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

"Find similarities and differences between Rhodesian Ridgeback vs Doberman Pinscher vs German Shorthaired Pointer" Compare Rhodesian Ridgeback and Doberman Pinscher. Which is better: Rhodesian Ridgeback or Doberman Pinscher or German Shorthaired Pointer?
Name Rhodesian Ridgeback Doberman Pinscher German Shorthaired Pointer
OriginsZimbabwe Germany Germany
Group Hunting Dogs Working Dogs Gun Dog
Popularity Rank411610
Reviews532
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Other Names African Lion Dog, African Lion Hound Dobie, Dobermann, Dobynm, Doberman Deutsch Kurzhaar, Kurzhaar, GSP, DK, Deutscher Kurzhaariger Vorstehhund
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 1908 as a Working breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1930 as a Sporting 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. 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
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
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 $900-$1200 $800-$1000 $600-$800

General Appearance - Rhodesian Ridgeback vs Doberman Pinscher vs German Shorthaired Pointer

Size Large Medium 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) Male: 55-70 pounds (25-32 kg), Female: 45-60 pounds (20-27 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) Male: 62.5 pounds (28.5 kg), Female: 52.5 pounds (23.5 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) Male: 23-25 inches (59-64 cm), Female: 21-23 inches (53-58 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) Male: 24 inches (61.5 cm), Female: 22 inches (55.5 cm)

Hair & Care - Rhodesian Ridgeback vs Doberman Pinscher vs German Shorthaired Pointer

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

Characteristics - Rhodesian Ridgeback vs Doberman Pinscher vs German Shorthaired Pointer

Temperament Dignified
Loyal
Sensitive
Intelligent
Mischievous
Strong
Willed
Alert
Fearless
Loyal
Energetic
Intelligent
Obedient
Affectionate
Bold
Intelligent
Boisterous
Cooperative
Trainable
Intelligent Rank
Average: Rhodesian Ridgeback's has average obedience intelligence.
Outstanding: Doberman Pinscher is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Very smart: German Shorthaired Pointer is an excellent dog breed.
Trainability
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are quite easy to train.
Doberman Pinschers are quite easy to train.
German Shorthaired Pointers are very easy to train.
Playfulness
The Rhodesian Ridgeback is a playful breed.
Doberman Pinschers, like any other dog breed, like playing.
The German Shorthaired Pointer is a highly playful breed.
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.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
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.
German Shorthaired Pointers are highly affectionate dogs.
Social Needs
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are a social breed.
Doberman Pinschers need for social interaction is average.
German Shorthaired Pointers need for social interaction is average.
Barking
Low to Average: The Rhodesian Ridgeback rarely barks.
Low to Average: The Doberman Pinscher rarely barks.
Average: The German Shorthaired Pointer barks occasionally.
Watchdog Ability
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are average watchdogs.
Doberman Pinschers are one of the best watchdogs.
German Shorthaired Pointers are average watchdogs.
Territorial
Rhodesian Ridgebacks strongly protect their territory.
Doberman Pinschers are extremely protective guard dogs.
German Shorthaired Pointers are average defenders.
Biting Potential Low
The Rhodesian Ridgeback has a low chance of biting somebody.
Moderate
The Doberman Pinscher has an average chance of biting somebody.
Low
The German Shorthaired Pointer has a low 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.
German Shorthaired Pointers have a higher 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.
German Shorthaired Pointers have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
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.
German Shorthaired Pointers have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
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.
German Shorthaired Pointers are not 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.
German Shorthaired Pointers adapt well to lifestyle changes and different 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.
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 Doberman Pinscher vs German Shorthaired Pointer

Stranger Friendly
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Doberman Pinschers are not stranger friendly dogs.
German Shorthaired Pointers are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are very kid-friendly dogs.
Doberman Pinschers are average friendly dogs towards children.
German Shorthaired Pointers are kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
Doberman Pinschers are average friendly towards cats.
German Shorthaired Pointers are not cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
Doberman Pinschers are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
German Shorthaired Pointers are 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.
No
German Shorthaired Pointer 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.
German Shorthaired Pointers are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Rhodesian Ridgebacks usually don’t get on well with other pets.
Doberman Pinschers are generally with other pets.
German Shorthaired Pointers do best when they’re the only pet at the family.
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.
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 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.
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
Rhodesian Ridgeback breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Doberman Pinscher 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 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 - Rhodesian Ridgeback vs Doberman Pinscher vs German Shorthaired Pointer

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.
German Shorthaired Pointers 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
Gastric Torsion
Hypothyroidism
Canine Hip Dysplasia (CHD)
Osteochondrosis Dissecans
Von Willebrand's Disease
Entropion
Pannus
Lymphedema
Cardiomyopathy
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Life Expectancy 10-12 years 10-12 years 12-14 years
Hypoallergenic No 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.
German Shorthaired Pointers are high energy dogs.
Exercise Need
Rhodesian Ridgebacks need quite a lot of exercise.
Doberman Pinschers need quite a lot of exercise.
German Shorthaired Pointers need a lot of exercises.
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.
German Shorthaired Pointers don't need too much sleep.
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. 3 to 4 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Average.
Average.
Average.
Weather & Climate Tolerates warm and cold weather. Prefers warm weather Prefers average to warm weather conditions
Stinkiness Medium
The Rhodesian Ridgeback has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Doberman Pinscher has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The German Shorthaired Pointer 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.
The German Shorthaired Pointer is a perfect example for low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Rhodesian Ridgeback vs Doberman Pinscher 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 6-8 puppies 6-10 puppies 7-12 puppies

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