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

"Find similarities and differences between German Shepherd vs Doberman Pinscher vs Airedale Terrier" Compare German Shepherd and Doberman Pinscher. Which is better: German Shepherd or Doberman Pinscher or Airedale Terrier?
Name German Shepherd Doberman Pinscher Airedale Terrier
OriginsGermany Germany England
Group Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs) Working Dogs Hunting Dogs
Popularity Rank21655
Reviews430
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Other Names Alsatian, Berger Allemand, Alsatian wolf dog (UK), Deutscher Schäferhund, Schäferhund Dobie, Dobermann, Dobynm, Doberman Waterside Terrier, Bingley Terrier, Irish Red Terrier
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1908 as a Herding breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1908 as a Working breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1888 as a Terrier breed.
FCI Group 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 Pinscher and Schnauzer type section. Recognized by FCI in the Terriers group, in the Large and medium sized Terriers 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 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 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
Price $800-$2000 $800-$1000 $600-$800

General Appearance - German Shepherd vs Doberman Pinscher vs Airedale Terrier

Size Large Medium Medium
Weight Male: 66-88 pounds (30-40 kg), Female: 49-71 pounds (22-32 kg) Male: 88-99 pounds (40-45 kg), Female: 71-77 pounds (32-35 kg) Male: 50-65 pounds (23-29 kg), Female: 40-45 pounds (18-20 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 77 pounds (35 kg), Female: 60 pounds (27 kg) Male: 93.5 pounds (42.5 kg), Female: 74 pounds (33.5 kg) Male: 57.5 pounds (26 kg), Female: 42.5 pounds (19 kg)
Height Male: 24-26 inches (60-65 cm), Female: 22-24 inches (55-60 cm) Male: 26-28 inches (66-71cm), Female: 24-26 inches (61-66 cm) Male: 22-24 inches (56-61 cm), Female: 22-23 inches (56-58 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 25 inches (62.5 cm), Female: 23 inches (57.5 cm) Male: 27 inches (68.5 cm), Female: 25 inches (63.5 cm) Male: 23 inches (58.5 cm), Female: 22.5 inches (57 cm)

Hair & Care - German Shepherd vs Doberman Pinscher vs Airedale Terrier

Coat Fuzzy Fine Wiry Dense Rough
Colors Silver Tan Red Black Blue Red Tan Brown White Black Tan Grizzle Black
Grooming
Average: The German Shepherd requires average grooming effort.
Easy to groom: The Doberman Pinscher doesn't require a lot of grooming.
Advanced: The Airedale Terrier requires a lot of grooming.
Shedding Level
German Shepherds are heavy shedders.
Doberman Pinschers shed moderately.
Airedale Terriers are low shedders.

Characteristics - German Shepherd vs Doberman Pinscher vs Airedale Terrier

Temperament Alert Courageous Intelligent Obedient Confident Curious Loyal Watchful Alert Fearless Loyal Energetic Intelligent Obedient Alert Courageous Intelligent Confident Friendly Outgoing Adaptable Brave Playful Energetic Balanced Obedient Loyal
Intelligent Rank
Outstanding: German Shepherd is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Outstanding: Doberman Pinscher is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Smart: Airedale Terrier's has great intelligence.
Trainability
German Shepherds are easy to train.
Doberman Pinschers are quite easy to train.
Airedale Terriers are very easy to train.
Playfulness
German Shepherds, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Doberman Pinschers, like any other dog breed, like playing.
The Airedale Terrier is a highly playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
German Shepherds don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Doberman Pinschers don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Airedale Terriers have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
Affection Level
German Shepherds are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Doberman Pinschers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Airedale Terriers are highly affectionate dogs.
Social Needs
German Shepherds need for social interaction is average.
Doberman Pinschers need for social interaction is average.
Airedale Terriers are a social breed.
Barking
Low to Average: The German Shepherd rarely barks.
Low to Average: The Doberman Pinscher rarely barks.
Average: The Airedale Terrier barks occasionally.
Watchdog Ability
German Shepherds are one of the best watchdogs.
Doberman Pinschers are one of the best watchdogs.
Airedale Terriers are good watchdogs.
Territorial
German Shepherds are extremely protective guard dogs.
Doberman Pinschers are extremely protective guard dogs.
Airedale Terriers are extremely protective guard dogs.
Biting Potential High
The German Shepherd has a high chance of biting somebody.
Moderate
The Doberman Pinscher has an average chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Airedale Terrier has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
German Shepherds have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Doberman Pinschers have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Airedale Terriers have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
German Shepherds are not the biggest explorers.
Doberman Pinschers tend to escape less than other breeds.
Wanderlust potential of the Airedale Terrier is strong enough to escape from home.
Prey Drive
German Shepherds have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Doberman Pinschers don't have an impulse to catch or chase small animals.
Airedale Terriers have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
Apartment Friendly
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.
Doberman Pinschers are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Airedale Terriers 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
German Shepherds adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Doberman Pinschers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Airedale Terriers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all 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.
Airedale Terriers 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.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With - German Shepherd vs Doberman Pinscher vs Airedale Terrier

Stranger Friendly
German Shepherds are stranger friendly dogs.
Doberman Pinschers are not stranger friendly dogs.
Airedale Terriers are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
German Shepherds are very kid-friendly dogs.
Doberman Pinschers are average friendly dogs towards children.
Airedale Terriers are kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
German Shepherds are average friendly towards cats.
Doberman Pinschers are average friendly towards cats.
Airedale Terriers are not cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
German Shepherds are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
Doberman Pinschers are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
Airedale Terriers are not dog-friendly.
Office Friendly No
German Shepherd is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Doberman Pinscher is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Airedale Terrier is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
German Shepherds are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Doberman Pinschers are commonly okay with elderly people.
Airedale Terriers are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
German Shepherds are generally with other pets.
Doberman Pinschers are generally with other pets.
Airedale Terriers do best when they’re the only pet at the family.
Good For First Time Owners No
German Shepherds are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Doberman Pinschers are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Yes
Airedale Terriers are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Service Dog Yes
This breed makes good as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Therapy Dog Yes
This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Yes
This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog 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.
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) 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.
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
German Shepherd breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Doberman Pinscher breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Airedale Terrier 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 - German Shepherd vs Doberman Pinscher vs Airedale Terrier

Health Issues
German Shepherds are commonly healthy dogs.
Doberman Pinschers are commonly healthy dogs.
Airedale Terriers tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
Health Problems 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 Cardiomyopathy Hip Dysplasia Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Von Willebrand's Disease Wobbler's Syndrome Allergies Cancer Hip Dysplasia Hypothyroidism Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Umbilical Hernias Von Willebrand's Disease
Life Expectancy 10-13 years 10-12 years 10-13 years
Hypoallergenic No No Yes
Energy Level
German Shepherds are high energy dogs.
Doberman Pinschers have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Airedale Terriers are high energy dogs.
Exercise Need
German Shepherds need quite a lot of exercise.
Doberman Pinschers need quite a lot of exercise.
Airedale Terriers need quite a lot of exercise.
Sleeping Need
German Shepherds don't need too much sleep.
Doberman Pinschers sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Airedale Terriers don't need too much sleep.
Avg. daily food consumption 3 to 4 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 5 to 6 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 1.5 to 2.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Low to Average.
Average.
Average to High.
Weather & Climate Tolerates warm and cold weather. Prefers warm weather Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness Medium
The German Shepherd has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Doberman Pinscher has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Airedale Terrier has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The German Shepherd is a perfect example for very low 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 Airedale Terrier is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - German Shepherd vs Doberman Pinscher vs Airedale Terrier

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 7-9 puppies

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