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

"Find similarities and differences between Doberman Pinscher vs German Shepherd vs Rhodesian Ridgeback" Compare Doberman Pinscher and German Shepherd. Which is better: Doberman Pinscher or German Shepherd or Rhodesian Ridgeback?
Name Doberman Pinscher German Shepherd Rhodesian Ridgeback
OriginsGermany Germany Zimbabwe
Group Working Dogs Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs) Hunting Dogs
Popularity Rank16241
Reviews123
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Other Names Dobie, Dobermann, Dobynm, Doberman Alsatian, Berger Allemand, Alsatian wolf dog (UK), Deutscher Schäferhund, Schäferhund African Lion Dog, African Lion Hound
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 1955 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 Sheepdogs section. Recognized by FCI in the Scent hounds and related breeds group, in the Related breeds 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 Rhodesian Ridgeback Club Of The US
Price $800-$1000 $800-$2000 $900-$1200

General Appearance - Doberman Pinscher vs German Shepherd vs Rhodesian Ridgeback

Size Medium Large Large
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: 80-90 pounds (36-41 kg), Female: 65-75 pounds (29-34 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: 85 pounds (38.5 kg), Female: 70 pounds (31.5 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: 25-27 inches (63-69 cm), Female: 24-26 inches (61-66 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: 26 inches (66 cm), Female: 25 inches (63.5 cm)

Hair & Care - Doberman Pinscher vs German Shepherd vs Rhodesian Ridgeback

Coat Fine Fuzzy Dense
Colors Blue Red Tan Brown White Black Silver Tan Red Black Golden Red White Gray Wheaten
Grooming
Easy to groom: The Doberman Pinscher doesn't require a lot of grooming.
Average: The German Shepherd requires average grooming effort.
Effortless: The Rhodesian Ridgeback requires minimal grooming.
Shedding Level
Doberman Pinschers shed moderately.
German Shepherds are heavy shedders.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks shed none to minimal.

Characteristics - Doberman Pinscher vs German Shepherd vs Rhodesian Ridgeback

Temperament Alert Fearless Loyal Energetic Intelligent Obedient Alert Courageous Intelligent Obedient Confident Curious Loyal Watchful Dignified Loyal Sensitive Intelligent Mischievous Strong Willed
Intelligent Rank
Outstanding: Doberman Pinscher is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Outstanding: German Shepherd is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Average: Rhodesian Ridgeback's has average obedience intelligence.
Trainability
Doberman Pinschers are quite easy to train.
German Shepherds are easy to train.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are quite easy to train.
Playfulness
Doberman Pinschers, like any other dog breed, like playing.
German Shepherds, like any other dog breed, like playing.
The Rhodesian Ridgeback is a playful 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.
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.
German Shepherds are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Doberman Pinschers need for social interaction is average.
German Shepherds need for social interaction is average.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks 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 Rhodesian Ridgeback rarely barks.
Watchdog Ability
Doberman Pinschers are one of the best watchdogs.
German Shepherds are one of the best watchdogs.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are average watchdogs.
Territorial
Doberman Pinschers are extremely protective guard dogs.
German Shepherds are extremely protective guard dogs.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks strongly protect their territory.
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 Rhodesian Ridgeback 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.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks have an 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.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
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.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
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.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks 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
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.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks adapt well to lifestyle changes and different 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.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks 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 Rhodesian Ridgeback

Stranger Friendly
Doberman Pinschers are not stranger friendly dogs.
German Shepherds are stranger friendly dogs.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Doberman Pinschers are average friendly dogs towards children.
German Shepherds are very kid-friendly dogs.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are very kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Doberman Pinschers are average friendly towards cats.
German Shepherds are average friendly towards cats.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Doberman Pinschers are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
German Shepherds are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are not the most dog-friendly 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
Rhodesian Ridgeback 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.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Doberman Pinschers are generally with other pets.
German Shepherds are generally with other pets.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks usually don’t get on well 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
Rhodesian Ridgebacks 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.
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.
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
Rhodesian Ridgeback 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.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.

Health Factors - Doberman Pinscher vs German Shepherd vs Rhodesian Ridgeback

Health Issues
Doberman Pinschers are commonly healthy dogs.
German Shepherds are commonly healthy dogs.
The Rhodesian Ridgeback 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 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 Dermoid Sinus Elbow Dysplasia Hip Dysplasia
Life Expectancy 10-12 years 10-13 years 10-12 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
Doberman Pinschers have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
German Shepherds are high energy dogs.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Exercise Need
Doberman Pinschers need quite a lot of exercise.
German Shepherds need quite a lot of exercise.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks 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.
German Shepherds don't need too much sleep.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
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. Recommended daily amount: 2 3/4 to 4 3/8 cups of a high-quality daily, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Average.
Low to Average.
Average.
Weather & Climate Prefers warm weather Tolerates warm and cold weather. Tolerates warm and cold weather.
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 Rhodesian Ridgeback 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 Rhodesian Ridgeback is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Doberman Pinscher vs German Shepherd vs Rhodesian Ridgeback

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 6-8 puppies

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