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Leonberger vs Rottweiler vs Dogue de Bordeaux – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Leonberger vs Rottweiler vs Dogue de Bordeaux" Compare Leonberger and Rottweiler. Which is better: Leonberger or Rottweiler or Dogue de Bordeaux?
Name Leonberger Rottweiler Dogue de Bordeaux
OriginsGermany Germany France
Group Working Dogs Working Dogs Working Dogs
Popularity Rank100867
Reviews151
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Other Names Leo, Gentle Lion, Gentle Giant, Leonbergi Rottie, Rott French Mastiff, Bordeaux Mastiff, Bordeauxdog
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2010 as a Working breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1931 as a Working breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2008 as a Working breed.
FCI Group 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 Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattledogs group, in the Molossian type section. Recognized by FCI in the Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattledogs group, in the Molossian type section.
Breed Recognition 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. Continental Kennel Club National Kennel Club New Zealand Kennel Club 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 No set
Price $1500-$2000 $1200-$2000 $1000-$1300

General Appearance - Leonberger vs Rottweiler vs Dogue de Bordeaux

Size Giant Large Giant Large Giant
Weight Male: 130-170 pounds (59-77 kg), Female: 100-130 pounds (45-59 kg) Male: 95-130 pounds (43-59 kg), Female: 85-115 pounds (38-52 kg) 120-145 pounds (54.4-65.2 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 150 pounds (68 kg), Female: 115 pounds (52 kg) Male: 112.5 pounds (51 kg), Female: 100 pounds (45 kg) 132.5 pounds (54.4-65.2 kg)
Height Male: 29-31 inches (74-80 cm), Female: 27-29 inches (61-74 cm) Male: 24-27 inches (61-69 cm), Female: 22-25 inches (56-63 cm) 23-30 inches (58-75 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 30 inches (77 cm), Female: 28 inches (67.5 cm) Male: 25.5 inches (65 cm), Female: 23.5 inches (59.5 cm) 26.5 inches (66.5 cm)

Hair & Care - Leonberger vs Rottweiler vs Dogue de Bordeaux

Coat Waterproof Dense Fine
Colors Red Sandy Reddish Brown Yellow Mahogany Mahogany Tan Rust Black Fawn Mahogany Isabella Red
Grooming
Average: The Leonberger requires average grooming effort.
Effortless: The Rottweiler requires minimal grooming.
Easy to groom: The Dogue de Bordeaux doesn't require a lot of grooming.
Shedding Level
Leonbergers are heavy shedders.
Rottweilers shed moderately.
Dogue de Bordeauxs shed moderately.

Characteristics - Leonberger vs Rottweiler vs Dogue de Bordeaux

Temperament Adaptable Fearless Loyal Companionable Loving Obedient Alert Fearless Independent Loyal Courageous Good-natured Intelligent Protective Companionable Devoted Loyal Courageous Outright Tempered Vigilant
Intelligent Rank
Average: Leonberger's has average obedience intelligence.
Outstanding: Rottweiler is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
Trainability
Leonbergers are quite easy to train.
Rottweilers are easy to train.
Dogue de Bordeauxs are quite easy to train.
Playfulness
The Leonberger is a playful breed.
Rottweilers, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Dogue de Bordeauxs are not the most playful dog breed.
Sensitivity Level
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Affection Level
Leonbergers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Rottweilers are average dogs regarding their affection level.
Dogue de Bordeauxs are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Leonbergers need a lot of social interaction.
Rottweilers need a lot of social interaction.
Dogue de Bordeauxs need for social interaction is average.
Barking
Low: The Leonberger barks none to minimal.
Low: The Rottweiler barks none to minimal.
Low to Average: The Dogue de Bordeaux rarely barks.
Watchdog Ability
Leonbergers are one of the best watchdogs.
Rottweilers are one of the best watchdogs.
Dogue de Bordeauxs are one of the best watchdogs.
Territorial
Leonbergers are extremely protective guard dogs.
Rottweilers are extremely protective guard dogs.
Dogue de Bordeauxs are extremely protective guard dogs.
Biting Potential Low
The Leonberger has a low chance of biting somebody.
High
The Rottweiler has a high chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Dogue de Bordeaux has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Leonbergers have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Rottweilers have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Dogue de Bordeauxs have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Leonbergers tend to escape less than other breeds.
Rottweilers tend to escape less than other breeds.
Dogue de Bordeauxs are not the biggest explorers.
Prey Drive
Leonbergers have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Rottweilers have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Dogue de Bordeauxs have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Apartment Friendly
Leonbergers are not apartment-friendly dogs.
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.
Dogue de Bordeauxs are not apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Leonbergers adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Rottweilers adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Dogue de Bordeauxs adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Leonbergers tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
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 Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Yes
In history, this breed was unfortunately used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With - Leonberger vs Rottweiler vs Dogue de Bordeaux

Stranger Friendly
Leonbergers are average friendly towards strangers.
Rottweilers are not stranger friendly dogs.
Dogue de Bordeauxs are stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Leonbergers are very kid-friendly dogs.
Rottweilers are not the most kid-friendly dogs.
Dogue de Bordeauxs are kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Leonbergers are average friendly towards cats.
Rottweilers are average friendly towards cats.
Dogue de Bordeauxs are cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Leonbergers are dog-friendly dogs.
Rottweilers are not dog-friendly.
Dogue de Bordeauxs are dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
Leonberger is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Rottweiler is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Dogue de Bordeaux is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Leonbergers are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Rottweilers are not the best breed for elderly people.
Dogue de Bordeauxs are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Leonbergers are generally with other pets.
Rottweilers are generally with other pets.
Dogue de Bordeauxs are usually friendly towards other pets.
Good For First Time Owners No
Leonbergers are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Rottweilers are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Dogue de Bordeauxs are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog Not really
This breed generally not used 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
Leonberger breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Rottweiler breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Dogue de Bordeaux breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog Yes
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.
Yes
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.

Health Factors - Leonberger vs Rottweiler vs Dogue de Bordeaux

Health Issues
Leonbergers tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
The Rottweiler is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Very healthy dog breed.
Health Problems Addison's Disease Bloat Cancer Ectropion Elbow Dysplasia Entropion Eosinophilic Panosteitis Hip Dysplasia Inherited Polyneuropathy Allergies Aortic Stenosis Bloat Elbow Dysplasia Hip Dysplasia Hypothyroidism Osteosarcoma Panosteitis Subvalvular Aortic Stenosis No set
Life Expectancy 8-10 years 8-11 years 10-12 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
Leonbergers have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Rottweilers have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Dogue de Bordeauxs have a lower energy level than other dogs.
Exercise Need
Leonbergers need quite a lot of exercise.
Rottweilers have an average exercise need.
Dogue de Bordeauxs exercise need is minimal.
Sleeping Need
Leonbergers are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Rottweilers are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Dogue de Bordeauxs like sleeping so they do sleep a lot.
Avg. daily food consumption 8 to 10 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. 6 to 8 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Average to High.
High: The Rottweiler breed has a strong tendency to overweight.
Average to High.
Weather & Climate Prefers cold weather
The Leonberger can adapt well to harsh weather conditions, and also can be a good mountain dog.
Prefers average to warm weather conditions Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness Medium
The Leonberger has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Rottweiler has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Dogue de Bordeaux has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Leonberger 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 Dogue de Bordeaux is a big drooler, so if you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, you should choose a dog from another breed.

Reproducibility - Leonberger vs Rottweiler vs Dogue de Bordeaux

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 6-8 puppies 8-12 puppies 4-6 puppies

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