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Rottweiler vs Doberman Pinscher vs Giant Schnauzer – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Rottweiler vs Doberman Pinscher vs Giant Schnauzer" Compare Rottweiler and Doberman Pinscher. Which is better: Rottweiler or Doberman Pinscher or Giant Schnauzer?
Name Rottweiler Doberman Pinscher Giant Schnauzer
OriginsGermany Germany Germany
Group Working Dogs Working Dogs Working Dogs
Popularity Rank81680
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Other Names Rottie, Rott Dobie, Dobermann, Dobynm, Doberman Russian Bear Schnauzer, Munich Schnauzer, Munchener, Riesenschnauzer
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 1908 as a Working breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1930 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 Pinscher and Schnauzer type 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 United Kennel Club Colonial Rottweiler Club Deutscher Rottweiler Klub International Rottweiler Club 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 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
Price $1200-$2000 $800-$1000 $1000-$1500

General Appearance - Rottweiler vs Doberman Pinscher vs Giant Schnauzer

Size Large Giant Medium Giant
Weight Male: 95-130 pounds (43-59 kg), Female: 85-115 pounds (38-52 kg) Male: 88-99 pounds (40-45 kg), Female: 71-77 pounds (32-35 kg) Males 60-105 pounds (27-48 kg), Female: 55-75 pounds (25-34 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 112.5 pounds (51 kg), Female: 100 pounds (45 kg) Male: 93.5 pounds (42.5 kg), Female: 74 pounds (33.5 kg) Males 82.5 pounds (37.5 kg), Female: 65 pounds (29.5 kg)
Height Male: 24-27 inches (61-69 cm), Female: 22-25 inches (56-63 cm) Male: 26-28 inches (66-71cm), Female: 24-26 inches (61-66 cm) Male: 26-28 inches (66-71 cm), Female: 23-26 inches (58-66 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 25.5 inches (65 cm), Female: 23.5 inches (59.5 cm) Male: 27 inches (68.5 cm), Female: 25 inches (63.5 cm) Male: 27 inches (68.5 cm), Female: 24.5 inches (62 cm)

Hair & Care - Rottweiler vs Doberman Pinscher vs Giant Schnauzer

Coat Dense Fine Wiry
Colors Mahogany Tan Rust Black Blue Red Tan Brown White Black Pepper Salt Black
Grooming
Effortless: The Rottweiler requires minimal grooming.
Easy to groom: The Doberman Pinscher doesn't require a lot of grooming.
Average: The Giant Schnauzer requires average grooming effort.
Shedding Level
Rottweilers shed moderately.
Doberman Pinschers shed moderately.
Giant Schnauzers shed none to minimal.

Characteristics - Rottweiler vs Doberman Pinscher vs Giant Schnauzer

Temperament Alert Fearless Independent Loyal Courageous Good-natured Intelligent Protective Alert Fearless Loyal Energetic Intelligent Obedient Dominant Kind Powerful Intelligent Loyal Strong Willed
Intelligent Rank
Outstanding: Rottweiler is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Outstanding: Doberman Pinscher is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Smart: Giant Schnauzer's has great intelligence.
Trainability
Rottweilers are easy to train.
Doberman Pinschers are quite easy to train.
Giant Schnauzers are easy to train.
Playfulness
Rottweilers, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Doberman Pinschers, like any other dog breed, like playing.
The Giant Schnauzer 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
Rottweilers are average dogs regarding their affection level.
Doberman Pinschers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Giant Schnauzers are average dogs regarding their affection level.
Social Needs
Rottweilers need a lot of social interaction.
Doberman Pinschers need for social interaction is average.
Giant Schnauzers need for social interaction is average.
Barking
Low: The Rottweiler barks none to minimal.
Low to Average: The Doberman Pinscher rarely barks.
Average: The Giant Schnauzer barks occasionally.
Watchdog Ability
Rottweilers are one of the best watchdogs.
Doberman Pinschers are one of the best watchdogs.
Giant Schnauzers are one of the best watchdogs.
Territorial
Rottweilers are extremely protective guard dogs.
Doberman Pinschers are extremely protective guard dogs.
Giant Schnauzers are extremely protective guard dogs.
Biting Potential High
The Rottweiler has a high chance of biting somebody.
Moderate
The Doberman Pinscher has an average chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Giant Schnauzer has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Rottweilers 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.
Giant Schnauzers 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.
Doberman Pinschers tend to escape less than other breeds.
Wanderlust potential of the Giant Schnauzer is strong enough to escape from home.
Prey Drive
Rottweilers have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Doberman Pinschers don't have an impulse to catch or chase small animals.
Giant Schnauzers have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
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.
Doberman Pinschers are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Giant Schnauzers are not apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Rottweilers adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Doberman Pinschers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Giant Schnauzers 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.
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 - Rottweiler vs Doberman Pinscher vs Giant Schnauzer

Stranger Friendly
Rottweilers are not stranger friendly dogs.
Doberman Pinschers are not stranger friendly dogs.
Giant Schnauzers are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Rottweilers are not the most kid-friendly dogs.
Doberman Pinschers are average friendly dogs towards children.
Giant Schnauzers are not the most kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Rottweilers are average friendly towards cats.
Doberman Pinschers are average friendly towards cats.
Giant Schnauzers are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Rottweilers are not dog-friendly.
Doberman Pinschers are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
Giant Schnauzers are not dog-friendly.
Office Friendly No
Rottweiler is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Doberman Pinscher is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Giant Schnauzer is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Rottweilers are not the best breed for elderly people.
Doberman Pinschers are commonly okay with elderly people.
Giant Schnauzers are not the best breed for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Rottweilers are generally with other pets.
Doberman Pinschers are generally with other pets.
Giant Schnauzers 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
Doberman Pinschers are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Giant Schnauzers are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn 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
Doberman Pinscher breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Giant Schnauzer 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.
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 - Rottweiler vs Doberman Pinscher vs Giant Schnauzer

Health Issues
The Rottweiler is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Doberman Pinschers are commonly healthy dogs.
Giant Schnauzers are commonly healthy dogs.
Health Problems Allergies Aortic Stenosis Bloat Elbow Dysplasia Hip Dysplasia Hypothyroidism Osteosarcoma Panosteitis Subvalvular Aortic Stenosis Cardiomyopathy Hip Dysplasia Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Von Willebrand's Disease Wobbler's Syndrome Bloat Cancer Cataracts Elbow Dysplasia Glaucoma Heart Problems Hip Dysplasia Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Retinal Dysplasia
Life Expectancy 8-11 years 10-12 years 10-12 years
Hypoallergenic No No Yes
Energy Level
Rottweilers have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Doberman Pinschers have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Giant Schnauzers are high energy dogs.
Exercise Need
Rottweilers have an average exercise need.
Doberman Pinschers need quite a lot of exercise.
Giant Schnauzers need a lot of exercises.
Sleeping Need
Rottweilers 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.
Giant Schnauzers don't need too much sleep.
Avg. daily food consumption Recommended daily amount: 4 to 10 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 5 to 6 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 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.
Average.
Weather & Climate Prefers average to warm weather conditions Prefers warm weather Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Giant Schnauzer can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness Medium
The Rottweiler has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Doberman Pinscher has an average chance of bad smell.
Low
The Giant Schnauzer has a low 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 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 Giant Schnauzer is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Rottweiler vs Doberman Pinscher vs Giant Schnauzer

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 6-10 puppies 5-8 puppies

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