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East-European Shepherd vs Rottweiler vs Old German Shepherd Dog – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between East-European Shepherd vs Rottweiler vs Old German Shepherd Dog" Compare East-European Shepherd and Rottweiler. Which is better: East-European Shepherd or Rottweiler or Old German Shepherd Dog?
Name East-European Shepherd Rottweiler Old German Shepherd Dog
OriginsRussia Belarus Germany Germany
Group Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs) Working Dogs Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs)
Popularity Rank3858282
Reviews1110
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Other Names Byelorussian Ovcharka, Vostochnoevropejskaya Ovcharka, VEO Rottie, Rott Langstockhaariger, Deutscher Schäferhund,
Breed Type Cross Breed Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Not recognized by the American Kennel Club. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1931 as a Working breed. Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group Not recognized by FCI. Recognized by FCI in the Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattledogs group, in the Molossian type section. Not recognized by FCI.
Breed Recognition No set 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 No set
Price $800-$1000 $1200-$2000 Unknown

General Appearance - East-European Shepherd vs Rottweiler vs Old German Shepherd Dog

Size Large Large Giant Large
Weight Male: 77–132 pounds (35–60 kg), Female: 66–110 pounds (30–50 kg) Male: 95-130 pounds (43-59 kg), Female: 85-115 pounds (38-52 kg) Male: 49-88 pounds (22-40 kg) Female: 44-83 pounds (20-37 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 77–132 pounds (35–60 kg), Female: 66–110 pounds (30–50 kg) Male: 112.5 pounds (51 kg), Female: 100 pounds (45 kg) Male: 68.5 pounds (31 kg), Female: 63.5 pounds (28.5 kg)
Height Male: 26-30 inches (66-76 cm), Female: 24-28 inches (61-72 cm) Male: 24-27 inches (61-69 cm), Female: 22-25 inches (56-63 cm) Male: 22-26 inches (56-66 cm), Female: 20-24 inches (51-61 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 28 inches (71 cm), Female: 26 inches (66.5 cm) Male: 25.5 inches (65 cm), Female: 23.5 inches (59.5 cm) Male: 24 inches (57 cm), Female: 22 inches (56 cm)

Hair & Care - East-European Shepherd vs Rottweiler vs Old German Shepherd Dog

Coat Dense Dense Fuzzy Shaggy Smooth Wiry
Colors Blue Tan White Black Mahogany Tan Rust Black Black Brown Grey Tan
Grooming
Average: The East-European Shepherd requires average grooming effort.
Effortless: The Rottweiler requires minimal grooming.
Average: The Old German Shepherd Dog requires average grooming effort.
Shedding Level
East-European Shepherds shed moderately.
Rottweilers shed moderately.
Old German Shepherd Dogs are heavy shedders.

Characteristics - East-European Shepherd vs Rottweiler vs Old German Shepherd Dog

Temperament Aggressive Loyal Protective Intelligent Playful Alert Fearless Independent Loyal Courageous Good-natured Intelligent Protective Alert Courageous Intelligent Obedient Confident Curious Loyal Watchful
Intelligent Rank
Average: East-European Shepherd's has average obedience intelligence.
Outstanding: Rottweiler is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Outstanding: Old German Shepherd Dog is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Trainability
East-European Shepherds are quite easy to train.
Rottweilers are easy to train.
Old German Shepherd Dogs are easy to train.
Playfulness
East-European Shepherds, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Rottweilers, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Old German Shepherd Dogs, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Sensitivity Level
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Old German Shepherd Dogs don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Affection Level
East-European Shepherds are highly affectionate dogs.
Rottweilers are average dogs regarding their affection level.
Old German Shepherd Dogs are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
East-European Shepherds need a lot of social interaction.
Rottweilers need a lot of social interaction.
Old German Shepherd Dogs need for social interaction is average.
Barking
Average: The East-European Shepherd barks occasionally.
Low: The Rottweiler barks none to minimal.
Low to Average: The Old German Shepherd Dog rarely barks.
Watchdog Ability
East-European Shepherds are one of the best watchdogs.
Rottweilers are one of the best watchdogs.
Old German Shepherd Dogs are one of the best watchdogs.
Territorial
East-European Shepherds are extremely protective guard dogs.
Rottweilers are extremely protective guard dogs.
Old German Shepherd Dogs are extremely protective guard dogs.
Biting Potential Low
The East-European Shepherd has a low chance of biting somebody.
High
The Rottweiler has a high chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Old German Shepherd Dog has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
East-European Shepherds have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Rottweilers have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Old German Shepherd Dogs have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
East-European Shepherds tend to escape less than other breeds.
Rottweilers tend to escape less than other breeds.
Old German Shepherd Dogs tend to escape less than other breeds.
Prey Drive
East-European Shepherds have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Rottweilers have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Old German Shepherd Dogs have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Apartment Friendly
East-European 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.
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.
Old German Shepherd Dogs 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
East-European Shepherds adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
Rottweilers adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Old German Shepherd Dogs adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
East-European Shepherds tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Rottweilers tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
Fighting Dog Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat 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.

Good With - East-European Shepherd vs Rottweiler vs Old German Shepherd Dog

Stranger Friendly
East-European Shepherds are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Rottweilers are not stranger friendly dogs.
Old German Shepherd Dogs are stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
East-European Shepherds are average friendly dogs towards children.
Rottweilers are not the most kid-friendly dogs.
Old German Shepherd Dogs are very kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
East-European Shepherds are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
Rottweilers are average friendly towards cats.
Old German Shepherd Dogs are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
East-European Shepherds are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
Rottweilers are not dog-friendly.
Old German Shepherd Dogs are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
East-European Shepherd is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Rottweiler is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Old German Shepherd Dog is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
East-European Shepherds are commonly okay with elderly people.
Rottweilers are not the best breed for elderly people.
Old German Shepherd Dogs are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
East-European Shepherds usually don’t get on well with other pets.
Rottweilers are generally with other pets.
Old German Shepherd Dogs are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners No
East-European Shepherds 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
Old German Shepherd 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.
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
East-European Shepherd breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Rottweiler breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Old German Shepherd Dog 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.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.

Health Factors - East-European Shepherd vs Rottweiler vs Old German Shepherd Dog

Health Issues
East-European Shepherds tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
The Rottweiler is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
The Old German Shepherd Dog is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems No set Allergies Aortic Stenosis Bloat Elbow Dysplasia Hip Dysplasia Hypothyroidism Osteosarcoma Panosteitis Subvalvular Aortic Stenosis No set
Life Expectancy 10-14 years 8-11 years 12-13 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
East-European Shepherds have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Rottweilers have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Old German Shepherd Dogs are high energy dogs.
Exercise Need
East-European Shepherds have an average exercise need.
Rottweilers have an average exercise need.
Old German Shepherd Dogs need quite a lot of exercise.
Sleeping Need
East-European Shepherds 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.
Old German Shepherd 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. Recommended daily amount: 4 to 10 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 2.5 to 4 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 average to cold weather conditions
The East-European Shepherd can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Prefers average to warm weather conditions Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness Medium
The East-European Shepherd has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Rottweiler has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Old German Shepherd Dog has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The East-European Shepherd 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 Old German Shepherd Dog is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - East-European Shepherd vs Rottweiler vs Old German Shepherd 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 4-10 puppies 8-12 puppies 6-10 puppies

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