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Rhodesian Ridgeback vs Doberman Pinscher – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Rhodesian Ridgeback vs Doberman Pinscher" Compare Rhodesian Ridgeback and Doberman Pinscher. Which is better: Rhodesian Ridgeback or Doberman Pinscher?
Name Rhodesian Ridgeback Doberman Pinscher
OriginsZimbabwe Germany
Group Hunting Dogs Working Dogs
Popularity Rank4116
Reviews31
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Other Names African Lion Dog, African Lion Hound Dobie, Dobermann, Dobynm, Doberman
Breed Type Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1955 as a Hound breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1908 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 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 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 New Zealand Kennel Club United Kennel Club Canadian Canine Registry
Price $900-$1200 $800-$1000

General Appearance - Rhodesian Ridgeback vs Doberman Pinscher

Size Large Medium
Weight Male: 80-90 pounds (36-41 kg), Female: 65-75 pounds (29-34 kg) Male: 88-99 pounds (40-45 kg), Female: 71-77 pounds (32-35 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 85 pounds (38.5 kg), Female: 70 pounds (31.5 kg) Male: 93.5 pounds (42.5 kg), Female: 74 pounds (33.5 kg)
Height Male: 25-27 inches (63-69 cm), Female: 24-26 inches (61-66 cm) Male: 26-28 inches (66-71cm), Female: 24-26 inches (61-66 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 26 inches (66 cm), Female: 25 inches (63.5 cm) Male: 27 inches (68.5 cm), Female: 25 inches (63.5 cm)

Hair & Care - Rhodesian Ridgeback vs Doberman Pinscher

Coat Dense Fine
Colors Golden Red White Gray Wheaten Blue Red Tan Brown White Black
Grooming
Effortless: The Rhodesian Ridgeback requires minimal grooming.
Easy to groom: The Doberman Pinscher doesn't require a lot of grooming.
Shedding Level
Rhodesian Ridgebacks shed none to minimal.
Doberman Pinschers shed moderately.

Characteristics - Rhodesian Ridgeback vs Doberman Pinscher

Temperament Dignified Loyal Sensitive Intelligent Mischievous Strong Willed Alert Fearless Loyal Energetic Intelligent Obedient
Intelligent Rank
Average: Rhodesian Ridgeback's has average obedience intelligence.
Outstanding: Doberman Pinscher is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Trainability
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are quite easy to train.
Doberman Pinschers are quite easy to train.
Playfulness
The Rhodesian Ridgeback is a playful breed.
Doberman Pinschers, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Sensitivity Level
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
Rhodesian Ridgebacks 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
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are a social breed.
Doberman Pinschers need for social interaction is average.
Barking
Low to Average: The Rhodesian Ridgeback rarely barks.
Low to Average: The Doberman Pinscher rarely barks.
Watchdog Ability
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are average watchdogs.
Doberman Pinschers are one of the best watchdogs.
Territorial
Rhodesian Ridgebacks can't provide protection for their territory.
Doberman Pinschers are extremely protective guard dogs.
Biting Potential Low
The Rhodesian Ridgeback has a low chance of biting somebody.
Moderate
The Doberman Pinscher has an average chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Rhodesian Ridgebacks have an 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.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Rhodesian Ridgebacks have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
Doberman Pinschers tend to escape less than other breeds.
Prey Drive
Rhodesian Ridgebacks have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
Doberman Pinschers don't have an impulse to catch or chase small animals.
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.
Doberman Pinschers are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Rhodesian Ridgebacks adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
Doberman Pinschers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
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.
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.

Good With - Rhodesian Ridgeback vs Doberman Pinscher

Stranger Friendly
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Doberman Pinschers are not stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are very kid-friendly dogs.
Doberman Pinschers are average friendly dogs towards children.
Cat Friendly
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
Doberman Pinschers are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
Doberman Pinschers are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
Rhodesian Ridgeback is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Doberman Pinscher is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Doberman Pinschers are commonly okay with elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Rhodesian Ridgebacks usually don’t get on well with other pets.
Doberman Pinschers 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
Doberman Pinschers 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.
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.
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.
Boat Dog Not really
Rhodesian Ridgeback 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.

Health Factors - Rhodesian Ridgeback vs Doberman Pinscher

Health Issues
The Rhodesian Ridgeback is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Doberman Pinschers are commonly healthy dogs.
Health Problems Dermoid Sinus Elbow Dysplasia Hip Dysplasia Cardiomyopathy Hip Dysplasia Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Von Willebrand's Disease Wobbler's Syndrome
Life Expectancy 10-12 years 10-12 years
Hypoallergenic No No
Energy Level
Rhodesian Ridgebacks have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Doberman Pinschers have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Exercise Need
Rhodesian Ridgebacks need quite a lot of exercise.
Doberman Pinschers need quite a lot of exercise.
Sleeping Need
Rhodesian Ridgebacks 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 3/4 to 4 3/8 cups of a high-quality daily, divided into two meals. 5 to 6 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Average.
Average.
Weather & Climate Tolerates warm and cold weather. Prefers warm weather
Stinkiness Medium
The Rhodesian Ridgeback has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Doberman Pinscher has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Rhodesian Ridgeback 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 - Rhodesian Ridgeback vs Doberman Pinscher

Gestation Length 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.
Litter Size 6-8 puppies 6-10 puppies

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Reviews

  • Steve Guy

    Mar 16, 2020, 5:20:31 AM:

    Good review for the most part. Though the wheels fell off near the end, Doberman’s have a great sense of smell and make SAR dogs. I have owned three Doberman’s they do not drool at all