Rottweiler Vs Doberman – What’s the Difference?

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If you’re looking for a dog to be a companion or an aggressive guard dog you’re in for a treat. Rottweilers typically have a short double coat while Dobermans have a thicker double coat. Both dogs have double coats which are composed of two layers of fur. The undercoat is dense and woolly while the top coat is comprised of guard hairs. Both coats protect the dog from weather but their double-layer appearance can result in double-shedding during shedding season.


When comparing the Rottweiler vs. Doberman shape you should take their size and temperament into consideration. The Doberman is slightly smaller than the Rottweiler and stands at around 27 inches tall. The Rottweiler is slightly larger than the Doberman but they are similar in shape. Rottweilers are also a bit stockier with a slightly thinner frame.

The Doberman tends to live longer than the Rottweiler but both dogs are known to be incredibly affectionate. The velcro dog is extremely intuitive and picks up on household stress. Hence do not leave it home alone for long. You should consider taking your Doberman outside as he would feel lonely if left alone. They are great family pets but they do not make good pets for children.

The German Pinscher and Doberman are both long-bodied dogs. The German Pinscher has a shorter tail than the Rottweiler. Both are medium-sized dogs and the length of their tails varies between 26 and 28 inches. But the Doberman has a much thicker tail than the Rottweiler. While the German Pinscher is more compact and sturdier the Doberman has a larger tail.


If you’re considering getting a dog you might wonder if the size of a Rottweiler or Doberman is comparable. The size of the two breeds is comparable but there are some notable differences between them. A Rottweiler’s bite is larger and stronger whereas a Doberman’s isn’t as big but they’re both powerful and good guardians. While the Rottweiler’s size will give him more power over an intruder the Doberman may struggle with the task.

Size is also an important consideration when deciding between the two breeds. Dobermans and Rottweilers both weigh between 60 and 135 pounds and both can grow to be as tall as 28 inches. While the Doberman is taller than a Rottweiler the Rottweiler has a stockier leaner frame. It is also important to note that a Rottweiler’s skull is larger and its bite force is stronger than a Doberman’s.


When it comes to size Rottweilers and Dobermans are nearly the same. While both breeds are large they are not exactly the same. A Rottweiler can grow up to 20 inches in height and weigh thirty to forty pounds while a Doberman can be two to three inches shorter. Rottweilers are also a bit stockier than Dobermans and are slightly taller but their height is proportional to their body size.

However both dogs can suffer from the same medical conditions. While both breeds have relatively low risks for developing health problems Rottweilers are prone to certain health issues. Bloat for example is often life-threatening if not caught in time. While researchers have not fully determined the cause of bloat in dogs the condition can be prevented by minor surgery. This procedure is often performed during spaying.


While both dogs are considered medium-sized the Doberman is a bit taller. They’re both medium-sized dogs with a height of around 28 inches. Rottweilers are slightly shorter than Dobermans and they’re slightly stockier and leaner. They can weigh anywhere from 60 to 100 pounds. Because both dogs are used to pulling and hauling large objects their heights are important considerations.

The Doberman is slightly shorter than the Rottweiler but its ears are significantly larger. It’s the result of the former’s ear cropping practices. While both breeds require daily grooming male Dobermans have slightly larger ears. If you’re looking for a large dog consider whether you’ll be able to maintain it properly. While both dogs shed moderately male Dobermans are better suited for small households.

While Rottweilers are generally larger and heavier than Dobermans both breeds are largely similar when it comes to lifespan. Rottweilers live about nine to ten years on average while Dobermans typically live eight to 11 years. Life expectancy of both dogs depends on the care they receive so choosing a breed based on height and weight may not be an easy decision.

Ian Hill

Ian Hill

Owning a Doberman isn't like owning any other type of dog.
The love of a Doberman is deep, but their power is unmatched.
If you want to know more about these marvelous dogs, you've come to the right place.

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Owning a Doberman isn’t like owning any other type of dog.
The love of a Doberman is deep, but their power is unmatched.
If you want to know more about these marvelous dogs, you’ve come to the right place.

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