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Great Pyrenees vs Australian Shepherd vs Golden Retriever – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Great Pyrenees vs Australian Shepherd vs Golden Retriever" Compare Great Pyrenees and Australian Shepherd. Which is better: Great Pyrenees or Australian Shepherd or Golden Retriever?
Name Great Pyrenees Australian Shepherd Golden Retriever
OriginsSpain France United States Scotland
Group Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs) Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs) Gun Dog
Popularity Rank66173
Reviews123
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Other Names Great Pyrenees, Patou, Chien Des Pyrénées, Chien De Montagne Des Pyrénées, Montañés Del Pirineo, Gos De Muntanya Dels Pirineus Aussie, Little Blue Dog Yellow Retriever, Golden Flat Coat
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1933 as a Working breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1991 as a Herding breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1925 as a Sporting breed.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattledogs group, in the Molossian type section. Recognized by FCI in the Sheepdogs and Cattledogs (except Swiss Cattledogs) group, in the Sheepdogs section. Recognized by FCI in the Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs group, in the Retrievers section.
Breed Recognition American Canine Registry American Kennel Club America's Pet Registry Canadian Kennel Club Dog Registry of America Inc. Federation Cynologique Internationale Kennel Club of Great Britain North American Purebred Registry, Inc. American Canine Association, Inc. Australian National Kennel Council Continental Kennel Club National Kennel Club New Zealand Kennel Club United Kennel Club American Canine Registry American Kennel Club America's Pet Registry Dog Registry of America Inc. North American Purebred Registry, Inc. American Canine Association, Inc. Continental Kennel Club National Kennel Club New Zealand Kennel Club United Kennel Club Australian Shepherd Club Of America American Canine Registry American Kennel Club America's Pet Registry Canadian Kennel Club Dog Registry of America Inc. Federation Cynologique Internationale Kennel Club of Great Britain North American Purebred Registry, Inc. American Canine Association, Inc. Australian National Kennel Council Continental Kennel Club National Kennel Club New Zealand Kennel Club United Kennel Club
Price $500-$600 $600-$800 $1000-$2000

General Appearance - Great Pyrenees vs Australian Shepherd vs Golden Retriever

Size Giant Large Large
Weight Male: from 100 pounds (45 kg), Female: from 85 pounds (38 kg) Male: 50-65 pounds (25-29 kg), Female: 40-55 pounds (18-25 kg) Male: 60-80 pounds (27-36 kg), Female: 55-70 pounds (25-32 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: from 100 pounds (45 kg), Female: from 85 pounds (38 kg) Male: 57.5 pounds (27 kg), Female: 47.5 pounds (21.5 kg) Male: 70 pounds (31.5 kg), Female: 62.5 pounds (28.5 kg)
Height Male: 27-32 inches (69-81 cm), Female: 25-29 inches (63-74 cm) Male: 20-23 inches (52-58cm), Female: 18-21 inches (46–53 cm) Male: 22-24 inches (56-61cm), Female: 20-22 inches (51-56 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 29.5 inches (75 cm), Female: 27 inches (68.5 cm) Male: 21.5 inches (55 cm), Female: 19.5 inches (46–53 cm) Male: 23 inches (58.5 cm), Female: 21 inches (53.5 cm)

Hair & Care - Great Pyrenees vs Australian Shepherd vs Golden Retriever

Coat Dense Double Feathered Silky Wavy Shiny Straight
Colors White Red Blue Merle Black Golden Light
Grooming
Average: The Great Pyrenees requires average grooming effort.
Average: The Australian Shepherd requires average grooming effort.
Average: The Golden Retriever requires average grooming effort.
Shedding Level
Great Pyreneess shed above average.
Australian Shepherds shed moderately.
Golden Retrievers shed moderately.

Characteristics - Great Pyrenees vs Australian Shepherd vs Golden Retriever

Temperament Affectionate Fearless Patient Confident Gentle Strong Willed Active Friendly Intelligent Loving Affectionate Good-natured Protective Confident Intelligent Reliable Friendly Kind Trustworthy
Intelligent Rank
Average: Great Pyrenees's has average obedience intelligence.
Smart: Australian Shepherd's has great intelligence.
Outstanding: Golden Retriever is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Trainability
Great Pyreneess are easy to train.
Australian Shepherds are very easy to train.
Golden Retrievers are easy to train.
Playfulness
Great Pyreneess are not the most playful dog breed.
The Australian Shepherd is a highly playful breed.
The Golden Retriever is a highly playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Australian Shepherds don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Golden Retrievers have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
Affection Level
Great Pyreneess are average dogs regarding their affection level.
Australian Shepherds are highly affectionate dogs.
Golden Retrievers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Great Pyreneess are a social breed.
Australian Shepherds are a social breed.
Golden Retrievers need a lot of social interaction.
Barking
Average to high: The Great Pyrenees is a vocal breed.
Low to Average: The Australian Shepherd rarely barks.
Low to Average: The Golden Retriever rarely barks.
Watchdog Ability
Great Pyreneess are one of the best watchdogs.
Australian Shepherds are one of the best watchdogs.
Golden Retrievers are average watchdogs.
Territorial
Great Pyreneess strongly protect their territory.
Australian Shepherds are extremely protective guard dogs.
Golden Retrievers are average defenders.
Biting Potential Low
The Great Pyrenees has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Australian Shepherd has a low chance of biting somebody.
Moderate
The Golden Retriever has an average chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Great Pyreneess have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Australian Shepherds have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Golden Retrievers have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Great Pyreneess have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
Australian Shepherds are not the biggest explorers.
Golden Retrievers tend to escape less than other breeds.
Prey Drive
Great Pyreneess have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
Australian Shepherds have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Golden Retrievers 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
Great Pyreneess are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Australian Shepherds are not the best choice for an apartment lifestyle, but they don't mind being inside if you walk them several times every day.
Golden Retrievers are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Adaptability
Great Pyreneess adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
Australian Shepherds adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Golden Retrievers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Great Pyreneess do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
Australian Shepherds do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
Golden Retrievers tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Fighting Dog Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With - Great Pyrenees vs Australian Shepherd vs Golden Retriever

Stranger Friendly
Great Pyreneess are average friendly towards strangers.
Australian Shepherds are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Golden Retrievers are very stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Great Pyreneess are kid-friendly dogs.
Australian Shepherds are very kid-friendly dogs.
Golden Retrievers are very kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Great Pyreneess are cat-friendly dogs.
Australian Shepherds are average friendly towards cats.
Golden Retrievers are cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Great Pyreneess are average friendly towards other dogs.
Australian Shepherds are average friendly towards other dogs.
Golden Retrievers are very dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
Great Pyrenees is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Australian Shepherd is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Yes
Golden Retriever is one of the best dog breeds for office environment
Senior Citizens Friendly
Great Pyreneess are usually recommended for elderly people.
Australian Shepherds are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Golden Retrievers are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Great Pyreneess are usually friendly towards other pets.
Australian Shepherds are generally with other pets.
Golden Retrievers are usually friendly towards other pets.
Good For First Time Owners No
Great Pyreneess are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Australian Shepherds are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Yes
Golden Retrievers 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.
Yes
This breed makes good 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.
Yes
This breed makes a perfect 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.
Yes
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.
Yes
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
Great Pyrenees breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Australian Shepherd breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Yes
Golden Retriever breed usually likes 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.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.

Health Factors - Great Pyrenees vs Australian Shepherd vs Golden Retriever

Health Issues
Great Pyreneess are commonly healthy dogs.
The Australian Shepherd is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Golden Retrievers are commonly healthy dogs.
Health Problems Addison's Disease Bloat Cataracts Drug Sensitivity Elbow Dysplasia Entropion Hip Dysplasia Patellar Luxation Allergies Cancer Cataracts Collie Eye Anomaly Deafness Detached Retina Distichiasis Drug Sensitivity Elbow Dysplasia Epilepsy Hip Dysplasia Hypothyroidism Nasal Solar Dermatitis Osteochondrosis Dissecans Persistent Pupillary Membranes Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Allergies Bloat Cataracts Elbow Dysplasia Epilepsy Hemangiosarcoma Hip Dysplasia Hypothyroidism Osteochondrosis Dissecans Osteosarcoma Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Subvalvular Aortic Stenosis Von Willebrand's Disease
Life Expectancy 10-12 years 12-15 years 10-12 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
Great Pyreneess have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Australian Shepherds are high energy dogs.
Golden Retrievers are high energy dogs.
Exercise Need
Great Pyreneess have an average exercise need.
Australian Shepherds need a lot of exercises.
Golden Retrievers need a lot of exercises.
Sleeping Need
Great Pyreneess don't need too much sleep.
Australian Shepherds don't need too much sleep.
Golden Retrievers don't need too much sleep.
Avg. daily food consumption 8 to 10 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals 1.5 to 2.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 3 to 4 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Average to High.
Average to High.
High: The Golden Retriever breed has a strong tendency to overweight.
Weather & Climate Prefers cold weather
The Great Pyrenees can adapt well to harsh weather conditions, and also can be a good mountain dog.
Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Australian Shepherd can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness Medium
The Great Pyrenees has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Australian Shepherd has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Golden Retriever has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Great Pyrenees is a perfect example for low drooling tendency.
The Australian Shepherd is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Golden Retriever 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 - Great Pyrenees vs Australian Shepherd vs Golden Retriever

Gestation Length 60-64 days 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.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Litter Size 6-9 puppies 6-9 puppies, average 7 5-10 puppies

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