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Belgian Sheepdog vs Boerboel vs Tibetan Mastiff – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Belgian Sheepdog vs Boerboel vs Tibetan Mastiff" Compare Belgian Sheepdog and Boerboel. Which is better: Belgian Sheepdog or Boerboel or Tibetan Mastiff?
Name Belgian Sheepdog Boerboel Tibetan Mastiff
OriginsBelgium South Africa Tibet
Group Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs) Working Dogs Working Dogs
Popularity Rank120124153
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Other Names Groenendael, Chien De Berger Belge South African Boerboel, South African Mastiff Dok-Khyi, Tsang-khyi
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1911 as a Herding breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2015 as a Working breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2006 as a Working breed.
FCI Group Not recognized by FCI. Not recognized by FCI. Recognized by FCI in the Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattledogs group, in the Molossian type 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 American Kennel Club America's Pet Registry Dog Registry of America Inc. North American Purebred Registry, Inc. American Canine Registry American Kennel Club America's Pet Registry Dog Registry of America Inc. Federation Cynologique Internationale Kennel Club of Great Britain North American Purebred Registry, Inc. American Canine Association, Inc. Continental Kennel Club National Kennel Club New Zealand Kennel Club
Price $1200-$1400 $1500-$2000 $2500-$3500

General Appearance - Belgian Sheepdog vs Boerboel vs Tibetan Mastiff

Size Large Large Giant Large
Weight Male: 65-75 pounds (29-34 kg), Female: 60-70 pounds (27-32 kg) 154-200 pounds (70-90 kg) 140-170 pounds (64-78 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 70 pounds (31.5 kg), Female: 65 pounds (29.5 kg) 177 pounds (80 kg) 155 pounds (71 kg)
Height Male: 24-26 inches (61-66 cm), Female: 22-24 inches (56-61 cm) Male: 25-28 inches (64-70 cm), Female: 23-25.5 inches (59-65 cm) 25-28 inches (61-71 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 25 inches (63.5 cm), Female: 23 inches (58.5 cm) Male: 26.5 inches (67 cm), Female: 23-25.5 inches (62 cm) 26.5 inches (66 cm)

Hair & Care - Belgian Sheepdog vs Boerboel vs Tibetan Mastiff

Coat Soft Thick Dense Shiny Smooth Thick Hard
Colors Brindle Cream Fawn Black Brindle Cream Reddish Brown Red Tawny Blue Gray Tan Brown Red Black
Grooming
Average: The Belgian Sheepdog requires average grooming effort.
Effortless: The Boerboel requires minimal grooming.
Average: The Tibetan Mastiff requires average grooming effort.
Shedding Level
Belgian Sheepdogs shed moderately.
Boerboels shed moderately.
Tibetan Mastiffs shed moderately.

Characteristics - Belgian Sheepdog vs Boerboel vs Tibetan Mastiff

Temperament Active Confident Hard Working Stubborn Intelligent Alert Friendly Protective Watchful Confident Intelligent Territorial Dominant Obedient Aloof Strong Willed Courageous Protective Stubborn Loyal
Intelligent Rank
Very smart: Belgian Sheepdog is an excellent dog breed.
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
Trainability
Belgian Sheepdogs are easy to train.
Boerboels are quite easy to train.
Tibetan Mastiffs are quite easy to train.
Playfulness
The Belgian Sheepdog is a highly playful breed.
Boerboels, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Tibetan Mastiffs, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Sensitivity Level
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Boerboels have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
Tibetan Mastiffs don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Affection Level
Belgian Sheepdogs are highly affectionate dogs.
Boerboels are average dogs regarding their affection level.
Tibetan Mastiffs are average dogs regarding their affection level.
Social Needs
Belgian Sheepdogs are a social breed.
Boerboels need for social interaction is average.
Tibetan Mastiffs need for social interaction is average.
Barking
High: The Belgian Sheepdog is a very vocal breed.
Low to Average: The Boerboel rarely barks.
High: The Tibetan Mastiff is a very vocal breed.
Watchdog Ability
Belgian Sheepdogs are one of the best watchdogs.
Boerboels are one of the best watchdogs.
Tibetan Mastiffs are average watchdogs.
Territorial
Belgian Sheepdogs are extremely protective guard dogs.
Boerboels are extremely protective guard dogs.
Tibetan Mastiffs are extremely protective guard dogs.
Biting Potential Low
The Belgian Sheepdog has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Boerboel has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Tibetan Mastiff has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Belgian Sheepdogs have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Boerboels have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Tibetan Mastiffs have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Belgian Sheepdogs have average wanderlust potential.
Wanderlust potential of the Boerboel is strong enough to escape from home.
Tibetan Mastiffs have average wanderlust potential.
Prey Drive
Belgian Sheepdogs don't have an impulse to catch or chase small animals.
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.
Tibetan Mastiffs 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
Belgian Sheepdogs are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Boerboels are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Tibetan Mastiffs are not apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Belgian Sheepdogs adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Boerboels adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Tibetan Mastiffs adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Belgian Sheepdogs 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.
Yes
In history, this breed was unfortunately used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With - Belgian Sheepdog vs Boerboel vs Tibetan Mastiff

Stranger Friendly
Belgian Sheepdogs are average friendly towards strangers.
Boerboels are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Tibetan Mastiffs are not stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Belgian Sheepdogs are kid-friendly dogs.
Boerboels are kid-friendly dogs.
Tibetan Mastiffs are kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Belgian Sheepdogs are very cat-friendly dogs.
Boerboels are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
Tibetan Mastiffs are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Belgian Sheepdogs are average friendly towards other dogs.
Boerboels are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
Tibetan Mastiffs are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
Belgian Sheepdog is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Boerboel is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Tibetan Mastiff is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Belgian Sheepdogs are usually recommended for elderly people.
Boerboels are usually recommended for elderly people.
Tibetan Mastiffs are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Belgian Sheepdogs are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Boerboels usually don’t get on well with other pets.
Tibetan Mastiffs are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners No
Belgian Sheepdogs are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Yes
Boerboels are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
No
Tibetan Mastiffs 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) 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.
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
Belgian Sheepdog breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Boerboel breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Tibetan Mastiff breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog Not really
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.
Yes
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.

Health Factors - Belgian Sheepdog vs Boerboel vs Tibetan Mastiff

Health Issues
The Belgian Sheepdog is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Boerboels tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
Tibetan Mastiffs tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
Health Problems Epilepsy Hip Dysplasia Hyperthyroidism Allergies Epilepsy Hip Dysplasia Joint Dysplasia Vaginal Hyperplasia Autoimmune Hypothyroidism Canine Inherited Demyelinative Neuropathy Elbow Dysplasia Hip Dysplasia Osteochondrosis Dissecans Panosteitis
Life Expectancy 12-14 years 10-12 years 10-14 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
Belgian Sheepdogs are high energy dogs.
Boerboels have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Tibetan Mastiffs have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Exercise Need
Belgian Sheepdogs need a lot of exercises.
Boerboels need quite a lot of exercise.
Tibetan Mastiffs have an average exercise need.
Sleeping Need
Belgian Sheepdogs don't need too much sleep.
Boerboels sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Tibetan Mastiffs are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Avg. daily food consumption 2 to 3 cups of a high-quality dog food a day. 8 to 10 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals 6 to 8 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Low to Average.
Average.
Average to High.
Weather & Climate Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Belgian Sheepdog can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Tolerates warm and cold weather. Prefers cold weather
The Tibetan Mastiff can adapt well to harsh weather conditions, and also can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness Medium
The Belgian Sheepdog has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Boerboel has an average chance of bad smell.
High
The Tibetan Mastiff has a high chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Belgian Sheepdog is a perfect example for very low 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 Tibetan Mastiff is a big drooler, so if you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, you should choose a dog from another breed.

Reproducibility - Belgian Sheepdog vs Boerboel vs Tibetan Mastiff

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 6-10 puppies 7-10 puppies 5-12 puppies

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