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post #1 of 42 (permalink) Old 06-23-2017, 06:39 PM Thread Starter
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Differences between German Shepherds, Dobermans and Rottweilers

Putting physical differences aside, these 3 dog breeds are very similar as far as temperament, trainability and intelligence goes. Yeah one sheds more than the other, but I'm asking y'all what the differences between these 3 breeds are from y'alls experiences?

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Lordie, if you were at my DVG club this would be a common discussion. It seems that dobermans can be more...persnickety. If they don't like how you are handling things, they are more likely to shut down on you than a GSD will. We don't ever talk about rotties. There aren't any in the club. We have bouvier de flanders instead.

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How are the Bouviers as working dogs nowadays? The ones I have known in Europe were kinda lazy and nothing like the original type. Many had soft hair and started to look like Labradoodles, only at that time the latter were not "designed' yet. This was about 20 years ago. Maybe things changed. I saw some in agility and they were sluggish.
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I've only come to know a couple dobes and both didn't like cold weather. They looked miserable out in the snow and preferred to be in doors. They may be out there, but I haven't come across a GSD that didn't at least like snow, my 4 love it, I'd say winter is their favorite season.
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How are the Bouviers as working dogs nowadays? The ones I have known in Europe were kinda lazy and nothing like the original type. Many had soft hair and started to look like Labradoodles, only at that time the latter were not "designed' yet. This was about 20 years ago. Maybe things changed. I saw some in agility and they were sluggish.
Good examples are few and far between, I ended up passing on getting one even though I wanted one terribly.

As bad as the GSD has been damaged, Bouvs are worse.

It's sad, a 60 lb high drive dog that doesn't shed would be awesome.
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To answer the OPs question though,

Dobies are more handler sensitive they bond extremely closely with one person & even when most of them could work they had nerve issues. They were phased out of Marine Corps after WWII use due to numerous incidents of them attacking handlers under enemy fire.

Rottweilers are cattle dogs not sheep dogs, and as such are more independent and stubborn. A flock of sheep isn't trampling a dog like cattle would, so sheepdogs aren't going to die from being overly obedient to a handler.

There's a better way to put that, but I think you get the jist.
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How are the Bouviers as working dogs nowadays? The ones I have known in Europe were kinda lazy and nothing like the original type. Many had soft hair and started to look like Labradoodles, only at that time the latter were not "designed' yet. This was about 20 years ago. Maybe things changed. I saw some in agility and they were sluggish.
I've trained closely with four Bouviers. I like them. Three of the four were/are good herding dogs, the fourth didn't have the right drives and I believe she's now doing tracking and nosework.

Athletic (relative to their size), independent, very aloof - the one I see weekly literally does not care about anyone besides his handler. The rest of us humans are invisible. They are thinkers, not fast-twitch reactive.
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Putting physical differences aside, these 3 dog breeds are very similar as far as temperament, trainability and intelligence goes. Yeah one sheds more than the other, but I'm asking y'all what the differences between these 3 breeds are from y'alls experiences?
They are not at all similar in temperament, trainability and intelligence. Block headed dogs are different. Bouviers are more similar to Rotties than a GSD or Malinois would be. You have a lot to learn.
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They are not at all similar in temperament, trainability and intelligence. Block headed dogs are different. Bouviers are more similar to Rotties than a GSD or Malinois would be. You have a lot to learn.
Well from what I've heard they do sound very similar. All German dogs, rank in top 10 most intelligent dogs, blacklisted by insurance companies and apartment complexes, feared by the public, seen in the military and the police, considered the best breeds to be used in personal protection, and they do similar work. Okay yeah sure the Doberman is part of the working group and the Rottie and GSD are part of the herding group. GSD handles weather the best out of all 3 but sheds the most and Dobermans can't handle the cold but shed ver little.

I mean this is just going off of what I read and hear from trainers.

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These are all very different dogs especially as the breeds have changed over the years. I would more closely look very hard into each individual breed. Dobermans can be difficult dogs and I would hesitate to recommend them. The ones I have seen need a very specific type of owner. Very clingy, intense separation anxiety is very common in the breed from the ones I've been around.

Rotties, I've met very sweet ones and I've met very difficult ones. Highly depends on the breeding and training that is behind them.

And then of course German Shepherds. The type of dog you are getting varies depending on breeding and lines. I personally think they are easier than either of the other two. But it really depends on the dog and you.

These dog breeds are not what I would call similar though. And I like the mention of sheepdogs vs. cattle dogs.
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