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Labrador Retriever vs American Pit Bull Terrier vs Doberman Pinscher – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Labrador Retriever vs American Pit Bull Terrier vs Doberman Pinscher" Compare Labrador Retriever and American Pit Bull Terrier. Which is better: Labrador Retriever or American Pit Bull Terrier or Doberman Pinscher?
Name Labrador Retriever American Pit Bull Terrier Doberman Pinscher
OriginsEngland Canada United States Germany
Group Gun Dog Hunting Dogs Working Dogs
Popularity Rank133616
Reviews331
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Other Names Labrador, Lab APBT, Pit Bull, Pitty, Pit, Pitbull Dobie, Dobermann, Dobynm, Doberman
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1917 as a Sporting breed. Not recognized by the American Kennel Club. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1908 as a Working breed.
FCI Group 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 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 Canadian Canine Registry 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 New Zealand Kennel Club United Kennel Club Canadian Canine Registry
Price $1000-$2000 $500-$700 $800-$1000

General Appearance - Labrador Retriever vs American Pit Bull Terrier vs Doberman Pinscher

Size Large Medium Medium
Weight Male: 60-75 pounds (27-34kg), Female: 55-70 pounds (25-32 kg) 22-78 pounds (10-35 kg) Male: 88-99 pounds (40-45 kg), Female: 71-77 pounds (32-35 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 67.5 pounds (30.5 kg), Female: 62.5 pounds (28.5 kg) 50 pounds (22.5 kg) Male: 93.5 pounds (42.5 kg), Female: 74 pounds (33.5 kg)
Height Male: 22-24 inches (56-61cm), Female: 21-23 inches (53-58 cm) 14-24 inches (35-60 cm) Male: 26-28 inches (66-71cm), Female: 24-26 inches (61-66 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 23 inches (58.5 cm), Female: 22 inches (55.5 cm) 19 inches (47.5 cm) Male: 27 inches (68.5 cm), Female: 25 inches (63.5 cm)

Hair & Care - Labrador Retriever vs American Pit Bull Terrier vs Doberman Pinscher

Coat Dense Waterproof Hard Short Fine Fine
Colors Yellow Chocolate Black Blue Gray White Tan Brown Red Yellow Black Blue Red Tan Brown White Black
Grooming
Effortless: The Labrador Retriever requires minimal grooming.
Effortless: The American Pit Bull Terrier requires minimal grooming.
Easy to groom: The Doberman Pinscher doesn't require a lot of grooming.
Shedding Level
Labrador Retrievers shed moderately.
American Pit Bull Terriers shed moderately.
Doberman Pinschers shed moderately.

Characteristics - Labrador Retriever vs American Pit Bull Terrier vs Doberman Pinscher

Temperament Affectionate Cheerful Friendly Intelligent Loyal Playful Social Alert Energetic Gentle Loving Going Responsive Affectionate Clownish Friendly Loyal Strong Willed Aggressive Courageous Intelligent Obedient Stubborn Alert Fearless Loyal Energetic Intelligent Obedient
Intelligent Rank
Outstanding: Labrador Retriever is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Average: American Pit Bull Terrier's has average obedience intelligence.
Outstanding: Doberman Pinscher is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Trainability
Labrador Retrievers are very easy to train.
American Pit Bull Terriers are easy to train.
Doberman Pinschers are quite easy to train.
Playfulness
The Labrador Retriever is a highly playful breed.
The American Pit Bull Terrier is a playful breed.
Doberman Pinschers, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Sensitivity Level
Labrador Retrievers 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
Labrador Retrievers may seem unfriendly sometimes due to their independence.
American Pit Bull Terriers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Doberman Pinschers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Labrador Retrievers need a lot of social interaction.
American Pit Bull Terriers are a social breed.
Doberman Pinschers need for social interaction is average.
Barking
Average: The Labrador Retriever barks occasionally.
Average: The American Pit Bull Terrier barks occasionally.
Low to Average: The Doberman Pinscher rarely barks.
Watchdog Ability
Labrador Retrievers are average watchdogs.
American Pit Bull Terriers are average watchdogs.
Doberman Pinschers are one of the best watchdogs.
Territorial
Labrador Retrievers are average defenders.
American Pit Bull Terriers are average defenders.
Doberman Pinschers are extremely protective guard dogs.
Biting Potential Moderate
The Labrador Retriever has an average chance of biting somebody.
High
The American Pit Bull Terrier has a high chance of biting somebody.
Moderate
The Doberman Pinscher has an average chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Labrador 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.
Doberman Pinschers have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Labrador Retrievers have average wanderlust potential.
Wanderlust potential of the American Pit Bull Terrier is strong enough to escape from home.
Doberman Pinschers tend to escape less than other breeds.
Prey Drive
Labrador Retrievers have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
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.
Doberman Pinschers don't have an impulse to catch or chase small animals.
Apartment Friendly
Labrador Retrievers are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
American Pit Bull Terriers are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Doberman Pinschers are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Labrador 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.
Doberman Pinschers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Labrador 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.
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
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.

Good With - Labrador Retriever vs American Pit Bull Terrier vs Doberman Pinscher

Stranger Friendly
Labrador Retrievers are very stranger friendly dogs.
American Pit Bull Terriers are average friendly towards strangers.
Doberman Pinschers are not stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Labrador Retrievers are very kid-friendly dogs.
American Pit Bull Terriers are kid-friendly dogs.
Doberman Pinschers are average friendly dogs towards children.
Cat Friendly
Labrador Retrievers are cat-friendly dogs.
American Pit Bull Terriers are not cat-friendly dogs.
Doberman Pinschers are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Labrador Retrievers are very dog-friendly dogs.
American Pit Bull Terriers are not dog-friendly.
Doberman Pinschers are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
Labrador Retriever is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
American Pit Bull Terrier is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Doberman Pinscher is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Labrador Retrievers are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
American Pit Bull Terriers are usually recommended for elderly people.
Doberman Pinschers are commonly okay with elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Labrador Retrievers are usually friendly towards other pets.
American Pit Bull Terriers do best when they’re the only pet at the family.
Doberman Pinschers are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners No
Labrador Retrievers are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
American Pit Bull Terriers 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.
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.
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 Yes
Labrador 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
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.

Health Factors - Labrador Retriever vs American Pit Bull Terrier vs Doberman Pinscher

Health Issues
The Labrador Retriever is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
American Pit Bull Terriers tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
Doberman Pinschers are commonly healthy dogs.
Health Problems Acute Moist Dermatitis Bloat Cataracts Cold Tail Ear Infections Elbow Dysplasia Epilepsy Hip Dysplasia Myopathy Osteochondrosis Dissecans Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Tricuspid Valve Dysplasia Demodectic Mange Hip Dysplasia Skin Allergies Cardiomyopathy Hip Dysplasia Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Von Willebrand's Disease Wobbler's Syndrome
Life Expectancy 10-12 years 10-14 years 10-12 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
Labrador Retrievers are high energy dogs.
American Pit Bull Terriers have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Doberman Pinschers have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Exercise Need
Labrador Retrievers need a lot of exercises.
American Pit Bull Terriers have an average exercise need.
Doberman Pinschers need quite a lot of exercise.
Sleeping Need
Labrador 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.
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 Recommended daily amount: 2.5 to 3 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. 5 to 6 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
High: The Labrador Retriever breed has a strong tendency to overweight.
Average.
Average.
Weather & Climate Tolerates warm and cold weather. Prefers average to warm weather conditions Prefers warm weather
Stinkiness High
The Labrador Retriever has a high chance of bad smell.
Medium
The American Pit Bull Terrier has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Doberman Pinscher has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Labrador Retriever is an average drooler.
The American Pit Bull Terrier 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.

Reproducibility - Labrador Retriever vs American Pit Bull Terrier vs Doberman Pinscher

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 5-10 puppies 5-8 puppies 6-10 puppies

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