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Great Dane vs Rhodesian Ridgeback vs German Shorthaired Pointer – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Great Dane vs Rhodesian Ridgeback vs German Shorthaired Pointer" Compare Great Dane and Rhodesian Ridgeback. Which is better: Great Dane or Rhodesian Ridgeback or German Shorthaired Pointer?
Name Great Dane Rhodesian Ridgeback German Shorthaired Pointer
OriginsGermany Zimbabwe Germany
Group Working Dogs Hunting Dogs Gun Dog
Popularity Rank144110
Reviews132
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Other Names Dane, Gentle Giant, Deutsche Dogge, German Mastiff, Apollo of Dogs African Lion Dog, African Lion Hound Deutsch Kurzhaar, Kurzhaar, GSP, DK, Deutscher Kurzhaariger Vorstehhund
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 1955 as a Hound breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1930 as a 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 Scent hounds and related breeds group, in the Related breeds section. Recognized by FCI in the Pointing Dogs group, in the Continental Pointing Dogs 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 National Kennel Club New Zealand Kennel Club Rhodesian Ridgeback Club Of The US 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
Price $800-$1200 $900-$1200 $600-$800

General Appearance - Great Dane vs Rhodesian Ridgeback vs German Shorthaired Pointer

Size Giant Large Large Medium
Weight Male: 120-200 pounds (54-90 kg), Female: 100-130 pounds (45-59 kg) Male: 80-90 pounds (36-41 kg), Female: 65-75 pounds (29-34 kg) Male: 55-70 pounds (25-32 kg), Female: 45-60 pounds (20-27 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 160 pounds (72 kg), Female: 115 pounds (52 kg) Male: 85 pounds (38.5 kg), Female: 70 pounds (31.5 kg) Male: 62.5 pounds (28.5 kg), Female: 52.5 pounds (23.5 kg)
Height Male: 30-34 inches (76-86 cm), Female: 28-32 inches (71-81 cm) Male: 25-27 inches (63-69 cm), Female: 24-26 inches (61-66 cm) Male: 23-25 inches (59-64 cm), Female: 21-23 inches (53-58 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 32 inches (81 cm), Female: 30 inches (76 cm) Male: 26 inches (66 cm), Female: 25 inches (63.5 cm) Male: 24 inches (61.5 cm), Female: 22 inches (55.5 cm)

Hair & Care - Great Dane vs Rhodesian Ridgeback vs German Shorthaired Pointer

Coat Dense Dense Dense
Colors Blue Fawn White Brindle Merle Black Golden Red White Gray Wheaten Roan Liver White Black
Grooming
Effortless: The Great Dane requires minimal grooming.
Effortless: The Rhodesian Ridgeback requires minimal grooming.
Effortless: The German Shorthaired Pointer requires minimal grooming.
Shedding Level
Great Danes shed moderately.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks shed none to minimal.
German Shorthaired Pointers shed moderately.

Characteristics - Great Dane vs Rhodesian Ridgeback vs German Shorthaired Pointer

Temperament Friendly Devoted Gentle Reserved Confident Intelligent Loving Dignified Loyal Sensitive Intelligent Mischievous Strong Willed Affectionate Bold Intelligent Boisterous Cooperative Trainable
Intelligent Rank
Smart: Great Dane's has great intelligence.
Average: Rhodesian Ridgeback's has average obedience intelligence.
Very smart: German Shorthaired Pointer is an excellent dog breed.
Trainability
Great Danes are quite easy to train.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are quite easy to train.
German Shorthaired Pointers are very easy to train.
Playfulness
Great Danes are not the most playful dog breed.
The Rhodesian Ridgeback is a playful breed.
The German Shorthaired Pointer is a highly playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
Great Danes don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Affection Level
Great Danes are average dogs regarding their affection level.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
German Shorthaired Pointers are highly affectionate dogs.
Social Needs
Great Danes are a social breed.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are a social breed.
German Shorthaired Pointers need for social interaction is average.
Barking
Low to Average: The Great Dane rarely barks.
Low to Average: The Rhodesian Ridgeback rarely barks.
Average: The German Shorthaired Pointer barks occasionally.
Watchdog Ability
Great Danes are one of the best watchdogs.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are average watchdogs.
German Shorthaired Pointers are average watchdogs.
Territorial
Great Danes are extremely protective guard dogs.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks strongly protect their territory.
German Shorthaired Pointers are average defenders.
Biting Potential Low
The Great Dane has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Rhodesian Ridgeback has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The German Shorthaired Pointer has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Great Danes have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
German Shorthaired Pointers have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Great Danes have average wanderlust potential.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
German Shorthaired Pointers have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
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.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
German Shorthaired Pointers have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
Apartment Friendly
Great Danes are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are not the best choice for an apartment lifestyle, but they don't mind being inside if you walk them several times every day.
German Shorthaired Pointers are not apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Great Danes adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
German Shorthaired Pointers adapt well to lifestyle changes and different 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.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks 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.
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 Rhodesian Ridgeback vs German Shorthaired Pointer

Stranger Friendly
Great Danes are average friendly towards strangers.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
German Shorthaired Pointers are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Great Danes are kid-friendly dogs.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are very kid-friendly dogs.
German Shorthaired Pointers are kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Great Danes are average friendly towards cats.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
German Shorthaired Pointers are not cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Great Danes are average friendly towards other dogs.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
German Shorthaired Pointers are dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
Great Dane is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Rhodesian Ridgeback is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
German Shorthaired Pointer is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Great Danes are usually recommended for elderly people.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
German Shorthaired Pointers are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Great Danes are generally with other pets.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks usually don’t get on well with other pets.
German Shorthaired Pointers do best when they’re the only pet at the family.
Good For First Time Owners No
Great Danes are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
German Shorthaired Pointers 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.
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 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.
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) 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.
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
Great Dane breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Rhodesian Ridgeback breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
German Shorthaired Pointer 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 Rhodesian Ridgeback vs German Shorthaired Pointer

Health Issues
Great Danes are commonly healthy dogs.
The Rhodesian Ridgeback is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
German Shorthaired Pointers 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 Dermoid Sinus Elbow Dysplasia Hip Dysplasia Gastric Torsion Hypothyroidism Canine Hip Dysplasia (CHD) Osteochondrosis Dissecans Von Willebrand's Disease Entropion Pannus Lymphedema Cardiomyopathy Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Life Expectancy 7-10 years 10-12 years 12-14 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
Great Danes are high energy dogs.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
German Shorthaired Pointers are high energy dogs.
Exercise Need
Great Danes exercise need is minimal.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks need quite a lot of exercise.
German Shorthaired Pointers need a lot of exercises.
Sleeping Need
Great Danes don't need too much sleep.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
German Shorthaired Pointers 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 Recommended daily amount: 2 3/4 to 4 3/8 cups of a high-quality daily, divided into two meals. 3 to 4 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Low to Average.
Average.
Average.
Weather & Climate Prefers average to warm weather conditions Tolerates warm and cold weather. Prefers average to warm weather conditions
Stinkiness Medium
The Great Dane has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Rhodesian Ridgeback has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The German Shorthaired Pointer has an average 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 Rhodesian Ridgeback is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The German Shorthaired Pointer is a perfect example for low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Great Dane vs Rhodesian Ridgeback vs German Shorthaired Pointer

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 6-8 puppies 7-12 puppies

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