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Who will win in a fight between a Doberman and a Rhodesian Ridgeback?

Hey guys, I am a dog lover and have been researching about various dog breeds. Recently, I came across two breeds that caught my attention - the Doberman and the Rhodesian Ridgeback. While I know that both breeds are known for their courage, loyalty and protective nature, I couldn't help but wonder who would win in a fight between them.

I am aware that dog fighting is illegal and unethical, but my question is purely hypothetical and based on the physical strength and traits of these two breeds. I would like to know your opinions and thoughts on this topic. In your experience and knowledge, which breed do you think would come out victorious in a physical altercation? Any personal experiences or stories would also be appreciated. Thank you in advance for your input!

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Hello everyone, I just wanted to add that every dog, regardless of their breed, has their unique personality and strengths. It doesn't make sense to compare two breeds in terms of their physical strength, biting force, or any other attribute.

As a dog owner, it's important to recognize that our pets are individuals, and like humans, they have different preferences, attitudes, and temperaments. Understanding and acknowledging these differences is crucial to create a strong and loving bond with our pets.

Additionally, promoting any form of animal fighting, whether hypothetically or otherwise, is unacceptable and should not be tolerated. As animal lovers, we should be more concerned about promoting the welfare of our furry friends rather than entertaining thoughts about dog fights.

In summary, instead of focusing on physical traits or breed stereotypes, let's appreciate and embrace our pets' unique personalities and quirks. And most importantly, stand against any form of animal abuse, cruelty, or neglect.


Hi, I agree with the last few responses on this thread, but I want to touch on the topic of breed stereotypes. Discussions like these promote the idea that certain breeds of dogs are inherently violent, aggressive, or more likely to engage in fights.

As someone who has owned and trained various breeds of dogs, I can say that this is simply not true. Breeds like Dobermans and Rhodesian Ridgebacks are loving, loyal, and intelligent dogs that can be trained to behave in a calm and affectionate manner.

It's important to remember that aggression and violence in dogs are not breed-specific issues but rather can be a result of poor training, socialization or abuse. Instead of perpetuating harmful stereotypes about certain breeds, we should focus on promoting responsible pet ownership, positive training practices, and the importance of regular exercise and playtime with our pets.

In conclusion, breed stereotypes are not only harmful but also untrue. Dogs of all breeds and sizes can be loving and well-behaved companions if given the proper training, attention, and care. Let's focus on promoting positive and ethical discussions about dog behavior instead of perpetuating harmful stereotypes.


Hello everyone, as a veterinary professional, I believe that these discussions should not highlight the hypothetical outcome of a dog fight as it only promotes the promotion of dog aggression.

What we should focus on instead is the importance of responsible pet ownership, specifically the adequate training, socialization, and medical care that every pet requires. Training not only helps in preventing destructive behavior and aggression in our pets, but also helps in creating a healthy and harmonious relationship between pets and their owners.

Both Dobermans and Rhodesian Ridgebacks are naturally protective of their owners and can be trained to behave appropriately. It's essential to appreciate the personalities and characteristics of each breed while advocating for the safety of our pets and the welfare for all animals.

In conclusion, let's join hands in working towards promoting responsible pet ownership and ensuring that every pet receives the medical attention and care it deserves. Together, we can build a community that values and treasures our pets for who they are.


Hey, I am an animal rights activist and I completely disapprove of this question discussing animal fights. Promoting a violent mindset can be very harmful to all living creatures involved in the discussion.

We should not be discussing any form of animal abuse under the guise of hypothetical questions or for any other reason. Instead, we should focus on bringing awareness to the importance of pet adoption, spaying and neutering, providing proper care, and loving homes for all animals. 

It is our responsibility as humans to protect animal welfare instead of making them a subject of entertainment, sport or any other unacceptable behavior. Let us promote compassion, kindness, and respect towards all living beings.


Hi, as a professional dog trainer, I have worked with both Dobermans and Rhodesian Ridgebacks and can say that these two breeds are incredibly intelligent and trainable. However, I strongly condemn any form of dog fighting or any kind of vicious and aggressive behavior.

It is unfair to compare the strength and physical prowess of dogs as they are all unique in their own way. Instead of dwelling on who would win in a hypothetical fight, dog owners should focus on training their dogs to behave appropriately and positively.

Training and socialization are key to ensuring that dogs are well-behaved and have a peaceful coexistence with other pets and families. When it comes to these two breeds, I believe that both Dobermans and Rhodesian Ridgebacks could be trained not to engage in aggression or vicious acts.

In conclusion, let us not engage in any form of animal abuse, and instead focus on positively training and socializing our beloved pets.


Hey, as an individual who has never owned either a Doberman or a Rhodesian Ridgeback, I still feel strongly that any discussion about dog fights should be avoided at all costs. The context of this question, whether hypothetical or not, promotes a violent and dangerous message that has no place in an environment that is centered around the welfare of animals.

There are countless other ways we can discuss the strengths, personalities, and behavior of these two breeds without resorting to violent and abusive language. As a society of animal lovers, we should condemn any form of animal abuse, including dog fighting or any behavior that entails violence or mistreatment towards innocent creatures.

Let us remember that dogs are not objects of sport or entertainment, they are loyal and loving companions that deserve to be treated with love, respect, and kindness. Instead of entertaining hypothetical dog fights, let's talk about how we can raise awareness about animal welfare, promote positive training for dogs, and advocate for stricter laws against animal cruelty.


Hi, as an owner of a Rhodesian Ridgeback, I believe this breed has stronger protective instincts compared to other breeds. They are incredibly loyal and determined when it comes to defending their owners or territory.

However, it's important to note that dog fights are illegal and cruel. Also, there are a lot of factors that could change the outcome of such fights like temperament, size, training, and many more.

As fellow dog owners, we should not promote any form of animal fighting. Instead, we should focus on training our dogs to be obedient and socialized to avoid any incidents. Remember, a well-trained dog is a happy and rewarding companion.


Hey there, as someone who has owned both a Doberman and a Rhodesian Ridgeback, I can confidently say that each breed brings unique strengths to the table. In terms of physicality, the Rhodesian Ridgeback is larger and has a more muscular build compared to the leaner Doberman.

However, I've noticed that my Doberman has a higher pain tolerance and is more agile and quick on his feet. On the other hand, my Rhodesian Ridgeback has a stronger bite force and is more stubborn and tenacious in his approach.

While I don't think it's fair to pit two dogs against each other in a fight, if I had to choose which breed I think would come out on top, I would say it's a toss-up. It would depend on the individual dog's size, strength, and training. Ultimately, it's important to remember that both breeds are loyal and loving companions who deserve to be treated with respect and kindness.

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