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Bullmastiff vs Great Dane vs Rhodesian Ridgeback – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

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Name Bullmastiff Great Dane Rhodesian Ridgeback
OriginsEngland Germany Zimbabwe
Group Working Dogs Working Dogs Hunting Dogs
Popularity Rank511441
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Other Names Bully, Bullie Dane, Gentle Giant, Deutsche Dogge, German Mastiff, Apollo of Dogs African Lion Dog, African Lion Hound
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1934 as a Working breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1887 as a Working breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1955 as a Hound 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 Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattledogs group, in the Molossian type section. Recognized by FCI in the Scent hounds and related breeds group, in the Related breeds 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 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 Canadian Canine Registry 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 Rhodesian Ridgeback Club Of The US
Price $1200-$1500 $800-$1200 $900-$1200

General Appearance - Bullmastiff vs Great Dane vs Rhodesian Ridgeback

Size Large Giant Large
Weight Male: 110-133 pounds (50–60 kg), Female: 100-120 pounds (45-55 kg) Male: 120-200 pounds (54-90 kg), Female: 100-130 pounds (45-59 kg) Male: 80-90 pounds (36-41 kg), Female: 65-75 pounds (29-34 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 121.5 pounds (50–60 kg), Female: 110 pounds (50 kg) Male: 160 pounds (72 kg), Female: 115 pounds (52 kg) Male: 85 pounds (38.5 kg), Female: 70 pounds (31.5 kg)
Height Male: 25-27 inches (63–69 cm), Female: 24-26 inches (61–66 cm) Male: 30-34 inches (76-86 cm), Female: 28-32 inches (71-81 cm) Male: 25-27 inches (63-69 cm), Female: 24-26 inches (61-66 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 26 inches (63–69 cm), Female: 25 inches (61–66 cm) Male: 32 inches (81 cm), Female: 30 inches (76 cm) Male: 26 inches (66 cm), Female: 25 inches (63.5 cm)

Hair & Care - Bullmastiff vs Great Dane vs Rhodesian Ridgeback

Coat Rough Dense Dense
Colors Fawn Red Brindle Blue Fawn White Brindle Merle Black Golden Red White Gray Wheaten
Grooming
Easy to groom: The Bullmastiff doesn't require a lot of grooming.
Effortless: The Great Dane requires minimal grooming.
Effortless: The Rhodesian Ridgeback requires minimal grooming.
Shedding Level
Bullmastiffs shed moderately.
Great Danes shed moderately.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks shed none to minimal.

Characteristics - Bullmastiff vs Great Dane vs Rhodesian Ridgeback

Temperament Alert Courageous Docile Loyal Reliable Calm Devoted Powerful Protective Friendly Devoted Gentle Reserved Confident Intelligent Loving Dignified Loyal Sensitive Intelligent Mischievous Strong Willed
Intelligent Rank
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
Smart: Great Dane's has great intelligence.
Average: Rhodesian Ridgeback's has average obedience intelligence.
Trainability
Bullmastiffs are quite easy to train.
Great Danes are quite easy to train.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are quite easy to train.
Playfulness
Bullmastiffs are not the most playful dog breed.
Great Danes are not the most playful dog breed.
The Rhodesian Ridgeback is a playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Great Danes 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
Bullmastiffs are average dogs regarding their affection level.
Great Danes are average dogs regarding their affection level.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Bullmastiffs need for social interaction is average.
Great Danes are a social breed.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are a social breed.
Barking
Low: The Bullmastiff barks none to minimal.
Low to Average: The Great Dane rarely barks.
Low to Average: The Rhodesian Ridgeback rarely barks.
Watchdog Ability
Bullmastiffs are one of the best watchdogs.
Great Danes are one of the best watchdogs.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are average watchdogs.
Territorial
Bullmastiffs are extremely protective guard dogs.
Great Danes are extremely protective guard dogs.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks strongly protect their territory.
Biting Potential Low
The Bullmastiff has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Great Dane has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Rhodesian Ridgeback has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Bullmastiffs have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Great Danes have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Bullmastiffs have average wanderlust potential.
Great Danes have average wanderlust potential.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
Prey Drive
Bullmastiffs 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.
Great Danes 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.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
Apartment Friendly
Bullmastiffs are not the best choice for an apartment lifestyle, but they don't mind being inside if you walk them several times every day.
Great Danes are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks 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
Bullmastiffs adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Great Danes adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
Great Danes 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.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks 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.
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.
Yes
In history, this breed was unfortunately used for combat dog.

Good With - Bullmastiff vs Great Dane vs Rhodesian Ridgeback

Stranger Friendly
Bullmastiffs are average friendly towards strangers.
Great Danes are average friendly towards strangers.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Bullmastiffs are kid-friendly dogs.
Great Danes are kid-friendly dogs.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are very kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Bullmastiffs are not cat-friendly dogs.
Great Danes are average friendly towards cats.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Bullmastiffs are not dog-friendly.
Great Danes are average friendly towards other dogs.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
Bullmastiff is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Great Dane is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Rhodesian Ridgeback is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Bullmastiffs are usually recommended for elderly people.
Great Danes are usually recommended for elderly people.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Bullmastiffs do best when they’re the only pet at the family.
Great Danes are generally with other pets.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks usually don’t get on well with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners No
Bullmastiffs are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Great Danes are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Rhodesian Ridgebacks 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 Yes
This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
Yes
This breed makes a perfect 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
Bullmastiff breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Great Dane breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Rhodesian Ridgeback 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.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.

Health Factors - Bullmastiff vs Great Dane vs Rhodesian Ridgeback

Health Issues
Very healthy dog breed.
Great Danes are commonly healthy dogs.
The Rhodesian Ridgeback is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems Cancer Entropion Heart Problems Hemangiosarcoma Hypothyroidism Kidney Issues Lymphosarcoma Osteosarcoma Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Bloat Cancer Dilated Cardiomyopathy Hip Dysplasia Mitral Valve Disease Patent Ductus Arteriosis Persistent Right Aortic Arch Subvalvular Aortic Stenosis Tricuspid Valve Dysplasia Dermoid Sinus Elbow Dysplasia Hip Dysplasia
Life Expectancy 8-10 years 7-10 years 10-12 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
Bullmastiffs have a lower energy level than other dogs.
Great Danes are high energy dogs.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Exercise Need
Bullmastiffs exercise need is minimal.
Great Danes exercise need is minimal.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks need quite a lot of exercise.
Sleeping Need
Bullmastiffs like sleeping so they do sleep a lot.
Great Danes don't need too much sleep.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Avg. daily food consumption 3 to 4.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 8 to 10 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals Recommended daily amount: 2 3/4 to 4 3/8 cups of a high-quality daily, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
High: The Bullmastiff breed has a strong tendency to overweight.
Low to Average.
Average.
Weather & Climate Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Bullmastiff can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Prefers average to warm weather conditions Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness High
The Bullmastiff has a high chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Great Dane has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Rhodesian Ridgeback has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Bullmastiff is a big drooler, so if you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, you should choose a dog from another breed.
The Great Dane 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 Rhodesian Ridgeback is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Bullmastiff vs Great Dane vs Rhodesian Ridgeback

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 4-13 puppies, average 8 10-15 puppies 6-8 puppies

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