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Old 07-23-2006, 06:15 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Doberman vs Rottweiler its a hard choice

Like both breeds but I can only have one I know people here are biased towards the doberman.Can you guys tell me the goods and bads in both breeds
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Old 07-23-2006, 06:17 PM   #2 (permalink)
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They're two different dogs. I think it would be easier if you were to tell us what you were looking for in a dog and then maybe we could help you decide which breed would be best suited for you, your life style and what you want out of your companion.
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They're two different dogs. I think it would be easier if you were to tell us what you were looking for in a dog and then maybe we could help you decide which breed would be best suited for you, your life style and what you want out of your companion.
Pretty much just a pet/guard dog .I am a pretty fit guy and I like to take long walks daily
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Either breed is fit to handle that.

DPCA - http://www.dpca.org/DobeAbout.html discusses temperment and other important aspects of the doberman

I didn't find the breed club for the rott, had to settle for the AKC description..
http://www.akc.org/breeds/rottweiler/index.cfm
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In Duchess's obedience there are two rotts...I tend to compare the breeds while they are in down and sit stays. The thing that is the thing I notice most is the Rotts getting overheated pretty easily. They will be panting and drooling meanwhile Duchess hasnt even opened her mouth...and the heat doesnt phase her at all. She has an amazing endurance. also when we do stand stays and examine the dog to our right when I examine the rotts...Im not use to all the hair the comes off them while petting them!
but that is the only negative things I have seen with rotts...
so if you can handle a dog that slows down quicker, drools more, and sheds more...a rott would be fine...but if you are up for the amount of energy and endurance a dobe has...a dobe would be fine.
I just think those are the major differences between the breed...shedding, drooling, and endurance. Keep us updated on the research you do we'd love to help...check out the past threads...and photo gallery...also I believe there are some members that have a rott or too also...that could talk to ya
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My cousine has a Rott and from that experience I have noticed that they can't be "as active" as a doberman can be. So if you want a dog that will keep up with your workouts (running, jogging, walking, playing) than I would go with a Dobie. Also, since Rotts tend to weigh 100lbs+ I would think they may be more prone to hip/joint issues (just thinking outloud, I am not an expert). Do your research though, and like TracyJo said, it depends on what you are looking for in a dog.

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Rotts arent half as energy packed like Dobes a 30 Minute walk/run and their happy. Both Breeds are very Loyal and make great Pets. Dobes need a owner that has researched alot to understand them a great deal. Why is the 2 choices only a Rott or Dobe? I'm not trying to be rude I just hope its not b.c of there History and looks soley. Finding a Good Doberman is a job in itself finding a good Rottweiler is even harder. German shepherds are also great Family/Guard dogs. A few long walks a day isnt gonna keep a Dobe Happy for long They need tons of Attention,Love,Time and Training. Females tend to be more Stubborn but more affectionate then Males. If you Choose a Rott I would get a Girl they wont weigh as much as a male and for exercising like you Do the Dog needs to be able to get around lol. I got a male Rott from the pound last summer he weighed 150 he could barely walk. I had him for 6 months when we went back to the vet he weighed 96 He didnt wanna move at all everyday I forced him outside we walked like 20 feet and he would lay down where ever we were and not move for 5-10 min.

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My brother has a rott. I am in love with her but she isn't the dog for me. Gracie and Ginger (brothers dog) will play. After about 10 minutes Ginger needs to relax for a few minutes or she will over heat. She is a lot easier on playing with kids. I am sure Gracie would be too if we had kids around all the time. Gracie has non stop energy. She has to run every where she goes. I hope this helps you in your search. Both of them are wonderful breeds...

P.s. Rotts do have hip and joint problems. My brother just got Ginger tested not to long ago, she will need to have surgery on her hips sooner or later I guess.
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Two very different dogs. You might be happy with either choice but since they are so different one will probably be better suited to you. All depends on what you're like and what you want in the dog (other then being protective as both breeds are good at that).

As LapDog pointed out, first difference you will notice is their coats. Rotts have double coats, so more like a German Shepherd then a dobe. While dobes shed short prikly hairs, the rotts shed softer fluffier undercoat and their topcoat.

Rotts are less active, so if you'd rather have a dog that won't be bouncing around the house a rott could be a better choice. They do require exercise as they are prone to becomming over weight, but their exercise needs are different then the dobe's. Dobes are more agile and have more endurance. If you have a more active lifestyle and would for example run with the dog, a dobe would be a better choice.

Both bond well with their handler/familly, however rotts tend to be more dominant and stubborn. They can be harder to train. Keep in mind the history of the two breeds. Dobes were created with the purpose of working closely with their handler and being very reactive and sensitive to the handler's inputs. Rotts were amongst other things cattle herders. That requires a more independantly thinking and working dog. Also a more hardheaded dog to deal with the task of herding animals much bigger and some times very stubborn.

Have you ever spent any time with either breed? Do you have any past dog experience at all, if so, with what breeds?
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I have had an american bulldog before and a neapolitan mastiff almost hate too say but i don't like the look of the doberman without there ears cropped they look goofy

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Someone i know once compared the doberman to an arabian horse,i guess that sums them up for me,athletic,sleek,and so good on the eye then there's the character,boy you gotta know what you are letting yourself in for if you get a dobe,jet propulsion,never empty fuel tanks,and a dog you have to keep amused because a bored dobe will drive you nuts.
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Not quite sure what your opinion of a natural eared Dobe's appearance has to do with this. But if that is how you really feel, and you decide upon a Doberman, I would suggest you find a reputable breeder who provides their customers with nicely cropped puppies.
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Not quite sure what your opinion of a natural eared Dobe's appearance has to do with this. But if that is how you really feel, and you decide upon a Doberman, I would suggest you find a reputable breeder who provides their customers with nicely cropped puppies.
Yeah we have had some horror stories about bad crops on here!
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Ok, then if that's the kind of dog you're used to, a rott would be much closer alike. A neo and a dobe would be like a dump truck and a ferrari. Would you be happy with a faster paced dog or would that drive you nuts?
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My family has had Rottweilers ever since I can remember, now we have a Doberman and a Rottweiler but I do know tons of other Dobes besides my own as my friend is a Dobie breeder. Anyway, Rottweilers (atleast the ones I've had and others I know) are very intelligent (but stubborn), athletic, willing to please, energetic dogs. They do have an undercoat though, which is something the Dobe does not have, and they do require regular brushing. The msot common weight I've seen in females is around 75-85lbs and males can be anywhere from 95-155lbs. Big difference compared to the Doberman. Rottweilers aren't as gaurdy as Dobermans are though, they listen and watch for things but they don't appear to be as ready for action as Dobes. Don't get me wrong, they are very protective, just not quite as much as Dobermans. Rottweilers shed tons, due to their undercoat and their longer top coat. Dobermans also shed, but not as much. Rottweilers are being way overbred and so it is hard to find a nicely bred Rottie without health or temperament problems. They are out there though, you jsut have to look hard. Its also rather difficult to find a good Dobie breeder, but not as much so as it is to find a Rottie breeder. Rottweilers don't withstand the heat as well as a Doberman does, but they do a lot better in the winter (that doesn't mean they can stay outside too long though) compared to the Dobe if you live somewhere where you get major seasonal changes. Rottweilers, like Dobermans, are extremely devoted dogs to their owner and/or family. If you have any specific questions about the Rottweiler, I'd be glad to answer them for you but for now, this is all I can think of to tell you about them.
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If I do dobie I am thinking about getting from hoytt
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This is the DPCA breeder referral page, by no means is EVERY breeder listed the best of the best, but it is a good place to start looking, better then just checking websites that is.
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