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German Shorthaired Pointer vs Doberman Pinscher vs Labrador Retriever – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between German Shorthaired Pointer vs Doberman Pinscher vs Labrador Retriever" Compare German Shorthaired Pointer and Doberman Pinscher. Which is better: German Shorthaired Pointer or Doberman Pinscher or Labrador Retriever?
Name German Shorthaired Pointer Doberman Pinscher Labrador Retriever
OriginsGermany Germany England Canada
Group Gun Dog Working Dogs Gun Dog
Popularity Rank10161
Reviews233
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Other Names Deutsch Kurzhaar, Kurzhaar, GSP, DK, Deutscher Kurzhaariger Vorstehhund Dobie, Dobermann, Dobynm, Doberman Labrador, Lab
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1930 as a Sporting breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1908 as a Working breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1917 as a Sporting breed.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Pointing Dogs group, in the Continental Pointing Dogs 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 Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs group, in the Retrievers section.
Breed Recognition American Kennel Club Canadian Kennel Club Federation Cynologique Internationale Kennel Club of Great Britain Australian National Kennel Council 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 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
Price $600-$800 $800-$1000 $1000-$2000

General Appearance - German Shorthaired Pointer vs Doberman Pinscher vs Labrador Retriever

Size Large Medium Medium Large
Weight Male: 55-70 pounds (25-32 kg), Female: 45-60 pounds (20-27 kg) Male: 88-99 pounds (40-45 kg), Female: 71-77 pounds (32-35 kg) Male: 60-75 pounds (27-34kg), Female: 55-70 pounds (25-32 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 62.5 pounds (28.5 kg), Female: 52.5 pounds (23.5 kg) Male: 93.5 pounds (42.5 kg), Female: 74 pounds (33.5 kg) Male: 67.5 pounds (30.5 kg), Female: 62.5 pounds (28.5 kg)
Height Male: 23-25 inches (59-64 cm), Female: 21-23 inches (53-58 cm) Male: 26-28 inches (66-71cm), Female: 24-26 inches (61-66 cm) Male: 22-24 inches (56-61cm), Female: 21-23 inches (53-58 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 24 inches (61.5 cm), Female: 22 inches (55.5 cm) Male: 27 inches (68.5 cm), Female: 25 inches (63.5 cm) Male: 23 inches (58.5 cm), Female: 22 inches (55.5 cm)

Hair & Care - German Shorthaired Pointer vs Doberman Pinscher vs Labrador Retriever

Coat Dense Fine Dense Waterproof Hard Short
Colors Roan Liver White Black Blue Red Tan Brown White Black Yellow Chocolate Black
Grooming
Effortless: The German Shorthaired Pointer requires minimal grooming.
Easy to groom: The Doberman Pinscher doesn't require a lot of grooming.
Effortless: The Labrador Retriever requires minimal grooming.
Shedding Level
German Shorthaired Pointers shed moderately.
Doberman Pinschers shed moderately.
Labrador Retrievers shed moderately.

Characteristics - German Shorthaired Pointer vs Doberman Pinscher vs Labrador Retriever

Temperament Affectionate Bold Intelligent Boisterous Cooperative Trainable Alert Fearless Loyal Energetic Intelligent Obedient Affectionate Cheerful Friendly Intelligent Loyal Playful Social Alert Energetic Gentle Loving Going Responsive
Intelligent Rank
Very smart: German Shorthaired Pointer is an excellent dog breed.
Outstanding: Doberman Pinscher is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Outstanding: Labrador Retriever is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Trainability
German Shorthaired Pointers are very easy to train.
Doberman Pinschers are quite easy to train.
Labrador Retrievers are very easy to train.
Playfulness
The German Shorthaired Pointer is a highly playful breed.
Doberman Pinschers, like any other dog breed, like playing.
The Labrador Retriever is a highly playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
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.
Labrador Retrievers don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Affection Level
German Shorthaired Pointers are highly affectionate dogs.
Doberman Pinschers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Labrador Retrievers may seem unfriendly sometimes due to their independence.
Social Needs
German Shorthaired Pointers need for social interaction is average.
Doberman Pinschers need for social interaction is average.
Labrador Retrievers need a lot of social interaction.
Barking
Average: The German Shorthaired Pointer barks occasionally.
Low to Average: The Doberman Pinscher rarely barks.
Average: The Labrador Retriever barks occasionally.
Watchdog Ability
German Shorthaired Pointers are average watchdogs.
Doberman Pinschers are one of the best watchdogs.
Labrador Retrievers are average watchdogs.
Territorial
German Shorthaired Pointers are average defenders.
Doberman Pinschers are extremely protective guard dogs.
Labrador Retrievers are average defenders.
Biting Potential Low
The German Shorthaired Pointer has a low chance of biting somebody.
Moderate
The Doberman Pinscher has an average chance of biting somebody.
Moderate
The Labrador Retriever has an average chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
German Shorthaired Pointers have a higher than 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.
Labrador Retrievers have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
German Shorthaired Pointers have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
Doberman Pinschers tend to escape less than other breeds.
Labrador Retrievers have average wanderlust potential.
Prey Drive
German Shorthaired Pointers have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
Doberman Pinschers don't have an impulse to catch or chase small animals.
Labrador Retrievers have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Apartment Friendly
German Shorthaired Pointers are not apartment-friendly dogs.
Doberman Pinschers are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Labrador Retrievers are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Adaptability
German Shorthaired Pointers adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
Doberman Pinschers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Labrador Retrievers 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.
Labrador Retrievers 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.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With - German Shorthaired Pointer vs Doberman Pinscher vs Labrador Retriever

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

Health Issues
German Shorthaired Pointers are commonly healthy dogs.
Doberman Pinschers are commonly healthy dogs.
The Labrador Retriever is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems Gastric Torsion Hypothyroidism Canine Hip Dysplasia (CHD) Osteochondrosis Dissecans Von Willebrand's Disease Entropion Pannus Lymphedema Cardiomyopathy Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Cardiomyopathy Hip Dysplasia Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Von Willebrand's Disease Wobbler's Syndrome Acute Moist Dermatitis Bloat Cataracts Cold Tail Ear Infections Elbow Dysplasia Epilepsy Hip Dysplasia Myopathy Osteochondrosis Dissecans Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Tricuspid Valve Dysplasia
Life Expectancy 12-14 years 10-12 years 10-12 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
German Shorthaired Pointers are high energy dogs.
Doberman Pinschers have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Labrador Retrievers are high energy dogs.
Exercise Need
German Shorthaired Pointers need a lot of exercises.
Doberman Pinschers need quite a lot of exercise.
Labrador Retrievers need a lot of exercises.
Sleeping Need
German Shorthaired Pointers 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.
Labrador Retrievers 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. Recommended daily amount: 2.5 to 3 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Average.
Average.
High: The Labrador Retriever breed has a strong tendency to overweight.
Weather & Climate Prefers average to warm weather conditions Prefers warm weather Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness Medium
The German Shorthaired Pointer has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Doberman Pinscher has an average chance of bad smell.
High
The Labrador Retriever has a high chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The German Shorthaired Pointer is a perfect example for 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 Labrador Retriever is an average drooler.

Reproducibility - German Shorthaired Pointer vs Doberman Pinscher vs Labrador Retriever

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 7-12 puppies 6-10 puppies 5-10 puppies

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