Boxer vs Rottweiler

Compare the Boxer to the Rottweiler. Use the tool below to compare temperament, size, personality, maintenance requirements, and everything else between Boxers and Rottweilers.

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - Both the Boxer and Rottweiler are not recommended for new or inexperienced owners.
  • Children - Both the Boxer and Rottweiler are great with children.
  • Grooming - Both breeds have low maintenance coats, but the Rottweiler is easier to groom.
  • Barking - Both the Boxer and Rottweiler are very vocal and will bark/howl frequently.
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Boxer vs Rottweiler
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Breed NameBoxerRottweiler
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicNoNo
Lifespan10-12 yrs.8-11 yrs.
Height21-25 in.22-27 in.
Weight53-70 lb85-130 lb
IntelligenceAverageHigh
History
Origin CountryGermanyGermany
Origin Year1894 AD100 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessVery GoodVery Good
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Pet FriendlyVery GoodBelow Average
Stranger FriendlyGoodVery Good
Personality
  • Affectionate
  • Loving
  • Likes To Snuggle
  • Stubborn
  • Willing To Please
  • Aggressive
  • Loving
  • Stubborn
  • Willing To Please
  • Protective
Living Environment
ApartmentYesYes
IndoorYesYes
Small YardYesYes
Medium YardYesYes
Large YardNoYes
Temperature Tolerance ¹60°F to 80°F45°F to 80°F
Barks/HowlsVery OftenVery Often
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelHighLow-High
Exercise RequiredHighMedium
Top Running Speed27 mph22 mph
StrengthHighVery High
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceMediumLow
SheddingHighLow
DanderLowLow
Drool AmountNoneMedium

¹This is estimated min/max temperature range for a healthy adult dog. Dogs that live indoors, puppies, seniors, unwell dogs, and/or dogs with improperly groomed coats may overheat sooner and get cold more quickly.
Instincts & Behavior Comparison
Breed NameBoxerRottweiler
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoNo
Family/PackYesYes
IndependentNoNo
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyYesNo
AverageNoYes
Focused & PatientNoNo
Breed Instincts
AggressionAverageHigh
Burrow/DiggingVery LowVery Low
ChasingAverageBelow Average
Follow CommandsBelow AverageBelow Average
FightingAverageHigh
GuardingHighHigh
HerdingVery LowVery Low
HuntingAverageBelow Average
ProtectionAverageHigh
Remove VerminVery LowBelow Average
SleddingVery LowHigh
WatchAverageHigh
Health Comparison
Breed NameBoxerRottweiler
Lifespan
Lifespan10-12 yrs.8-11 yrs.
Common Health Issues
AllergiesYesYes
Aortic StenosisYesYes
BloatYesYes
Boxer CardiomyopathyYesNo
CancerYesNo
Corneal DystrophyYesNo
DeafnessYesNo
Demodectic MangeYesNo
Elbow DysplasiaNoYes
Hip DysplasiaYesYes
HypothyroidismYesYes
OsteosarcomaNoYes
PanosteitisNoYes
Subvalvular Aortic StenosisNoYes
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameBoxerRottweiler
Coat
FurYesYes
Coat Type
Single CoatYesNo
Double CoatNoYes
Coat Texture
StraightYesYes
Coat Length(s)
ShortYesYes
Coat Color(s)
BrindleYesNo
FawnYesNo
WhiteYesNo
Black & MahoganyNoYes
Black & RustNoYes
Black & TanNoYes