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Great Dane vs Doberman Pinscher vs Dalmatian – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Great Dane vs Doberman Pinscher vs Dalmatian" Compare Great Dane and Doberman Pinscher. Which is better: Great Dane or Doberman Pinscher or Dalmatian?
Name Great Dane Doberman Pinscher Dalmatian
OriginsGermany Germany Croatia
Group Working Dogs Working Dogs Companion Dogs
Popularity Rank141663
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Other Names Dane, Gentle Giant, Deutsche Dogge, German Mastiff, Apollo of Dogs Dobie, Dobermann, Dobynm, Doberman Dal, Dally, Carriage Dog, Spotted Coach Dog, Firehouse Dog, Plum Pudding Dog
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1887 as a Working breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1908 as a Working breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1888 as a Non-Sporting breed.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattledogs group, in the Molossian type 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 Scent hounds and related breeds group, in the 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 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 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
Price $800-$1200 $800-$1000 $500-$600

General Appearance - Great Dane vs Doberman Pinscher vs Dalmatian

Size Giant Medium Large
Weight Male: 120-200 pounds (54-90 kg), Female: 100-130 pounds (45-59 kg) Male: 88-99 pounds (40-45 kg), Female: 71-77 pounds (32-35 kg) about 55 pounds (25 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 160 pounds (72 kg), Female: 115 pounds (52 kg) Male: 93.5 pounds (42.5 kg), Female: 74 pounds (33.5 kg) about 55 pounds (25 kg)
Height Male: 30-34 inches (76-86 cm), Female: 28-32 inches (71-81 cm) Male: 26-28 inches (66-71cm), Female: 24-26 inches (61-66 cm) Male: 22 - 24 inches (50 – 60 cm), Female: 20 - 22 inches (50 - 55 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 32 inches (81 cm), Female: 30 inches (76 cm) Male: 27 inches (68.5 cm), Female: 25 inches (63.5 cm) Male: 22 - 24 inches (50 – 60 cm), Female: 20 - 22 inches (50 - 55 cm)

Hair & Care - Great Dane vs Doberman Pinscher vs Dalmatian

Coat Dense Fine Fine
Colors Blue Fawn White Brindle Merle Black Blue Red Tan Brown White Black White Liver Brown Black
Grooming
Effortless: The Great Dane requires minimal grooming.
Easy to groom: The Doberman Pinscher doesn't require a lot of grooming.
Effortless: The Dalmatian requires minimal grooming.
Shedding Level
Great Danes shed moderately.
Doberman Pinschers shed moderately.
Dalmatians are heavy shedders.

Characteristics - Great Dane vs Doberman Pinscher vs Dalmatian

Temperament Friendly Devoted Gentle Reserved Confident Intelligent Loving Alert Fearless Loyal Energetic Intelligent Obedient Active Friendly Outgoing Sensitive Energetic Intelligent Playful
Intelligent Rank
Smart: Great Dane's has great intelligence.
Outstanding: Doberman Pinscher is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Smart: Dalmatian's has great intelligence.
Trainability
Great Danes are quite easy to train.
Doberman Pinschers are quite easy to train.
Dalmatians are quite easy to train.
Playfulness
Great Danes are not the most playful dog breed.
Doberman Pinschers, like any other dog breed, like playing.
The Dalmatian is a highly playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
Great Danes 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
Great Danes are average dogs regarding their affection level.
Doberman Pinschers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Dalmatians are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Great Danes are a social breed.
Doberman Pinschers need for social interaction is average.
Dalmatians need a lot of social interaction.
Barking
Low to Average: The Great Dane rarely barks.
Low to Average: The Doberman Pinscher rarely barks.
Average: The Dalmatian barks occasionally.
Watchdog Ability
Great Danes are one of the best watchdogs.
Doberman Pinschers are one of the best watchdogs.
Dalmatians are average watchdogs.
Territorial
Great Danes are extremely protective guard dogs.
Doberman Pinschers are extremely protective guard dogs.
Dalmatians are average defenders.
Biting Potential Low
The Great Dane has a low chance of biting somebody.
Moderate
The Doberman Pinscher has an average chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Dalmatian has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Great Danes 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.
Dalmatians have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Great Danes have average wanderlust potential.
Doberman Pinschers tend to escape less than other breeds.
Wanderlust potential of the Dalmatian is strong enough to escape from home.
Prey Drive
Great Danes 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.
Doberman Pinschers don't have an impulse to catch or chase small animals.
Dalmatians have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Apartment Friendly
Great Danes are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Doberman Pinschers are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Dalmatians are not apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Great Danes adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Doberman Pinschers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Dalmatians adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Great Danes 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.
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
Dalmatians tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Fighting Dog Yes
In history, this breed was unfortunately 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 - Great Dane vs Doberman Pinscher vs Dalmatian

Stranger Friendly
Great Danes are average friendly towards strangers.
Doberman Pinschers are not stranger friendly dogs.
Dalmatians are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Great Danes are kid-friendly dogs.
Doberman Pinschers are average friendly dogs towards children.
Dalmatians are very kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Great Danes are average friendly towards cats.
Doberman Pinschers are average friendly towards cats.
Dalmatians are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Great Danes are average friendly towards other dogs.
Doberman Pinschers are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
Dalmatians are very dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
Great Dane is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Doberman Pinscher is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Dalmatian is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Great Danes are usually recommended for elderly people.
Doberman Pinschers are commonly okay with elderly people.
Dalmatians are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Great Danes are generally with other pets.
Doberman Pinschers are generally with other pets.
Dalmatians are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners No
Great Danes 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
Dalmatians 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 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 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.
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) 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.
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
Great Dane breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Doberman Pinscher breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Dalmatian breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog Yes
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 - Great Dane vs Doberman Pinscher vs Dalmatian

Health Issues
Great Danes are commonly healthy dogs.
Doberman Pinschers are commonly healthy dogs.
Dalmatians are commonly healthy dogs.
Health Problems Bloat Cancer Dilated Cardiomyopathy Hip Dysplasia Mitral Valve Disease Patent Ductus Arteriosis Persistent Right Aortic Arch Subvalvular Aortic Stenosis Tricuspid Valve Dysplasia Cardiomyopathy Hip Dysplasia Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Von Willebrand's Disease Wobbler's Syndrome Allergies Deafness Hip Dysplasia Iris Sphincter Dysplasia Skin Allergies Urolithiasis
Life Expectancy 7-10 years 10-12 years 12-14 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
Great Danes are high energy dogs.
Doberman Pinschers have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Dalmatians are high energy dogs.
Exercise Need
Great Danes exercise need is minimal.
Doberman Pinschers need quite a lot of exercise.
Dalmatians need a lot of exercises.
Sleeping Need
Great Danes 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.
Dalmatians don't need too much sleep.
Avg. daily food consumption 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. Recommended daily amount: 1.5 to 2 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Low to Average.
Average.
Average to High.
Weather & Climate Prefers average to warm weather conditions Prefers warm weather Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness Medium
The Great Dane has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Doberman Pinscher has an average chance of bad smell.
Low
The Dalmatian has a low chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Great Dane 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 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 Dalmatian is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Great Dane vs Doberman Pinscher vs Dalmatian

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 10-15 puppies 6-10 puppies 6-9 puppies

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