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Rottweiler vs Great Dane vs American Pit Bull Terrier – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Rottweiler vs Great Dane vs American Pit Bull Terrier" Compare Rottweiler and Great Dane. Which is better: Rottweiler or Great Dane or American Pit Bull Terrier?
Name Rottweiler Great Dane American Pit Bull Terrier
OriginsGermany Germany United States
Group Working Dogs Working Dogs Hunting Dogs
Popularity Rank814336
Reviews514
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Other Names Rottie, Rott Dane, Gentle Giant, Deutsche Dogge, German Mastiff, Apollo of Dogs APBT, Pit Bull, Pitty, Pit, Pitbull
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1931 as a Working breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1887 as a Working breed. Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
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. Not recognized by FCI.
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 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 Canadian Canine Registry American Canine Registry Dog Registry of America Inc. North American Purebred Registry, Inc. American Canine Association, Inc. Continental Kennel Club National Kennel Club United Kennel Club Backwoods Bulldog Club
Price $1200-$2000 $800-$1200 $500-$700

General Appearance - Rottweiler vs Great Dane vs American Pit Bull Terrier

Size Large Giant Giant Medium
Weight Male: 95-130 pounds (43-59 kg), Female: 85-115 pounds (38-52 kg) Male: 120-200 pounds (54-90 kg), Female: 100-130 pounds (45-59 kg) 22-78 pounds (10-35 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 112.5 pounds (51 kg), Female: 100 pounds (45 kg) Male: 160 pounds (72 kg), Female: 115 pounds (52 kg) 50 pounds (22.5 kg)
Height Male: 24-27 inches (61-69 cm), Female: 22-25 inches (56-63 cm) Male: 30-34 inches (76-86 cm), Female: 28-32 inches (71-81 cm) 14-24 inches (35-60 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 25.5 inches (65 cm), Female: 23.5 inches (59.5 cm) Male: 32 inches (81 cm), Female: 30 inches (76 cm) 19 inches (47.5 cm)

Hair & Care - Rottweiler vs Great Dane vs American Pit Bull Terrier

Coat Dense Dense Fine
Colors Mahogany Tan Rust Black Blue Fawn White Brindle Merle Black Blue Gray White Tan Brown Red Yellow Black
Grooming
Effortless: The Rottweiler requires minimal grooming.
Effortless: The Great Dane requires minimal grooming.
Effortless: The American Pit Bull Terrier requires minimal grooming.
Shedding Level
Rottweilers shed moderately.
Great Danes shed moderately.
American Pit Bull Terriers shed moderately.

Characteristics - Rottweiler vs Great Dane vs American Pit Bull Terrier

Temperament Alert Fearless Independent Loyal Courageous Good-natured Intelligent Protective Friendly Devoted Gentle Reserved Confident Intelligent Loving Affectionate Clownish Friendly Loyal Strong Willed Aggressive Courageous Intelligent Obedient Stubborn
Intelligent Rank
Outstanding: Rottweiler is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Smart: Great Dane's has great intelligence.
Average: American Pit Bull Terrier's has average obedience intelligence.
Trainability
Rottweilers are easy to train.
Great Danes are quite easy to train.
American Pit Bull Terriers are easy to train.
Playfulness
Rottweilers, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Great Danes are not the most playful dog breed.
The American Pit Bull Terrier is a playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Great Danes don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Affection Level
Rottweilers are average dogs regarding their affection level.
Great Danes are average dogs regarding their affection level.
American Pit Bull Terriers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Rottweilers need a lot of social interaction.
Great Danes are a social breed.
American Pit Bull Terriers are a social breed.
Barking
Low: The Rottweiler barks none to minimal.
Low to Average: The Great Dane rarely barks.
Average: The American Pit Bull Terrier barks occasionally.
Watchdog Ability
Rottweilers are one of the best watchdogs.
Great Danes are one of the best watchdogs.
American Pit Bull Terriers are average watchdogs.
Territorial
Rottweilers are extremely protective guard dogs.
Great Danes are extremely protective guard dogs.
American Pit Bull Terriers are average defenders.
Biting Potential High
The Rottweiler has a high chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Great Dane has a low chance of biting somebody.
High
The American Pit Bull Terrier has a high chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Rottweilers have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Great Danes have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
American Pit Bull Terriers have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Rottweilers tend to escape less than other breeds.
Great Danes have average wanderlust potential.
Wanderlust potential of the American Pit Bull Terrier is strong enough to escape from home.
Prey Drive
Rottweilers have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Great Danes 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.
American Pit Bull 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.
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.
Great Danes are very apartment-friendly dogs.
American Pit Bull Terriers are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Adaptability
Rottweilers adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Great Danes adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
American Pit Bull Terriers adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
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.
Great Danes 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.
American Pit Bull 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.
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 - Rottweiler vs Great Dane vs American Pit Bull Terrier

Stranger Friendly
Rottweilers are not stranger friendly dogs.
Great Danes are average friendly towards strangers.
American Pit Bull Terriers are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Rottweilers are not the most kid-friendly dogs.
Great Danes are kid-friendly dogs.
American Pit Bull Terriers are kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Rottweilers are average friendly towards cats.
Great Danes are average friendly towards cats.
American Pit Bull Terriers are not cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Rottweilers are not dog-friendly.
Great Danes are average friendly towards other dogs.
American Pit Bull Terriers are not dog-friendly.
Office Friendly No
Rottweiler is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Great Dane is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
American Pit Bull Terrier is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Rottweilers are not the best breed for elderly people.
Great Danes are usually recommended for elderly people.
American Pit Bull Terriers are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Rottweilers are generally with other pets.
Great Danes are generally with other pets.
American Pit Bull Terriers do best when they’re the only pet at the family.
Good For First Time Owners No
Rottweilers are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Great Danes are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
American Pit Bull Terriers 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.
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.
Yes
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
Great Dane breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
American Pit Bull Terrier 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 Great Dane vs American Pit Bull Terrier

Health Issues
The Rottweiler is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Great Danes are commonly healthy dogs.
American Pit Bull Terriers tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
Health Problems Allergies Aortic Stenosis Bloat Elbow Dysplasia Hip Dysplasia Hypothyroidism Osteosarcoma Panosteitis Subvalvular Aortic Stenosis Bloat Cancer Dilated Cardiomyopathy Hip Dysplasia Mitral Valve Disease Patent Ductus Arteriosis Persistent Right Aortic Arch Subvalvular Aortic Stenosis Tricuspid Valve Dysplasia Demodectic Mange Hip Dysplasia Skin Allergies
Life Expectancy 8-11 years 7-10 years 10-14 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
Rottweilers have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Great Danes are high energy dogs.
American Pit Bull Terriers have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Exercise Need
Rottweilers have an average exercise need.
Great Danes exercise need is minimal.
American Pit Bull Terriers have an average exercise need.
Sleeping Need
Rottweilers are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Great Danes don't need too much sleep.
American Pit Bull Terriers 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: 1.5 to 2.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
High: The Rottweiler breed has a strong tendency to overweight.
Low to Average.
Average.
Weather & Climate Prefers average to warm weather conditions Prefers average to warm weather conditions Prefers average to warm weather conditions
Stinkiness Medium
The Rottweiler has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Great Dane has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The American Pit Bull Terrier 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 Great Dane 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 American Pit Bull Terrier is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Rottweiler vs Great Dane vs American Pit Bull Terrier

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 10-15 puppies 5-8 puppies

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