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Rottweiler vs Central Asian Ovtcharka vs Rhodesian Ridgeback – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Rottweiler vs Central Asian Ovtcharka vs Rhodesian Ridgeback" Compare Rottweiler and Central Asian Ovtcharka. Which is better: Rottweiler or Central Asian Ovtcharka or Rhodesian Ridgeback?
Name Rottweiler Central Asian Ovtcharka Rhodesian Ridgeback
OriginsGermany Russia Zimbabwe
Group Working Dogs Guard Dogs Hunting Dogs
Popularity Rank841441
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Other Names Rottie, Rott Central Asian Shepherd, Central Asian Sheepdog, Central Asian Owtcharka, Central Asian Ovcharka, Central Asian Ovtcharka, Middle Asian Shepherd Dog, Middle Asian Shepherd, Middle Asian Sheepdog, Middle Asian Owtcharka, Middle Asian Ovcharka Sredneasiatskaia Ovtcharka, Alabai, Turkmen Alabai, Aziat, Volkadov, Wolf Crusher African Lion Dog, African Lion Hound
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1931 as a Working breed. Not recognized by the American Kennel Club. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1955 as a Hound breed.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattledogs group, in the Molossian type section. Not recognized by FCI. Recognized by FCI in the Scent hounds and related breeds group, in the Related breeds 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. 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 America's Pet Registry Dog Registry of America Inc. Federation Cynologique Internationale North American Purebred Registry, Inc. American Canine Association, Inc. Australian National Kennel Council National Kennel Club United Kennel Club American Rare Breed Association Foundation Stock Service 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 Rhodesian Ridgeback Club Of The US
Price $1200-$2000 $1200-$2500 $900-$1200

General Appearance - Rottweiler vs Central Asian Ovtcharka vs Rhodesian Ridgeback

Size Large Giant Large Giant Large
Weight Male: 95-130 pounds (43-59 kg), Female: 85-115 pounds (38-52 kg) 121-176 pounds (55-80 kg) Male: 80-90 pounds (36-41 kg), Female: 65-75 pounds (29-34 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 112.5 pounds (51 kg), Female: 100 pounds (45 kg) 148.5 pounds (67.5 kg) Male: 85 pounds (38.5 kg), Female: 70 pounds (31.5 kg)
Height Male: 24-27 inches (61-69 cm), Female: 22-25 inches (56-63 cm) 27-32 inches (68.5-81 cm) Male: 25-27 inches (63-69 cm), Female: 24-26 inches (61-66 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 25.5 inches (65 cm), Female: 23.5 inches (59.5 cm) 29.5 inches (75 cm) Male: 26 inches (66 cm), Female: 25 inches (63.5 cm)

Hair & Care - Rottweiler vs Central Asian Ovtcharka vs Rhodesian Ridgeback

Coat Dense Dense Thick Double Dense
Colors Mahogany Tan Rust Black White Black Fawn Brindle Grey Russet Straw Flecked Golden Red White Gray Wheaten
Grooming
Effortless: The Rottweiler requires minimal grooming.
Easy to groom: The Central Asian Ovtcharka doesn't require a lot of grooming.
Effortless: The Rhodesian Ridgeback requires minimal grooming.
Shedding Level
Rottweilers shed moderately.
Central Asian Ovtcharkas shed above average.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks shed none to minimal.

Characteristics - Rottweiler vs Central Asian Ovtcharka vs Rhodesian Ridgeback

Temperament Alert Fearless Independent Loyal Courageous Good-natured Intelligent Protective Adaptable Curious Independent Bold Imperturbable Strong Dignified Loyal Sensitive Intelligent Mischievous Strong Willed
Intelligent Rank
Outstanding: Rottweiler is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Average: Central Asian Ovtcharka's has average obedience intelligence.
Average: Rhodesian Ridgeback's has average obedience intelligence.
Trainability
Rottweilers are easy to train.
Central Asian Ovtcharkas are hard to train.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are quite easy to train.
Playfulness
Rottweilers, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Central Asian Ovtcharkas are not the most playful dog breed.
The Rhodesian Ridgeback is a playful 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
Rottweilers are average dogs regarding their affection level.
Central Asian Ovtcharkas are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Rottweilers need a lot of social interaction.
Central Asian Ovtcharkas are a social breed.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are a social breed.
Barking
Low: The Rottweiler barks none to minimal.
Low to Average: The Central Asian Ovtcharka rarely barks.
Low to Average: The Rhodesian Ridgeback rarely barks.
Watchdog Ability
Rottweilers are one of the best watchdogs.
Central Asian Ovtcharkas are one of the best watchdogs.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are average watchdogs.
Territorial
Rottweilers are extremely protective guard dogs.
Central Asian Ovtcharkas are extremely protective guard dogs.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks strongly protect their territory.
Biting Potential High
The Rottweiler has a high chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Central Asian Ovtcharka has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Rhodesian Ridgeback has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Rottweilers have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Central Asian Ovtcharkas have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Rottweilers tend to escape less than other breeds.
Central Asian Ovtcharkas have average wanderlust potential.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
Prey Drive
Rottweilers have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Central Asian Ovtcharkas 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.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
Apartment Friendly
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.
Central Asian Ovtcharkas are not apartment-friendly dogs.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are not the best choice for an apartment lifestyle, but they don't mind being inside if you walk them several times every day.
Adaptability
Rottweilers adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Central Asian Ovtcharkas adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Rottweilers tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Central Asian Ovtcharkas 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.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks 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.
Fighting 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.
Yes
In history, this breed was unfortunately used for combat dog.

Good With - Rottweiler vs Central Asian Ovtcharka vs Rhodesian Ridgeback

Stranger Friendly
Rottweilers are not stranger friendly dogs.
Central Asian Ovtcharkas are not stranger friendly dogs.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Rottweilers are not the most kid-friendly dogs.
Central Asian Ovtcharkas are kid-friendly dogs.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are very kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Rottweilers are average friendly towards cats.
Central Asian Ovtcharkas are average friendly towards cats.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Rottweilers are not dog-friendly.
Central Asian Ovtcharkas are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
Rottweiler is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Central Asian Ovtcharka is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Rhodesian Ridgeback is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Rottweilers are not the best breed for elderly people.
Central Asian Ovtcharkas are usually recommended for elderly people.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Rottweilers are generally with other pets.
Central Asian Ovtcharkas are generally with other pets.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks usually don’t get on well with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners No
Rottweilers are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Central Asian Ovtcharkas are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog Yes
This breed makes good as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Therapy Dog Yes
This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a 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
Rottweiler breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Central Asian Ovtcharka breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Rhodesian Ridgeback 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.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.

Health Factors - Rottweiler vs Central Asian Ovtcharka vs Rhodesian Ridgeback

Health Issues
The Rottweiler is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Central Asian Ovtcharkas tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
The Rhodesian Ridgeback is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems Allergies Aortic Stenosis Bloat Elbow Dysplasia Hip Dysplasia Hypothyroidism Osteosarcoma Panosteitis Subvalvular Aortic Stenosis Elbow Dysplasia Hip Dysplasia Dermoid Sinus Elbow Dysplasia Hip Dysplasia
Life Expectancy 8-11 years 12-14 years 10-12 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
Rottweilers have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Central Asian Ovtcharkas have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Exercise Need
Rottweilers have an average exercise need.
Central Asian Ovtcharkas need quite a lot of exercise.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks need quite a lot of exercise.
Sleeping Need
Rottweilers are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Central Asian Ovtcharkas are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Avg. daily food consumption Recommended daily amount: 4 to 10 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 8 to 10 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals Recommended daily amount: 2 3/4 to 4 3/8 cups of a high-quality daily, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
High: The Rottweiler breed has a strong tendency to overweight.
Average to High.
Average.
Weather & Climate Prefers average to warm weather conditions Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Central Asian Ovtcharka can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness Medium
The Rottweiler has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Central Asian Ovtcharka has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Rhodesian Ridgeback has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
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 Central Asian Ovtcharka 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 Rhodesian Ridgeback is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Rottweiler vs Central Asian Ovtcharka vs Rhodesian Ridgeback

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 8-12 puppies 4-10 puppies 6-8 puppies

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