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Doberman Pinscher vs Rottweiler vs American Pit Bull Terrier – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Doberman Pinscher vs Rottweiler vs American Pit Bull Terrier" Compare Doberman Pinscher and Rottweiler. Which is better: Doberman Pinscher or Rottweiler or American Pit Bull Terrier?
Name Doberman Pinscher Rottweiler American Pit Bull Terrier
OriginsGermany Germany United States
Group Working Dogs Working Dogs Hunting Dogs
Popularity Rank168336
Reviews123
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Other Names Dobie, Dobermann, Dobynm, Doberman Rottie, Rott APBT, Pit Bull, Pitty, Pit, Pitbull
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1908 as a Working breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1931 as a Working breed. Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group 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 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 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 Colonial Rottweiler Club Deutscher Rottweiler Klub International Rottweiler Club 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
Price $800-$1000 $1200-$2000 $500-$700

General Appearance - Doberman Pinscher vs Rottweiler vs American Pit Bull Terrier

Size Medium Large Giant Medium
Weight Male: 88-99 pounds (40-45 kg), Female: 71-77 pounds (32-35 kg) Male: 95-130 pounds (43-59 kg), Female: 85-115 pounds (38-52 kg) 22-78 pounds (10-35 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 93.5 pounds (42.5 kg), Female: 74 pounds (33.5 kg) Male: 112.5 pounds (51 kg), Female: 100 pounds (45 kg) 50 pounds (22.5 kg)
Height Male: 26-28 inches (66-71cm), Female: 24-26 inches (61-66 cm) Male: 24-27 inches (61-69 cm), Female: 22-25 inches (56-63 cm) 14-24 inches (35-60 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 27 inches (68.5 cm), Female: 25 inches (63.5 cm) Male: 25.5 inches (65 cm), Female: 23.5 inches (59.5 cm) 19 inches (47.5 cm)

Hair & Care - Doberman Pinscher vs Rottweiler vs American Pit Bull Terrier

Coat Fine Dense Fine
Colors Blue Red Tan Brown White Black Mahogany Tan Rust Black Blue Gray White Tan Brown Red Yellow Black
Grooming
Easy to groom: The Doberman Pinscher doesn't require a lot of grooming.
Effortless: The Rottweiler requires minimal grooming.
Effortless: The American Pit Bull Terrier requires minimal grooming.
Shedding Level
Doberman Pinschers shed moderately.
Rottweilers shed moderately.
American Pit Bull Terriers shed moderately.

Characteristics - Doberman Pinscher vs Rottweiler vs American Pit Bull Terrier

Temperament Alert Fearless Loyal Energetic Intelligent Obedient Alert Fearless Independent Loyal Courageous Good-natured Intelligent Protective Affectionate Clownish Friendly Loyal Strong Willed Aggressive Courageous Intelligent Obedient Stubborn
Intelligent Rank
Outstanding: Doberman Pinscher is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Outstanding: Rottweiler is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Average: American Pit Bull Terrier's has average obedience intelligence.
Trainability
Doberman Pinschers are quite easy to train.
Rottweilers are easy to train.
American Pit Bull Terriers are easy to train.
Playfulness
Doberman Pinschers, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Rottweilers, like any other dog breed, like playing.
The American Pit Bull Terrier is a playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
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.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Affection Level
Doberman Pinschers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Rottweilers are average dogs regarding their affection level.
American Pit Bull Terriers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Doberman Pinschers need for social interaction is average.
Rottweilers need a lot of social interaction.
American Pit Bull Terriers are a social breed.
Barking
Low to Average: The Doberman Pinscher rarely barks.
Low: The Rottweiler barks none to minimal.
Average: The American Pit Bull Terrier barks occasionally.
Watchdog Ability
Doberman Pinschers are one of the best watchdogs.
Rottweilers are one of the best watchdogs.
American Pit Bull Terriers are average watchdogs.
Territorial
Doberman Pinschers are extremely protective guard dogs.
Rottweilers are extremely protective guard dogs.
American Pit Bull Terriers are average defenders.
Biting Potential Moderate
The Doberman Pinscher has an average chance of biting somebody.
High
The Rottweiler has a high chance of biting somebody.
High
The American Pit Bull Terrier has a high chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Doberman Pinschers have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Rottweilers have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
American Pit Bull Terriers have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Doberman Pinschers tend to escape less than other breeds.
Rottweilers tend to escape less than other breeds.
Wanderlust potential of the American Pit Bull Terrier is strong enough to escape from home.
Prey Drive
Doberman Pinschers don't have an impulse to catch or chase small animals.
Rottweilers have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
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.
Apartment Friendly
Doberman Pinschers are very apartment-friendly dogs.
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.
American Pit Bull Terriers are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Adaptability
Doberman Pinschers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Rottweilers adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
American Pit Bull Terriers adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
Rottweilers tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
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.
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 - Doberman Pinscher vs Rottweiler vs American Pit Bull Terrier

Stranger Friendly
Doberman Pinschers are not stranger friendly dogs.
Rottweilers are not stranger friendly dogs.
American Pit Bull Terriers are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Doberman Pinschers are average friendly dogs towards children.
Rottweilers are not the most kid-friendly dogs.
American Pit Bull Terriers are kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Doberman Pinschers are average friendly towards cats.
Rottweilers are average friendly towards cats.
American Pit Bull Terriers are not cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Doberman Pinschers are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
Rottweilers are not dog-friendly.
American Pit Bull Terriers are not dog-friendly.
Office Friendly No
Doberman Pinscher is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Rottweiler is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
American Pit Bull Terrier is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Doberman Pinschers are commonly okay with elderly people.
Rottweilers are not the best breed for elderly people.
American Pit Bull Terriers are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Doberman Pinschers are generally with other pets.
Rottweilers are generally with other pets.
American Pit Bull Terriers do best when they’re the only pet at the family.
Good For First Time Owners No
Doberman Pinschers are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Rottweilers are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
American Pit Bull Terriers are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Yes
This breed makes good 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.
Yes
This breed makes a perfect 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.
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
Doberman Pinscher breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Rottweiler breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
American Pit Bull Terrier 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.
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.

Health Factors - Doberman Pinscher vs Rottweiler vs American Pit Bull Terrier

Health Issues
Doberman Pinschers are commonly healthy dogs.
The Rottweiler 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 and frequent health issues than other breeds.
Health Problems Cardiomyopathy Hip Dysplasia Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Von Willebrand's Disease Wobbler's Syndrome Allergies Aortic Stenosis Bloat Elbow Dysplasia Hip Dysplasia Hypothyroidism Osteosarcoma Panosteitis Subvalvular Aortic Stenosis Demodectic Mange Hip Dysplasia Skin Allergies
Life Expectancy 10-12 years 8-11 years 10-14 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
Doberman Pinschers have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Rottweilers have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
American Pit Bull Terriers have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Exercise Need
Doberman Pinschers need quite a lot of exercise.
Rottweilers have an average exercise need.
American Pit Bull Terriers have an average exercise need.
Sleeping Need
Doberman Pinschers sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Rottweilers are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
American Pit Bull Terriers are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Avg. daily food consumption 5 to 6 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. Recommended daily amount: 4 to 10 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
Average.
High: The Rottweiler breed has a strong tendency to overweight.
Average.
Weather & Climate Prefers warm weather Prefers average to warm weather conditions Prefers average to warm weather conditions
Stinkiness Medium
The Doberman Pinscher has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Rottweiler has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The American Pit Bull Terrier has an average chance of bad smell.
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 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 American Pit Bull Terrier is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Doberman Pinscher vs Rottweiler vs American Pit Bull Terrier

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 6-10 puppies 8-12 puppies 5-8 puppies

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