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Flat-Coated Retriever vs German Shepherd vs Rottweiler Comparison - Dog breed selector: Flatcoat or Alsatian or Rottie? Find the right dog for you

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Name Flat-Coated Retriever German Shepherd Rottweiler
OriginsUnited Kingdom Germany Germany
Group Gun Dog Pastoral / Herding Dogs Working Dogs
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Other Names
What other names do they have?
Flatcoat, Flattie, Flatte Alsatian, Berger Allemand, Alsatian wolf dog (UK), Deutscher Schäferhund, Schäferhund Rottie, Rott
Breed Type
Which dog is purebred or crossbreed? Flat-Coated Retriever vs German Shepherd vs Rottweiler breed type comparison:
Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group
Which dog is recognized by the AKC?
Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1915 as a Sporting breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1908 as a Herding breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1931 as a Working breed.
FCI Group
Which dog is recognized by the FCI?
Recognized by FCI in the Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs group, in the Retrievers 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
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
National 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
Colonial Rottweiler Club
Deutscher Rottweiler Klub
International Rottweiler Club
Price
Which is cheaper, Flat-Coated Retriever or German Shepherd or Rottweiler? Which is more expensive?
$1000-$1200 $800-$2000 $1200-$2000
Availability
Very frequent
Very frequent
Very frequent

Flat-Coated Retriever vs German Shepherd vs Rottweiler General Appearance & Basic Info Comparison

Size
Which is bigger, Flat-Coated Retriever or German Shepherd or Rottweiler? Flat-Coated Retriever vs German Shepherd vs Rottweiler size comparison:
Large Large Large
Giant
Weight
Which is heavier, Flat-Coated Retriever or German Shepherd or German Shepherd? Flat-Coated Retriever vs German Shepherd vs Rottweiler weight comparison:
60-70 pounds (27-32 kg) Male: 66-88 pounds (30-40 kg), Female: 49-71 pounds (22-32 kg) Male: 95-130 pounds (43-59 kg), Female: 85-115 pounds (38-52 kg)
Avg. Weight
Which dog has a smaller / higher average weight?
65 pounds (29.5 kg) Male: 77 pounds (35 kg), Female: 60 pounds (27 kg) Male: 112.5 pounds (51 kg), Female: 100 pounds (45 kg)
Height
Which is taller, Flat-Coated Retriever or German Shepherd or Rottweiler? Flat-Coated Retriever vs German Shepherd vs Rottweiler height comparison:
22-23 inches (56-58 cm) Male: 24-26 inches (60-65 cm), Female: 22-24 inches (55-60 cm) Male: 24-27 inches (61-69 cm), Female: 22-25 inches (56-63 cm)
Avg. Height
Which dog has a smaller / higher average height?
Male: 23 inches (58,5 cm), Female: 22 inches (56 cm) Male: 25 inches (62.5 cm), Female: 23 inches (57.5 cm) Male: 25.5 inches (65 cm), Female: 23.5 inches (59.5 cm)

Flat-Coated Retriever vs German Shepherd vs Rottweiler Hair & Care Comparison

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat/fur do they have? Flat-Coated Retriever vs German Shepherd vs Rottweiler coat comparison:
Thick
Shiny
Fuzzy Dense
Colors
What are the original Flat-Coated Retriever, German Shepherd and Rottweiler color?
Liver
Black
Silver
Tan
Red
Black
Mahogany
Tan
Rust
Black
Grooming
Which is easy to maintain, Flat-Coated Retriever or German Shepherd or Rottweiler? Flat-Coated Retriever vs German Shepherd vs Rottweiler grooming comparison:
Easy to groom: The Flat-Coated Retriever doesn't require a lot of grooming.
Average: The German Shepherd requires average grooming effort.
Effortless: The Rottweiler requires minimal grooming.
Shedding Level
Who sheds more Flat-Coated Retriever or German Shepherd or Rottweiler? Flat-Coated Retriever or German Shepherd or {name3 shedding:
Flat-Coated Retrievers shed moderately.
German Shepherds are heavy shedders.
Rottweilers shed moderately.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
Which dog should be bathed more: Flat-Coated Retriever or German Shepherd or Rottweiler?
6-8 weeks
Rarely.
8-12 weeks
Very rarely.
4-6 weeks
Average.

Flat-Coated Retriever vs German Shepherd vs Rottweiler Characteristics Comparison

Temperament
Which one has a better personality? Which is a better family dog, Flat-Coated Retriever or German Shepherd or Rottweiler? Flat-Coated Retriever vs German Shepherd vs Rottweiler behavior/temperament comparison:
Friendly
Devoted
Outgoing
Confident
Optimistic
Intelligent
Alert
Courageous
Intelligent
Obedient
Confident
Curious
Loyal
Watchful
Alert
Fearless
Independent
Loyal
Courageous
Good-natured
Intelligent
Protective
Intelligent Rank
Which is the smarter dog? Which is best? Flat-Coated Retriever vs German Shepherd vs Rottweiler intelligence:
Very smart: Flat-Coated Retriever is an excellent dog breed.
Outstanding: German Shepherd is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Outstanding: Rottweiler is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Trainability
Flat-Coated Retriever vs German Shepherd vs Rottweiler trainability comparison.
Flat-Coated Retrievers are easy to train.
German Shepherds are easy to train.
Rottweilers are easy to train.
Playfulness
Flat-Coated Retriever vs German Shepherd vs Rottweiler playfulness comparison:
The Flat-Coated Retriever is a highly playful breed.
German Shepherds, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Rottweilers, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Sensitivity Level
Which dog is more sensitive? What's the difference?
Flat-Coated Retrievers 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
Which is the more affectionate dog breed: Flat-Coated Retriever vs German Shepherd vs Rottweiler?
Flat-Coated Retrievers 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.
Rottweilers are average dogs regarding their affection level.
Social Needs
Flat-Coated Retriever vs German Shepherd vs Rottweiler social needs comparison:
Flat-Coated Retrievers need for social interaction is average.
German Shepherds need for social interaction is average.
Rottweilers need a lot of social interaction.
Barking
Which dog barks more/less: Flat-Coated Retriever vs German Shepherd vs Rottweiler?
Average: The Flat-Coated Retriever barks occasionally.
Low to Average: The German Shepherd rarely barks.
Low: The Rottweiler barks none to minimal.
Watchdog Ability
Which is the better watchdog: Flat-Coated Retriever or German Shepherd or Rottweiler?
Flat-Coated Retrievers are one of the best watchdogs.
German Shepherds are one of the best watchdogs.
Rottweilers are one of the best watchdogs.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Which dog is most likely to protect its owner? Which is the best dog to use for protection?
Flat-Coated Retrievers are average defenders.
German Shepherds are extremely protective guard dogs.
Rottweilers are extremely protective guard dogs.
Biting Potential
Which breed of dog is most likely to bite? Biting potential comparison:
Low
The Flat-Coated Retriever has a low chance of biting somebody.
High
The German Shepherd has a high chance of biting somebody.
High
The Rottweiler has a high chance of biting somebody.
Bite Force
Which bite is stronger: Flat-Coated Retriever or German Shepherd or Rottweiler?
Between 200 and 400 PSI
Ordinary: Average dogs have bite force between 200 and 400 PSI.
Between 200 and 400 PSI
Ordinary: Average dogs have bite force between 200 and 400 PSI.
Between 200 and 400 PSI
Ordinary: Average dogs have bite force between 200 and 400 PSI.
Mouthiness
Which is the better dog? Flat-Coated Retriever vs German Shepherd vs Rottweiler mouthiness comparison:
Flat-Coated Retrievers have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
German Shepherds have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Rottweilers have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Which dog has a greater roaming instinct?
Wanderlust potential of the Flat-Coated Retriever is strong enough to escape from home.
German Shepherds are not the biggest explorers.
Rottweilers tend to escape less than other breeds.
Prey Drive
Which dog has a higher prey drive? Which can be better for hunting?
Flat-Coated Retrievers 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.
German 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.
Apartment Friendly
Which dog is more apartment friendly Flat-Coated Retriever or German Shepherd or Rottweiler?
Nem lakásbarát kutya Flat-Coated Retriever.
Nem a legjobb választás German Shepherd, ha lakásban szeretnéd tartani, ugyanakkor alapos lemozgatással, napi többszöri sétával tolerálják a benti körülményeket is, így megoldható German Shepherd tartása lakásban.
Nem a legjobb választás Rottweiler, ha lakásban szeretnéd tartani, ugyanakkor alapos lemozgatással, napi többszöri sétával tolerálják a benti körülményeket is, így megoldható Rottweiler tartása lakásban.
Adaptability
Which dog has a higher adaptability potential? Which is the better dog?
Flat-Coated Retrievers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
German Shepherds adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Rottweilers adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Which dog can be left alone: Flat-Coated Retriever or German Shepherd or Rottweiler?
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.
Rottweilers tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
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.
Yes
In history, this breed was unfortunately used for combat dog.

Flat-Coated Retriever vs German Shepherd vs Rottweiler Good With Comparison

Stranger Friendly
Which dog is more stranger friendly Flat-Coated Retriever or German Shepherd or Rottweiler? Which dog is more friendly?
Flat-Coated Retrievers are stranger friendly dogs.
German Shepherds are stranger friendly dogs.
Rottweilers are not stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Which dog is more child/kid friendly Flat-Coated Retriever or German Shepherd or Rottweiler?
Flat-Coated Retrievers are kid-friendly dogs.
German Shepherds are very kid-friendly dogs.
Rottweilers are not the most kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Which dog is more cat friendly Flat-Coated Retriever or German Shepherd or Rottweiler?
Flat-Coated Retrievers are average friendly towards cats.
German Shepherds are average friendly towards cats.
Rottweilers are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Which dog is more dog friendly Flat-Coated Retriever or German Shepherd or Rottweiler?
Flat-Coated Retrievers are dog-friendly dogs.
German Shepherds are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
Rottweilers are not dog-friendly.
Good For First Time Owners
Which dog is good for the first-time owners: Flat-Coated Retriever vs German Shepherd vs Rottweiler?
No
Flat-Coated Retrievers 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
Rottweilers are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog
Which one could be a service dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Yes
This breed makes good as a service dog.
Yes
This breed makes good as a service dog.
Therapy Dog
Which one could be a therapy dog: Flat-Coated Retriever or German Shepherd or Rottweiler? Which is better for autism?
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
Which one could be a detection/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.
Office Friendly
Which one fits better in the office?
No
Flat-Coated Retriever is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
German Shepherd is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Rottweiler is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Which one could be a search and rescue dog?
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.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Which dog is good for elderly people?
Flat-Coated Retrievers are usually recommended for elderly people.
German Shepherds are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Rottweilers are not the best breed for elderly people.
Boat Dog
Which one could be a boat dog: Flat-Coated Retriever vs German Shepherd vs Rottweiler?
Yes
Flat-Coated Retriever breed usually likes being on a boat.
Not really
German Shepherd breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Rottweiler breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Pet Friendly
Which dog breeds get along well with other animals/pets?
Flat-Coated Retrievers are generally with other pets.
German Shepherds are generally with other pets.
Rottweilers are generally with other pets.
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.
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.

Flat-Coated Retriever vs German Shepherd vs Rottweiler Health Factors Comparison

Health Issues
Flat-Coated Retriever vs German Shepherd vs Rottweiler health comparison. Which is the healthier: Flat-Coated Retriever vs German Shepherd vs Rottweiler?
Very healthy dog breed.
German Shepherds are commonly healthy dogs.
The Rottweiler 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: Flat-Coated Retriever vs German Shepherd vs Rottweiler? What are the allergies, genetic diseases and concerns for them? Flat-Coated Retriever vs German Shepherd vs Rottweiler health problems comparison:
Cancer 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
Allergies
Aortic Stenosis
Bloat
Elbow Dysplasia
Hip Dysplasia
Hypothyroidism
Osteosarcoma
Panosteitis
Subvalvular Aortic Stenosis
Veterinarian Visits
Which one may need more or less veterinary visits?
Rare
The Flat-Coated Retriever 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 Rottweiler should have a complete physical check-up at least once per year.
Life Expectancy
Flat-Coated Retriever vs German Shepherd vs Rottweiler lifespan comparison. How long do Flat-Coated Retriever, German Shepherd and Rottweiler breeds live? Which one has a longer lifespan/life expectancy?
10-13 years 10-13 years 8-11 years
Hypoallergenic
Flat-Coated Retriever vs German Shepherd vs Rottweiler hypoallergenic comparison. Which dog is hypoallergenic or not?
No No No
Energy Level
Who has more energy a Flat-Coated Retriever or German Shepherd or Rottweiler? Flat-Coated Retriever vs German Shepherd vs Rottweiler energy level comparison:
Flat-Coated Retrievers are high energy dogs.
German Shepherds are high energy dogs.
Rottweilers have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
Flat-Coated Retriever vs German Shepherd vs Rottweiler exercise need comparison. Which dog needs more activity? Which dog needs the most exercise: Flat-Coated Retriever or German Shepherd or Rottweiler? Which dog needs the most walking? Which dog is the laziest?
Flat-Coated Retrievers need a lot of exercises.
German Shepherds need quite a lot of exercise.
Rottweilers have an average exercise need.
Sleeping Need
Which one sleeps the least/most: Flat-Coated Retriever or German Shepherd or Rottweiler?
Flat-Coated Retrievers don't need too much sleep.
German Shepherds don't need too much sleep.
Rottweilers are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Avg. daily food consumption
Which dog eats more: Flat-Coated Retriever or German Shepherd or Rottweiler?
3-4 cup high-quality commercial dog food (that is formulated for large-breed dogs), divided into two meals. 3 to 4 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.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
Which dog breed is more prone to obesity? Flat-Coated Retriever vs German Shepherd vs Rottweiler weight gain potential comparison:
Average to High.
Low to Average.
High: The Rottweiler breed has a strong tendency to overweight.
Weather & Climate
Which dog is best for hot or cold weather: Flat-Coated Retriever vs German Shepherd vs Rottweiler?
Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Flat-Coated Retriever can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Tolerates warm and cold weather. Prefers average to warm weather conditions
Stinkiness
Which dog breed smells least? Which dog smells most? Which is best, Flat-Coated Retriever vs German Shepherd vs Rottweiler?
Medium
The Flat-Coated Retriever has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The German Shepherd has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Rottweiler has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
Which dog drools the most? Which dog drools the least?
The Flat-Coated Retriever is a perfect example for low drooling tendency.
The German Shepherd is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
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.

Flat-Coated Retriever vs German Shepherd vs Rottweiler Reproducibility Comparison

Gestation Length 60-64 days 60-64 days 60-64 days
Litter Frequency 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
How many puppies can Flat-Coated Retriever and German Shepherd and Rottweiler have?
4-8 puppies 6-10 puppies 8-12 puppies

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