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German Shepherd vs Giant Schnauzer vs Doberman Pinscher Comparison - Dog breed selector: Alsatian or Russian Bear Schnauzer or Dobie? Find the right dog for you

"Find similarities and differences between German Shepherd vs Giant Schnauzer vs Doberman Pinscher" Compare German Shepherd and Giant Schnauzer. Which is better: German Shepherd or Giant Schnauzer or Doberman Pinscher?
Name German Shepherd Giant Schnauzer Doberman Pinscher
OriginsGermany Germany Germany
Group Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs) Working Dogs Working Dogs
Popularity Rank28016
Reviews1147
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Other Names Alsatian, Berger Allemand, Alsatian wolf dog (UK), Deutscher Schäferhund, Schäferhund Russian Bear Schnauzer, Munich Schnauzer, Munchener, Riesenschnauzer Dobie, Dobermann, Dobynm, Doberman
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 1930 as a Working breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1908 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 Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattledogs group, in the Pinscher and Schnauzer type 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
National Kennel Club
New Zealand Kennel Club
United Kennel Club
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
Price $800-$2000 $1000-$1500 $800-$1000

German Shepherd vs Giant Schnauzer vs Doberman Pinscher General Appearance Comparison

Size Large Giant Medium
Weight Male: 66-88 pounds (30-40 kg), Female: 49-71 pounds (22-32 kg) Males 60-105 pounds (27-48 kg), Female: 55-75 pounds (25-34 kg) Male: 88-99 pounds (40-45 kg), Female: 71-77 pounds (32-35 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 77 pounds (35 kg), Female: 60 pounds (27 kg) Males 82.5 pounds (37.5 kg), Female: 65 pounds (29.5 kg) Male: 93.5 pounds (42.5 kg), Female: 74 pounds (33.5 kg)
Height Male: 24-26 inches (60-65 cm), Female: 22-24 inches (55-60 cm) Male: 26-28 inches (66-71 cm), Female: 23-26 inches (58-66 cm) Male: 26-28 inches (66-71cm), 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: 24.5 inches (62 cm) Male: 27 inches (68.5 cm), Female: 25 inches (63.5 cm)

German Shepherd vs Giant Schnauzer vs Doberman Pinscher Hair & Care Comparison

Coat Fuzzy Wiry Fine
Colors Silver
Tan
Red
Black
Pepper
Salt
Black
Blue
Red
Tan
Brown
White
Black
Grooming
Average: The German Shepherd requires average grooming effort.
Average: The Giant Schnauzer requires average grooming effort.
Easy to groom: The Doberman Pinscher doesn't require a lot of grooming.
Shedding Level
German Shepherds are heavy shedders.
Giant Schnauzers shed none to minimal.
Doberman Pinschers shed moderately.

German Shepherd vs Giant Schnauzer vs Doberman Pinscher Characteristics Comparison

Temperament Alert
Courageous
Intelligent
Obedient
Confident
Curious
Loyal
Watchful
Dominant
Kind
Powerful
Intelligent
Loyal
Strong
Willed
Alert
Fearless
Loyal
Energetic
Intelligent
Obedient
Intelligent Rank
Outstanding: German Shepherd is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Smart: Giant Schnauzer's has great intelligence.
Outstanding: Doberman Pinscher is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Trainability
German Shepherds are easy to train.
Giant Schnauzers are easy to train.
Doberman Pinschers are quite easy to train.
Playfulness
German Shepherds, like any other dog breed, like playing.
The Giant Schnauzer is a highly playful breed.
Doberman Pinschers, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Sensitivity Level
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.
Doberman Pinschers 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.
Giant Schnauzers are average dogs regarding their affection level.
Doberman Pinschers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
German Shepherds need for social interaction is average.
Giant Schnauzers need for social interaction is average.
Doberman Pinschers need for social interaction is average.
Barking
Low to Average: The German Shepherd rarely barks.
Average: The Giant Schnauzer barks occasionally.
Low to Average: The Doberman Pinscher rarely barks.
Watchdog Ability
German Shepherds are one of the best watchdogs.
Giant Schnauzers are one of the best watchdogs.
Doberman Pinschers are one of the best watchdogs.
Territorial
German Shepherds are extremely protective guard dogs.
Giant Schnauzers are extremely protective guard dogs.
Doberman Pinschers are extremely protective guard dogs.
Biting Potential High
The German Shepherd has a high chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Giant Schnauzer has a low chance of biting somebody.
Moderate
The Doberman Pinscher has an average chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
German Shepherds have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Giant Schnauzers have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Doberman Pinschers have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
German Shepherds are not the biggest explorers.
Wanderlust potential of the Giant Schnauzer is strong enough to escape from home.
Doberman Pinschers tend to escape less than other breeds.
Prey Drive
German Shepherds have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Giant Schnauzers 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.
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.
Giant Schnauzers are not apartment-friendly dogs.
Doberman Pinschers are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
German Shepherds adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Giant Schnauzers adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Doberman Pinschers 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.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Yes
In history, this breed was unfortunately used for combat dog.

German Shepherd vs Giant Schnauzer vs Doberman Pinscher Good With Comparison

Stranger Friendly
German Shepherds are stranger friendly dogs.
Giant Schnauzers are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Doberman Pinschers are not stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
German Shepherds are very kid-friendly dogs.
Giant Schnauzers are not the most kid-friendly dogs.
Doberman Pinschers are average friendly dogs towards children.
Cat Friendly
German Shepherds are average friendly towards cats.
Giant Schnauzers are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
Doberman Pinschers are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
German Shepherds are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
Giant Schnauzers are not dog-friendly.
Doberman Pinschers are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
German Shepherd is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Giant Schnauzer is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Doberman Pinscher is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
German Shepherds are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Giant Schnauzers are not the best breed for elderly people.
Doberman Pinschers are commonly okay with elderly people.
Pet Friendly
German Shepherds are generally with other pets.
Giant Schnauzers usually don’t get on well with other pets.
Doberman Pinschers 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
Giant Schnauzers 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.
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
Giant Schnauzer breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Doberman Pinscher 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.

German Shepherd vs Giant Schnauzer vs Doberman Pinscher Health Factors Comparison

Health Issues
German Shepherds are commonly healthy dogs.
Giant Schnauzers are commonly healthy dogs.
Doberman Pinschers are commonly healthy dogs.
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
Bloat
Cancer
Cataracts
Elbow Dysplasia
Glaucoma
Heart Problems
Hip Dysplasia
Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Retinal Dysplasia
Cardiomyopathy
Hip Dysplasia
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Von Willebrand's Disease
Wobbler's Syndrome
Life Expectancy 10-13 years 10-12 years 10-12 years
Hypoallergenic No Yes No
Energy Level
German Shepherds are high energy dogs.
Giant Schnauzers are high energy dogs.
Doberman Pinschers have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Exercise Need
German Shepherds need quite a lot of exercise.
Giant Schnauzers need a lot of exercises.
Doberman Pinschers need quite a lot of exercise.
Sleeping Need
German Shepherds don't need too much sleep.
Giant Schnauzers 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.
Avg. daily food consumption 3 to 4 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 8 to 10 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.
Weight Gain Potential
Low to Average.
Average.
Average.
Weather & Climate Tolerates warm and cold weather. Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Giant Schnauzer can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Prefers warm weather
Stinkiness Medium
The German Shepherd has an average chance of bad smell.
Low
The Giant Schnauzer has a low chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Doberman Pinscher has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The German Shepherd is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Giant Schnauzer 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.

German Shepherd vs Giant Schnauzer vs Doberman Pinscher Reproducibility Comparison

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 5-8 puppies 6-10 puppies

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