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Rottweiler vs Cane Corso vs Boerboel – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Rottweiler vs Cane Corso vs Boerboel" Compare Rottweiler and Cane Corso. Which is better: Rottweiler or Cane Corso or Boerboel?
Name Rottweiler Cane Corso Boerboel
OriginsGermany Italy South Africa
Group Working Dogs Working Dogs Working Dogs
Popularity Rank837124
Reviews621
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Other Names Rottie, Rott Cane Corz, Italian Mastiff, Cane Di Macellaio South African Boerboel, South African Mastiff
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1931 as a Working breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2010 as a Working breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2015 as a Working breed.
FCI Group 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. Not recognized by FCI.
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
Colonial Rottweiler Club
Deutscher Rottweiler Klub
International Rottweiler Club
American Canine Registry
American Kennel Club
America's Pet Registry
Dog Registry of America Inc.
Federation Cynologique Internationale
North American Purebred Registry, Inc.
American Canine Association, Inc.
National Kennel Club
American Kennel Club
America's Pet Registry
Dog Registry of America Inc.
North American Purebred Registry, Inc.
Price $1200-$2000 $1500-$2000 $1500-$2000

General Appearance - Rottweiler vs Cane Corso vs Boerboel

Size Large
Giant
Large Large
Giant
Weight Male: 95-130 pounds (43-59 kg), Female: 85-115 pounds (38-52 kg) Male: 99-110 pounds (45-50 kg), Female: 88-99 pounds (40-45 kg) 154-200 pounds (70-90 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 112.5 pounds (51 kg), Female: 100 pounds (45 kg) Male: 104.5 pounds (47.5 kg), Female: 93.5 pounds (42.5 kg) 177 pounds (80 kg)
Height Male: 24-27 inches (61-69 cm), Female: 22-25 inches (56-63 cm) Male: 24-27 inches (64-68 cm), Female: 23-25 inches (60-64 cm) Male: 25-28 inches (64-70 cm), Female: 23-25.5 inches (59-65 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 25.5 inches (65 cm), Female: 23.5 inches (59.5 cm) Male: 25.5 inches (66 cm), Female: 24 inches (62 cm) Male: 26.5 inches (67 cm), Female: 23-25.5 inches (62 cm)

Hair & Care - Rottweiler vs Cane Corso vs Boerboel

Coat Dense Dense Dense
Shiny
Smooth
Colors Mahogany
Tan
Rust
Black
Chestnut
Brindle
Gray
Red
Fawn
Black
Brindle
Cream
Reddish
Brown
Red
Tawny
Grooming
Effortless: The Rottweiler requires minimal grooming.
Effortless: The Cane Corso requires minimal grooming.
Effortless: The Boerboel requires minimal grooming.
Shedding Level
Rottweilers shed moderately.
Cane Corsos shed moderately.
Boerboels shed moderately.

Characteristics - Rottweiler vs Cane Corso vs Boerboel

Temperament Alert
Fearless
Independent
Loyal
Courageous
Good-natured
Intelligent
Protective
Cheerful
Loyal
Social
Courageous
Quiet
Confident
Intelligent
Territorial
Dominant
Obedient
Intelligent Rank
Outstanding: Rottweiler is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Average: Cane Corso's has average obedience intelligence.
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
Trainability
Rottweilers are easy to train.
Cane Corsos are easy to train.
Boerboels are quite easy to train.
Playfulness
Rottweilers, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Cane Corsos, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Boerboels, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Sensitivity Level
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Cane Corsos have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
Boerboels have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
Affection Level
Rottweilers are average dogs regarding their affection level.
Cane Corsos are average dogs regarding their affection level.
Boerboels are average dogs regarding their affection level.
Social Needs
Rottweilers need a lot of social interaction.
Cane Corsos are a social breed.
Boerboels need for social interaction is average.
Barking
Low: The Rottweiler barks none to minimal.
Low: The Cane Corso barks none to minimal.
Low to Average: The Boerboel rarely barks.
Watchdog Ability
Rottweilers are one of the best watchdogs.
Cane Corsos are one of the best watchdogs.
Boerboels are one of the best watchdogs.
Territorial
Rottweilers are extremely protective guard dogs.
Cane Corsos are extremely protective guard dogs.
Boerboels are extremely protective guard dogs.
Biting Potential High
The Rottweiler has a high chance of biting somebody.
Moderate
The Cane Corso has an average chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Boerboel has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Rottweilers have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Cane Corsos have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Boerboels have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Rottweilers tend to escape less than other breeds.
Cane Corsos tend to escape less than other breeds.
Wanderlust potential of the Boerboel is strong enough to escape from home.
Prey Drive
Rottweilers have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Cane Corsos have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
Boerboels 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
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.
Cane Corsos are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Boerboels are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Adaptability
Rottweilers adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Cane Corsos don't adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
Boerboels adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Rottweilers tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Cane Corsos 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.
Yes
In history, this breed was unfortunately used for combat dog.

Good With - Rottweiler vs Cane Corso vs Boerboel

Stranger Friendly
Rottweilers are not stranger friendly dogs.
Cane Corsos are not stranger friendly dogs.
Boerboels are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Rottweilers are not the most kid-friendly dogs.
Cane Corsos are average friendly dogs towards children.
Boerboels are kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Rottweilers are average friendly towards cats.
Cane Corsos are not cat-friendly dogs.
Boerboels are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Rottweilers are not dog-friendly.
Cane Corsos are average friendly towards other dogs.
Boerboels are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
Rottweiler is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Cane Corso is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Boerboel is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Rottweilers are not the best breed for elderly people.
Cane Corsos are commonly okay with elderly people.
Boerboels are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Rottweilers are generally with other pets.
Cane Corsos do best when they’re the only pet at the family.
Boerboels usually don’t get on well with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners No
Rottweilers are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Cane Corsos are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Yes
Boerboels are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Service Dog Yes
This breed makes good 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 Yes
This breed makes a perfect 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
Rottweiler breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Cane Corso breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Boerboel breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog 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.
Yes
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.

Health Factors - Rottweiler vs Cane Corso vs Boerboel

Health Issues
The Rottweiler is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Cane Corsos are commonly healthy dogs.
Boerboels tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
Health Problems Allergies
Aortic Stenosis
Bloat
Elbow Dysplasia
Hip Dysplasia
Hypothyroidism
Osteosarcoma
Panosteitis
Subvalvular Aortic Stenosis
Arthritis
Bloat
Cherry Eye
Demodectic Mange
Ectropion
Entropion
Hip Dysplasia
Allergies
Epilepsy
Hip Dysplasia
Joint Dysplasia
Vaginal Hyperplasia
Life Expectancy 8-11 years 10-11 years 10-12 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
Rottweilers have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Cane Corsos have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Boerboels have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Exercise Need
Rottweilers have an average exercise need.
Cane Corsos have an average exercise need.
Boerboels need quite a lot of exercise.
Sleeping Need
Rottweilers are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Cane Corsos are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Boerboels 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: 4 to 10 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. Recommended daily amount: If you are feeding a high-quality dry food, your Corso will probably eat 4 to 5 cups a day. 8 to 10 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals
Weight Gain Potential
High: The Rottweiler breed has a strong tendency to overweight.
Average to High.
Average.
Weather & Climate Prefers average to warm weather conditions Tolerates warm and cold weather. Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness Medium
The Rottweiler has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Cane Corso has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Boerboel has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
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.
The Cane Corso 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 Boerboel 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 - Rottweiler vs Cane Corso vs Boerboel

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 8-12 puppies 4-6 puppies 7-10 puppies

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