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German Shepherd vs Doberman Pinscher vs American Pit Bull Terrier Comparison - Dog breed selector: Alsatian or Dobie or APBT? Find the right dog for you

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Name German Shepherd Doberman Pinscher American Pit Bull Terrier
OriginsGermany Germany United States
Group Pastoral / Herding Dogs Working Dogs Hunting Dogs
Popularity Rank216336
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Other Names
What other names do they have?
Alsatian, Berger Allemand, Alsatian wolf dog (UK), Deutscher Schäferhund, Schäferhund Dobie, Dobermann, Dobynm, Doberman APBT, Pit Bull, Pitty, Pit, Pitbull
Breed Type
Which dog is purebred or crossbreed? German Shepherd vs Doberman Pinscher vs American Pit Bull Terrier breed type comparison:
Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group
Which dog is recognized by the AKC?
Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1908 as a Herding breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1908 as a Working breed. Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Which dog is recognized by the FCI?
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. Not recognized by FCI.
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
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
Dog Registry of America Inc.
North American Purebred Registry, Inc.
American Canine Association, Inc.
Continental Kennel Club
National Kennel Club
United Kennel Club
Backwoods Bulldog Club
Price
Which is cheaper, German Shepherd or Doberman Pinscher or American Pit Bull Terrier? Which is more expensive?
$800-$2000 $800-$1000 No data available
Availability
Very frequent
Very frequent
Average

German Shepherd vs Doberman Pinscher vs American Pit Bull Terrier General Appearance & Basic Info Comparison

Size
Which is bigger, German Shepherd or Doberman Pinscher or American Pit Bull Terrier? German Shepherd vs Doberman Pinscher vs American Pit Bull Terrier size comparison:
Large Medium Medium
Weight
Which is heavier, German Shepherd or Doberman Pinscher or Doberman Pinscher? German Shepherd vs Doberman Pinscher vs American Pit Bull Terrier weight comparison:
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) 22-78 pounds (10-35 kg)
Avg. Weight
Which dog has a smaller / higher average weight?
Male: 77 pounds (35 kg), Female: 60 pounds (27 kg) Male: 93.5 pounds (42.5 kg), Female: 74 pounds (33.5 kg) 50 pounds (22.5 kg)
Height
Which is taller, German Shepherd or Doberman Pinscher or American Pit Bull Terrier? German Shepherd vs Doberman Pinscher vs American Pit Bull Terrier height comparison:
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) 14-24 inches (35-60 cm)
Avg. Height
Which dog has a smaller / higher average 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) 19 inches (47.5 cm)

German Shepherd vs Doberman Pinscher vs American Pit Bull Terrier Hair & Care Comparison

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat/fur do they have? German Shepherd vs Doberman Pinscher vs American Pit Bull Terrier coat comparison:
Fuzzy Fine Fine
Colors
What are the original German Shepherd, Doberman Pinscher and American Pit Bull Terrier color?
Silver
Tan
Red
Black
Blue
Red
Tan
Brown
White
Black
Blue
Gray
White
Tan
Brown
Red
Yellow
Black
Grooming
Which is easy to maintain, German Shepherd or Doberman Pinscher or American Pit Bull Terrier? German Shepherd vs Doberman Pinscher vs American Pit Bull Terrier grooming comparison:
Average: The German Shepherd requires average grooming effort.
Easy to groom: The Doberman Pinscher doesn't require a lot of grooming.
Effortless: The American Pit Bull Terrier requires minimal grooming.
Shedding Level
Who sheds more German Shepherd or Doberman Pinscher or American Pit Bull Terrier? German Shepherd or Doberman Pinscher or {name3 shedding:
German Shepherds are heavy shedders.
Doberman Pinschers shed moderately.
American Pit Bull Terriers shed moderately.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
Which dog should be bathed more: German Shepherd or Doberman Pinscher or American Pit Bull Terrier?
8-12 weeks
Very rarely.
3-4 weeks
More often than average.
3-4 weeks
More often than average.

German Shepherd vs Doberman Pinscher vs American Pit Bull Terrier Characteristics Comparison

Temperament
Which one has a better personality? Which is a better family dog, German Shepherd or Doberman Pinscher or American Pit Bull Terrier? German Shepherd vs Doberman Pinscher vs American Pit Bull Terrier behavior/temperament comparison:
Alert
Courageous
Intelligent
Obedient
Confident
Curious
Loyal
Watchful
Alert
Fearless
Loyal
Energetic
Intelligent
Obedient
Affectionate
Clownish
Friendly
Loyal
Strong
Willed
Aggressive
Courageous
Intelligent
Obedient
Stubborn
Intelligent Rank
Which is the smarter dog? Which is best? German Shepherd vs Doberman Pinscher vs American Pit Bull Terrier intelligence:
Outstanding: German Shepherd is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Outstanding: Doberman Pinscher is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Átlagos: Átlagos intelligenciájú American Pit Bull Terrier.
Trainability
German Shepherd vs Doberman Pinscher vs American Pit Bull Terrier trainability comparison.
German Shepherds are easy to train.
Doberman Pinschers are quite easy to train.
American Pit Bull Terriers are easy to train.
Playfulness
German Shepherd vs Doberman Pinscher vs American Pit Bull Terrier playfulness comparison:
German Shepherds, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Doberman Pinschers, like any other dog breed, like playing.
The American Pit Bull Terrier is a playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
Which dog is more sensitive? What's the difference?
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.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Affection Level
Which is the more affectionate dog breed: German Shepherd vs Doberman Pinscher vs American Pit Bull Terrier?
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.
American Pit Bull Terriers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
German Shepherd vs Doberman Pinscher vs American Pit Bull Terrier social needs comparison:
German Shepherds need for social interaction is average.
Doberman Pinschers need for social interaction is average.
American Pit Bull Terriers are a social breed.
Barking
Which dog barks more/less: German Shepherd vs Doberman Pinscher vs American Pit Bull Terrier?
Low to Average: The German Shepherd rarely barks.
Low to Average: The Doberman Pinscher rarely barks.
Average: The American Pit Bull Terrier barks occasionally.
Watchdog Ability
Which is the better watchdog: German Shepherd or Doberman Pinscher or American Pit Bull Terrier?
German Shepherds are one of the best watchdogs.
Doberman Pinschers are one of the best watchdogs.
American Pit Bull Terriers are average watchdogs.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Which dog is most likely to protect its owner? Which is the best dog to use for protection?
German Shepherds are extremely protective guard dogs.
Doberman Pinschers are extremely protective guard dogs.
American Pit Bull Terriers are average defenders.
Biting Potential
Which breed of dog is most likely to bite? Biting potential comparison:
High
The German Shepherd has a high chance of biting somebody.
Moderate
The Doberman Pinscher has an average chance of biting somebody.
High
The American Pit Bull Terrier has a high chance of biting somebody.
Bite Force
Which bite is stronger: German Shepherd or Doberman Pinscher or American Pit Bull Terrier?
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? German Shepherd vs Doberman Pinscher vs American Pit Bull Terrier mouthiness comparison:
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.
American Pit Bull Terriers have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Which dog has a greater roaming instinct?
German Shepherds are not the biggest explorers.
Doberman Pinschers tend to escape less than other breeds.
Wanderlust potential of the American Pit Bull Terrier is strong enough to escape from home.
Prey Drive
Which dog has a higher prey drive? Which can be better for hunting?
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.
American Pit Bull Terriers 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
Which dog is more apartment friendly German Shepherd or Doberman Pinscher or American Pit Bull Terrier?
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.
Kimondottan lakásbarát kutya Doberman Pinscher fajta.
Nem ajánlott lakásban tartani American Pit Bull Terrier kutyafajtát.
Adaptability
Which dog has a higher adaptability potential? Which is the better dog?
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.
American Pit Bull Terriers adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Which dog can be left alone: German Shepherd or Doberman Pinscher or American Pit Bull Terrier?
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.
American Pit Bull 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.
Yes
In history, this breed was unfortunately used for combat dog.

German Shepherd vs Doberman Pinscher vs American Pit Bull Terrier Good With Comparison

Stranger Friendly
Which dog is more stranger friendly German Shepherd or Doberman Pinscher or American Pit Bull Terrier? Which dog is more friendly?
German Shepherds are stranger friendly dogs.
Doberman Pinschers are not stranger friendly dogs.
American Pit Bull Terriers are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Which dog is more child/kid friendly German Shepherd or Doberman Pinscher or American Pit Bull Terrier?
German Shepherds are very kid-friendly dogs.
Doberman Pinschers are average friendly dogs towards children.
American Pit Bull Terriers are kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Which dog is more cat friendly German Shepherd or Doberman Pinscher or American Pit Bull Terrier?
German Shepherds are average friendly towards cats.
Doberman Pinschers are average friendly towards cats.
American Pit Bull Terriers are not cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Which dog is more dog friendly German Shepherd or Doberman Pinscher or American Pit Bull Terrier?
German Shepherds are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
Doberman Pinschers are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
American Pit Bull Terriers are not dog-friendly.
Good For First Time Owners
Which dog is good for the first-time owners: German Shepherd vs Doberman Pinscher vs American Pit Bull Terrier?
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
American Pit Bull Terriers are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog
Which one could be a 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
Which one could be a therapy dog: German Shepherd or Doberman Pinscher or American Pit Bull Terrier? Which is better for autism?
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
Which one could be a detection/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.
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.
Office Friendly
Which one fits better in the office?
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
American Pit Bull Terrier is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Which one could be a search and rescue dog?
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.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Which dog is good for elderly people?
German Shepherds are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Doberman Pinschers are commonly okay with elderly people.
American Pit Bull Terriers are usually recommended for elderly people.
Boat Dog
Which one could be a boat dog: German Shepherd vs Doberman Pinscher vs American Pit Bull Terrier?
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
American Pit Bull Terrier breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Pet Friendly
Which dog breeds get along well with other animals/pets?
German Shepherds are generally with other pets.
Doberman Pinschers are generally with other pets.
American Pit Bull Terriers do best when they’re the only pet at the family.
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.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.

German Shepherd vs Doberman Pinscher vs American Pit Bull Terrier Health Factors Comparison

Health Issues
German Shepherd vs Doberman Pinscher vs American Pit Bull Terrier health comparison. Which is the healthier: German Shepherd vs Doberman Pinscher vs American Pit Bull Terrier?
German Shepherds are commonly healthy dogs.
Doberman Pinschers are commonly healthy dogs.
American Pit Bull Terriers tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
Health Problems
Which one has more or less genetic/health problems: German Shepherd vs Doberman Pinscher vs American Pit Bull Terrier? What are the allergies, genetic diseases and concerns for them? German Shepherd vs Doberman Pinscher vs American Pit Bull Terrier health problems comparison:
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
Demodectic Mange
Hip Dysplasia
Skin Allergies
Veterinarian Visits
Which one may need more or less veterinary visits?
Rare
The German Shepherd should have a complete physical check-up at least every 12-18 months (but preferably once per year).
Rare
The Doberman Pinscher should have a complete physical check-up at least every 12-18 months (but preferably once per year).
Frequent
The American Pit Bull Terrier should have a complete physical check-up at least once (but preferably twice) per year.
Life Expectancy
German Shepherd vs Doberman Pinscher vs American Pit Bull Terrier lifespan comparison. How long do German Shepherd, Doberman Pinscher and American Pit Bull Terrier breeds live? Which one has a longer lifespan/life expectancy?
10-13 years 10-12 years 10-14 years
Hypoallergenic
German Shepherd vs Doberman Pinscher vs American Pit Bull Terrier hypoallergenic comparison. Which dog is hypoallergenic or not?
No No No
Energy Level
Who has more energy a German Shepherd or Doberman Pinscher or American Pit Bull Terrier? German Shepherd vs Doberman Pinscher vs American Pit Bull Terrier energy level comparison:
German Shepherds are high energy dogs.
Doberman Pinschers have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
American Pit Bull Terriers have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
German Shepherd vs Doberman Pinscher vs American Pit Bull Terrier exercise need comparison. Which dog needs more activity? Which dog needs the most exercise: German Shepherd or Doberman Pinscher or American Pit Bull Terrier? Which dog needs the most walking? Which dog is the laziest?
German Shepherds need quite a lot of exercise.
Doberman Pinschers need quite a lot of exercise.
American Pit Bull Terriers have an average exercise need.
Sleeping Need
Which one sleeps the least/most: German Shepherd or Doberman Pinscher or American Pit Bull Terrier?
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.
American Pit Bull Terriers are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Avg. daily food consumption
Which dog eats more: German Shepherd or Doberman Pinscher or American Pit Bull Terrier?
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: 1.5 to 2.5 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? German Shepherd vs Doberman Pinscher vs American Pit Bull Terrier weight gain potential comparison:
Low to Average.
Average.
Average.
Weather & Climate
Which dog is best for hot or cold weather: German Shepherd vs Doberman Pinscher vs American Pit Bull Terrier?
Tolerates warm and cold weather. Prefers warm weather Prefers average to warm weather conditions
Stinkiness
Which dog breed smells least? Which dog smells most? Which is best, German Shepherd vs Doberman Pinscher vs American Pit Bull Terrier?
Medium
The German Shepherd has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Doberman Pinscher has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The American Pit Bull Terrier has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
Which dog drools the most? Which dog drools the least?
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 American Pit Bull Terrier is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

German Shepherd vs Doberman Pinscher vs American Pit Bull Terrier 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 German Shepherd and Doberman Pinscher and American Pit Bull Terrier have?
6-10 puppies 6-10 puppies 5-8 puppies

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