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Doberman Pinscher vs German Shepherd vs Great Dane – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Doberman Pinscher vs German Shepherd vs Great Dane" Compare Doberman Pinscher and German Shepherd. Which is better: Doberman Pinscher or German Shepherd or Great Dane?
Name Doberman Pinscher German Shepherd Great Dane
OriginsGermany Germany Germany
Group Working Dogs Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs) Working Dogs
Popularity Rank16214
Reviews111
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Other Names Dobie, Dobermann, Dobynm, Doberman Alsatian, Berger Allemand, Alsatian wolf dog (UK), Deutscher Schäferhund, Schäferhund Dane, Gentle Giant, Deutsche Dogge, German Mastiff, Apollo of Dogs
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 1908 as a Herding breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1887 as a Working 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 Sheepdogs section. Recognized by FCI in the Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattledogs group, in the Molossian type 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 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 Canadian Canine Registry
Price $800-$1000 $800-$2000 $800-$1200

General Appearance - Doberman Pinscher vs German Shepherd vs Great Dane

Size Medium Large Giant
Weight Male: 88-99 pounds (40-45 kg), Female: 71-77 pounds (32-35 kg) Male: 66-88 pounds (30-40 kg), Female: 49-71 pounds (22-32 kg) Male: 120-200 pounds (54-90 kg), Female: 100-130 pounds (45-59 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 93.5 pounds (42.5 kg), Female: 74 pounds (33.5 kg) Male: 77 pounds (35 kg), Female: 60 pounds (27 kg) Male: 160 pounds (72 kg), Female: 115 pounds (52 kg)
Height Male: 26-28 inches (66-71cm), Female: 24-26 inches (61-66 cm) Male: 24-26 inches (60-65 cm), Female: 22-24 inches (55-60 cm) Male: 30-34 inches (76-86 cm), Female: 28-32 inches (71-81 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 27 inches (68.5 cm), Female: 25 inches (63.5 cm) Male: 25 inches (62.5 cm), Female: 23 inches (57.5 cm) Male: 32 inches (81 cm), Female: 30 inches (76 cm)

Hair & Care - Doberman Pinscher vs German Shepherd vs Great Dane

Coat Fine Fuzzy Dense
Colors Blue Red Tan Brown White Black Silver Tan Red Black Blue Fawn White Brindle Merle Black
Grooming
Easy to groom: The Doberman Pinscher doesn't require a lot of grooming.
Average: The German Shepherd requires average grooming effort.
Effortless: The Great Dane requires minimal grooming.
Shedding Level
Doberman Pinschers shed moderately.
German Shepherds are heavy shedders.
Great Danes shed moderately.

Characteristics - Doberman Pinscher vs German Shepherd vs Great Dane

Temperament Alert Fearless Loyal Energetic Intelligent Obedient Alert Courageous Intelligent Obedient Confident Curious Loyal Watchful Friendly Devoted Gentle Reserved Confident Intelligent Loving
Intelligent Rank
Outstanding: Doberman Pinscher is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Outstanding: German Shepherd is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Smart: Great Dane's has great intelligence.
Trainability
Doberman Pinschers are quite easy to train.
German Shepherds are easy to train.
Great Danes are quite easy to train.
Playfulness
Doberman Pinschers, like any other dog breed, like playing.
German Shepherds, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Great Danes are not the most playful dog breed.
Sensitivity Level
Doberman Pinschers don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
German Shepherds don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Great Danes don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Affection Level
Doberman Pinschers 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.
Great Danes are average dogs regarding their affection level.
Social Needs
Doberman Pinschers need for social interaction is average.
German Shepherds need for social interaction is average.
Great Danes are a social breed.
Barking
Low to Average: The Doberman Pinscher rarely barks.
Low to Average: The German Shepherd rarely barks.
Low to Average: The Great Dane rarely barks.
Watchdog Ability
Doberman Pinschers are one of the best watchdogs.
German Shepherds are one of the best watchdogs.
Great Danes are one of the best watchdogs.
Territorial
Doberman Pinschers are extremely protective guard dogs.
German Shepherds are extremely protective guard dogs.
Great Danes are extremely protective guard dogs.
Biting Potential Moderate
The Doberman Pinscher has an average chance of biting somebody.
High
The German Shepherd has a high chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Great Dane has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Doberman Pinschers have lower 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.
Great Danes have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Doberman Pinschers tend to escape less than other breeds.
German Shepherds are not the biggest explorers.
Great Danes have average wanderlust potential.
Prey Drive
Doberman Pinschers don't have an impulse to catch or chase small animals.
German Shepherds have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Great Danes 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.
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.
Great Danes are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Doberman Pinschers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
German Shepherds adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Great Danes adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
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.
Great Danes 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.
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 - Doberman Pinscher vs German Shepherd vs Great Dane

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

Health Factors - Doberman Pinscher vs German Shepherd vs Great Dane

Health Issues
Doberman Pinschers are commonly healthy dogs.
German Shepherds are commonly healthy dogs.
Great Danes are commonly healthy dogs.
Health Problems Cardiomyopathy Hip Dysplasia Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Von Willebrand's Disease Wobbler's Syndrome 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 Bloat Cancer Dilated Cardiomyopathy Hip Dysplasia Mitral Valve Disease Patent Ductus Arteriosis Persistent Right Aortic Arch Subvalvular Aortic Stenosis Tricuspid Valve Dysplasia
Life Expectancy 10-12 years 10-13 years 7-10 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
Doberman Pinschers have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
German Shepherds are high energy dogs.
Great Danes are high energy dogs.
Exercise Need
Doberman Pinschers need quite a lot of exercise.
German Shepherds need quite a lot of exercise.
Great Danes exercise need is minimal.
Sleeping Need
Doberman Pinschers 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.
Great Danes 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 4 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 8 to 10 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals
Weight Gain Potential
Average.
Low to Average.
Low to Average.
Weather & Climate Prefers warm weather Tolerates warm and cold weather. Prefers average to warm weather conditions
Stinkiness Medium
The Doberman Pinscher has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The German Shepherd has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Great Dane has an average 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 German Shepherd is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Great Dane drools quite a lot, so if you dislike being covered by slobber spots on your clothes, you may want to choose another dog breed.

Reproducibility - Doberman Pinscher vs German Shepherd vs Great Dane

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 6-10 puppies 10-15 puppies

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