Rottweiler vs Labrador – Which breed is better?

Buying a dog and being a dog lover myself, the toughest part of it for me is, when I finally shortlist two dog breeds and then have to decide between both.

I mean, why I can’t have both or as many as I want? Yeah, right, I know it’s not possible considering affordability and other factors.

But when it came to deciding between Rottweiler and Labrador, I think it’s not that hard because of some apparent differences between the two.

So, Rottweiler vs. Labrador – Which breed is better?

The answer to this question depends on what you’re looking for in a dog. Labradors are one of the most popular and loved dog breeds, whereas, Rottweiler probably stands on number 8. However, if you want a bigger and happy-go-lucky dog with lesser health problems, then Rottweiler is your best bet because Labs are relatively shorter and are prone to several genetic diseases.

But wait, you must know more to make a sensible decision because you don’t go out and buy a dog every other day, right?

Let us have a look at some obvious differences between Rottweiler and Labrador.

Rottweiler vs Labrador – The comparison

So, after I had finally shortlisted the two breeds, i.e. Labrador and Rottweiler, it was not that difficult to choose one.

The reason for this is that they belong to different breeds and hence, different characteristics and appearance qualities.

So, how about I share some of my research with you in the form of a table comparison? This way, it becomes way easier to distinguish between the two dogs.

LabradorRottweiler
Size22-25 inches22-27 inches
Weight55-80 pounds70-120 pounds
ColorBlack, chocolate, brownBlack, tan, mahogany
TemperamentFriendly, kind, athletic, playfulGentle, playful
Lifespan13-14 years8-13 years
Energy levelVery highAverage
DroolingNoYes
Vet visitsFrequentRare
SheddingA lotAverage
Work dogYesYes
DiseasesObesity, cancer, knee/elbow dysplasiaObesity, vision and heart problems
Animal-friendlyYesNot much
ObedienceGreatExcellent
FurHairyDense
BarkingBearableWhen necessary

I am sure this is very helpful for you in terms of determining how different both these dogs are.

However, due to the reason that I have been through all this, I am also aware of the never-ending confusion when you’ve got to choose one of either of the two.

So, by far, we know that:

  1. Labradors and Rottweilers are a lot different, appearance-wise
  2. Both are work dogs, but unlike Labs, Rottweilers can also work as guards
  3. Their diseases are also not similar
  4. Their fur and skin coat are what differentiates them in the first glance
  5. Rottweiler is larger than a Labrador
  6. They are both friendly and playful for a lovely family atmosphere
  7. While Labs do not absolutely mind having other pets around, Rottweilers are not very okay with that

In case, you still might be asking yourself, which breed is better for me?

Now for that, you need to have detailed information on each and every aspect of both these dogs’ overall personality features.

Also, I suggest you rank both Labs and Rottweilers according to your liking based on each difference.

This way, you’d have a satisfactory decision by the end of this article, which is amazing, right?

Cost

Okay, first things first!

Before you even start with selecting between a Labrador and a Rottweiler, one main thing to be fully aware of is its cost.

You see, budget planning is one of the important parts of buying something expensive because you don’t want to own a high-priced dog and later borrow money from friends and family, do you?

Plus, these are dogs, not candies that you can replace or throw away if you don’t like it!

So, coming back, here is what I know about the costs of both the dogs.

  • Rottweilers cost somewhere from $800-$1500. It depends on the size, because the price is on a lower side when it’s a puppy or bought from an unauthorized dog breeder.
  • Labradors, on the other hand, cost from anywhere between $400-$1000. The prices can rise also depending on the color and special physical/facial appearance.

Hence, talking about Rottweilers first, they might sound expensive to some, but I think it’s all worth it in the end when you have a great companion at home.

And for Labs, their cost seems to be reasonable, but they can also be greatly costly if it’s a field-trial dog.

Also, you might as well get it for free from an animal shelter, but I don’t think it’s worth giving a shot.

Size

The size of the dog matters a lot if you’d be keeping it inside the house, because some dogs are huge and also supposed to be guards which makes it okay to keep them outside.

However, while we’re discussing Labradors and Rottweilers, both of them are not huge enough to put into that category.

Apparently, one of them is larger than the other, but still feasible to have inside.

Rottweiler

Rottweiler is larger than a Labrador and measures around 22-27 inches from shoulders to paw.

Eventually, it also weighs more starting from 70 pounds for females and ending up to 120 pounds for male ones.

Now speaking of the large size, you might not want to own a Rottweiler, if you have small kids or pets in the house.

The reason for this is that Rottweilers are not that intelligent, when it comes to figuring out things, so they might not realize what they’re sitting on usually.

There have been reports of accidents when a Rottweiler mistakenly sat on a baby or a small pet animal.

Labrador

A Labrador is a retriever dog and probably with the ideal size that you have in mind for your very own dog.

It weighs around 55-65 pounds for females and 60-70 pounds for males.

They also don’t look that huge measuring 22-25 inches from shoulders to paws.

Also, Labs are absolutely safe to have inside the house with kids and all because not only they are highly intelligent, but also tend to care a bit too much for the family members, especially babies.

Life Expectancy

We all love dogs, don’t we? And if it’s our very own dog? Oh my God, the level of affection and attachment that we have with it is unmatchable!

You probably see it as your small child and take care of its smallest of physical and emotional needs, right?

So, just like you do not wish to even think about your child’s demise, you behave the same way with your dog.

What does all this mean? Well, if you’re going to buy a dog then make sure to look into the breeder’s detailed past information and his history with dogs.

Because if the dog does not belong to healthy parents, or had not been properly taken care of in terms of diet and veterinary visits, then it surely is a negative sign.

I’m saying all of this just to warn you because:

  1. Dogs die sooner if they’re not appropriately looked after
  2. We’re going to be discussing a Labrador’s and Rottweiler’s lifespan right after

So, now that I’ve probably made you realize the importance of a dog’s well-groomed brought up, let’s look at some more facts about the life expectancy of Labradors and Rottweilers.

  • Female Labradors can live up to 14 years, i.e. the maximum age for any Lab
  • Male Labradors have a lifespan of around 10-12 years
  • Female Rottweilers are supposed to live to a maximum of 13 years
  • Male Rottweilers’ life expectancy is somewhere between 8-10 years

The only cause of female Labs and Rottweilers living longer than males is that they’re not spayed. So, if you’re mentally, financially, and physically ready for this, then not spaying your dog is going to be good for you and her in terms of having a long life.

Grooming

Okay, so if you’re generally a lazy person and do not care about how you look, then you’re certainly not the right person to own a dog.

See, dogs have a lot of hair on all of their bodies, which makes them highly sensitive to skin/hair diseases.

Hence, when we talk about the grooming of a dog, two definite things must come to your mind:

  1. It holds great importance because of the hidden genetic diseases they might be carrying
  2. Their hair fall issues get out of hands very quickly and leave no other choice than to take excessive care (which you were earlier inactive with)

Let me explain how grooming is important for both Labs and Rottweilers.

Labradors

Labradors shed a lot! Like a lot to the extent that you might find your things under its hair in every freaking corner of the house!

Although, this usually happens just two times a year, its effects might stay longer than you think.

Therefore, in order to avoid excessive shedding, make sure to follow these instructions:

  • Brush daily
  • Bathe regularly
  • Apply oil twice a week
  • Check with a vet for skin diseases if still nothing works

Apart from this, Labradors are prone to some very painful genetic diseases like cancer, knee, and elbow dysplasia.

So, even if you think the dog seems okay, then also take him to a vet every once a month to make sure that they’re healthy.

Rottweilers

Unlike Labradors, Rottweilers do not have that much hair, so shedding  might happen, but it’s always bearable.

I mean all furry animals shed, right? So do Rottweilers.

But this does not mean to feel relieved for caring for it lesser than a Lab.

You have got to follow the same instructions as for a Lab because you never know, a Rottweiler might also begin to show some signs of skin diseases like eczema and itching, etc.

Temperament

During my search for a dog that suits all my requirements, one thing that I was sure about, was its temperament.

As I have a family at home, so my dog should be friendly enough to adjust with everyone and other pets of mine.

I’ll tell you what! This is actually one of the reasons why I started this research on Labradors and Rottweilers, because I didn’t want to bring someone home that my family is not comfortable with.

I’m sure, you’re wondering how are both these dogs as a friend to have around in the house?

Well, let’s look into it!

Labrador

  • They are extremely playful, energetic, and athletic
  • They make great friends with not just the owner, but each person/animal living in the house
  • They cannot become guards because of their affinity, as they do not usually hate or suspect someone
  • They are very easy to train for small and big tasks alike
  • They are work dogs with soft mouths, so killing another small animal is out of the question
  • They love to socialize and can easily adjust to multiple environments

Rottweiler

  • They are great to be working as guard dogs because of their aggression that they show for disliked people/animals
  • They are not so intelligent, but also not too difficult to train because they are naturally work dogs
  • They require a lot of training on how not to hurt someone because of their aggressive nature
  • They might unintentionally cause damage to small things like toys, pets, and even babies by sitting on them
  • They love to play and fetch

Health

Health issues of dogs cannot be ignored, especially when you know how much trouble it’s going to cause you and the innocent soul later in life.

As if that’s not enough, I must not forget that both Labradors and Rottweilers have greater chances of suffering from genetic diseases as compared to other breeds.

So, talking about Labradors, they have health issues like obesity, cancer, eczema, and elbow/knee dysplasia that they might get in older age.

And for Rottweilers, they are prone to liver, bone, and lymphoma cancer, plus they also have a tendency to suffer from some severe neurological conditions.

Final Thoughts

So, where are you now? Like have you made a decision already or you’re still waiting for my stance on this topic?

Okay, let’s not keep you waiting anymore.

So…Labrador or a Rottweiler?

For me, it’s always very simple. You see, when I used to live alone and did not have a family, then it was undoubtedly Rottweiler because I was not a very playful person and usually looking for lesser problems (read: shedding and grooming).

However, if I had to choose between both the dogs now, then it would be none other than a Labrador. They are playful, kids love them, I can have as many other pets in the house. I don’t have to worry about guests coming over because Labs do not misbehave, and most importantly, they’re very gentle and kind towards everyone that never fails to win my heart!

So, we’re ending this article and I think now you have your answer, but Labrador or Rottweiler, whatever you choose, just don’t forget that they’re innocent souls that deserve all the love and kindness in this world!

Related Questions

Which dog is better German Shepherd or Labrador?

If Labradors are constant on their number position of best dogs, then German shepherds are just behind them on number two.

Both the dogs have their own uniqueness that makes them highly demanded by genuine dog lovers.

But if you have to choose one, then you got to do it considering your own liking/disliking for certain things.

For instance, Labradors have a high energy level, whereas, German shepherds are not very fond of playing or jumping around.

Another thing that instantly separates them from one another is their size because German shepherds are a lot larger than Labs.

Which is better, Doberman or Rottweiler?

This is a tough comparison but still doable. Both of these dogs belong to different breeds and hence, have separate personality traits.

So, Doberman or Rottweiler? Well, if you’re looking for some big level loyalty in your dog, then Doberman is your answer.

And if you want someone that is intelligent, likes to play, and also socializes, then Rottweilers are your best bet.

Also, if a Doberman is well taken care of and well-groomed all his life, then it might live a little longer than a Rottweiler that can maximum live up to 13 years.

Is Rottweiler bigger than a Labrador?

Yes, Rottweilers are not only bigger in size, but they are also heavier than Labradors.

They can weigh anywhere from 110 to 130 pounds and their maximum height is 27 inches for a male.

There is definitely a difference in size and weight of female and male dogs, but it’s not worth considering, I think.

Also, if the size is bigger then eventually, its diet requirements are also bigger, plus more responsibility for providing healthy food for a longer and healthier lifespan.

What dogs are similar to Rottweilers?

The only dogs that are similar to Rottweilers belong to Rottweilers mix-breed like:

  • Rottsky
  • Labrottie
  • Golden Rottie
  • Borderweiler
  • Rotthound
  • Pitweiler
  • Mastweiler

There a lot more, and all of these involve multiple dog breeds like a husky, Labrador, Golden retriever, Pitbull, Mastiff, Border Collie, and Basset hound.

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