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Know the Breed – German Shephard Vs. Rottweiler

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The German Shephard and the Rottweiler are considered to be some of the most aggressive breeds out there. However, most people don’t know that they’re just that protective and playful, just not in the most obvious way and with a little bit of training, of course! So keep reading to find out a little bit more about the two breeds. If you want to know more about all the breeds, here’s a book that we find helpful: The Dog Breed Book

German Shephard

German Shephard

As the name implies, the breed (formerly known as Alsatian) initially worked as a shepherd dog and a protector of sheep. Highly adaptable and trainable, the German Shepherd dog has proved valuable as a guard dog, guide dog and tracker. Commonly a K-9 canine, the breed is widely used by the police and armed forces worldwide. The dog is also known for its aggressive behaviour yet has proven to maintain a steady temperament with families.



The Rottweiler is a robust working breed of great strength descended from the mastiffs of the Roman legions. Gentle, playful and protective within the family circle. A well-bred and adequately raised Rottie will be calm and confident, courageous but not unduly aggressive. The aloof demeanour these world-class guardians present to outsiders contradicts the playfulness and downright silliness that endear Rotties to their loved ones.

Below are comparative stats, if you are confused between the two:


German Shephard


Height Range58 – 63 cm (23 – 25 in)58 – 69 cm (23 – 27 in)
Weight Range22 – 40 kg (49 – 88 lb)38 – 59 kg (84 – 130 lb)
Life SpanOver ten years 10 – 11 years
Amount of exercise required120 minutes a day120 minutes a day
Ease of TrainingEasyEasy
Level of sociabilityModerateHighly social
Amount of grooming requiredOnce every weekOnce every week
GSD Vs. Rottweiler

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