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Golden Retriever vs American Pit Bull Terrier vs Rottweiler Comparison - Dog breed selector: Yellow Retriever or APBT or Rottie? Find the right dog for you

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Name Golden Retriever American Pit Bull Terrier Rottweiler
OriginsScotland United States Germany
Group Gun Dog Hunting Dogs Working Dogs
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Other Names
What other names do they have?
Yellow Retriever, Golden Flat Coat APBT, Pit Bull, Pitty, Pit, Pitbull Rottie, Rott
Breed Type
Which dog is purebred or crossbreed? Golden Retriever vs American Pit Bull Terrier vs Rottweiler breed type comparison:
Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group
Which dog is recognized by the AKC?
Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1925 as a Sporting breed. Not recognized by the American Kennel Club. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1931 as a Working breed.
FCI Group
Which dog is recognized by the FCI?
Recognized by FCI in the Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs group, in the Retrievers section. Not recognized by FCI. Recognized by FCI in the Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattledogs group, in the Molossian type section.
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
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
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
Colonial Rottweiler Club
Deutscher Rottweiler Klub
International Rottweiler Club
Price
Which is cheaper, Golden Retriever or American Pit Bull Terrier or Rottweiler? Which is more expensive?
$1000-$2000 No data available $1200-$2000
Availability
Very frequent
Average
Very frequent

Golden Retriever vs American Pit Bull Terrier vs Rottweiler General Appearance & Basic Info Comparison

Size
Which is bigger, Golden Retriever or American Pit Bull Terrier or Rottweiler? Golden Retriever vs American Pit Bull Terrier vs Rottweiler size comparison:
Large Medium Large
Giant
Weight
Which is heavier, Golden Retriever or American Pit Bull Terrier or American Pit Bull Terrier? Golden Retriever vs American Pit Bull Terrier vs Rottweiler weight comparison:
Male: 60-80 pounds (27-36 kg), Female: 55-70 pounds (25-32 kg) 22-78 pounds (10-35 kg) Male: 95-130 pounds (43-59 kg), Female: 85-115 pounds (38-52 kg)
Avg. Weight
Which dog has a smaller / higher average weight?
Male: 70 pounds (31.5 kg), Female: 62.5 pounds (28.5 kg) 50 pounds (22.5 kg) Male: 112.5 pounds (51 kg), Female: 100 pounds (45 kg)
Height
Which is taller, Golden Retriever or American Pit Bull Terrier or Rottweiler? Golden Retriever vs American Pit Bull Terrier vs Rottweiler height comparison:
Male: 22-24 inches (56-61cm), Female: 20-22 inches (51-56 cm) 14-24 inches (35-60 cm) Male: 24-27 inches (61-69 cm), Female: 22-25 inches (56-63 cm)
Avg. Height
Which dog has a smaller / higher average height?
Male: 23 inches (58.5 cm), Female: 21 inches (53.5 cm) 19 inches (47.5 cm) Male: 25.5 inches (65 cm), Female: 23.5 inches (59.5 cm)

Golden Retriever vs American Pit Bull Terrier vs Rottweiler Hair & Care Comparison

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat/fur do they have? Golden Retriever vs American Pit Bull Terrier vs Rottweiler coat comparison:
Silky
Wavy
Shiny
Straight
Fine Dense
Colors
What are the original Golden Retriever, American Pit Bull Terrier and Rottweiler color?
Golden
Light
Blue
Gray
White
Tan
Brown
Red
Yellow
Black
Mahogany
Tan
Rust
Black
Grooming
Which is easy to maintain, Golden Retriever or American Pit Bull Terrier or Rottweiler? Golden Retriever vs American Pit Bull Terrier vs Rottweiler grooming comparison:
Average: The Golden Retriever requires average grooming effort.
Effortless: The American Pit Bull Terrier requires minimal grooming.
Effortless: The Rottweiler requires minimal grooming.
Shedding Level
Who sheds more Golden Retriever or American Pit Bull Terrier or Rottweiler? Golden Retriever or American Pit Bull Terrier or {name3 shedding:
Golden Retrievers shed moderately.
American Pit Bull Terriers shed moderately.
Rottweilers shed moderately.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
Which dog should be bathed more: Golden Retriever or American Pit Bull Terrier or Rottweiler?
2-3 weeks
Frequent.
3-4 weeks
More often than average.
4-6 weeks
Average.

Golden Retriever vs American Pit Bull Terrier vs Rottweiler Characteristics Comparison

Temperament
Which one has a better personality? Which is a better family dog, Golden Retriever or American Pit Bull Terrier or Rottweiler? Golden Retriever vs American Pit Bull Terrier vs Rottweiler behavior/temperament comparison:
Confident
Intelligent
Reliable
Friendly
Kind
Trustworthy
Affectionate
Clownish
Friendly
Loyal
Strong
Willed
Aggressive
Courageous
Intelligent
Obedient
Stubborn
Alert
Fearless
Independent
Loyal
Courageous
Good-natured
Intelligent
Protective
Intelligent Rank
Which is the smarter dog? Which is best? Golden Retriever vs American Pit Bull Terrier vs Rottweiler intelligence:
Outstanding: Golden Retriever is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Átlagos: Átlagos intelligenciájú American Pit Bull Terrier.
Outstanding: Rottweiler is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Trainability
Golden Retriever vs American Pit Bull Terrier vs Rottweiler trainability comparison.
Golden Retrievers are easy to train.
American Pit Bull Terriers are easy to train.
Rottweilers are easy to train.
Playfulness
Golden Retriever vs American Pit Bull Terrier vs Rottweiler playfulness comparison:
The Golden Retriever is a highly playful breed.
The American Pit Bull Terrier is a playful breed.
Rottweilers, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Sensitivity Level
Which dog is more sensitive? What's the difference?
Golden Retrievers have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Affection Level
Which is the more affectionate dog breed: Golden Retriever vs American Pit Bull Terrier vs Rottweiler?
Golden Retrievers 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.
Rottweilers are average dogs regarding their affection level.
Social Needs
Golden Retriever vs American Pit Bull Terrier vs Rottweiler social needs comparison:
Golden Retrievers need a lot of social interaction.
American Pit Bull Terriers are a social breed.
Rottweilers need a lot of social interaction.
Barking
Which dog barks more/less: Golden Retriever vs American Pit Bull Terrier vs Rottweiler?
Low to Average: The Golden Retriever rarely barks.
Average: The American Pit Bull Terrier barks occasionally.
Low: The Rottweiler barks none to minimal.
Watchdog Ability
Which is the better watchdog: Golden Retriever or American Pit Bull Terrier or Rottweiler?
Golden Retrievers are average watchdogs.
American Pit Bull Terriers are average watchdogs.
Rottweilers are one of the best watchdogs.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Which dog is most likely to protect its owner? Which is the best dog to use for protection?
Golden Retrievers are average defenders.
American Pit Bull Terriers are average defenders.
Rottweilers are extremely protective guard dogs.
Biting Potential
Which breed of dog is most likely to bite? Biting potential comparison:
Moderate
The Golden Retriever has an average chance of biting somebody.
High
The American Pit Bull Terrier has a high chance of biting somebody.
High
The Rottweiler has a high chance of biting somebody.
Bite Force
Which bite is stronger: Golden Retriever or American Pit Bull Terrier or Rottweiler?
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? Golden Retriever vs American Pit Bull Terrier vs Rottweiler mouthiness comparison:
Golden Retrievers have a strong 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.
Rottweilers have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Which dog has a greater roaming instinct?
Golden Retrievers tend to escape less than other breeds.
Wanderlust potential of the American Pit Bull Terrier is strong enough to escape from home.
Rottweilers tend to escape less than other breeds.
Prey Drive
Which dog has a higher prey drive? Which can be better for hunting?
Golden Retrievers 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.
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.
Rottweilers have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Apartment Friendly
Which dog is more apartment friendly Golden Retriever or American Pit Bull Terrier or Rottweiler?
Nem ajánlott lakásban tartani Golden Retriever kutyafajtát.
Nem ajánlott lakásban tartani American Pit Bull Terrier kutyafajtát.
Nem a legjobb választás Rottweiler, ha lakásban szeretnéd tartani, ugyanakkor alapos lemozgatással, napi többszöri sétával tolerálják a benti körülményeket is, így megoldható Rottweiler tartása lakásban.
Adaptability
Which dog has a higher adaptability potential? Which is the better dog?
Golden Retrievers 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.
Rottweilers adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Which dog can be left alone: Golden Retriever or American Pit Bull Terrier or Rottweiler?
Golden Retrievers tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
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.
Rottweilers 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.
Yes
In history, this breed was unfortunately used for combat dog.

Golden Retriever vs American Pit Bull Terrier vs Rottweiler Good With Comparison

Stranger Friendly
Which dog is more stranger friendly Golden Retriever or American Pit Bull Terrier or Rottweiler? Which dog is more friendly?
Golden Retrievers are very stranger friendly dogs.
American Pit Bull Terriers are average friendly towards strangers.
Rottweilers are not stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Which dog is more child/kid friendly Golden Retriever or American Pit Bull Terrier or Rottweiler?
Golden Retrievers are very kid-friendly dogs.
American Pit Bull Terriers are kid-friendly dogs.
Rottweilers are not the most kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Which dog is more cat friendly Golden Retriever or American Pit Bull Terrier or Rottweiler?
Golden Retrievers are cat-friendly dogs.
American Pit Bull Terriers are not cat-friendly dogs.
Rottweilers are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Which dog is more dog friendly Golden Retriever or American Pit Bull Terrier or Rottweiler?
Golden Retrievers are very dog-friendly dogs.
American Pit Bull Terriers are not dog-friendly.
Rottweilers are not dog-friendly.
Good For First Time Owners
Which dog is good for the first-time owners: Golden Retriever vs American Pit Bull Terrier vs Rottweiler?
Yes
Golden Retrievers are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
No
American Pit Bull Terriers are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Rottweilers 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.
Yes
This breed makes good as a service dog.
Therapy Dog
Which one could be a therapy dog: Golden Retriever or American Pit Bull Terrier or Rottweiler? Which is better for autism?
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
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.
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.
Office Friendly
Which one fits better in the office?
Yes
Golden Retriever is one of the best dog breeds for office environment
No
American Pit Bull Terrier is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Rottweiler 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?
Golden Retrievers are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
American Pit Bull Terriers are usually recommended for elderly people.
Rottweilers are not the best breed for elderly people.
Boat Dog
Which one could be a boat dog: Golden Retriever vs American Pit Bull Terrier vs Rottweiler?
Yes
Golden Retriever breed usually likes being on a boat.
Not really
American Pit Bull Terrier breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Rottweiler breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Pet Friendly
Which dog breeds get along well with other animals/pets?
Golden Retrievers are usually friendly towards other pets.
American Pit Bull Terriers do best when they’re the only pet at the family.
Rottweilers are generally with other pets.
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.
Yes
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.

Golden Retriever vs American Pit Bull Terrier vs Rottweiler Health Factors Comparison

Health Issues
Golden Retriever vs American Pit Bull Terrier vs Rottweiler health comparison. Which is the healthier: Golden Retriever vs American Pit Bull Terrier vs Rottweiler?
Golden Retrievers are commonly healthy dogs.
American Pit Bull Terriers tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
The Rottweiler is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems
Which one has more or less genetic/health problems: Golden Retriever vs American Pit Bull Terrier vs Rottweiler? What are the allergies, genetic diseases and concerns for them? Golden Retriever vs American Pit Bull Terrier vs Rottweiler health problems comparison:
Allergies
Bloat
Cataracts
Elbow Dysplasia
Epilepsy
Hemangiosarcoma
Hip Dysplasia
Hypothyroidism
Osteochondrosis Dissecans
Osteosarcoma
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Subvalvular Aortic Stenosis
Von Willebrand's Disease
Demodectic Mange
Hip Dysplasia
Skin Allergies
Allergies
Aortic Stenosis
Bloat
Elbow Dysplasia
Hip Dysplasia
Hypothyroidism
Osteosarcoma
Panosteitis
Subvalvular Aortic Stenosis
Veterinarian Visits
Which one may need more or less veterinary visits?
Rare
The Golden Retriever 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.
Average
The Rottweiler should have a complete physical check-up at least once per year.
Life Expectancy
Golden Retriever vs American Pit Bull Terrier vs Rottweiler lifespan comparison. How long do Golden Retriever, American Pit Bull Terrier and Rottweiler breeds live? Which one has a longer lifespan/life expectancy?
10-12 years 10-14 years 8-11 years
Hypoallergenic
Golden Retriever vs American Pit Bull Terrier vs Rottweiler hypoallergenic comparison. Which dog is hypoallergenic or not?
No No No
Energy Level
Who has more energy a Golden Retriever or American Pit Bull Terrier or Rottweiler? Golden Retriever vs American Pit Bull Terrier vs Rottweiler energy level comparison:
Golden Retrievers are high energy dogs.
American Pit Bull Terriers have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Rottweilers have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
Golden Retriever vs American Pit Bull Terrier vs Rottweiler exercise need comparison. Which dog needs more activity? Which dog needs the most exercise: Golden Retriever or American Pit Bull Terrier or Rottweiler? Which dog needs the most walking? Which dog is the laziest?
Golden Retrievers need a lot of exercises.
American Pit Bull Terriers have an average exercise need.
Rottweilers have an average exercise need.
Sleeping Need
Which one sleeps the least/most: Golden Retriever or American Pit Bull Terrier or Rottweiler?
Golden Retrievers don't need too much sleep.
American Pit Bull Terriers are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Rottweilers are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Avg. daily food consumption
Which dog eats more: Golden Retriever or American Pit Bull Terrier or Rottweiler?
3 to 4 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. Recommended daily amount: 4 to 10 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? Golden Retriever vs American Pit Bull Terrier vs Rottweiler weight gain potential comparison:
High: The Golden Retriever breed has a strong tendency to overweight.
Average.
High: The Rottweiler breed has a strong tendency to overweight.
Weather & Climate
Which dog is best for hot or cold weather: Golden Retriever vs American Pit Bull Terrier vs Rottweiler?
Tolerates warm and cold weather. Prefers average to warm weather conditions Prefers average to warm weather conditions
Stinkiness
Which dog breed smells least? Which dog smells most? Which is best, Golden Retriever vs American Pit Bull Terrier vs Rottweiler?
Medium
The Golden Retriever has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The American Pit Bull Terrier has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Rottweiler has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
Which dog drools the most? Which dog drools the least?
The Golden Retriever 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.
The Rottweiler drools quite a lot, so if you dislike being covered by slobber spots on your clothes, you may want to choose another dog breed.

Golden Retriever vs American Pit Bull Terrier vs Rottweiler 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 Golden Retriever and American Pit Bull Terrier and Rottweiler have?
5-10 puppies 5-8 puppies 8-12 puppies

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