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

"Find similarities and differences between Labrador Retriever vs Doberman Pinscher vs Rottweiler" Compare Labrador Retriever and Doberman Pinscher. Which is better: Labrador Retriever or Doberman Pinscher or Rottweiler?
Name Labrador Retriever Doberman Pinscher Rottweiler
OriginsEngland Canada Germany Germany
Group Gun Dog Working Dogs Working Dogs
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Other Names Labrador, Lab Dobie, Dobermann, Dobynm, Doberman Rottie, Rott
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1917 as a Sporting breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1908 as a Working breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1931 as a Working breed.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs group, in the Retrievers 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 Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattledogs group, in the Molossian 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 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 Colonial Rottweiler Club Deutscher Rottweiler Klub International Rottweiler Club
Price $1000-$2000 $800-$1000 $1200-$2000

General Appearance - Labrador Retriever vs Doberman Pinscher vs Rottweiler

Size Large Medium Large Giant
Weight Male: 60-75 pounds (27-34kg), Female: 55-70 pounds (25-32 kg) Male: 88-99 pounds (40-45 kg), Female: 71-77 pounds (32-35 kg) Male: 95-130 pounds (43-59 kg), Female: 85-115 pounds (38-52 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 67.5 pounds (30.5 kg), Female: 62.5 pounds (28.5 kg) Male: 93.5 pounds (42.5 kg), Female: 74 pounds (33.5 kg) Male: 112.5 pounds (51 kg), Female: 100 pounds (45 kg)
Height Male: 22-24 inches (56-61cm), Female: 21-23 inches (53-58 cm) Male: 26-28 inches (66-71cm), Female: 24-26 inches (61-66 cm) Male: 24-27 inches (61-69 cm), Female: 22-25 inches (56-63 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 23 inches (58.5 cm), Female: 22 inches (55.5 cm) Male: 27 inches (68.5 cm), Female: 25 inches (63.5 cm) Male: 25.5 inches (65 cm), Female: 23.5 inches (59.5 cm)

Hair & Care - Labrador Retriever vs Doberman Pinscher vs Rottweiler

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

Characteristics - Labrador Retriever vs Doberman Pinscher vs Rottweiler

Temperament Affectionate Cheerful Friendly Intelligent Loyal Playful Social Alert Energetic Gentle Loving Going Responsive Alert Fearless Loyal Energetic Intelligent Obedient Alert Fearless Independent Loyal Courageous Good-natured Intelligent Protective
Intelligent Rank
Outstanding: Labrador Retriever is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Outstanding: Doberman Pinscher is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Outstanding: Rottweiler is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Trainability
Labrador Retrievers are very easy to train.
Doberman Pinschers are quite easy to train.
Rottweilers are easy to train.
Playfulness
The Labrador Retriever is a highly playful breed.
Doberman Pinschers, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Rottweilers, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Sensitivity Level
Labrador Retrievers 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
Labrador Retrievers may seem unfriendly sometimes due to their independence.
Doberman Pinschers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Rottweilers are average dogs regarding their affection level.
Social Needs
Labrador Retrievers need a lot of social interaction.
Doberman Pinschers need for social interaction is average.
Rottweilers need a lot of social interaction.
Barking
Average: The Labrador Retriever barks occasionally.
Low to Average: The Doberman Pinscher rarely barks.
Low: The Rottweiler barks none to minimal.
Watchdog Ability
Labrador Retrievers are average watchdogs.
Doberman Pinschers are one of the best watchdogs.
Rottweilers are one of the best watchdogs.
Territorial
Labrador Retrievers are average defenders.
Doberman Pinschers are extremely protective guard dogs.
Rottweilers are extremely protective guard dogs.
Biting Potential Moderate
The Labrador Retriever has an average chance of biting somebody.
Moderate
The Doberman Pinscher has an average chance of biting somebody.
High
The Rottweiler has a high chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Labrador Retrievers 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.
Rottweilers have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Labrador Retrievers have average wanderlust potential.
Doberman Pinschers tend to escape less than other breeds.
Rottweilers 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.
Doberman Pinschers don't have an impulse to catch or chase small animals.
Rottweilers have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Apartment Friendly
Labrador Retrievers are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Doberman Pinschers are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Rottweilers are not the best choice for an apartment lifestyle, but they don't mind being inside if you walk them several times every day.
Adaptability
Labrador Retrievers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Doberman Pinschers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Rottweilers adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
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.
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
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.

Good With - Labrador Retriever vs Doberman Pinscher vs Rottweiler

Stranger Friendly
Labrador Retrievers are very stranger friendly dogs.
Doberman Pinschers are not stranger friendly dogs.
Rottweilers are not stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Labrador Retrievers are very kid-friendly dogs.
Doberman Pinschers are average friendly dogs towards children.
Rottweilers are not the most kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Labrador Retrievers are cat-friendly dogs.
Doberman Pinschers are average friendly towards cats.
Rottweilers are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Labrador Retrievers are very dog-friendly dogs.
Doberman Pinschers are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
Rottweilers are not dog-friendly.
Office Friendly No
Labrador Retriever is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Doberman Pinscher is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Rottweiler is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Labrador Retrievers are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Doberman Pinschers are commonly okay with elderly people.
Rottweilers are not the best breed for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Labrador Retrievers are usually friendly towards other pets.
Doberman Pinschers are generally with other pets.
Rottweilers 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
Doberman Pinschers 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 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 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 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.
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
Doberman Pinscher breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Rottweiler 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.
Yes
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.

Health Factors - Labrador Retriever vs Doberman Pinscher vs Rottweiler

Health Issues
The Labrador Retriever is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Doberman Pinschers are commonly healthy dogs.
The Rottweiler is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
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 Cardiomyopathy Hip Dysplasia Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Von Willebrand's Disease Wobbler's Syndrome Allergies Aortic Stenosis Bloat Elbow Dysplasia Hip Dysplasia Hypothyroidism Osteosarcoma Panosteitis Subvalvular Aortic Stenosis
Life Expectancy 10-12 years 10-12 years 8-11 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
Labrador Retrievers are high energy dogs.
Doberman Pinschers have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Rottweilers have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Exercise Need
Labrador Retrievers need a lot of exercises.
Doberman Pinschers need quite a lot of exercise.
Rottweilers have an average exercise need.
Sleeping Need
Labrador Retrievers 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.
Rottweilers are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Avg. daily food consumption Recommended daily amount: 2.5 to 3 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: 4 to 10 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.
High: The Rottweiler breed has a strong tendency to overweight.
Weather & Climate Tolerates warm and cold weather. Prefers warm weather Prefers average to warm weather conditions
Stinkiness High
The Labrador Retriever has a high chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Doberman Pinscher has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Rottweiler has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Labrador Retriever is an average drooler.
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 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.

Reproducibility - Labrador Retriever vs Doberman Pinscher vs Rottweiler

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 6-10 puppies 8-12 puppies

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