10 Dog Breeds Most Similar to Rottweilers

Written by Katelynn Sobus
Published: February 23, 2024
Share on:


Rottweilers are large, stocky dogs with dark coats and distinct markings. These brown markings can be seen above their eyes, on their cheeks and muzzles, their throats and chests, the underside of their tails, and the bottoms of their legs. In this article, we’ll discuss ten dog breeds most similar to Rottweilers.

Dog breeds similar to Rottweilers include Doberman pinschers, miniature pinschers, Beacuerons, Hovaworts, Manchester terriers, Tibetan mastiffs, boxers, Boerboels, bullmastiffs, and cane corsos.

Let’s dive in and learn more about these breeds, their similarities to Rottweilers, and how they’re different.

#1: Doberman Pinscher

Doberman puppy studio photo

Like Rottweilers, Dobermans were bred as guard dogs.

©Fotoarta/iStock via Getty Images

Doberman pinschers have similar dark fur and brown markings to Rottweilers and are of a similar size as well. They do stand a couple of inches taller than Rottweilers, and they weigh less at 60-100 pounds compared to the Rottweiler’s 80-135 pounds.

Dobermans are lithe and deep-chested, so their body shape is much different from the stocky Rottweiler.

#2: Miniature Pinscher

Miniature Pinschers have a longer lifespan due to their smaller size.


If you’re looking for that Rottie look in a small breed, you might like a miniature pinscher. Like Dobermans, they have lithe bodies and appear much less sturdy than Rottweilers.

However, they have very similar markings on their short coats. Miniature pinschers stand 10-12.5 inches tall and weigh just 8-10 pounds.

Like Rottweilers, miniature pinschers are playful, active, and affectionate.

#3: Beauceron

Beauceron taking a break from running

Beaucerons weigh a bit less than Rottweilers at 70-110 pounds.

©Bildagentur Zoonar GmbH/Shutterstock.com

The stocky build of the Beauceron makes them more alike to Rottweilers than the previous two on our list. They also have short coats with the classic Rottie markings, though their fur is slightly longer than a Rottweiler and sheds more.

Though they’re around the same height, female Beaucerons may stand a couple of inches taller, on average, than female Rottweilers.

#4: Hovawart

Havowart dog

Hovawarts have longer coats than Rottweilers.


Hovawarts have Rottie-like markings on a beautiful mid-length coat. They’re about the same size as Rottweilers at around an inch taller on average.

While a Rottweiler’s height is balanced throughout the body, Hovawarts have long legs and a lankier appearance overall. They weigh much less at 65-90 pounds.

#5: Manchester Terrier

Manchester Terrier isolated on white background

Manchester terriers are another option if you’re looking for a dog smaller than a Rottweiler.


Larger than miniature pinschers, Manchester terriers have similar coat colors and markings on a short coat. They’re slim dogs and stand 15-16 inches compared to the Rottweiler’s 22-27 inches.

They also live longer than Rotties, averaging 15-17 years.

#6: Tibetan Mastiff

Tibetan mastiffs are larger and much furrier than Rotties!

©Tatyana Kuznetsova/Shutterstock.com

Tibetan mastiffs look very different to Rottweilers, with their markings being the only true similarity. This giant breed stands a minimum of 24-26 inches tall with no upper height limit and weighs 70-150 pounds.

Their coats are long and shed profusely, while Rottweiler coats are relatively low maintenance. While both breeds should be brushed once weekly, Tibetan mastiffs will take much longer and a missed grooming session will result in painful matting. Tibetan mastiffs also require more frequent grooming during their shedding season.

#7: Boxer

Portrait of two very smart and playful boxers

Boxers and Rottweilers have similar facial structures.

©Gabor Kormany/Shutterstock.com

Boxers tend to be shorter and weigh less than Rottweilers. Their heads are most similar in structure to Rotties, with big eyes, short snouts, and triangular ears. They’re both muscular working dogs with strong protective instincts.

#8: Boerboel

Strongest Dog Breed Bite - Boerboel

The Boerboel breed is less common to see than a Rottweiler.

©Natalia Fesiun/Shutterstock.com

Boerboels have the same muscular builds and short coats as Rotties. They’re much larger than Rotts, weighing up to 200 pounds, and their ears are a bit longer.

Like Rottweilers, Boerboels are affectionate, protective, and eager to please.

#9: Bullmastiff

Bullmastiffs and Rottweilers have similar body types.

©BORINA OLGA/Shutterstock.com

Another stocky breed, Bullmastiffs weigh 100-130 pounds on average. They tend to have shorter snouts than Rottweilers and more wrinkles in the face, which can lead to more health problems (though all brachycephalic breeds are at risk of these).

Bullmastiffs do tend to have shorter lifespans, living 7-9 years compared to Rottweilers at 9-10 years.

#10: Cane Corso

Cane corsos have a similar body shape to Rottweilers but not the same markings.


Large and muscular, cane corsos look pretty similar to Rottweilers. Their coats are short with a variety of colors and markings. They’re about the same height as Rottweilers with no weight restrictions according to breed standard.

Like Rottweilers and many others on this list, cane corsos often have cropped ears and docked tails. However, these surgeries are done purely for cosmetic reasons and are inhumane–so it’s best to avoid the practice.

The photo featured at the top of this post is © Phillip van Zyl/Shutterstock.com

Ready to discover the top 10 cutest dog breeds in the entire world?

How about the fastest dogs, the largest dogs and those that are -- quite frankly -- just the kindest dogs on the planet? Each day, AZ Animals sends out lists just like this to our thousands of email subscribers. And the best part? It's FREE. Join today by entering your email below.

What's the right dog for you?

Dogs are our best friends but which breed is your perfect match?


If you have kids or existing dogs select:

Other Dogs

Should they be Hypoallergenic?

How important is health?
Which dog groups do you like?
How much exercise should your dog require?
What climate?
How much seperation anxiety?
How much yappiness/barking?

How much energy should they have?

The lower energy the better.
I want a cuddle buddy!
About average energy.
I want a dog that I have to chase after constantly!
All energy levels are great -- I just love dogs!
How much should they shed?
How trainable/obedient does the dog need to be?
How intelligent does the dog need to be?
How much chewing will allow?

Share on:
About the Author

Katelynn Sobus is a writer at A-Z Animals where her primary focus is on pets including dogs, cats, and exotics. She has been writing about pet care for over five years. Katelynn currently lives in Michigan with her seven senior rescue cats.

Thank you for reading! Have some feedback for us? Contact the AZ Animals editorial team.