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Name Rottweiler American Staffordshire Terrier American Pit Bull Terrier
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Other Names
What other names do they have?
Rott
Rottie
Stafford
Staffy
Amstaff
Pit
Pit Bull
Pitbull
Pitty
APBT
Breed Type
Which dog is purebred or crossbreed? Rottweiler vs American Staffordshire Terrier vs American Pit Bull Terrier breed type comparison:
Purebred Purebred Purebred

Rottweiler vs American Staffordshire Terrier vs American Pit Bull Terrier Price and Availability Comparison

Price
Which is cheaper, Rottweiler or American Staffordshire Terrier or American Pit Bull Terrier? Which is more expensive?
$1200-$2000 $800-$1000 $500-$700
Availability
Which is easier to get, Rottweiler or American Staffordshire Terrier or American Pit Bull Terrier?
Very frequent: The Rottweiler is quite easy to get.
Very frequent: The American Staffordshire Terrier is quite easy to get.
Average: The American Pit Bull Terrier is a commonly available dog breed.

Rottweiler vs American Staffordshire Terrier vs American Pit Bull Terrier Size Comparison

Size
Which is bigger, Rottweiler or American Staffordshire Terrier or American Pit Bull Terrier? Which is the smallest dog, Rottweiler or American Staffordshire Terrier or American Pit Bull Terrier?
Large
Giant
Medium Medium
Weight
Which is heavier, Rottweiler or American Staffordshire Terrier or American Staffordshire Terrier? Rottweiler vs American Staffordshire Terrier vs American Pit Bull Terrier weight comparison:
Male: 95-130 pounds (43-59 kg), Female: 85-115 pounds (38-52 kg) 57-67 pounds (25-30 kg) 22-78 pounds (10-35 kg)
Average Weight
Which dog has a smaller / higher average weight?
Male: 112.5 pounds (51 kg), Female: 100 pounds (45 kg) 62 pounds (27.5 kg) 50 pounds (22.5 kg)
Height
Which is taller, Rottweiler or American Staffordshire Terrier or American Pit Bull Terrier? Rottweiler vs American Staffordshire Terrier vs American Pit Bull Terrier height comparison:
Male: 24-27 inches (61-69 cm), Female: 22-25 inches (56-63 cm) Male: 17-19 inches (43-48 cm), Female: 16-18 inches (41-46 cm) 14-24 inches (35-60 cm)
Average Height
Which dog has a smaller / higher average height?
Male: 25.5 inches (65 cm), Female: 23.5 inches (59.5 cm) Male: 18 inches (45.5 cm), Female: 17 inches (43.5 cm) 19 inches (47.5 cm)

Rottweiler vs American Staffordshire Terrier vs American Pit Bull Terrier Grooming, Hair and Care Comparison

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat/fur do they have? Rottweiler vs American Staffordshire Terrier vs American Pit Bull Terrier coat comparison:
Dense Fine Fine
Colors
What are the original Rottweiler, American Staffordshire Terrier and American Pit Bull Terrier color?
Mahogany
Tan
Rust
Black
Brown
Blue
White
Black
Blue
Gray
White
Tan
Brown
Red
Yellow
Black
Grooming
Which dog is easy to maintain, Rottweiler or American Staffordshire Terrier or American Pit Bull Terrier? Rottweiler vs American Staffordshire Terrier vs American Pit Bull Terrier grooming comparison:
Effortless: The Rottweiler requires minimal grooming.
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Effortless: The American Staffordshire Terrier requires minimal grooming.
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Effortless: The American Pit Bull Terrier requires minimal grooming.
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Shedding Level
Who sheds more Rottweiler or American Staffordshire Terrier or American Pit Bull Terrier? Rottweiler or American Staffordshire Terrier or {name3 shedding:
Rottweilers shed moderately.
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American Staffordshire Terriers shed none to minimal.
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American Pit Bull Terriers shed moderately.
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Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
Which dog should be bathed more: Rottweiler or American Staffordshire Terrier or American Pit Bull Terrier?
4-6 weeks
Average. Experts recommended at least every 4-6 weeks for this family pup.
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3-4 weeks
More often than average. These dog coats tend to be longer, softer, and oilier than short-haired breeds.
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3-4 weeks
More often than average. These dog coats tend to be longer, softer, and oilier than short-haired breeds.
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Rottweiler vs American Staffordshire Terrier vs American Pit Bull Terrier Personality / Temperament Comparison

Temperament
Which one has a better personality? Which is a better family dog, Rottweiler or American Staffordshire Terrier or American Pit Bull Terrier? Rottweiler vs American Staffordshire Terrier vs American Pit Bull Terrier behavior/temperament comparison:
Alert
Fearless
Independent
Loyal
Courageous
Good-natured
Intelligent
Protective
Attentive
Devoted
Loyal
Intelligent
Courageous
Friendly
Tenacious
Affectionate
Clownish
Friendly
Loyal
Strong
Willed
Aggressive
Courageous
Intelligent
Obedient
Stubborn
Intelligent Rank
Which is the smarter dog? Which is best? Rottweiler vs American Staffordshire Terrier vs American Pit Bull Terrier intelligence:
Outstanding: Rottweiler is one of the brightest dog breeds.
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Smart: American Staffordshire Terrier's has great intelligence.
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Average: It takes patience to teach this breed any tricks or commands, but the effort is worth it.
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Trainability
Rottweiler vs American Staffordshire Terrier vs American Pit Bull Terrier trainability comparison.
Rottweilers are easy to train.
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American Staffordshire Terriers are easy to train.
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American Pit Bull Terriers are easy to train.
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Playfulness
Rottweiler vs American Staffordshire Terrier vs American Pit Bull Terrier playfulness comparison:
Average: Rottweilers, like any other dog breed, like playing.
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The American Staffordshire Terrier is a playful breed.
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The American Pit Bull Terrier is a playful breed.
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Sensitivity Level
Which dog is more sensitive? What's the difference?
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
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American Staffordshire Terriers have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
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They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
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Affection Level
Which is the more affectionate dog breed: Rottweiler vs American Staffordshire Terrier vs American Pit Bull Terrier?
Average: Rottweilers are average dogs regarding their affection level.
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High: American Staffordshire Terriers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
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High: American Pit Bull Terriers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
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Social Needs
Rottweiler vs American Staffordshire Terrier vs American Pit Bull Terrier social needs comparison:
Rottweilers need a lot of social interaction.
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American Staffordshire Terriers are a social breed.
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American Pit Bull Terriers are a social breed.
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Barking
Which dog barks more/less: Rottweiler vs American Staffordshire Terrier vs American Pit Bull Terrier?
Low: The Rottweiler barks none to minimal.
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Average: The American Staffordshire Terrier barks occasionally.
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Average: The American Pit Bull Terrier barks occasionally.
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Watchdog Ability
Which is the better watchdog: Rottweiler or American Staffordshire Terrier or American Pit Bull Terrier?
Rottweilers are one of the best watchdogs.
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American Staffordshire Terriers are average watchdogs.
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American Pit Bull Terriers are average watchdogs.
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Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Which is a better guard dog Rottweiler or American Staffordshire Terrier or American Pit Bull Terrier? Which dog is most likely to protect its owner? Which is the best dog to use for protection?
Rottweilers are extremely protective guard dogs.
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American Staffordshire Terriers are average defenders.
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American Pit Bull Terriers are average defenders.
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Biting Potential
Which breed of dog is most likely to bite? Biting potential comparison:

High 🔼

The Rottweiler has a high chance of biting somebody.

Low 🔽

The American Staffordshire Terrier has a low chance of biting somebody.

High 🔼

The American Pit Bull Terrier has a high chance of biting somebody.
Bite Force
Which bite is stronger: Rottweiler or American Staffordshire Terrier or American Pit Bull Terrier?

Between 200 and 400 PSI

Rottweiler bite force: Ordinary.

Between 200 and 400 PSI

American Staffordshire Terrier bite force: Ordinary.

Between 200 and 400 PSI

American Pit Bull Terrier bite force: Ordinary.
Mouthiness
Which is the better dog? Rottweiler vs American Staffordshire Terrier vs American Pit Bull Terrier mouthiness comparison:
Rottweilers have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
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American Staffordshire Terriers have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
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American Pit Bull Terriers have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
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Impulse to Wander or Roam
Which dog has a greater roaming instinct?
Rottweilers tend to escape less than other breeds.
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American Staffordshire Terriers have average wanderlust potential.
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The wanderlust potential of the American Pit Bull Terrier is strong enough to escape from home.
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Prey Drive
Which dog has a higher prey drive? Which can be better for hunting?
Rottweilers have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
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American Staffordshire 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.
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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.
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Apartment Friendly
Which dog is more apartment friendly Rottweiler or American Staffordshire Terrier or American Pit Bull Terrier?
It is not the best choice if you want to keep them indoors, however, with careful exercise and several walks a day, they will tolerate the indoor environment, so it is possible to keep Rottweiler indoors.
It is not recommended to keep the American Staffordshire Terrier breed in the home.
It is not recommended to keep the American Pit Bull Terrier breed in the home.
Adaptability
Which dog has a higher adaptability potential? Which is the better dog?
Average: Rottweilers adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Average: American Staffordshire Terriers adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Average: American Pit Bull Terriers adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Which dog can be left alone: Rottweiler or American Staffordshire Terrier or American Pit Bull Terrier?
Rottweilers tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
American Staffordshire 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.
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.

Rottweiler vs American Staffordshire Terrier vs American Pit Bull Terrier Good With Comparison

Stranger Friendly
Which dog is more stranger friendly Rottweiler or American Staffordshire Terrier or American Pit Bull Terrier? Which dog is more friendly?
Rottweilers are not stranger friendly dogs.
American Staffordshire Terriers are stranger-friendly dogs.
American Pit Bull Terriers are average friendly towards strangers.
Pet Friendly
Which dog breeds get along well with other animals/pets?
Rottweilers are generally with other pets.
American Staffordshire Terriers do best when they’re the only pet at the family.
American Pit Bull Terriers do best when they’re the only pet at the family.
Child Friendly
Which dog is more child/kid friendly Rottweiler or American Staffordshire Terrier or American Pit Bull Terrier?
Rottweilers are not the most kid-friendly dogs.
American Staffordshire Terriers are kid-friendly dogs.
American Pit Bull Terriers are kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Which dog is more cat friendly Rottweiler or American Staffordshire Terrier or American Pit Bull Terrier?
Rottweilers are average friendly towards cats.
American Staffordshire Terriers are not cat-friendly dogs.
American Pit Bull Terriers are not cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Which dog is more dog friendly Rottweiler or American Staffordshire Terrier or American Pit Bull Terrier?
Rottweilers are not dog-friendly.
American Staffordshire Terriers are not dog-friendly.
American Pit Bull Terriers are not dog-friendly.
Good For First Time Owners
Which dog is good for the first-time owners: Rottweiler vs American Staffordshire Terrier vs American Pit Bull Terrier?
Yes
Rottweilers are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Yes
American Staffordshire Terriers are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Yes
American Pit Bull Terriers are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Office Friendly
Which one fits better in the office?
No
Rottweiler is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Yes
American Staffordshire Terrier is one of the best dog breeds for office environment
No
American Pit Bull Terrier is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Which dog is good for elderly people?
Rottweilers are not the best breed for elderly people.
American Staffordshire Terriers are usually recommended for elderly people.
American Pit Bull Terriers are usually recommended for elderly people.

Rottweiler vs American Staffordshire Terrier vs American Pit Bull Terrier Health Comparison

Health Issues
Rottweiler vs American Staffordshire Terrier vs American Pit Bull Terrier health comparison. Which is the healthier: Rottweiler vs American Staffordshire Terrier vs American Pit Bull Terrier?
The Rottweiler is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
The American Staffordshire Terrier 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 frequent health issues than other breeds.
Health Problems
Which one has more or less genetic/health problems: Rottweiler vs American Staffordshire Terrier vs American Pit Bull Terrier? What are the allergies, genetic diseases and concerns for them? Rottweiler vs American Staffordshire Terrier vs American Pit Bull Terrier health problems comparison:
Allergies
Aortic Stenosis
Bloat
Elbow Dysplasia
Hip Dysplasia
Hypothyroidism
Osteosarcoma
Panosteitis
Subvalvular Aortic Stenosis
No data available Demodectic Mange
Hip Dysplasia
Skin Allergies
Veterinarian Visits
Which one may need more or less veterinary visits?
Average
The Rottweiler should have a complete physical check-up at least once per year.
Average
The American Staffordshire Terrier should have a complete physical check-up at least once per year.
Frequent
The American Pit Bull Terrier should have a complete physical check-up at least once (but preferably twice) per year.
Life Expectancy
Rottweiler vs American Staffordshire Terrier vs American Pit Bull Terrier lifespan comparison. How long do Rottweiler, American Staffordshire Terrier and American Pit Bull Terrier breeds live? Which one has a longer lifespan/life expectancy?
8-12 years
The average lifespan of Rottweiler: 10 years
12-14 years
The average lifespan of American Staffordshire Terrier: 13 years
10-14 years
The average lifespan of American Pit Bull Terrier: 12 years
Hypoallergenic
Rottweiler vs American Staffordshire Terrier vs American Pit Bull Terrier hypoallergenic comparison. Which dog is hypoallergenic or not?
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Energy Level
Who has more energy a Rottweiler or American Staffordshire Terrier or American Pit Bull Terrier? Rottweiler vs American Staffordshire Terrier vs American Pit Bull Terrier energy level comparison:
Rottweilers have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
American Staffordshire Terriers have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
American Pit Bull Terriers have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
Rottweiler vs American Staffordshire Terrier vs American Pit Bull Terrier exercise need comparison. Which dog needs more activity? Which dog needs the most exercise: Rottweiler or American Staffordshire Terrier or American Pit Bull Terrier? Which dog needs the most walking? Which dog is the laziest?
Rottweilers have an average exercise need.
American Staffordshire Terriers need quite a lot of exercise.
American Pit Bull Terriers have an average exercise need.
Sleeping Need
Which one sleeps the least/most: Rottweiler or American Staffordshire Terrier or American Pit Bull Terrier?
Rottweilers are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend too much time with sleeping.
American Staffordshire Terriers sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered a lazy breed.
American Pit Bull Terriers are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend too much time with sleeping.
Average daily food consumption
Which dog eats more: Rottweiler or American Staffordshire Terrier or American Pit Bull Terrier?
Recommended daily amount: 4 to 10 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 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.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
Which dog breed is more prone to obesity? Rottweiler vs American Staffordshire Terrier vs American Pit Bull Terrier weight gain potential comparison:
High: The Rottweiler breed has a strong tendency to be overweight.
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Low to Average: The American Staffordshire Terrier has a low to the average risk for obesity.
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Average: The American Pit Bull Terrier has an average risk for obesity.
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Weather and Climate
Which dog is best for hot or cold weather: Rottweiler vs American Staffordshire Terrier vs American Pit Bull Terrier?
Prefers average to warm weather conditions
Different dogs have different preferences when it comes to weather conditions.
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Prefers average to warm weather conditions
Different dogs have different preferences when it comes to weather conditions.
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Prefers average to warm weather conditions
Different dogs have different preferences when it comes to weather conditions.
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Stinkiness
Which dog breed smells the least? Which dog smells the most? Which is best, Rottweiler vs American Staffordshire Terrier vs American Pit Bull Terrier?

Medium

The Rottweiler has an average chance of bad smell.

Medium

The American Staffordshire Terrier has an average chance of bad smell.

Medium

The American Pit Bull Terrier has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling Tendency
Which dog drools the most? Which dog drools the least?
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.
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The American Staffordshire Terrier is an average drooler.
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The American Pit Bull Terrier is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency.
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Rottweiler vs American Staffordshire Terrier vs American Pit Bull Terrier As a Working Dog Comparison

Service Dog
Which one could be a service dog?

Yes

This breed makes good as a service dog.
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Yes

This breed makes good as a service dog.
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Not really

This breed generally not used as a service dog.
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Therapy Dog
Which one could be a therapy dog: Rottweiler or American Staffordshire Terrier or American Pit Bull Terrier? Which is better for autism?

Yes

This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
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Not really

This breed is generally not used as a therapy dog.
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Not really

This breed is generally not used as a therapy dog.
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Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Which one could be a detection/sniffer dog?

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases.

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases.

Yes

After proper training, they can excel at this kind of work.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Which one could be a search and rescue dog?

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog.

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog.

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog.
Boat and Sailor Dog
Which one could be a boat dog: Rottweiler vs American Staffordshire Terrier vs American Pit Bull Terrier?

Not really

Rottweiler breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
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Not really

American Staffordshire Terrier breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
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Not really

American Pit Bull Terrier breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
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Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Which one could be a cart pulling or drafting dog?

Yes

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
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Not really

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
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Not really

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
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Fighting Dog / Military Dog

Yes

In history, this breed was unfortunately used for combat dogs.

Yes

In history, this breed was unfortunately used for combat dogs.

Yes

In history, this breed was unfortunately used for combat dogs.

Rottweiler vs American Staffordshire Terrier vs American Pit Bull Terrier Reproducibility Comparison

Gestation Length 60-64 days See more. 60-64 days See more. 60-64 days See more.
Litter Frequency

Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy.
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Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy.
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Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy.
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Litter Size
How many puppies can Rottweiler and American Staffordshire Terrier and American Pit Bull Terrier have?
8-12 puppies 5-10 puppies 5-8 puppies

Rottweiler vs American Staffordshire Terrier vs American Pit Bull Terrier Recognition Comparison

AKC Group
Which dog is recognized by the AKC?
Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1931 as a Working breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1936 as a Terrier breed. Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Which dog is recognized by the FCI?
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 Terriers group, in the Bull type Terriers section. Not recognized by FCI.
Breed Recognition
What other organizations and kennel clubs recognize these dog breeds?
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
No data available 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

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