Rottweiler vs German Shepherd

Breed Snapshot

Life Expectancy:
9 to 10 years
Size:

Large

Maintenance Level:

Medium

Shed Level:

Medium

Best For

The Rottweiler is best for active homes without small children or cats and an experienced pet parent.

Rottweiler Temperament

A well-trained Rottweiler dog is calm and confident. Unlike a Golden Retriever who readily welcomes guests to your home, a Rottweiler may hang back and assess the situation, not ready to make a friend. To their family, they are ready to play and ready to protect in a split sec...

A well-trained Rottweiler dog is calm and confident. Unlike a Golden Retriever who readily welcomes guests to your home, a Rottweiler may hang back and assess the situation, not ready to make a friend. To their family, they are ready to play and ready to protect in a split second. Despite their size, your Rottweiler may think they’re a lap dog and squeeze as much of themselves onto your lap as possible.

This highly intelligent and protective dog needs a confident, experienced family. Rottweilers were bred to be guard dogs, and they are really good at it. They have a deep growl they use to alert their families to a potential threat, but they have an equally famous “rumble” sound they make when they are happy and content. (It frequently accompanies a belly rub.) Because of their protective nature, Rottweilers have high biting tendencies. So, it is important your Rottweiler starts their training as a puppy.

Rottweilers do best in homes where they are the only pet, as they tend to make their BFF their family instead of another dog or a cat. If your Rottie is properly socialized and well-trained, they can be a good dog for your family.

Rottweiler Traits

Friendliness
Exercise Needs
Health Issues
Barking Tendencies
Grooming Needs
Shedding Level
Training Needs
Good With Kids
Good With Cats
Good As A Service Dog
Good For Apartments & Small Homes
Biting Tendencies
Energy Level
Good With Other Dogs
Playfulness
Sensitive to Cold Weather
Sensitive to Warm Weather
Good For First Time Pet Parents

Breed Snapshot

Life Expectancy:
12 to 14 years
Size:

Large

Maintenance Level:

High

Shed Level:

Very High

Best For

German Shepherds are best for active households and experienced pet parents who are ready to train this highly-active pup.

German Shepherd Temperament

Born guardians, the German Shepherd’s best trait is their intense, unwavering loyalty to their families. (There’s a reason they make some of the best police dogs.) The fearless breed has also been known to put themselves in harm’s way before they let a family member get hur...

Born guardians, the German Shepherd’s best trait is their intense, unwavering loyalty to their families. (There’s a reason they make some of the best police dogs.) The fearless breed has also been known to put themselves in harm’s way before they let a family member get hurt.

Not surprisingly, friendliness is not the German Shepherd dog breed’s strong suit. They can be aloof, and you definitely have to earn their trust. Naturally wary of strangers, a German Shepherd will default to “guard dog mode” if they believe their family is in danger.

Early social interactions with kids, babies and other animals is also important if you want your German Shepherd to be well-behaved around guests. With the proper education, this easy-to-train pup can be a great family dog.

German Shepherds are born talkers. They will bark when they’re bored, and they’ll bark to alert you if something isn’t quite right. But training and exercise can help curb a lippy pup and keep their barking to when you need it the most.

These dogs are incredibly smart, and they are at their best when they have a job to do, whether working as a police or military dog, doing tracking or search and rescue, serving as a guide dog or at home practicing scent work or solving puzzles for a treat. And when they’re with their family, German Shepherds will let their silly side show as they flip their toys in the air and roll around on their backs.

German Shepherd Traits

Friendliness
Exercise Needs
Health Issues
Barking Tendencies
Grooming Needs
Shedding Level
Training Needs
Good With Kids
Good With Cats
Good As A Service Dog
Good For Apartments & Small Homes
Biting Tendencies
Energy Level
Good With Other Dogs
Playfulness
Sensitive to Cold Weather
Sensitive to Warm Weather
Good For First Time Pet Parents
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