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

"Find similarities and differences between Doberman Pinscher vs Rottweiler vs Great Dane" Compare Doberman Pinscher and Rottweiler. Which is better: Doberman Pinscher or Rottweiler or Great Dane?
Name Doberman Pinscher Rottweiler Great Dane
OriginsGermany Germany Germany
Group Working Dogs Working Dogs Working Dogs
Popularity Rank16814
Reviews361
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Other Names Dobie, Dobermann, Dobynm, Doberman Rottie, Rott 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 1931 as a Working 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 Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattledogs group, in the Molossian type 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
Colonial Rottweiler Club
Deutscher Rottweiler Klub
International Rottweiler Club
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 $1200-$2000 $800-$1200

General Appearance - Doberman Pinscher vs Rottweiler vs Great Dane

Size Medium Large
Giant
Giant
Weight Male: 88-99 pounds (40-45 kg), Female: 71-77 pounds (32-35 kg) Male: 95-130 pounds (43-59 kg), Female: 85-115 pounds (38-52 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: 112.5 pounds (51 kg), Female: 100 pounds (45 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: 24-27 inches (61-69 cm), Female: 22-25 inches (56-63 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: 25.5 inches (65 cm), Female: 23.5 inches (59.5 cm) Male: 32 inches (81 cm), Female: 30 inches (76 cm)

Hair & Care - Doberman Pinscher vs Rottweiler vs Great Dane

Coat Fine Dense Dense
Colors Blue
Red
Tan
Brown
White
Black
Mahogany
Tan
Rust
Black
Blue
Fawn
White
Brindle
Merle
Black
Grooming
Easy to groom: The Doberman Pinscher doesn't require a lot of grooming.
Effortless: The Rottweiler requires minimal grooming.
Effortless: The Great Dane requires minimal grooming.
Shedding Level
Doberman Pinschers shed moderately.
Rottweilers shed moderately.
Great Danes shed moderately.

Characteristics - Doberman Pinscher vs Rottweiler vs Great Dane

Temperament Alert
Fearless
Loyal
Energetic
Intelligent
Obedient
Alert
Fearless
Independent
Loyal
Courageous
Good-natured
Intelligent
Protective
Friendly
Devoted
Gentle
Reserved
Confident
Intelligent
Loving
Intelligent Rank
Outstanding: Doberman Pinscher is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Outstanding: Rottweiler is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Smart: Great Dane's has great intelligence.
Trainability
Doberman Pinschers are quite easy to train.
Rottweilers are easy to train.
Great Danes are quite easy to train.
Playfulness
Doberman Pinschers, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Rottweilers, 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.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
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.
Rottweilers are average dogs regarding their affection level.
Great Danes are average dogs regarding their affection level.
Social Needs
Doberman Pinschers need for social interaction is average.
Rottweilers need a lot of social interaction.
Great Danes are a social breed.
Barking
Low to Average: The Doberman Pinscher rarely barks.
Low: The Rottweiler barks none to minimal.
Low to Average: The Great Dane rarely barks.
Watchdog Ability
Doberman Pinschers are one of the best watchdogs.
Rottweilers are one of the best watchdogs.
Great Danes are one of the best watchdogs.
Territorial
Doberman Pinschers are extremely protective guard dogs.
Rottweilers 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 Rottweiler 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.
Rottweilers have an average 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.
Rottweilers tend to escape less than other breeds.
Great Danes have average wanderlust potential.
Prey Drive
Doberman Pinschers don't have an impulse to catch or chase small animals.
Rottweilers 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.
Rottweilers 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.
Rottweilers adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
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.
Rottweilers tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
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 Rottweiler vs Great Dane

Stranger Friendly
Doberman Pinschers are not stranger friendly dogs.
Rottweilers are not stranger friendly dogs.
Great Danes are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Doberman Pinschers are average friendly dogs towards children.
Rottweilers are not the most kid-friendly dogs.
Great Danes are kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Doberman Pinschers are average friendly towards cats.
Rottweilers are average friendly towards cats.
Great Danes are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Doberman Pinschers are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
Rottweilers are not dog-friendly.
Great Danes are average friendly towards other dogs.
Office Friendly No
Doberman Pinscher is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Rottweiler 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.
Rottweilers are not the best breed for elderly people.
Great Danes are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Doberman Pinschers are generally with other pets.
Rottweilers 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
Rottweilers 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.
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
Rottweiler 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.
Yes
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 Rottweiler vs Great Dane

Health Issues
Doberman Pinschers are commonly healthy dogs.
The Rottweiler is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Great Danes are commonly healthy dogs.
Health Problems Cardiomyopathy
Hip Dysplasia
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Von Willebrand's Disease
Wobbler's Syndrome
Allergies
Aortic Stenosis
Bloat
Elbow Dysplasia
Hip Dysplasia
Hypothyroidism
Osteosarcoma
Panosteitis
Subvalvular Aortic Stenosis
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 8-11 years 7-10 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
Doberman Pinschers have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Rottweilers have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Great Danes are high energy dogs.
Exercise Need
Doberman Pinschers need quite a lot of exercise.
Rottweilers have an average exercise need.
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.
Rottweilers are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
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. Recommended daily amount: 4 to 10 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.
High: The Rottweiler breed has a strong tendency to overweight.
Low to Average.
Weather & Climate Prefers warm weather Prefers average to warm weather conditions Prefers average to warm weather conditions
Stinkiness Medium
The Doberman Pinscher has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Rottweiler 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 Rottweiler 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 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 Rottweiler 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 8-12 puppies 10-15 puppies

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