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American Staffordshire Terrier vs Rottweiler vs Akita – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between American Staffordshire Terrier vs Rottweiler vs Akita" Compare American Staffordshire Terrier and Rottweiler. Which is better: American Staffordshire Terrier or Rottweiler or Akita?
Name American Staffordshire Terrier Rottweiler Akita
OriginsUnited States Germany Japan
Group Hunting Dogs Working Dogs Working Dogs
Popularity Rank83847
Reviews552
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Other Names Amstaff, Stafford, Staffy Rottie, Rott Great Japanese Dog, Japanese Akita, American Akita
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1936 as a Terrier breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1931 as a Working breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1972 as a Working breed.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Terriers group, in the Bull type Terriers section. Recognized by FCI in the Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattledogs group, in the Molossian type section. Recognized by FCI in the Spitz and primitive types group, in the Asian Spitz and related breeds section.
Breed Recognition No set 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 Colonial Rottweiler Club Deutscher Rottweiler Klub International Rottweiler Club American Canine Registry American Kennel Club America's Pet Registry Canadian Kennel Club Dog Registry of America Inc. North American Purebred Registry, Inc. American Canine Association, Inc. Continental Kennel Club National Kennel Club
Price $800-$1000 $1200-$2000 $800-$1200

General Appearance - American Staffordshire Terrier vs Rottweiler vs Akita

Size Medium Large Giant Large
Weight 57-67 pounds (25-30 kg) Male: 95-130 pounds (43-59 kg), Female: 85-115 pounds (38-52 kg) Male: 75-120 pounds (34-54 kg), Female: 75-110 pounds (34-50 kg)
Avg. Weight 62 pounds (27.5 kg) Male: 112.5 pounds (51 kg), Female: 100 pounds (45 kg) Male: 97.5 pounds (44 kg), Female: 92.5 pounds (42 kg)
Height Male: 17-19 inches (43-48 cm), Female: 16-18 inches (41-46 cm) Male: 24-27 inches (61-69 cm), Female: 22-25 inches (56-63 cm) Male: 26-28 inches (66-71 cm), Female: 24-26 inches (61-66 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 18 inches (45.5 cm), Female: 17 inches (43.5 cm) Male: 25.5 inches (65 cm), Female: 23.5 inches (59.5 cm) Male: 27 inches (68.5 cm), Female: 25 inches (63.5 cm)

Hair & Care - American Staffordshire Terrier vs Rottweiler vs Akita

Coat Fine Dense Fluffy Dense Waterproof Straight
Colors Brown Blue White Black Mahogany Tan Rust Black Red Fawn White Black Brown
Grooming
Effortless: The American Staffordshire Terrier requires minimal grooming.
Effortless: The Rottweiler requires minimal grooming.
Easy to groom: The Akita doesn't require a lot of grooming.
Shedding Level
American Staffordshire Terriers shed none to minimal.
Rottweilers shed moderately.
Akitas are heavy shedders.

Characteristics - American Staffordshire Terrier vs Rottweiler vs Akita

Temperament Attentive Devoted Loyal Intelligent Courageous Friendly Tenacious Alert Fearless Independent Loyal Courageous Good-natured Intelligent Protective Alert Dignified Friendly Responsive Courageous Docile Intelligent Vigilant Independent Faithful Willing Protective
Intelligent Rank
Smart: American Staffordshire Terrier's has great intelligence.
Outstanding: Rottweiler is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Average: Akita's has average obedience intelligence.
Trainability
American Staffordshire Terriers are easy to train.
Rottweilers are easy to train.
Akitas are easy to train.
Playfulness
The American Staffordshire Terrier is a playful breed.
Rottweilers, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Akitas, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Sensitivity Level
American Staffordshire Terriers have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Akitas don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Affection Level
American Staffordshire Terriers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Rottweilers are average dogs regarding their affection level.
Akitas are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
American Staffordshire Terriers are a social breed.
Rottweilers need a lot of social interaction.
Akitas need for social interaction is average.
Barking
Average: The American Staffordshire Terrier barks occasionally.
Low: The Rottweiler barks none to minimal.
Low: The Akita barks none to minimal.
Watchdog Ability
American Staffordshire Terriers are average watchdogs.
Rottweilers are one of the best watchdogs.
Akitas are one of the best watchdogs.
Territorial
American Staffordshire Terriers are average defenders.
Rottweilers are extremely protective guard dogs.
Akitas are extremely protective guard dogs.
Biting Potential Low
The American Staffordshire Terrier has a low chance of biting somebody.
High
The Rottweiler has a high chance of biting somebody.
Moderate
The Akita has an average chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
American Staffordshire Terriers have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Rottweilers have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Akitas have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
American Staffordshire Terriers have average wanderlust potential.
Rottweilers tend to escape less than other breeds.
Wanderlust potential of the Akita is strong enough to escape from home.
Prey Drive
American Staffordshire Terriers 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.
Rottweilers have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Akitas have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Apartment Friendly
American Staffordshire Terriers are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Rottweilers are not the best choice for an apartment lifestyle, but they don't mind being inside if you walk them several times every day.
Akitas are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
American Staffordshire Terriers adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Rottweilers adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Akitas adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
American Staffordshire Terriers do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
Rottweilers tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
Fighting Dog Yes
In history, this breed was unfortunately used for combat dog.
Yes
In history, this breed was unfortunately used for combat dog.
Yes
In history, this breed was unfortunately used for combat dog.

Good With - American Staffordshire Terrier vs Rottweiler vs Akita

Stranger Friendly
American Staffordshire Terriers are stranger friendly dogs.
Rottweilers are not stranger friendly dogs.
Akitas are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
American Staffordshire Terriers are kid-friendly dogs.
Rottweilers are not the most kid-friendly dogs.
Akitas are kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
American Staffordshire Terriers are not cat-friendly dogs.
Rottweilers are average friendly towards cats.
Akitas are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
American Staffordshire Terriers are not dog-friendly.
Rottweilers are not dog-friendly.
Akitas are average friendly towards other dogs.
Office Friendly Yes
American Staffordshire Terrier is one of the best dog breeds for office environment
No
Rottweiler is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Akita is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
American Staffordshire Terriers are usually recommended for elderly people.
Rottweilers are not the best breed for elderly people.
Akitas are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
American Staffordshire Terriers do best when they’re the only pet at the family.
Rottweilers are generally with other pets.
Akitas are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners Yes
American Staffordshire Terriers are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
No
Rottweilers are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Akitas are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog Yes
This breed makes good as a service dog.
Yes
This breed makes good as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Therapy Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Yes
This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a 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 Not really
American Staffordshire Terrier breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Rottweiler breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Akita 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.
Yes
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 - American Staffordshire Terrier vs Rottweiler vs Akita

Health Issues
The American Staffordshire Terrier is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
The Rottweiler is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
The Akita is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems No set Allergies Aortic Stenosis Bloat Elbow Dysplasia Hip Dysplasia Hypothyroidism Osteosarcoma Panosteitis Subvalvular Aortic Stenosis Bloat Hip Dysplasia Hypothyroidism Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Sebaceous Adenitis
Life Expectancy 12-14 years 8-11 years 10-14 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
American Staffordshire Terriers have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Rottweilers have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Akitas have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Exercise Need
American Staffordshire Terriers need quite a lot of exercise.
Rottweilers have an average exercise need.
Akitas need quite a lot of exercise.
Sleeping Need
American Staffordshire Terriers sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Rottweilers are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Akitas are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Avg. daily food consumption 2.5 to 3 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. Recommended daily amount: 4 to 10 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. Recommended daily amount: 3 to 5 cups of high-quality dry food a day.
Weight Gain Potential
Low to Average.
High: The Rottweiler breed has a strong tendency to overweight.
Average to High.
Weather & Climate Prefers average to warm weather conditions Prefers average to warm weather conditions Prefers cold weather
The Akita can adapt well to harsh weather conditions, and also can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness Medium
The American Staffordshire Terrier has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Rottweiler has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Akita has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The American Staffordshire Terrier is an average drooler.
The Rottweiler 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 Akita is a big drooler, so if you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, you should choose a dog from another breed.

Reproducibility - American Staffordshire Terrier vs Rottweiler vs Akita

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 5-10 puppies 8-12 puppies 3-12 puppies

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