German Shepherd vs. Rottweiler vs. Doberman

by Jonathan Weeks
Read this blog to have a comparison of Rottweiler vs German Shepherd vs Doberman.

Doberman, German Shepherd, and Rottweiler are dogs that have their origins in Germany. While Doberman and Rottweiler are classified as work dogs, German Shepherds are famous as Hound Dogs. They do have their similarities and differences. We will try to compare each based on different parameters below. Bear in mind that none of these breeds are recommended if you are a first-time dog owner.


Comparing a Rottweiler vs german shepherd vs Doberman

German Shepherd and Doberman are medium and large breeds, respectively. While a Doberman may weigh as much as 100 pounds and attain a height of 28 inches, German Shepherds can weigh about 88 pounds reaching a height of 26 inches. Rottweiler, on the other hand, is a giant breed weighing as much as 130 pounds and touching a height of 27 inches.


Hair & care

A Doberman sports a fine coat, German Shepherd has a fuzzy coat, and the Rottweiler sports a fine coat. While the other two require minimal efforts for grooming, you have to put in more effort to groom a German Shepherd. Also, both Doberman and Rottweiler are minimal shedders but a German Shepherd sheds heavily.



Each of these breeds are popular for their alert, fearless instincts. They are equally courageous and incredibly loyal to their owners. When trained properly, they can turn into a good-natured, intelligent, and protective family pet. Moreover, each of them ranks as one of the brightest breeds in terms of intelligence.



The three breeds are very easy to train and are famous for their playful nature. Rottweilers are known to be more sensitive as compared to the other two. However, the other two breeds do not like irregular daily routines, loud environments, and regular visitors.


Affection level

Doberman and German Shepherds can be rated to be more genuine, soft, gentle, and loving towards their owners/family. The affection rating is average in terms of a Rottweiler.


Chances to roam or wander & prey drive

All three breeds are rated low when it comes to the possibility to escape or roam around. They are not known to be the best explorers too. But a German Shepherd and Rottweiler are more likely to chase and catch something than any other breed.


Apartment friendliness 

Raising a Doberman inside an apartment will not be a problem. But raising any of the other two breeds is not recommended if there isn’t any opportunity for them to go out for a walk several times during the day.


Separation anxiety 

This is quite high in each of the breeds. They would panic, bark, cry, and turn destructive if left alone by their owners for a considerable time.



The three breeds are not stranger friendly. But if raised well and socialized since puppyhood, a German Shepherd and Doberman can be great companions for kids they live around. Rottweiler, on the other hand, is not as kid-friendly as the others. While the three are not that friendly with other dogs living in the same house, they are rated average when living with other pets around them. Similarly, they are not the most suitable dogs to accompany you to your office or large social gatherings. Lastly, while a Rottweiler and a German Shepherd can be great companions for the elderly, a Doberman is okay with them.



The three breeds have the same gestation period that ranges between 60-64 days. Breeding once a year is recommended, as frequent breeding may not be healthy. On average, the litter size can be anywhere between 6-12 puppies.


Other characteristics 

Rottweilers need a lot of social interaction, which is average in the case of the other two breeds. However, these dogs are rated low for barking as they do so rarely. Each of them is among the best watchdogs one may have. The tendency to bite is substantially high for a German Shepherd and a Rottweiler as compared to a Doberman. A German Shepherd and Rottweiler have often been used as a service and therapy dog but Dobermans are not good for either of the two options.


Price & life expectancy 

All three breeds are Purebred dogs and are valued within a price bracket of $800 to $2000 USD. They are likely to live as long as 11 to 13 years. 


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