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Flat-Coated Retriever vs Doberman Pinscher vs Dalmatian – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

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Name Flat-Coated Retriever Doberman Pinscher Dalmatian
OriginsUnited Kingdom Germany Croatia
Group Gun Dog Working Dogs Companion Dogs
Popularity Rank961663
Reviews211
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Other Names Flatcoat, Flattie, Flatte Dobie, Dobermann, Dobynm, Doberman Dal, Dally, Carriage Dog, Spotted Coach Dog, Firehouse Dog, Plum Pudding Dog
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1915 as a Sporting breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1908 as a Working breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1888 as a Non-Sporting breed.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs group, in the Retrievers 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 Scent hounds and related breeds group, in the Related breeds 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 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 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 $1000-$1200 $800-$1000 $500-$600

General Appearance - Flat-Coated Retriever vs Doberman Pinscher vs Dalmatian

Size Large Medium Large
Weight 60-70 pounds (27-32 kg) Male: 88-99 pounds (40-45 kg), Female: 71-77 pounds (32-35 kg) about 55 pounds (25 kg)
Avg. Weight 65 pounds (29.5 kg) Male: 93.5 pounds (42.5 kg), Female: 74 pounds (33.5 kg) about 55 pounds (25 kg)
Height 22-23 inches (56-58 cm) Male: 26-28 inches (66-71cm), Female: 24-26 inches (61-66 cm) Male: 22 - 24 inches (50 – 60 cm), Female: 20 - 22 inches (50 - 55 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 23 inches (58,5 cm), Female: 22 inches (56 cm) Male: 27 inches (68.5 cm), Female: 25 inches (63.5 cm) Male: 22 - 24 inches (50 – 60 cm), Female: 20 - 22 inches (50 - 55 cm)

Hair & Care - Flat-Coated Retriever vs Doberman Pinscher vs Dalmatian

Coat Thick Shiny Fine Fine
Colors Liver Black Blue Red Tan Brown White Black White Liver Brown Black
Grooming
Easy to groom: The Flat-Coated Retriever doesn't require a lot of grooming.
Easy to groom: The Doberman Pinscher doesn't require a lot of grooming.
Effortless: The Dalmatian requires minimal grooming.
Shedding Level
Flat-Coated Retrievers shed moderately.
Doberman Pinschers shed moderately.
Dalmatians are heavy shedders.

Characteristics - Flat-Coated Retriever vs Doberman Pinscher vs Dalmatian

Temperament Friendly Devoted Outgoing Confident Optimistic Intelligent Alert Fearless Loyal Energetic Intelligent Obedient Active Friendly Outgoing Sensitive Energetic Intelligent Playful
Intelligent Rank
Very smart: Flat-Coated Retriever is an excellent dog breed.
Outstanding: Doberman Pinscher is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Smart: Dalmatian's has great intelligence.
Trainability
Flat-Coated Retrievers are easy to train.
Doberman Pinschers are quite easy to train.
Dalmatians are quite easy to train.
Playfulness
The Flat-Coated Retriever is a highly playful breed.
Doberman Pinschers, like any other dog breed, like playing.
The Dalmatian is a highly playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
Flat-Coated Retrievers don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
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
Flat-Coated Retrievers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Doberman Pinschers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Dalmatians are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Flat-Coated Retrievers need for social interaction is average.
Doberman Pinschers need for social interaction is average.
Dalmatians need a lot of social interaction.
Barking
Average: The Flat-Coated Retriever barks occasionally.
Low to Average: The Doberman Pinscher rarely barks.
Average: The Dalmatian barks occasionally.
Watchdog Ability
Flat-Coated Retrievers are one of the best watchdogs.
Doberman Pinschers are one of the best watchdogs.
Dalmatians are average watchdogs.
Territorial
Flat-Coated Retrievers are average defenders.
Doberman Pinschers are extremely protective guard dogs.
Dalmatians are average defenders.
Biting Potential Low
The Flat-Coated Retriever has a low chance of biting somebody.
Moderate
The Doberman Pinscher has an average chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Dalmatian has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Flat-Coated Retrievers 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.
Dalmatians have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Wanderlust potential of the Flat-Coated Retriever is strong enough to escape from home.
Doberman Pinschers tend to escape less than other breeds.
Wanderlust potential of the Dalmatian is strong enough to escape from home.
Prey Drive
Flat-Coated Retrievers 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.
Doberman Pinschers don't have an impulse to catch or chase small animals.
Dalmatians have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Apartment Friendly
Flat-Coated Retrievers are not apartment-friendly dogs.
Doberman Pinschers are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Dalmatians are not apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Flat-Coated Retrievers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Doberman Pinschers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Dalmatians adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
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.
Dalmatians tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Fighting 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.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With - Flat-Coated Retriever vs Doberman Pinscher vs Dalmatian

Stranger Friendly
Flat-Coated Retrievers are stranger friendly dogs.
Doberman Pinschers are not stranger friendly dogs.
Dalmatians are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Flat-Coated Retrievers are kid-friendly dogs.
Doberman Pinschers are average friendly dogs towards children.
Dalmatians are very kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Flat-Coated Retrievers are average friendly towards cats.
Doberman Pinschers are average friendly towards cats.
Dalmatians are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Flat-Coated Retrievers are dog-friendly dogs.
Doberman Pinschers are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
Dalmatians are very dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
Flat-Coated Retriever is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Doberman Pinscher is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Dalmatian is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Flat-Coated Retrievers are usually recommended for elderly people.
Doberman Pinschers are commonly okay with elderly people.
Dalmatians are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Flat-Coated Retrievers are generally with other pets.
Doberman Pinschers are generally with other pets.
Dalmatians are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners No
Flat-Coated Retrievers 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
Dalmatians are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog Not really
This breed generally not used 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 Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Yes
This breed makes a perfect 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 Yes
Flat-Coated Retriever breed usually likes being on a boat.
Not really
Doberman Pinscher breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Dalmatian 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.
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 - Flat-Coated Retriever vs Doberman Pinscher vs Dalmatian

Health Issues
Very healthy dog breed.
Doberman Pinschers are commonly healthy dogs.
Dalmatians are commonly healthy dogs.
Health Problems Cancer Cardiomyopathy Hip Dysplasia Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Von Willebrand's Disease Wobbler's Syndrome Allergies Deafness Hip Dysplasia Iris Sphincter Dysplasia Skin Allergies Urolithiasis
Life Expectancy 10-13 years 10-12 years 12-14 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
Flat-Coated Retrievers are high energy dogs.
Doberman Pinschers have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Dalmatians are high energy dogs.
Exercise Need
Flat-Coated Retrievers need a lot of exercises.
Doberman Pinschers need quite a lot of exercise.
Dalmatians need a lot of exercises.
Sleeping Need
Flat-Coated Retrievers don't need too much sleep.
Doberman Pinschers sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Dalmatians don't need too much sleep.
Avg. daily food consumption 3-4 cup high-quality commercial dog food (that is formulated for large-breed dogs), divided into two meals. 5 to 6 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. Recommended daily amount: 1.5 to 2 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Average to High.
Average.
Average to High.
Weather & Climate Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Flat-Coated Retriever can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Prefers warm weather Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness Medium
The Flat-Coated Retriever has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Doberman Pinscher has an average chance of bad smell.
Low
The Dalmatian has a low chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Flat-Coated Retriever is a perfect example for low 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 Dalmatian is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Flat-Coated Retriever vs Doberman Pinscher vs Dalmatian

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 4-8 puppies 6-10 puppies 6-9 puppies

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