pinscher vs Bouvier des Flandres vs Portuguese Water Dog

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 6-10 puppies 5-10 puppies 4-8 puppies

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