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Rhodesian Ridgeback vs Boxer vs Tibetan Mastiff – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Rhodesian Ridgeback vs Boxer vs Tibetan Mastiff" Compare Rhodesian Ridgeback and Boxer. Which is better: Rhodesian Ridgeback or Boxer or Tibetan Mastiff?
Name Rhodesian Ridgeback Boxer Tibetan Mastiff
OriginsZimbabwe Germany Tibet
Group Hunting Dogs Working Dogs Working Dogs
Popularity Rank4111153
Reviews512
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Other Names African Lion Dog, African Lion Hound German Boxer, Deutscher Boxer Dok-Khyi, Tsang-khyi
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1955 as a Hound breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1904 as a Working breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2006 as a Working breed.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Scent hounds and related breeds group, in the Related breeds section. 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 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
Rhodesian Ridgeback Club Of The US
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
Dog Registry of America Inc.
Federation Cynologique Internationale
Kennel Club of Great Britain
North American Purebred Registry, Inc.
American Canine Association, Inc.
Continental Kennel Club
National Kennel Club
New Zealand Kennel Club
Price $900-$1200 $600-$1200 $2500-$3500

General Appearance - Rhodesian Ridgeback vs Boxer vs Tibetan Mastiff

Size Large Medium Large
Weight Male: 80-90 pounds (36-41 kg), Female: 65-75 pounds (29-34 kg) Male: 60-70 pounds (27-32 kg), Female: 53-65 pounds (24-29 kg) 140-170 pounds (64-78 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 85 pounds (38.5 kg), Female: 70 pounds (31.5 kg) Male: 65 pounds (29.5 kg), Female: 59 pounds (26.5 kg) 155 pounds (71 kg)
Height Male: 25-27 inches (63-69 cm), Female: 24-26 inches (61-66 cm) Male: 22-25 inches (56-63 cm), Female: 21-24 inches (53-61 cm) 25-28 inches (61-71 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 26 inches (66 cm), Female: 25 inches (63.5 cm) Male: 23.5 inches (59.5 cm), Female: 22.5 inches (57 cm) 26.5 inches (66 cm)

Hair & Care - Rhodesian Ridgeback vs Boxer vs Tibetan Mastiff

Coat Dense Waterproof Thick
Hard
Colors Golden
Red
White
Gray
Wheaten
Brindle
White
Fawn
Blue
Gray
Tan
Brown
Red
Black
Grooming
Effortless: The Rhodesian Ridgeback requires minimal grooming.
Effortless: The Boxer requires minimal grooming.
Average: The Tibetan Mastiff requires average grooming effort.
Shedding Level
Rhodesian Ridgebacks shed none to minimal.
Boxers shed moderately.
Tibetan Mastiffs shed moderately.

Characteristics - Rhodesian Ridgeback vs Boxer vs Tibetan Mastiff

Temperament Dignified
Loyal
Sensitive
Intelligent
Mischievous
Strong
Willed
Brave
Confident
Fearless
Intelligent
Playful
Bright
Energetic
Friendly
Loyal
Aloof
Strong
Willed
Courageous
Protective
Stubborn
Loyal
Intelligent Rank
Average: Rhodesian Ridgeback's has average obedience intelligence.
Average: Boxer's has average obedience intelligence.
Average: Tibetan Mastiff's has average obedience intelligence.
Trainability
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are quite easy to train.
Boxers are quite easy to train.
Tibetan Mastiffs are quite easy to train.
Playfulness
The Rhodesian Ridgeback is a playful breed.
The Boxer is a playful breed.
Tibetan Mastiffs, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Sensitivity Level
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Tibetan Mastiffs don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Affection Level
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Boxers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Tibetan Mastiffs are average dogs regarding their affection level.
Social Needs
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are a social breed.
Boxers need a lot of social interaction.
Tibetan Mastiffs need for social interaction is average.
Barking
Low to Average: The Rhodesian Ridgeback rarely barks.
Low to Average: The Boxer rarely barks.
High: The Tibetan Mastiff is a very vocal breed.
Watchdog Ability
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are average watchdogs.
Boxers are one of the best watchdogs.
Tibetan Mastiffs are one of the best watchdogs.
Territorial
Rhodesian Ridgebacks strongly protect their territory.
Boxers are extremely protective guard dogs.
Tibetan Mastiffs are extremely protective guard dogs.
Biting Potential Low
The Rhodesian Ridgeback has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Boxer has a low chance of biting somebody.
High
The Tibetan Mastiff has a high chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Rhodesian Ridgebacks have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Boxers have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Tibetan Mastiffs have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Rhodesian Ridgebacks have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
Boxers have average wanderlust potential.
Tibetan Mastiffs have average wanderlust potential.
Prey Drive
Rhodesian Ridgebacks have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
Boxers 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.
Tibetan Mastiffs 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.
Apartment Friendly
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.
Boxers are apartment-friendly dogs.
Tibetan Mastiffs are not apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Rhodesian Ridgebacks adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
Boxers adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
Tibetan Mastiffs adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
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.
Boxers 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.
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 - Rhodesian Ridgeback vs Boxer vs Tibetan Mastiff

Stranger Friendly
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Boxers are average friendly towards strangers.
Tibetan Mastiffs are not stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are very kid-friendly dogs.
Boxers are kid-friendly dogs.
Tibetan Mastiffs are not the most kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
Boxers are average friendly towards cats.
Tibetan Mastiffs are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
Boxers are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
Tibetan Mastiffs are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
Rhodesian Ridgeback is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Boxer is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Tibetan Mastiff is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Boxers are usually recommended for elderly people.
Tibetan Mastiffs are not the best breed for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Rhodesian Ridgebacks usually don’t get on well with other pets.
Boxers are generally with other pets.
Tibetan Mastiffs are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners No
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Boxers are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Tibetan Mastiffs 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 Not really
This breed generally not used as a 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.
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
Rhodesian Ridgeback breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Boxer breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Tibetan Mastiff 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.
Yes
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 - Rhodesian Ridgeback vs Boxer vs Tibetan Mastiff

Health Issues
The Rhodesian Ridgeback is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
The Boxer is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Tibetan Mastiffs tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
Health Problems Dermoid Sinus
Elbow Dysplasia
Hip Dysplasia
Allergies
Aortic Stenosis
Bloat
Boxer Cardiomyopathy
Cancer
Corneal Dystrophy
Deafness
Demodectic Mange
Hip Dysplasia
Hypothyroidism
Autoimmune Hypothyroidism
Canine Inherited Demyelinative Neuropathy
Elbow Dysplasia
Hip Dysplasia
Osteochondrosis Dissecans
Panosteitis
Life Expectancy 10-12 years 10-12 years 10-14 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
Rhodesian Ridgebacks have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Boxers are high energy dogs.
Tibetan Mastiffs have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Exercise Need
Rhodesian Ridgebacks need quite a lot of exercise.
Boxers need quite a lot of exercise.
Tibetan Mastiffs have an average exercise need.
Sleeping Need
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Boxers don't need too much sleep.
Tibetan Mastiffs are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Avg. daily food consumption Recommended daily amount: 2 3/4 to 4 3/8 cups of a high-quality daily, divided into two meals. Recommended daily amount: 2 to 3 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 6 to 8 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Average.
Average to High.
Average to High.
Weather & Climate Tolerates warm and cold weather. Prefers average to warm weather conditions Prefers cold weather
The Tibetan Mastiff can adapt well to harsh weather conditions, and also can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness Medium
The Rhodesian Ridgeback has an average chance of bad smell.
High
The Boxer has a high chance of bad smell.
High
The Tibetan Mastiff has a high chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Rhodesian Ridgeback is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Boxer is a perfect example for low drooling tendency.
The Tibetan Mastiff is a big drooler, so if you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, you should choose a dog from another breed.

Reproducibility - Rhodesian Ridgeback vs Boxer vs Tibetan Mastiff

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 6-8 puppies 2-10 puppies, average 6 5-12 puppies

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