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Rottweiler vs Doberman vs Beauceron – Ultimate Black & Rust Canines

Looking for the perfect dog friend?

Well, it can be difficult to decide between the Rottweiler and the Doberman.

Now that you’ve done some research, you’ve come across an interesting looking guy named Beauceron.

But what are the actual differences between these breeds?

As a Rottie owner, I will try to shed some light on how to find the perfect breed for you and how they differ in temperament, size and more.

Believe me, I’ve been there and experienced a number of other breeds before narrowing it down to this one.

That said, you may be interested in these breeds and how they compare in general.

Let’s dive in.

Rottweiler vs. Doberman temperament

I am lucky enough to call a Rottweiler my own and if I had to use a one word description it would be brave.

Seriously, a well-behaved and well-socialized Rottweiler can do almost anything with you and I love it.

Overall, I’ve seen some pretty calm Rotties, but also some that are quite alert.

Ideally, your Rottweiler will be calm around the family and alert when there is reason to prick up your ears.

My Rottweiler may have been a little bit excitable as a puppy.

With these strong-willed boys, puppy blues can be real, not to mention puppy biting in general that Rotties are known for (interestingly, mine learned very quickly, so that’s a plus).

But hey, as long as you ignore Rottie strangers who has to complain when she gets crazy about people she knows?

That’s the fruit of all your training and Rotties certainly make great family dogs.

Rottweiler at the lake with her paws in the water, ready to jump in for a good swim.
Photo by PawLeaks

From what I’ve heard, people who had both Dobermans and Rottweilers call the Doberman a little smarter.

Rotties are losers, I can’t argue with that.

Although they are quite smart, the average Doberman seems to pick up new behaviors and tricks a little faster.

However, this is only anecdotal and not definitive.

Genetics, socialization and training contribute much more to how responsive your dog will be than breeding alone.

Dobermans are also very alert dogs, as they should be.

Rotties and Dobis were bred for similar purposes, although one is suited for protection work, while Dobermans are generally more alert dogs with a fierce bark.

However, Rottweilers can be great for families with children, the same can be said about the Doberman.

Rottweiler vs. Doberman size

While the Doberman is 1-2 inches taller than the Rottweiler, the Rottweiler is a few pounds heavier and when it comes to males, the difference can be as much as 20-40 pounds (9-18 kg).

Dobermans look slim, while Rottweilers can look quite bulky, especially males.

If you’re getting your next puppy partially as a guardian for the family, either breed should suffice.

That said, the Doberman may not look as threatening as a Rottweiler, but its tall stature, strong stance and dark color can nevertheless be intimidating to potential intruders.

Doberman with floppy ears looks to the side with plants in the background.
Photo by PomInPerth on Shutterstock

A female Rottweiler is ideally about 60cm tall and weighs 41kg, while male Rottweilers are 66cm tall and weigh 50kg.

While deviations within the breed standard are possible, most dogs I have seen are somewhere around the ideal point.

Rottweiler Height:

Female: 22-25 inches (56-63 cm), male: 24-27 inches (61-69 cm)

Rottweiler Weight:

Female: 35-48 kg (77-110 lbs), male: 50-60 kg (110-130 lbs)

Doberman Height:

Female: 24-27 inches (61-68 cm), male: 26-28 inches (66-72 cm)

Doberman Weight:

Female: 32-35 kg (71-77 lbs), male: 40-45 kg (88-99 lbs)

Rottweiler vs. Doberman Bite Force – Who Would Win?

If you compare the bite force of the Rottweiler to that of the Doberman, you will notice that the Rottweiler is more powerful with a larger skull and a higher bite force.

Some people would argue that the Doberman’s speed would be an advantage, but it is not the case that the Rottweiler is completely immobile.

Rotties can be quite agile at times and although their effortless trot may not look as sublime as that of the Doberman, they make up for their speed in ferocity and determination.

However, both breeds can be great with dogs (or at least accepting of other dogs with proper socialization), so you never have to worry about fights breaking out.

It’s good to know what to do if a dog-to-dog fight occurs, but you should not provoke it in any way.

Debating theoretically about their suitability – assuming they lived in the wilderness – is an interesting mental exercise, but no more than that.

Doberman on the right and a Rottweiler and Beauceron puppy on the right running across the grass.

Likewise, bite force will probably never be of concern to casual dog owners, but it can be said that the Rottweiler’s bite force is significantly higher than that of the Doberman.

Contributing in part to this fact are the Rottweiler’s large skull and overall thick head.

The Doberman’s head is slimmer and bean-shaped with a longer snout compared to the Rottie.

Fortunately, this also helps the Doberman with breathing and breathing problems are much less common

To be fair, although Rotties are brachycephalic, they rarely struggle as much as, say, French Bulldogs or Pugs.

Recommended Reading: Rottweiler vs. Kangal Bite Force

Let’s see how the Doberman fares against the Beauceron.

Doberman vs. Beauceron Temperament

Beaucerons are described as gentle and loyal dogs, but Dobermans are known to be a lot more loyal and have a closer bond with their family.

If you think the Beauceron fits right in with the other two breeds in terms of temperament, you’re more or less right.

Beauceron jumps high in the air.

Although the Beauceron was bred for herding work, they are also suitable if you are looking for an alert family dog.

However, it can be more difficult to find resources, groups of Beauceron owners, or just to meet people of the same breed compared to the others here.

The Beauceron ranks nearly 100 positions behind the Rottweiler and Doberman when it comes to the AKC’s popularity list, with the Rottweiler repeatedly making the top 10.

Beauceron’s are just not that common, which may stem from the fact that there is quite a bit of overlap between the breeds presented here.

Doberman vs Beauceron size

The Beauceron is right between the Rottweiler and the Doberman in terms of height, as the Doberman is usually an inch or two taller, but they weigh almost the same.

Beauceron height:

Female: 25-26 inches (64-66 cm), Male: 26-28 inches (66-71 cm),

Beauceron weight

Female: 65-85 (30-39 kg) lbs, male: 70-100 lbs (32-45 kg)

So if you want to introduce one of these breeds into your home, make sure you can handle a large dog and have the right training regimen in place.

Rottweiler vs Doberman vs Beauceron loss

All these breeds have smooth and short coats, but the Beauceron is the only one with a double coat, which is why they require more regular grooming, apart from the fact that they all shed moderately.

The Rottweiler’s coat type is not as silky as that of the Doberman and is a tad longer and thicker (making him a great breed for winter). Both breeds shed approximately the same twice a year during the shedding season.

Due to the double coat of the Beauceron, you can expect a little more shedding than with the Rottweiler or Doberman.

Rottweiler vs Doberman vs Beauceron colors

Although the AKC recognizes several colors that differ between these breeds, their common color is nearly identical for all breeds: black as a base with rust/brown markings.

While the Rottweiler only has this black color, accompanied by a varying shade of brown (rust, brown, mahogany), the other two also have other colors.

These include a deep red or even white color (be careful here) for the Doberman and Harlequin for the Beauceron, which is often seen in Great Danes.

However, these markings are rare and so they probably resemble the black of the Rottweiler, with rust/brown markings, just a different shade of brown that can range from reddish to bronze.

I have actually only dedicated articles to Rottweiler colors and Doberman colors.

RottweilerDobermanBeauceron
Black and rustBlack and rustBlack and rust
Black and brownRed and rustBlack and brown
Black and mahoganyBlue and rustGray Black & Tan
FawnHarlequin
White

In conclusion, you should definitely be aware that the Rottweiler, Doberman and Beauceron are all watchdogs with a relatively high need for exercise and mental stimulation.

They are all large dogs with similar colors and similar temperaments and yet they are completely unique.

My female Rottie is a big crazy dog, but also a handful at almost 100 lbs, a weight that neither the average Doberman nor the Beauceron male will reach.

If you’re willing to introduce a large dog into your life, go for it.

Still not sure which large dog is right for you? I actually have an article for people looking for large dogs for apartments, and also for first time guard dog owners.

Disclaimer: This blog post does not and does not intend to replace veterinary attention. I am not a veterinarian or pet nutritionist. If your dog shows signs of illness, call your vet.

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