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

"Find similarities and differences between German Shepherd vs Doberman Pinscher vs Akita" Compare German Shepherd and Doberman Pinscher. Which is better: German Shepherd or Doberman Pinscher or Akita?
Name German Shepherd Doberman Pinscher Akita
OriginsGermany Germany Japan
Group Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs) Working Dogs Working Dogs
Popularity Rank21647
Reviews111
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Other Names Alsatian, Berger Allemand, Alsatian wolf dog (UK), Deutscher Schäferhund, Schäferhund Dobie, Dobermann, Dobynm, Doberman Great Japanese Dog, Japanese Akita, American Akita
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 1972 as a Working 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 Spitz and primitive types group, in the Asian Spitz and 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 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. North American Purebred Registry, Inc. American Canine Association, Inc. Continental Kennel Club National Kennel Club
Price $800-$2000 $800-$1000 $800-$1200

General Appearance - German Shepherd vs Doberman Pinscher vs Akita

Size Large Medium Large
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: 75-120 pounds (34-54 kg), Female: 75-110 pounds (34-50 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: 97.5 pounds (44 kg), Female: 92.5 pounds (42 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: 26-28 inches (66-71 cm), Female: 24-26 inches (61-66 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: 27 inches (68.5 cm), Female: 25 inches (63.5 cm)

Hair & Care - German Shepherd vs Doberman Pinscher vs Akita

Coat Fuzzy Fine Fluffy Dense Waterproof Straight
Colors Silver Tan Red Black Blue Red Tan Brown White Black Red Fawn White Black Brown
Grooming
Average: The German Shepherd requires average grooming effort.
Easy to groom: The Doberman Pinscher doesn't require a lot of grooming.
Easy to groom: The Akita doesn't require a lot of grooming.
Shedding Level
German Shepherds are heavy shedders.
Doberman Pinschers shed moderately.
Akitas are heavy shedders.

Characteristics - German Shepherd vs Doberman Pinscher vs Akita

Temperament Alert Courageous Intelligent Obedient Confident Curious Loyal Watchful Alert Fearless Loyal Energetic Intelligent Obedient Alert Dignified Friendly Responsive Courageous Docile Intelligent Vigilant Independent Faithful Willing Protective
Intelligent Rank
Outstanding: German Shepherd is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Outstanding: Doberman Pinscher is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Average: Akita's has average obedience intelligence.
Trainability
German Shepherds are easy to train.
Doberman Pinschers are quite easy to train.
Akitas are easy to train.
Playfulness
German Shepherds, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Doberman Pinschers, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Akitas, like any other dog breed, like playing.
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.
Akitas don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
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.
Akitas are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
German Shepherds need for social interaction is average.
Doberman Pinschers need for social interaction is average.
Akitas need for social interaction is average.
Barking
Low to Average: The German Shepherd rarely barks.
Low to Average: The Doberman Pinscher rarely barks.
Low: The Akita barks none to minimal.
Watchdog Ability
German Shepherds are one of the best watchdogs.
Doberman Pinschers are one of the best watchdogs.
Akitas are one of the best watchdogs.
Territorial
German Shepherds are extremely protective guard dogs.
Doberman Pinschers are extremely protective guard dogs.
Akitas 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.
Moderate
The Akita has an average 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.
Akitas have an average 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 Akita 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.
Akitas have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
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.
Akitas are very apartment-friendly dogs.
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.
Akitas 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.
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
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 - German Shepherd vs Doberman Pinscher vs Akita

Stranger Friendly
German Shepherds are stranger friendly dogs.
Doberman Pinschers are not stranger friendly dogs.
Akitas are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
German Shepherds are very kid-friendly dogs.
Doberman Pinschers are average friendly dogs towards children.
Akitas are kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
German Shepherds are average friendly towards cats.
Doberman Pinschers are average friendly towards cats.
Akitas are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
German Shepherds are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
Doberman Pinschers are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
Akitas are average friendly towards other dogs.
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
Akita 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.
Akitas are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
German Shepherds are generally with other pets.
Doberman Pinschers are generally with other pets.
Akitas are generally with other pets.
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.
No
Akitas are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn 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.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a 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
Akita 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 Akita

Health Issues
German Shepherds are commonly healthy dogs.
Doberman Pinschers are commonly healthy dogs.
The Akita is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
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 Bloat Hip Dysplasia Hypothyroidism Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Sebaceous Adenitis
Life Expectancy 10-13 years 10-12 years 10-14 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
German Shepherds are high energy dogs.
Doberman Pinschers have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Akitas have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Exercise Need
German Shepherds need quite a lot of exercise.
Doberman Pinschers need quite a lot of exercise.
Akitas 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.
Akitas are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
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. Recommended daily amount: 3 to 5 cups of high-quality dry food a day.
Weight Gain Potential
Low to Average.
Average.
Average to High.
Weather & Climate Tolerates warm and cold weather. Prefers warm weather Prefers cold weather
The Akita can adapt well to harsh weather conditions, and also can be a good mountain dog.
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 Akita 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 Akita is a big drooler, so if you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, you should choose a dog from another breed.

Reproducibility - German Shepherd vs Doberman Pinscher vs Akita

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 3-12 puppies

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