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Doberman Pinscher vs Hovawart vs Bouvier des Flandres – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Doberman Pinscher vs Hovawart vs Bouvier des Flandres" Compare Doberman Pinscher and Hovawart. Which is better: Doberman Pinscher or Hovawart or Bouvier des Flandres?
Name Doberman Pinscher Hovawart Bouvier des Flandres
OriginsGermany Germany Belgium
Group Working Dogs Guard Dogs Working Dogs
Popularity Rank1637585
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Other Names Dobie, Dobermann, Dobynm, Doberman Hovie Belgian Cattle Dog, Flanders Cattle Dog, Vlaamse Koehond
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1908 as a Working breed. Not recognized by the American Kennel Club. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1931 as a Herding breed.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattledogs group, in the Pinscher and Schnauzer 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 Sheepdogs and Cattledogs (except Swiss Cattledogs) group, in the Cattledogs (except Swiss Cattledogs) 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 New Zealand Kennel Club United Kennel Club Canadian Canine Registry 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 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 $800-$1000 $1000-$1200 $1500-$2000

General Appearance - Doberman Pinscher vs Hovawart vs Bouvier des Flandres

Size Medium Large Giant Large
Weight Male: 88-99 pounds (40-45 kg), Female: 71-77 pounds (32-35 kg) 55 - 90 pounds (25 - 51 kg) Males 75-110 pounds (34-50 kg), Female: 60-80 pounds (27-36 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 93.5 pounds (42.5 kg), Female: 74 pounds (33.5 kg) 55 - 90 pounds (25 - 51 kg) Males 92.5 pounds (42 kg), Female: 70 pounds (31.5 kg)
Height Male: 26-28 inches (66-71cm), Female: 24-26 inches (61-66 cm) 23 - 28 inches (58 - 70 cm) Male: 23-28 inches (58-71 cm), Female: 22-27 inches (56-69 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 27 inches (68.5 cm), Female: 25 inches (63.5 cm) 23 - 28 inches (58 - 70 cm) Male: 25.5 inches (64.5 cm), Female: 24.5 inches (62.5 cm)

Hair & Care - Doberman Pinscher vs Hovawart vs Bouvier des Flandres

Coat Fine Silky Rough
Colors Blue Red Tan Brown White Black Golden Blonde Black Fawn Pepper Salt Brindle Gray Black
Grooming
Easy to groom: The Doberman Pinscher doesn't require a lot of grooming.
Easy to groom: The Hovawart doesn't require a lot of grooming.
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Shedding Level
Doberman Pinschers shed moderately.
Hovawarts shed moderately.
Bouvier des Flandress shed moderately.

Characteristics - Doberman Pinscher vs Hovawart vs Bouvier des Flandres

Temperament Alert Fearless Loyal Energetic Intelligent Obedient Watchful Reserved Devoted Outright Tempered Active Familiar Intelligent Protective Gentle Loyal Rational
Intelligent Rank
Outstanding: Doberman Pinscher is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Average: Hovawart's has average obedience intelligence.
Smart: Bouvier des Flandres's has great intelligence.
Trainability
Doberman Pinschers are quite easy to train.
Hovawarts are easy to train.
Bouvier des Flandress are quite easy to train.
Playfulness
Doberman Pinschers, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Hovawarts, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Bouvier des Flandress, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Sensitivity Level
Doberman Pinschers don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Hovawarts have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Affection Level
Doberman Pinschers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Hovawarts are highly affectionate dogs.
Bouvier des Flandress are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Doberman Pinschers need for social interaction is average.
Hovawarts are a social breed.
Bouvier des Flandress need for social interaction is average.
Barking
Low to Average: The Doberman Pinscher rarely barks.
Low to Average: The Hovawart rarely barks.
Average: The Bouvier des Flandres barks occasionally.
Watchdog Ability
Doberman Pinschers are one of the best watchdogs.
Hovawarts are one of the best watchdogs.
Bouvier des Flandress are one of the best watchdogs.
Territorial
Doberman Pinschers are extremely protective guard dogs.
Hovawarts are extremely protective guard dogs.
Bouvier des Flandress are extremely protective guard dogs.
Biting Potential Moderate
The Doberman Pinscher has an average chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Hovawart has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Bouvier des Flandres has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Doberman Pinschers have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Hovawarts have a low tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Bouvier des Flandress have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Doberman Pinschers tend to escape less than other breeds.
Hovawarts tend to escape less than other breeds.
Bouvier des Flandress tend to escape less than other breeds.
Prey Drive
Doberman Pinschers don't have an impulse to catch or chase small animals.
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.
Bouvier des Flandress have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Apartment Friendly
Doberman Pinschers are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Hovawarts are not apartment-friendly dogs.
Bouvier des Flandress are not apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Doberman Pinschers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Hovawarts adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Bouvier des Flandress adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all 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.
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.
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.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With - Doberman Pinscher vs Hovawart vs Bouvier des Flandres

Stranger Friendly
Doberman Pinschers are not stranger friendly dogs.
Hovawarts are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Bouvier des Flandress are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Doberman Pinschers are average friendly dogs towards children.
Hovawarts are kid-friendly dogs.
Bouvier des Flandress are very kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Doberman Pinschers are average friendly towards cats.
Hovawarts are average friendly towards cats.
Bouvier des Flandress are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Doberman Pinschers are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
Hovawarts are dog-friendly dogs.
Bouvier des Flandress are average friendly towards other dogs.
Office Friendly No
Doberman Pinscher is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Hovawart is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Bouvier des Flandres is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Doberman Pinschers are commonly okay with elderly people.
Hovawarts are usually recommended for elderly people.
Bouvier des Flandress are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Doberman Pinschers are generally with other pets.
Hovawarts are generally with other pets.
Bouvier des Flandress are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners No
Doberman Pinschers are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Yes
Hovawarts are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
No
Bouvier des Flandress 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
Doberman Pinscher breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Hovawart breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Bouvier des Flandres 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.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.

Health Factors - Doberman Pinscher vs Hovawart vs Bouvier des Flandres

Health Issues
Doberman Pinschers are commonly healthy dogs.
The Hovawart is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
The Bouvier des Flandres is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems Cardiomyopathy Hip Dysplasia Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Von Willebrand's Disease Wobbler's Syndrome Hip Dysplasia Underactive Thyroid Cataracts Elbow Dysplasia Glaucoma Heart Problems Hip Dysplasia
Life Expectancy 10-12 years 10-14 years 10-12 years
Hypoallergenic No No Yes
Energy Level
Doberman Pinschers have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Hovawarts have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Bouvier des Flandress have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Exercise Need
Doberman Pinschers need quite a lot of exercise.
Hovawarts have an average exercise need.
Bouvier des Flandress have an average exercise need.
Sleeping Need
Doberman Pinschers sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Hovawarts sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Bouvier des Flandress are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Avg. daily food consumption 5 to 6 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. 3 to 5 cups of high-quality dry food a day.
Weight Gain Potential
Average.
Average.
Average to High.
Weather & Climate Prefers warm weather Tolerates warm and cold weather. Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Bouvier des Flandres can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness Medium
The Doberman Pinscher has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Hovawart has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Bouvier des Flandres has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Doberman Pinscher 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 Hovawart is a perfect example for low drooling tendency.
The Bouvier des Flandres is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Doberman Pinscher vs Hovawart vs Bouvier des Flandres

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 6-8 puppies 5-10 puppies

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