In a lot of ways, when you do a Rottweiler vs. German Shepherd breed comparison, what you will find is that although different on the surface, the two are actually very similar breeds of dog.
Both dogs were bred from a working and herding origin, and have similarities in their temperaments.
But, there are also the differences, from their appearance to common health concerns specific to each breed.
This is a quick and simple guide to outline for you some of the main similarities and differences of each breed + what you might expect from them.
Rottweiler vs. German Shepherd: Breed History
Both breeds originate from Germany, and were bred for working – in particular, herding.
The Rottweiler was originally responsible for guarding and driving herds for the Romans (they became well known for this around the town Rottweil – where they got their name), and later pulled carts of meat to the butchers around Germany before it was made illegal.
In modern times, like the German Shepherd, the Rottweiler is used in police work, search and rescue, as guard dogs and even guide dogs.
Both breeds are very popular, with the German Shepherd being the second, and the Rottweiler the ninth most popular dog breed respectively in 2016.
Rottweiler vs. German Shepherd: Life Expectancy
Rottweilers have a life span or expectancy of 8 to 11 years, and German Shepherds 10 to 12.
Rottweiler vs. German Shepherd: Puppies and Cost
Rottweilers tend to be more expensive than GSDs for a purebred puppy.
You are looking at around $1,150 to purchase a German Shepherd puppy, in comparison to Rottweilers which average $1,600.
This does depend on a whole range of factors from geographic location, to the quality of the breeding program.
Purebreeds of each breed can be similarly expensive, and the same goes for puppies with high pedigree breeding lines.
Rottweiler vs. German Shepherd: Appearance
The German Shepherd and Rottweiler are both large breeds, maxing out at around the same height, with the Rottweiler being much heavier.
The German Shepherd grows to about 67 cms (26 in) whilst the Rottweiler get to 69cms (27 in). Weight wise, the German Shepherd tops out at 88 lb (40 kg), and the Rottweiler 130 lb (60 kg).
The Rottweiler has a much more powerful, stocky looking body compared to the German Shepherd’s long, and athletic look.
These things depend on breeding though.
The Rottweiler differs in its more compact snout, folded instead of erect ears and straighter back.
The German Shepherd’s traditional colours are the Black and tan with 11 officially recognized colours in the US.
The Rottweiler’s traditional colours are the black and rust/mahogany with 3 officially recognized colours in the US.
Rottweiler vs. German Shepherd: Temperament
While both breeds can be aloof or wary around strangers and people they don’t trust (which makes them excellent guard dogs), with proper training they also make excellent people companions and loving family dogs.
The Rottweiler perhaps has a tendency to be a little more stubborn and independent than the German Shepherd, which can seem as unfriendly to some people.
Early socialization (with animals and people) and training can prevent unwanted aggressive or destructive behavior in both breeds.
The German Shepherd is generally more vocal and barks more than the Rottweiler, but this can be subjective depending on the particular dog.
Rottweiler vs. German Shepherd: Grooming & Care
With their short coats, Rottweilers do not shed much. German Shepherds will shed all year round with their medium to long coats.
Rottweilers might be prone to more major diseases over their lifetime such as Gastric Torsion and Osteosarcoma.
They might also need to eat more to sustain their weight and bulky physiques.
German Shepherds are well known for the genetic disease of hip and elbow dysplasia which runs in the breed.
Based on these factors, Rottweilers probably have a higher average cost per year than a German Shepherd when considering food and medical costs (depends on the dog though).
Both breeds need to be exercised daily.
Rottweiler vs. German Shepherd: Health
Both breeds are susceptible to Hip and Elbow Dysplasia.
This disease can’t be prevented, but might be best managed by a well balanced diet.
Supplements can help aid in the onset and slowing the progression of these diseases – seek a vet’s advice about supplements to a balanced diet.
Rottweilers might be more prone to obesity, so their diet might beed to be monitored closely for calorie intake.
Rottweiler vs. German Shepherd: Bite Pressure
The Rottweiler has the most powerful bite force among dog breeds in terms of pounds of pressure at 328 pounds of bite pressure.
The German Shepherd measures in at second with 238 pounds of bite pressure.
As a benchmark, the average human has 120 pounds of bite force.
Rottweiler vs. German Shepherd Pictures and Images
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