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Boerboel vs Caucasian Ovcharka – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Boerboel vs Caucasian Ovcharka" Compare Boerboel and Caucasian Ovcharka. Which is better: Boerboel or Caucasian Ovcharka?
Name Boerboel Caucasian Ovcharka
OriginsSouth Africa Armenia Russia Georgia Azerbaijan
Group Working Dogs Guard Dogs
Popularity Rank124508
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Other Names South African Boerboel, South African Mastiff Caucasian Ovcharka, Caucasian Mountain Dog, Caucasian Sheepdog, Kawkasky Owtscharka, Kaukasische Schaferhund
Breed Type Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2015 as a Working breed. Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group Not recognized by FCI. Not recognized by FCI.
Breed Recognition American Kennel Club America's Pet Registry Dog Registry of America Inc. North American Purebred Registry, Inc. American Canine Registry America's Pet Registry Continental Kennel Club Dog Registry of America Inc. Federation Cynologique Internationale Foundation Stock Service National Kennel Club North American Purebred Registry, Inc. American Canine Association, Inc.
Price $1500-$2000 $1500-$2500

General Appearance - Boerboel vs Caucasian Ovcharka

Size Large Giant Giant
Weight 154-200 pounds (70-90 kg) 99-154 pounds (45-70 kg)
Avg. Weight 177 pounds (80 kg) 126.5 pounds (57.5 kg)
Height Male: 25-28 inches (64-70 cm), Female: 23-25.5 inches (59-65 cm) 25-28 inches (64-72 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 26.5 inches (67 cm), Female: 23-25.5 inches (62 cm) 26.5 inches (68 cm)

Hair & Care - Boerboel vs Caucasian Ovcharka

Coat Dense Shiny Smooth Dense Thick Double
Colors Brindle Cream Reddish Brown Red Tawny Black Cream Gray Silver White Yellow
Grooming
Effortless: The Boerboel requires minimal grooming.
Easy to groom: The Caucasian Ovcharka doesn't require a lot of grooming.
Shedding Level
Boerboels shed moderately.
Caucasian Ovcharkas shed moderately.

Characteristics - Boerboel vs Caucasian Ovcharka

Temperament Confident Intelligent Territorial Dominant Obedient Dominant Alert Calm Powerful Quick
Intelligent Rank
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
Average: Caucasian Ovcharka's has average obedience intelligence.
Trainability
Boerboels are quite easy to train.
Caucasian Ovcharkas are quite easy to train.
Playfulness
Boerboels, like any other dog breed, like playing.
The Caucasian Ovcharka is a playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
Boerboels have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
Caucasian Ovcharkas are less sensitive than other dog breeds.
Affection Level
Boerboels are average dogs regarding their affection level.
Caucasian Ovcharkas are highly affectionate dogs.
Social Needs
Boerboels need for social interaction is average.
Caucasian Ovcharkas need for social interaction is average.
Barking
Low to Average: The Boerboel rarely barks.
Average to high: The Caucasian Ovcharka is a vocal breed.
Watchdog Ability
Boerboels are one of the best watchdogs.
Caucasian Ovcharkas are one of the best watchdogs.
Territorial
Boerboels are extremely protective guard dogs.
Caucasian Ovcharkas are extremely protective guard dogs.
Biting Potential Low
The Boerboel has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Caucasian Ovcharka has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Boerboels have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Caucasian Ovcharkas have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Wanderlust potential of the Boerboel is strong enough to escape from home.
Caucasian Ovcharkas tend to escape less than other breeds.
Prey Drive
Boerboels have an average prey drive, which means that they don't have a high impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals, but it might happen.
Caucasian Ovcharkas have an average prey drive, which means that they don't have a high impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals, but it might happen.
Apartment Friendly
Boerboels are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Caucasian Ovcharkas are not the best choice for an apartment lifestyle, but they don't mind being inside if you walk them several times every day.
Adaptability
Boerboels adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Caucasian Ovcharkas adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
Fighting Dog Yes
In history, this breed was unfortunately used for combat dog.
Yes
In history, this breed was unfortunately used for combat dog.

Good With - Boerboel vs Caucasian Ovcharka

Stranger Friendly
Boerboels are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Caucasian Ovcharkas are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Boerboels are kid-friendly dogs.
Caucasian Ovcharkas are kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Boerboels are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
Caucasian Ovcharkas are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Boerboels are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
Caucasian Ovcharkas are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
Boerboel is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Caucasian Ovcharka is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Boerboels are usually recommended for elderly people.
Caucasian Ovcharkas are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Boerboels usually don’t get on well with other pets.
Caucasian Ovcharkas are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners Yes
Boerboels are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Yes
Caucasian Ovcharkas are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Service Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Therapy Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR) Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Boat Dog Not really
Boerboel breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Caucasian Ovcharka breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog Yes
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Yes
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.

Health Factors - Boerboel vs Caucasian Ovcharka

Health Issues
Boerboels tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
Caucasian Ovcharkas tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
Health Problems Allergies Epilepsy Hip Dysplasia Joint Dysplasia Vaginal Hyperplasia Joint Dysplasia
Life Expectancy 10-12 years 10-12 years
Hypoallergenic No No
Energy Level
Boerboels have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Caucasian Ovcharkas have a lower energy level than other dogs.
Exercise Need
Boerboels need quite a lot of exercise.
Caucasian Ovcharkas exercise need is minimal.
Sleeping Need
Boerboels sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Caucasian Ovcharkas like sleeping so they do sleep a lot.
Avg. daily food consumption 8 to 10 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals 4 to 7 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Average.
Average to High.
Weather & Climate Tolerates warm and cold weather. Prefers cold weather
The Caucasian Ovcharka can adapt well to harsh weather conditions, and also can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness Medium
The Boerboel has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Caucasian Ovcharka has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Boerboel drools quite a lot, so if you dislike being covered by slobber spots on your clothes, you may want to choose another dog breed.
The Caucasian Ovcharka drools quite a lot, so if you dislike being covered by slobber spots on your clothes, you may want to choose another dog breed.

Reproducibility - Boerboel vs Caucasian Ovcharka

Gestation Length 60-64 days 60-64 days
How often can the have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Litter Size 7-10 puppies 5-10 puppies

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