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Hovawart vs Berger Picard vs Kooikerhondje – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Hovawart vs Berger Picard vs Kooikerhondje" Compare Hovawart and Berger Picard. Which is better: Hovawart or Berger Picard or Kooikerhondje?
Name Hovawart Berger Picard Kooikerhondje
OriginsGermany France Netherlands
Group Guard Dogs Working Dogs Gun Dog
Popularity Rank375146413
Reviews101
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Other Names Hovie Berger de Picardie, Picardy Shepherd, Picardy Sheepdog Kooiker Dog, Nederlandse Kooikerhondje, Small Dutch Waterfowl Dog
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Not recognized by the American Kennel Club. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2015 as a Herding breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2018 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. Not recognized by FCI.
Breed Recognition American Canine Registry America's Pet Registry Continental Kennel Club Dog Registry of America Inc. Federation Cynologique Internationale Foundation Stock Service Kennel Club of Great Britain National Kennel Club North American Purebred Registry, Inc. American Canine Association, Inc. American Canine Registry American Kennel Club America's Pet Registry Dog Registry of America Inc. Federation Cynologique Internationale North American Purebred Registry, Inc. American Canine Association, Inc. Continental Kennel Club National Kennel Club United Kennel Club American Canine Registry America's Pet Registry Dog Registry of America Inc. Federation Cynologique Internationale North American Purebred Registry, Inc. American Canine Association, Inc. United Kennel Club American Rare Breed Association Foundation Stock Service
Price $1000-$1200 $2000-$2500 $600-$800

General Appearance - Hovawart vs Berger Picard vs Kooikerhondje

Size Large Giant Large Medium
Weight 55 - 90 pounds (25 - 51 kg) 51–71 lb (23–32 kg) 20-40 pounds (9-18 kg)
Avg. Weight 55 - 90 pounds (25 - 51 kg) 61 lb (27.5 kg) 30 pounds (13.5 kg)
Height 23 - 28 inches (58 - 70 cm) Male: 24-26 inches (61–66 cm), Female: 22–24 inches (56–61 cm) 14-16 inches (36-41 cm)
Avg. Height 23 - 28 inches (58 - 70 cm) Male: 25 inches (63.5 cm), Female: 23 inches (58.5 cm) 15 inches (38.5 cm)

Hair & Care - Hovawart vs Berger Picard vs Kooikerhondje

Coat Silky Wiry Waterproof Double Waterproof Wavy Thick Straight
Colors Golden Blonde Black Brindle Gray Fawn White Red Orange
Grooming
Easy to groom: The Hovawart doesn't require a lot of grooming.
Average: The Berger Picard requires average grooming effort.
Easy to groom: The Kooikerhondje doesn't require a lot of grooming.
Shedding Level
Hovawarts shed moderately.
Berger Picards shed moderately.
Kooikerhondjes shed moderately.

Characteristics - Hovawart vs Berger Picard vs Kooikerhondje

Temperament Watchful Reserved Devoted Outright Tempered Active Assertive Intelligent Mellow Energetic Lively Stubborn Alert Intelligent Loving Territorial Cheerful Lively Going
Intelligent Rank
Average: Hovawart's has average obedience intelligence.
Average: Berger Picard's has average obedience intelligence.
Average: Kooikerhondje's has average obedience intelligence.
Trainability
Hovawarts are easy to train.
Berger Picards are quite easy to train.
Kooikerhondjes are quite easy to train.
Playfulness
Hovawarts, like any other dog breed, like playing.
The Berger Picard is a highly playful breed.
The Kooikerhondje is a highly playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
Hovawarts have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
Berger Picards don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Affection Level
Hovawarts are highly affectionate dogs.
Berger Picards are highly affectionate dogs.
Kooikerhondjes are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Hovawarts are a social breed.
Berger Picards need for social interaction is average.
Kooikerhondjes need for social interaction is average.
Barking
Low to Average: The Hovawart rarely barks.
Average: The Berger Picard barks occasionally.
Average: The Kooikerhondje barks occasionally.
Watchdog Ability
Hovawarts are one of the best watchdogs.
Berger Picards are good watchdogs.
Kooikerhondjes are good watchdogs.
Territorial
Hovawarts are extremely protective guard dogs.
Berger Picards strongly protect their territory.
Kooikerhondjes strongly protect their territory.
Biting Potential Low
The Hovawart has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Berger Picard has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Kooikerhondje has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Hovawarts have a low tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Berger Picards have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Kooikerhondjes have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Hovawarts tend to escape less than other breeds.
Berger Picards tend to escape less than other breeds.
Kooikerhondjes have average wanderlust potential.
Prey Drive
Hovawarts 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.
Berger Picards 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.
Kooikerhondjes 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
Hovawarts are not apartment-friendly dogs.
Berger Picards are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Kooikerhondjes 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
Hovawarts adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Berger Picards adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
Kooikerhondjes adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Hovawarts 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.
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 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 - Hovawart vs Berger Picard vs Kooikerhondje

Stranger Friendly
Hovawarts are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Berger Picards are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Kooikerhondjes are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Hovawarts are kid-friendly dogs.
Berger Picards are very kid-friendly dogs.
Kooikerhondjes are kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Hovawarts are average friendly towards cats.
Berger Picards are average friendly towards cats.
Kooikerhondjes are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Hovawarts are dog-friendly dogs.
Berger Picards are average friendly towards other dogs.
Kooikerhondjes are average friendly towards other dogs.
Office Friendly No
Hovawart is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Berger Picard is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Kooikerhondje is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Hovawarts are usually recommended for elderly people.
Berger Picards are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Kooikerhondjes are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Hovawarts are generally with other pets.
Berger Picards are generally with other pets.
Kooikerhondjes are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners Yes
Hovawarts are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
No
Berger Picards are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Kooikerhondjes are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Hovawart breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Berger Picard breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Kooikerhondje 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.
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 - Hovawart vs Berger Picard vs Kooikerhondje

Health Issues
The Hovawart is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Berger Picards tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
The Kooikerhondje is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems Hip Dysplasia Underactive Thyroid Eye Infections Hip Dysplasia Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Retinal Dysplasia Cataracts Epilepsy Hereditary Necrotising Myelopathy Kidney Issues Luxating Patella Myositis Von Willebrand's Disease
Life Expectancy 10-14 years 12-15 years 12-14 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
Hovawarts have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Berger Picards are high energy dogs.
Kooikerhondjes have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Exercise Need
Hovawarts have an average exercise need.
Berger Picards need a lot of exercises.
Kooikerhondjes need quite a lot of exercise.
Sleeping Need
Hovawarts sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Berger Picards don't need too much sleep.
Kooikerhondjes are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Avg. daily food consumption 3 to 4 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 4 to 5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 1 to 2 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Average.
Average.
Average.
Weather & Climate Tolerates warm and cold weather. Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Berger Picard can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Kooikerhondje can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness Medium
The Hovawart has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Berger Picard has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Kooikerhondje has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Hovawart is a perfect example for low drooling tendency.
The Berger Picard is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Kooikerhondje is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Hovawart vs Berger Picard vs Kooikerhondje

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 6-8 puppies 2-10 puppies, average 6 5-7 puppies

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