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Caucasian Ovcharka vs Leonberger vs Kangal Dog Comparison - Dog breed selector: Caucasian Ovcharka or Leo or Kangal Çoban Köpegi? Find the right dog for you

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Name Caucasian Ovcharka Leonberger Kangal Dog
OriginsArmenia Russia Georgia Azerbaijan Germany Turkey
Group Guard Dogs Working Dogs Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs)
Popularity Rank508100492
Reviews7211
User Ratings

Other Names Caucasian Ovcharka, Caucasian Mountain Dog, Caucasian Sheepdog, Kawkasky Owtscharka, Kaukasische Schaferhund Leo, Gentle Lion, Gentle Giant, Leonbergi Kangal Çoban Köpegi, Kangal Shepherd Dog, Sivas Kangal, Turkish Kangal
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Not recognized by the American Kennel Club. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2010 as a Working breed. Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group Not recognized by FCI. Recognized by FCI in the Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattledogs group, in the Molossian type 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
National Kennel Club
North American Purebred Registry, Inc.
American Canine Association, Inc.
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.
Continental Kennel Club
National Kennel Club
New Zealand Kennel Club
American Canine Registry
America's Pet Registry
Continental Kennel Club
Dog Registry of America Inc.
National Kennel Club
United Kennel Club
American Canine Association, Inc.
Price $1500-$2500 $1500-$2000 $600-$800

Caucasian Ovcharka vs Leonberger vs Kangal Dog General Appearance Comparison

Size Giant Giant Giant
Weight 99-154 pounds (45-70 kg) Male: 130-170 pounds (59-77 kg), Female: 100-130 pounds (45-59 kg) Male: 110-145 pounds (50-66 kg), Female: 90-120 pounds (41-54 kg)
Avg. Weight 126.5 pounds (57.5 kg) Male: 150 pounds (68 kg), Female: 115 pounds (52 kg) Male: 127.5 pounds (58 kg), Female: 105 pounds (47.5 kg)
Height 25-28 inches (64-72 cm) Male: 29-31 inches (74-80 cm), Female: 27-29 inches (61-74 cm) Male: 30-32 inches (77-86 cm), Female: 28-30 inches (72-77 cm)
Avg. Height 26.5 inches (68 cm) Male: 30 inches (77 cm), Female: 28 inches (67.5 cm) Male: 31 inches (81.5 cm), Female: 29 inches (74.5 cm)

Caucasian Ovcharka vs Leonberger vs Kangal Dog Hair & Care Comparison

Coat Dense
Thick
Double
Waterproof Double
Dense
Colors Black
Cream
Gray
Silver
White
Yellow
Red
Sandy
Reddish
Brown
Yellow
Mahogany
Gray
Cream
Black
Grooming
Easy to groom: The Caucasian Ovcharka doesn't require a lot of grooming.
Average: The Leonberger requires average grooming effort.
Average: The Kangal Dog requires average grooming effort.
Shedding Level
Caucasian Ovcharkas shed moderately.
Leonbergers are heavy shedders.
Kangal Dogs are heavy shedders.

Caucasian Ovcharka vs Leonberger vs Kangal Dog Characteristics Comparison

Temperament Dominant
Alert
Calm
Powerful
Quick
Adaptable
Fearless
Loyal
Companionable
Loving
Obedient
Alert
Independent
Selfish
Controlled
Calm
Protective
Sensitive
Intelligent Rank
Average: Caucasian Ovcharka's has average obedience intelligence.
Average: Leonberger's has average obedience intelligence.
Average: Kangal Dog's has average obedience intelligence.
Trainability
Caucasian Ovcharkas are quite easy to train.
Leonbergers are quite easy to train.
Kangal Dogs are quite easy to train.
Playfulness
The Caucasian Ovcharka is a playful breed.
The Leonberger is a playful breed.
Kangal Dogs, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Sensitivity Level
Caucasian Ovcharkas are less sensitive than other dog breeds.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Affection Level
Caucasian Ovcharkas are highly affectionate dogs.
Leonbergers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Kangal Dogs are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Caucasian Ovcharkas need for social interaction is average.
Leonbergers need a lot of social interaction.
Kangal Dogs are known to be antisocial.
Barking
Average to high: The Caucasian Ovcharka is a vocal breed.
Low: The Leonberger barks none to minimal.
Low to Average: The Kangal Dog rarely barks.
Watchdog Ability
Caucasian Ovcharkas are one of the best watchdogs.
Leonbergers are one of the best watchdogs.
Kangal Dogs are one of the best watchdogs.
Territorial
Caucasian Ovcharkas are extremely protective guard dogs.
Leonbergers are extremely protective guard dogs.
Kangal Dogs are extremely protective guard dogs.
Biting Potential Low
The Caucasian Ovcharka has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Leonberger has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Kangal Dog has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Caucasian Ovcharkas have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Leonbergers have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Kangal Dogs have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Caucasian Ovcharkas tend to escape less than other breeds.
Leonbergers tend to escape less than other breeds.
Kangal Dogs have average wanderlust potential.
Prey Drive
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.
Leonbergers have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Kangal Dogs 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
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.
Leonbergers are not apartment-friendly dogs.
Kangal Dogs are not apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Caucasian Ovcharkas adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Leonbergers adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Kangal Dogs 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.
Leonbergers tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Kangal Dogs love being alone, they need their own free time.
Fighting 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.
Yes
In history, this breed was unfortunately used for combat dog.

Caucasian Ovcharka vs Leonberger vs Kangal Dog Good With Comparison

Stranger Friendly
Caucasian Ovcharkas are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Leonbergers are average friendly towards strangers.
Kangal Dogs are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Caucasian Ovcharkas are kid-friendly dogs.
Leonbergers are very kid-friendly dogs.
Kangal Dogs are kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Caucasian Ovcharkas are average friendly towards cats.
Leonbergers are average friendly towards cats.
Kangal Dogs are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Caucasian Ovcharkas are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
Leonbergers are dog-friendly dogs.
Kangal Dogs are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
Caucasian Ovcharka is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Leonberger is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Kangal Dog is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Caucasian Ovcharkas are usually recommended for elderly people.
Leonbergers are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Kangal Dogs are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Caucasian Ovcharkas are generally with other pets.
Leonbergers are generally with other pets.
Kangal Dogs are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners Yes
Caucasian Ovcharkas are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
No
Leonbergers are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Kangal Dogs 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
Caucasian Ovcharka breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Leonberger breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Kangal Dog 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.
Yes
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.

Caucasian Ovcharka vs Leonberger vs Kangal Dog Health Factors Comparison

Health Issues
Caucasian Ovcharkas tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
Leonbergers tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
The Kangal Dog is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems Joint Dysplasia Addison's Disease
Bloat
Cancer
Ectropion
Elbow Dysplasia
Entropion
Eosinophilic Panosteitis
Hip Dysplasia
Inherited Polyneuropathy
Fatty Tumors
Life Expectancy 10-12 years 8-10 years 12-15 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
Caucasian Ovcharkas have a lower energy level than other dogs.
Leonbergers have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Kangal Dogs have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Exercise Need
Caucasian Ovcharkas exercise need is minimal.
Leonbergers need quite a lot of exercise.
Kangal Dogs have an average exercise need.
Sleeping Need
Caucasian Ovcharkas like sleeping so they do sleep a lot.
Leonbergers are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Kangal Dogs sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Avg. daily food consumption 4 to 7 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 8 to 10 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals
Weight Gain Potential
Average to High.
Average to High.
Average to High.
Weather & Climate Prefers cold weather
The Caucasian Ovcharka can adapt well to harsh weather conditions, and also can be a good mountain dog.
Prefers cold weather
The Leonberger can adapt well to harsh weather conditions, and also can be a good mountain dog.
Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness Medium
The Caucasian Ovcharka has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Leonberger has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Kangal Dog has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
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.
The Leonberger is an average drooler.
The Kangal Dog drools quite a lot, so if you dislike being covered by slobber spots on your clothes, you may want to choose another dog breed.

Caucasian Ovcharka vs Leonberger vs Kangal Dog Reproducibility Comparison

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 5-10 puppies 6-8 puppies 5-10 puppies

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