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Rottweiler vs Vizsla vs German Shepherd Comparison - Dog breed selector: Rottie or Hungarian Vizsla or Alsatian? Find the right dog for you

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Name Rottweiler Vizsla German Shepherd
OriginsGermany Hungary Germany
Group Working Dogs Gun Dog Pastoral / Herding Dogs
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Other Names
What other names do they have?
Rottie, Rott Hungarian Vizsla, Magyar Vizsla, Hungarian Pointer, Hungarian Short-Haired Pointer, Rövidszőrű Magyar Vizsla Alsatian, Berger Allemand, Alsatian wolf dog (UK), Deutscher Schäferhund, Schäferhund
Breed Type
Which dog is purebred or crossbreed? Rottweiler vs Vizsla vs German Shepherd breed type comparison:
Purebred Purebred Purebred
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 1960 as a Sporting breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1908 as a Herding breed.
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 Pointing Dogs group, in the Continental Pointing Dogs section. Recognized by FCI in the Sheepdogs and Cattledogs (except Swiss Cattledogs) group, in the Sheepdogs section.
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
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
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
German Shepherd Dog Club Of America
Price
Which is cheaper, Rottweiler or Vizsla or German Shepherd? Which is more expensive?
$1200-$2000 $800-$1200 $800-$2000
Availability
Very frequent
Very frequent
Very frequent

Rottweiler vs Vizsla vs German Shepherd General Appearance & Basic Info Comparison

Size
Which is bigger, Rottweiler or Vizsla or German Shepherd? Rottweiler vs Vizsla vs German Shepherd size comparison:
Large
Giant
Large Large
Weight
Which is heavier, Rottweiler or Vizsla or Vizsla? Rottweiler vs Vizsla vs German Shepherd weight comparison:
Male: 95-130 pounds (43-59 kg), Female: 85-115 pounds (38-52 kg) Male: 45-60 pounds (20-27 kg), Female: 40-55 pounds (18-25 kg) Male: 66-88 pounds (30-40 kg), Female: 49-71 pounds (22-32 kg)
Avg. Weight
Which dog has a smaller / higher average weight?
Male: 112.5 pounds (51 kg), Female: 100 pounds (45 kg) Male: 52.5 pounds (23.5 kg), Female: 47.5 pounds (21.5 kg) Male: 77 pounds (35 kg), Female: 60 pounds (27 kg)
Height
Which is taller, Rottweiler or Vizsla or German Shepherd? Rottweiler vs Vizsla vs German Shepherd height comparison:
Male: 24-27 inches (61-69 cm), Female: 22-25 inches (56-63 cm) Male: 22-26 inches (56-66 cm), Female: 20-24 inches (51-61 cm) Male: 24-26 inches (60-65 cm), Female: 22-24 inches (55-60 cm)
Avg. Height
Which dog has a smaller / higher average height?
Male: 25.5 inches (65 cm), Female: 23.5 inches (59.5 cm) Male: 24 inches (61 cm), Female: 22 inches (56 cm) Male: 25 inches (62.5 cm), Female: 23 inches (57.5 cm)

Rottweiler vs Vizsla vs German Shepherd Hair & Care Comparison

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat/fur do they have? Rottweiler vs Vizsla vs German Shepherd coat comparison:
Dense Fine
Dense
Hard
Coarse
Short
No Undercoat
Fuzzy
Colors
What are the original Rottweiler, Vizsla and German Shepherd color?
Mahogany
Tan
Rust
Black
Golden
Rust
Russet Gold
Dark Sandy Gold
Silver
Tan
Red
Black
Grooming
Which is easy to maintain, Rottweiler or Vizsla or German Shepherd? Rottweiler vs Vizsla vs German Shepherd grooming comparison:
Effortless: The Rottweiler requires minimal grooming.
Effortless: The Vizsla requires minimal grooming.
Average: The German Shepherd requires average grooming effort.
Shedding Level
Who sheds more Rottweiler or Vizsla or German Shepherd? Rottweiler or Vizsla or {name3 shedding:
Rottweilers shed moderately.
Vizslas shed moderately.
German Shepherds are heavy shedders.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
Which dog should be bathed more: Rottweiler or Vizsla or German Shepherd?
4-6 weeks
Average.
6-8 weeks
Rarely.
8-12 weeks
Very rarely.

Rottweiler vs Vizsla vs German Shepherd Characteristics Comparison

Temperament
Which one has a better personality? Which is a better family dog, Rottweiler or Vizsla or German Shepherd? Rottweiler vs Vizsla vs German Shepherd behavior/temperament comparison:
Alert
Fearless
Independent
Loyal
Courageous
Good-natured
Intelligent
Protective
Affectionate
Energetic
Intelligent
Protective
Cheerful
Gentle
Playful
Quiet
Easygoing
Companionable
Lively
Friendly
Evenly Tempered
Trainable
Willing
Alert
Courageous
Intelligent
Obedient
Confident
Curious
Loyal
Watchful
Intelligent Rank
Which is the smarter dog? Which is best? Rottweiler vs Vizsla vs German Shepherd intelligence:
Outstanding: Rottweiler is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Very smart: Vizsla is an excellent dog breed.
Outstanding: German Shepherd is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Trainability
Rottweiler vs Vizsla vs German Shepherd trainability comparison.
Rottweilers are easy to train.
Vizslas are easy to train.
German Shepherds are easy to train.
Playfulness
Rottweiler vs Vizsla vs German Shepherd playfulness comparison:
Rottweilers, like any other dog breed, like playing.
The Vizsla is a highly playful breed.
German Shepherds, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Sensitivity Level
Which dog is more sensitive? What's the difference?
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Vizslas don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
German Shepherds don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Affection Level
Which is the more affectionate dog breed: Rottweiler vs Vizsla vs German Shepherd?
Rottweilers are average dogs regarding their affection level.
Vizslas are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
German Shepherds are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Rottweiler vs Vizsla vs German Shepherd social needs comparison:
Rottweilers need a lot of social interaction.
Vizslas are a social breed.
German Shepherds need for social interaction is average.
Barking
Which dog barks more/less: Rottweiler vs Vizsla vs German Shepherd?
Low: The Rottweiler barks none to minimal.
Average: The Vizsla barks occasionally.
Low to Average: The German Shepherd rarely barks.
Watchdog Ability
Which is the better watchdog: Rottweiler or Vizsla or German Shepherd?
Rottweilers are one of the best watchdogs.
Vizslas are average watchdogs.
German Shepherds are one of the best watchdogs.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Which dog is most likely to protect its owner? Which is the best dog to use for protection?
Rottweilers are extremely protective guard dogs.
Vizslas are average defenders.
German Shepherds are extremely protective guard dogs.
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 Vizsla has a low chance of biting somebody.
High
The German Shepherd has a high chance of biting somebody.
Bite Force
Which bite is stronger: Rottweiler or Vizsla or German Shepherd?
Between 200 and 400 PSI
Ordinary: Average dogs have bite force between 200 and 400 PSI.
Between 200 and 400 PSI
Ordinary: Average dogs have bite force between 200 and 400 PSI.
Between 200 and 400 PSI
Ordinary: Average dogs have bite force between 200 and 400 PSI.
Mouthiness
Which is the better dog? Rottweiler vs Vizsla vs German Shepherd mouthiness comparison:
Rottweilers have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Vizslas have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
German Shepherds have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Which dog has a greater roaming instinct?
Rottweilers tend to escape less than other breeds.
Vizslas have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
German Shepherds are not the biggest explorers.
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.
Vizslas have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
German Shepherds have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Apartment Friendly
Which dog is more apartment friendly Rottweiler or Vizsla or German Shepherd?
Nem a legjobb választás Rottweiler, ha lakásban szeretnéd tartani, ugyanakkor alapos lemozgatással, napi többszöri sétával tolerálják a benti körülményeket is, így megoldható Rottweiler tartása lakásban.
Nem ajánlott lakásban tartani Vizsla kutyafajtát.
Nem a legjobb választás German Shepherd, ha lakásban szeretnéd tartani, ugyanakkor alapos lemozgatással, napi többszöri sétával tolerálják a benti körülményeket is, így megoldható German Shepherd tartása lakásban.
Adaptability
Which dog has a higher adaptability potential? Which is the better dog?
Rottweilers adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Vizslas adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
German Shepherds adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Which dog can be left alone: Rottweiler or Vizsla or German Shepherd?
Rottweilers tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Vizslas 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.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Yes
In history, this breed was unfortunately used for combat dog.

Rottweiler vs Vizsla vs German Shepherd Good With Comparison

Stranger Friendly
Which dog is more stranger friendly Rottweiler or Vizsla or German Shepherd? Which dog is more friendly?
Rottweilers are not stranger friendly dogs.
Vizslas are average friendly towards strangers.
German Shepherds are stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Which dog is more child/kid friendly Rottweiler or Vizsla or German Shepherd?
Rottweilers are not the most kid-friendly dogs.
Vizslas are kid-friendly dogs.
German Shepherds are very kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Which dog is more cat friendly Rottweiler or Vizsla or German Shepherd?
Rottweilers are average friendly towards cats.
Vizslas are average friendly towards cats.
German Shepherds are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Which dog is more dog friendly Rottweiler or Vizsla or German Shepherd?
Rottweilers are not dog-friendly.
Vizslas are average friendly towards other dogs.
German Shepherds are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
Good For First Time Owners
Which dog is good for the first-time owners: Rottweiler vs Vizsla vs German Shepherd?
No
Rottweilers are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Vizslas are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
German Shepherds are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog
Which one could be a service dog?
Yes
This breed makes good as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Yes
This breed makes good as a service dog.
Therapy Dog
Which one could be a therapy dog: Rottweiler or Vizsla or German Shepherd? Which is better for autism?
Yes
This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
Yes
This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
Yes
This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Which one could be a detection/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.
Office Friendly
Which one fits better in the office?
No
Rottweiler is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Vizsla is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
German Shepherd is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Which one could be a search and rescue dog?
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.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Which dog is good for elderly people?
Rottweilers are not the best breed for elderly people.
Vizslas are usually recommended for elderly people.
German Shepherds are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Boat Dog
Which one could be a boat dog: Rottweiler vs Vizsla vs German Shepherd?
Not really
Rottweiler breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Yes
Vizsla breed usually likes being on a boat.
Not really
German Shepherd breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Pet Friendly
Which dog breeds get along well with other animals/pets?
Rottweilers are generally with other pets.
Vizslas are generally with other pets.
German Shepherds are generally with other pets.
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.
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.

Rottweiler vs Vizsla vs German Shepherd Health Factors Comparison

Health Issues
Rottweiler vs Vizsla vs German Shepherd health comparison. Which is the healthier: Rottweiler vs Vizsla vs German Shepherd?
The Rottweiler is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
The Vizsla is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
German Shepherds are commonly healthy dogs.
Health Problems
Which one has more or less genetic/health problems: Rottweiler vs Vizsla vs German Shepherd? What are the allergies, genetic diseases and concerns for them? Rottweiler vs Vizsla vs German Shepherd health problems comparison:
Allergies
Aortic Stenosis
Bloat
Elbow Dysplasia
Hip Dysplasia
Hypothyroidism
Osteosarcoma
Panosteitis
Subvalvular Aortic Stenosis
Cancer
Epilepsy
Hip Dysplasia
Sebaceous Adenitis
Allergies
Blindness
Bloat
Cancer
Cataracts
Cherry Eye
Chronic Diarrhea
Cruciate Ligament Rupture
Cushing's Syndrome
Degenerative Myelopathy
Demodectic Mange
Diabetes
Digestive Problems
Elbow Dysplasia
Epilepsy
Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency
Heart Disease
Hemophilia A
Hemophilia B
Hip Dysplasia
Hypertrophic Osteodystrophy
Lens Luxation
Lupus
Megaesophagus
Myasthenia Gravis
Nail Bed Disease
Osteochondrosis
Pannus
Panosteitis
Paralysis
Perianal Fistula
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Retinal Dysplasia
Seborrhea
Vitiligo
Von Willebrand's Disease
Wobbler's Syndrome
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 Vizsla should have a complete physical check-up at least once per year.
Rare
The German Shepherd should have a complete physical check-up at least every 12-18 months (but preferably once per year).
Life Expectancy
Rottweiler vs Vizsla vs German Shepherd lifespan comparison. How long do Rottweiler, Vizsla and German Shepherd breeds live? Which one has a longer lifespan/life expectancy?
8-11 years 10-14 years 10-13 years
Hypoallergenic
Rottweiler vs Vizsla vs German Shepherd hypoallergenic comparison. Which dog is hypoallergenic or not?
No No No
Energy Level
Who has more energy a Rottweiler or Vizsla or German Shepherd? Rottweiler vs Vizsla vs German Shepherd energy level comparison:
Rottweilers have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Vizslas are high energy dogs.
German Shepherds are high energy dogs.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
Rottweiler vs Vizsla vs German Shepherd exercise need comparison. Which dog needs more activity? Which dog needs the most exercise: Rottweiler or Vizsla or German Shepherd? Which dog needs the most walking? Which dog is the laziest?
Rottweilers have an average exercise need.
Vizslas need a lot of exercises.
German Shepherds need quite a lot of exercise.
Sleeping Need
Which one sleeps the least/most: Rottweiler or Vizsla or German Shepherd?
Rottweilers are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Vizslas don't need too much sleep.
German Shepherds don't need too much sleep.
Avg. daily food consumption
Which dog eats more: Rottweiler or Vizsla or German Shepherd?
Recommended daily amount: 4 to 10 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 2 to 3 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 / Prone to Obesity
Which dog breed is more prone to obesity? Rottweiler vs Vizsla vs German Shepherd weight gain potential comparison:
High: The Rottweiler breed has a strong tendency to overweight.
Low to Average.
Low to Average.
Weather & Climate
Which dog is best for hot or cold weather: Rottweiler vs Vizsla vs German Shepherd?
Prefers average to warm weather conditions Prefers average to warm weather conditions Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness
Which dog breed smells least? Which dog smells most? Which is best, Rottweiler vs Vizsla vs German Shepherd?
Medium
The Rottweiler has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Vizsla has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The German Shepherd 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.
The Vizsla is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The German Shepherd is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Rottweiler vs Vizsla vs German Shepherd Reproducibility Comparison

Gestation Length 60-64 days 60-64 days 60-64 days
Litter Frequency 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
How many puppies can Rottweiler and Vizsla and German Shepherd have?
8-12 puppies 6-8 puppies 6-10 puppies

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