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Name Doberman Pinscher German Shepherd Labrador Retriever
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Other Names
What other names do they have?
Doberman
Dobermann
Dobynm
Dobie
Alsatian wolf dog
Berger Allemand
Deutscher Schäferhund
Schäferhund
Alsatian
Lab
Labrador
Breed Type
Which dog is purebred or crossbreed? Doberman Pinscher vs German Shepherd vs Labrador Retriever breed type comparison:
Purebred Purebred Purebred

Doberman Pinscher vs German Shepherd vs Labrador Retriever Price and Availability Comparison

Price
Which is cheaper, Doberman Pinscher or German Shepherd or Labrador Retriever? Which is more expensive?
$800-$1000 $800-$2000 $1000-$2000
Availability
Which is easier to get, Doberman Pinscher or German Shepherd or Labrador Retriever?
Very frequent: The Doberman Pinscher is quite easy to get.
Very frequent: The German Shepherd is quite easy to get.
Very frequent: The Labrador Retriever is quite easy to get.

Doberman Pinscher vs German Shepherd vs Labrador Retriever Size Comparison

Size
Which is bigger, Doberman Pinscher or German Shepherd or Labrador Retriever? Which is the smallest dog, Doberman Pinscher or German Shepherd or Labrador Retriever?
Medium Large Large
Weight
Which is heavier, Doberman Pinscher or German Shepherd or German Shepherd? Doberman Pinscher vs German Shepherd vs Labrador Retriever weight comparison:
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: 60-75 pounds (27-34kg), Female: 55-70 pounds (25-32 kg)
Average Weight
Which dog has a smaller / higher average 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: 67.5 pounds (30.5 kg), Female: 62.5 pounds (28.5 kg)
Height
Which is taller, Doberman Pinscher or German Shepherd or Labrador Retriever? Doberman Pinscher vs German Shepherd vs Labrador Retriever height comparison:
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: 22-24 inches (56-61cm), Female: 21-23 inches (53-58 cm)
Average Height
Which dog has a smaller / higher average 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: 23 inches (58.5 cm), Female: 22 inches (55.5 cm)

Doberman Pinscher vs German Shepherd vs Labrador Retriever Grooming, Hair and Care Comparison

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat/fur do they have? Doberman Pinscher vs German Shepherd vs Labrador Retriever coat comparison:
Fine Fuzzy Dense
Waterproof
Hard
Short
Colors
What are the original Doberman Pinscher, German Shepherd and Labrador Retriever color?
Blue
Red
Tan
Brown
White
Black
Silver
Tan
Red
Black
Yellow
Chocolate
Black
Grooming
Which dog is easy to maintain, Doberman Pinscher or German Shepherd or Labrador Retriever? Doberman Pinscher vs German Shepherd vs Labrador Retriever grooming comparison:
Easy to groom: The Doberman Pinscher doesn't require a lot of grooming.
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Average: The German Shepherd requires average grooming effort.
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Effortless: The Labrador Retriever requires minimal grooming.
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Shedding Level
Who sheds more Doberman Pinscher or German Shepherd or Labrador Retriever? Doberman Pinscher or German Shepherd or {name3 shedding:
Doberman Pinschers shed moderately.
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German Shepherds are heavy shedders.
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Labrador Retrievers shed moderately.
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Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
Which dog should be bathed more: Doberman Pinscher or German Shepherd or Labrador Retriever?
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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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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Doberman Pinscher vs German Shepherd vs Labrador Retriever Personality / Temperament Comparison

Temperament
Which one has a better personality? Which is a better family dog, Doberman Pinscher or German Shepherd or Labrador Retriever? Doberman Pinscher vs German Shepherd vs Labrador Retriever behavior/temperament comparison:
Alert
Fearless
Loyal
Energetic
Intelligent
Obedient
Alert
Courageous
Intelligent
Obedient
Confident
Curious
Loyal
Watchful
Affectionate
Cheerful
Friendly
Intelligent
Loyal
Playful
Social
Alert
Energetic
Gentle
Loving
Going
Responsive
Intelligent Rank
Which is the smarter dog? Which is best? Doberman Pinscher vs German Shepherd vs Labrador Retriever intelligence:
Outstanding: Doberman Pinscher is one of the brightest dog breeds.
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Outstanding: German Shepherd is one of the brightest dog breeds.
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Outstanding: Labrador Retriever is one of the brightest dog breeds.
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Trainability
Doberman Pinscher vs German Shepherd vs Labrador Retriever trainability comparison.
Doberman Pinschers are quite easy to train.
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German Shepherds are easy to train.
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Labrador Retrievers are very easy to train.
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Playfulness
Doberman Pinscher vs German Shepherd vs Labrador Retriever playfulness comparison:
Average: Doberman Pinschers, like any other dog breed, like playing.
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Average: German Shepherds, like any other dog breed, like playing.
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The Labrador Retriever is a highly playful breed.
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Sensitivity Level
Which dog is more sensitive? What's the difference?
Sensitive: Doberman Pinschers don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household, and frequent guest visits.
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Sensitive: German Shepherds don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household, and frequent guest visits.
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Sensitive: Labrador Retrievers 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: Doberman Pinscher vs German Shepherd vs Labrador Retriever?
High: Doberman Pinschers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
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High: German Shepherds are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
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Slightly Below Average: Labrador Retrievers may seem unfriendly sometimes due to their independence.
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Social Needs
Doberman Pinscher vs German Shepherd vs Labrador Retriever social needs comparison:
Doberman Pinschers need for social interaction is average.
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German Shepherds need for social interaction is average.
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Labrador Retrievers need a lot of social interaction.
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Barking
Which dog barks more/less: Doberman Pinscher vs German Shepherd vs Labrador Retriever?
Low to Average: The Doberman Pinscher rarely barks.
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Low to Average: The German Shepherd rarely barks.
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Average: The Labrador Retriever barks occasionally.
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Watchdog Ability
Which is the better watchdog: Doberman Pinscher or German Shepherd or Labrador Retriever?
Doberman Pinschers are one of the best watchdogs.
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German Shepherds are one of the best watchdogs.
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Labrador Retrievers are average watchdogs.
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Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Which is a better guard dog Doberman Pinscher or German Shepherd or Labrador Retriever? Which dog is most likely to protect its owner? Which is the best dog to use for protection?
Doberman Pinschers are extremely protective guard dogs.
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German Shepherds are extremely protective guard dogs.
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Labrador Retrievers are average defenders.
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Biting Potential
Which breed of dog is most likely to bite? Biting potential comparison:

Moderate

The Doberman Pinscher has an average chance of biting somebody.

High 🔼

The German Shepherd has a high chance of biting somebody.

Moderate

The Labrador Retriever has an average chance of biting somebody.
Bite Force
Which bite is stronger: Doberman Pinscher or German Shepherd or Labrador Retriever?

Between 200 and 400 PSI

Doberman Pinscher bite force: Ordinary.

Between 200 and 400 PSI

German Shepherd bite force: Ordinary.

Between 200 and 400 PSI

Labrador Retriever bite force: Ordinary.
Mouthiness
Which is the better dog? Doberman Pinscher vs German Shepherd vs Labrador Retriever mouthiness comparison:
Doberman Pinschers have a lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
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German Shepherds have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
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Labrador Retrievers have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
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Impulse to Wander or Roam
Which dog has a greater roaming instinct?
Doberman Pinschers tend to escape less than other breeds.
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German Shepherds are not the biggest explorers.
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Labrador Retrievers have average wanderlust potential.
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Prey Drive
Which dog has a higher prey drive? Which can be better for hunting?
Their prey drive is low.
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German Shepherds have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
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Labrador Retrievers have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
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Apartment Friendly
Which dog is more apartment friendly Doberman Pinscher or German Shepherd or Labrador Retriever?
Very house-friendly dog the Doberman Pinscher breed.
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 German Shepherd indoors.
It is not recommended to keep the Labrador Retriever breed in the home.
Adaptability
Which dog has a higher adaptability potential? Which is the better dog?
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.
Labrador Retrievers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Which dog can be left alone: Doberman Pinscher or German Shepherd or Labrador Retriever?
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.
Labrador Retrievers tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.

Doberman Pinscher vs German Shepherd vs Labrador Retriever Good With Comparison

Stranger Friendly
Which dog is more stranger friendly Doberman Pinscher or German Shepherd or Labrador Retriever? Which dog is more friendly?
Doberman Pinschers are not stranger friendly dogs.
German Shepherds are stranger-friendly dogs.
Labrador Retrievers are very stranger-friendly dogs.
Pet Friendly
Which dog breeds get along well with other animals/pets?
Doberman Pinschers are generally with other pets.
German Shepherds are generally with other pets.
Labrador Retrievers are usually friendly towards other pets.
Child Friendly
Which dog is more child/kid friendly Doberman Pinscher or German Shepherd or Labrador Retriever?
Doberman Pinschers are average friendly dogs towards children.
German Shepherds are very kid-friendly dogs.
Labrador Retrievers are very kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Which dog is more cat friendly Doberman Pinscher or German Shepherd or Labrador Retriever?
Doberman Pinschers are average friendly towards cats.
German Shepherds are average friendly towards cats.
Labrador Retrievers are cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Which dog is more dog friendly Doberman Pinscher or German Shepherd or Labrador Retriever?
Doberman Pinschers are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
German Shepherds are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
Labrador Retrievers are very dog-friendly dogs.
Good For First Time Owners
Which dog is good for the first-time owners: Doberman Pinscher vs German Shepherd vs Labrador Retriever?
Yes
Doberman Pinschers are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Yes
German Shepherds are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Yes
Labrador Retrievers are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Office Friendly
Which one fits better in the office?
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
Labrador Retriever is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Which dog is good for elderly people?
Doberman Pinschers are commonly okay with elderly people.
German Shepherds are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Labrador Retrievers are one of the best breeds for elderly people.

Doberman Pinscher vs German Shepherd vs Labrador Retriever Health Comparison

Health Issues
Doberman Pinscher vs German Shepherd vs Labrador Retriever health comparison. Which is the healthier: Doberman Pinscher vs German Shepherd vs Labrador Retriever?
Doberman Pinschers are commonly healthy dogs.
German Shepherds are commonly healthy dogs.
The Labrador Retriever 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: Doberman Pinscher vs German Shepherd vs Labrador Retriever? What are the allergies, genetic diseases and concerns for them? Doberman Pinscher vs German Shepherd vs Labrador Retriever health problems comparison:
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
Acute Moist Dermatitis
Bloat
Cataracts
Cold Tail
Ear Infections
Elbow Dysplasia
Epilepsy
Hip Dysplasia
Myopathy
Osteochondrosis Dissecans
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Tricuspid Valve Dysplasia
Veterinarian Visits
Which one may need more or less veterinary visits?
Rare
The Doberman Pinscher should have a complete physical check-up at least every 12-18 months (but preferably once per year).
Rare
The German Shepherd should have a complete physical check-up at least every 12-18 months (but preferably once per year).
Average
The Labrador Retriever should have a complete physical check-up at least once per year.
Life Expectancy
Doberman Pinscher vs German Shepherd vs Labrador Retriever lifespan comparison. How long do Doberman Pinscher, German Shepherd and Labrador Retriever breeds live? Which one has a longer lifespan/life expectancy?
10-12 years
The average lifespan of Doberman Pinscher: 11 years
9-13 years
The average lifespan of German Shepherd: 11 years
10-12 years
The average lifespan of Labrador Retriever: 11 years
Hypoallergenic
Doberman Pinscher vs German Shepherd vs Labrador Retriever hypoallergenic comparison. Which dog is hypoallergenic or not?
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Energy Level
Who has more energy a Doberman Pinscher or German Shepherd or Labrador Retriever? Doberman Pinscher vs German Shepherd vs Labrador Retriever energy level comparison:
Doberman Pinschers have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
German Shepherds are high-energy dogs.
Labrador Retrievers are high-energy dogs.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
Doberman Pinscher vs German Shepherd vs Labrador Retriever exercise need comparison. Which dog needs more activity? Which dog needs the most exercise: Doberman Pinscher or German Shepherd or Labrador Retriever? Which dog needs the most walking? Which dog is the laziest?
Doberman Pinschers need quite a lot of exercise.
German Shepherds need quite a lot of exercise.
Labrador Retrievers need a lot of exercises.
Sleeping Need
Which one sleeps the least/most: Doberman Pinscher or German Shepherd or Labrador Retriever?
Doberman Pinschers sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered a lazy breed.
German Shepherds don't need too much sleep.
Labrador Retrievers don't need too much sleep.
Average daily food consumption
Which dog eats more: Doberman Pinscher or German Shepherd or Labrador Retriever?
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. Recommended daily amount: 2.5 to 3 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
Which dog breed is more prone to obesity? Doberman Pinscher vs German Shepherd vs Labrador Retriever weight gain potential comparison:
Average: The Doberman Pinscher has an average risk for obesity.
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Low to Average: The German Shepherd has a low to the average risk for obesity.
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High: The Labrador Retriever breed has a strong tendency to be overweight.
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Weather and Climate
Which dog is best for hot or cold weather: Doberman Pinscher vs German Shepherd vs Labrador Retriever?
Prefers warm weather
Dogs that prefer warm weather conditions are typically breeds that were originally bred in warmer climates.
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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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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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Stinkiness
Which dog breed smells the least? Which dog smells the most? Which is best, Doberman Pinscher vs German Shepherd vs Labrador Retriever?

Medium

The Doberman Pinscher has an average chance of bad smell.

Medium

The German Shepherd has an average chance of bad smell.

High 🔼

The Labrador Retriever has a high chance of bad smell.
Drooling Tendency
Which dog drools the most? Which dog drools the least?
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 German Shepherd is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency.
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The Labrador Retriever is an average drooler.
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Doberman Pinscher vs German Shepherd vs Labrador Retriever As a Working Dog Comparison

Service Dog
Which one could be a service dog?

Not really

This breed generally not used as a service dog.
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Yes

This breed makes good as a service dog.
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Yes

This breed makes good as a service dog.
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Therapy Dog
Which one could be a therapy dog: Doberman Pinscher or German Shepherd or Labrador Retriever? Which is better for autism?

Not really

This breed is generally not used as a therapy dog.
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Yes

This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
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Yes

This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
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Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Which one could be a detection/sniffer dog?

Not really

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

Yes

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

Yes

After proper training, they can excel at this kind of work.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Which one could be a search and rescue dog?

Not really

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

Yes

This breed would make an excellent search and rescue dog.

Yes

This breed would make an excellent search and rescue dog.
Boat and Sailor Dog
Which one could be a boat dog: Doberman Pinscher vs German Shepherd vs Labrador Retriever?

Not really

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

German Shepherd breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
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Yes

Labrador Retriever breed usually likes 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

Yes

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

Yes

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

Not really

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

Doberman Pinscher vs German Shepherd vs Labrador Retriever 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 Doberman Pinscher and German Shepherd and Labrador Retriever have?
6-10 puppies 6-10 puppies 5-10 puppies

Doberman Pinscher vs German Shepherd vs Labrador Retriever Recognition Comparison

AKC Group
Which dog is recognized by the AKC?
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 1917 as a Sporting breed.
FCI Group
Which dog is recognized by the 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 Sheepdogs and Cattledogs (except Swiss Cattledogs) group, in the Sheepdogs section. Recognized by FCI in the Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs group, in the Retrievers section.
Breed Recognition
What other organizations and kennel clubs recognize these dog breeds?
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

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