Doberman vs Rottweiler – Similar Looks But Different Personalities?
The Doberman is a small dog breed with a long history. They are known for their loyalty and courage. Their short coats make them ideal guard dogs. The German Shepherd Dog (GSD) is another popular breed of dog used in police work. Both breeds have similar looks but different personalities.
The Doberman Pinscher is a medium sized dog breed that originated from Germany. They are very loyal and protective of their family members. Some examples of these traits include:
They are extremely obedient and love to please their owners.
Their intelligence makes them excellent guardsmen or watchdogs.
Their size makes them perfect for guarding small children or livestock, such as cattle, sheep, goats etc..
There are many stories about how they were trained to kill humans. These stories vary greatly depending upon the story teller’s perspective. However, all agree that Dobermans have a reputation for being highly intelligent and capable of killing humans without hesitation.
Rottweilers are large dogs with a strong hunting instinct. They are often used as guard dogs because of their strength and ability to hunt game at great distances. Rottweilers have a well developed sense of smell and can track their prey over long distances.
They are also very territorial and protective of their territory and owners.
As with most dogs, the Rotty learns commands relatively quickly. However, they must be trained in a firm but positive manner. Rotty’s bond very closely with their owners and are typically protective of them and their property.
The Rottweiler is very strong. It is capable of killing animals much larger than itself. Owners should train the Rotty to be around smaller animals such as cats but not to be overly aggressive towards them.
Both the Doberman and Rottweiler are very loyal dogs. They will protect their territory and family at all cost. The Dobe has a strong sense of justice that makes them a popular choice for police work and personal protection dogs.
The Rottweiler is slightly more protective of its owner and may become more territorial. They require a firm pack leader to guide it. A Rottweiler without leadership can become unruly, especially around children that don’t know how to behave around the dog.
Both breeds make good guard dogs, but the Dobe requires less training to do so. The Doberman is also a little easier to handle than the Rotty.
If you’re looking for a companion dog, I’d have to recommend the Doberman. They are very affectionate and love to be around people. However, if you’re looking for a guard dog with some hunting instinct that will only attack as a last resort, then the Rotty is your best bet.
Either way you really can’t go wrong with either one. Both dogs have their own unique characteristics that make them great guard dogs.
Whichever you choose, your new dog will be a loyal and loving member of the family for many years to come.
Both breeds can suffer from similar genetic disorders such as hip dysplasia, bloat, gastric torsion (bloat) and cataracts. They are also prone to diseases such as osteoarthritis.
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