The Rottweiler was originally used by the Romans to pull carts, herd cattle and guard homes. This breed is a loyal and affectionate protector. Also used as police and service dogs, they love to work, but are more motivated by food than the German Shepherd. While they also have lots of energy, they don’t need as much exercise – about an hour a day. The Rottweiler is a good, loveable pup. Their short to medium double coat is generally always black and tan. They live around 9-10 years and are also quite healthy dogs.
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Rottweiler vs German Shepherd: Size
The Rottweiler tends to be slightly taller and heavier than the German Shepherd in size. Rottweilers have a more square and stocky build, with males measuring around 24-27in (61-69cm) at shoulder height and females around 22-25in (56-63.5cm). Males weigh around 95-135lb (43-61.2kg) and females around 80-100lb (36.3-45.3kg). Male German Shepherds measure around 24-26in (61-66cm) at shoulder height and females around 22-24in (56-61cm). Males weigh around 65-90lb (29.5-40.8kg) and females around 50-70lb (22.7-31.7kg). Their bodies are longer and more athletic.
Is a Rottweiler stronger than a German Shepherd?
Both the Rottweiler and German Shepherd are powerful dogs. The Rottweiler probably has a slight advantage when it comes to strength because it has a more muscular, heavier build and they were built for carrying and pulling weight, whereas the German Shepherd is more agile.
In terms of the strongest bite, the Rottweiler wins with a bite force of 328psi vs the German Shepherd’s bite force of 238psi. However both breeds were bred to protect and should not show aggression if trained properly.
Rottweiler vs German Shepherd: Intelligence
These two breeds are both intelligent. However the German Shepherd is considered the third smartest dog breed after the Border Collie and the Poodle in terms of work intelligence and obedience according to a study by canine psychologist Dr Stanley Coren. They can learn a new command after only five repetitions and will respond to a command first time 95% of the time. The Rottweiler ranked ninth on the list, showing that both breeds are smart but the German Shepherd learns more quickly.
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Are German Shepherds more aggressive than Rottweilers?
According to a study on aggressive dogs 15% were German Shepherds and 5% were Rottweilers. However, any dog can become aggressive if not trained properly and this does not necessarily mean that German Shepherds are more aggressive as this breed is more common.
Although both breeds have a reputation for being aggressive, this is an unfair stereotype. While the German Shepherd’s sharp teeth and bark and the Rottweiler’s intimidating stature may look scary, these loveable pooches are not violent if well trained and socialised.
Why do police use German Shepherds instead of Rottweilers?
German Shepherds make great police dogs. They’re not only intelligent, strong and agile, but they love to work hard and stay calm under pressure. Although Rottweilers are also smart and easy to train (and have also been used by the force), they are not as athletic and do not have the same endurance. They do have a keen sense of smell, but it is not as accurate as the German Shepherd’s sense of smell. Their strength is also a hindrance in police work as often when apprehending felons, more care and less strength is needed to reduce damage.
Which dog should I get? German Shepherd or Rottweiler?
Whether you choose a German Shepherd or a Rottweiler will very much come down to your personality as well as theirs. They are very similar breeds and both will make loyal, loving protective family dogs. The German Shepherd will be slightly easier to train, but will need more exercise, whereas the Rottweiler will be a goofier companion and will eat more due to its size. Both are healthy dogs with a similar lifespan but look out for common health issues such as hip and elbow dysplasia in both breeds and cardiac concerns with the Rottie. Their grooming needs are similar: if they have short coats, they’ll need brushing a few times a week, but long-haired German Shepherds will need more. Both are wonderful guard dogs and family pets so whichever choice you make, you’ll have a loving friend.