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Georgian Shepherd Dog vs Catahoula Leopard Dog vs Norwegian Elkhound – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Georgian Shepherd Dog vs Catahoula Leopard Dog vs Norwegian Elkhound" Compare Georgian Shepherd Dog and Catahoula Leopard Dog. Which is better: Georgian Shepherd Dog or Catahoula Leopard Dog or Norwegian Elkhound?
Name Georgian Shepherd Dog Catahoula Leopard Dog Norwegian Elkhound
OriginsGeorgia United States Norway
Group Guard Dogs Working Dogs Hunting Dogs
Popularity Rank23239391
Reviews020
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Other Names Caucasian Owcharka, Caucasian Mountain Dog, Sage Ghafghazi, Georgian Nagazi, Caucasian Ovtcharka, Circassian Sheep Dog, Russian Caucasian Ovtcharka, Russian Caucasian, Russian Mountain Dog Armenian Khobun Dog, Azerbaijani Shepherd Dog, Kavkaskaia Ovtcharka, Karachay-Balkar pariy, Kavkazskaïa Ovtcharka, Kavkazskaya Ovcharka, Kars (Kafkas) Köpeği, Caucasian Sheepdog, Caucasian Ovcharka Catahoula Hog Dog, Catahoula Cur, Catahoula Hound Elkhound, Norsk Elghund, Grå Norsk Elghund, Gray Norwegian Elkhound, Small Grey Elk Dog, Norwegian Moose Dog, Harmaa Norjanhirvikoira
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Not recognized by the American Kennel Club. Not recognized by the American Kennel Club. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1913 as a Hound breed.
FCI Group Not recognized by FCI. Not recognized by FCI. Recognized by FCI in the Spitz and primitive types group, in the Nordic Hunting Dogs section.
Breed Recognition No set American Canine Registry America's Pet Registry Dog Registry of America Inc. North American Purebred Registry, Inc. American Canine Association, Inc. United Kennel Club Animal Research Foundation American Rare Breed Association Foundation Stock Service No set
Price $1500-$3000 $300-$500 $500-$700

General Appearance - Georgian Shepherd Dog vs Catahoula Leopard Dog vs Norwegian Elkhound

Size Giant Large Medium Large
Weight 99-154 pounds (45-70 kg) 55-80 pounds (16-37 kg) Male: 50-60 pounds (23-27 kg), Female: 40-55 pounds (18-25 kg)
Avg. Weight 126.5 pounds (57.5 kg) 67.5 pounds (26.5 kg) Male: 55 pounds (25 kg), Female: 47.5 pounds (21.5 kg)
Height 25-28 inches (64-72 cm) Male: 22-26 inches (56-58 cm), Female: 20-24 inches (51-61 cm) Male: 19-21 inches (48-53 cm), Female: 18-20 inches (46-51 cm)
Avg. Height 26.5 inches (68 cm) Male: 24 inches (57 cm), Female: 22 inches (56 cm) Male: 20 inches (50.5 cm), Female: 19 inches (48.5 cm)

Hair & Care - Georgian Shepherd Dog vs Catahoula Leopard Dog vs Norwegian Elkhound

Coat Dense Waterproof Smooth Dense
Colors Gray Fawn Tan Pied Brindle White Blue Brown Red Tricolor Tan Brindle Gray Silver Black Gray White Silver Black
Grooming
Advanced: The Georgian Shepherd Dog requires a lot of grooming.
Effortless: The Catahoula Leopard Dog requires minimal grooming.
Average: The Norwegian Elkhound requires average grooming effort.
Shedding Level
Georgian Shepherd Dogs shed above average.
Catahoula Leopard Dogs are low shedders.
Norwegian Elkhounds shed above average.

Characteristics - Georgian Shepherd Dog vs Catahoula Leopard Dog vs Norwegian Elkhound

Temperament Fearless Bold Kind Independent Alert Energetic Independent Loving Protective Courageous Gentle Intelligent Loyal Alert Playful Intelligent Bold Loyal Strong Willed
Intelligent Rank
Smart: Georgian Shepherd Dog's has great intelligence.
Average: Catahoula Leopard Dog's has average obedience intelligence.
Smart: Norwegian Elkhound's has great intelligence.
Trainability
Georgian Shepherd Dogs are quite easy to train.
Catahoula Leopard Dogs are quite easy to train.
Norwegian Elkhounds are easy to train.
Playfulness
Georgian Shepherd Dogs, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Catahoula Leopard Dogs, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Norwegian Elkhounds, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Sensitivity Level
Georgian Shepherd Dogs are less sensitive than other dog breeds.
Catahoula Leopard Dogs are less sensitive than other dog breeds.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Affection Level
Georgian Shepherd Dogs are highly affectionate dogs.
Catahoula Leopard Dogs are highly affectionate dogs.
Norwegian Elkhounds are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Georgian Shepherd Dogs are kinda antisocial.
Catahoula Leopard Dogs need for social interaction is average.
Norwegian Elkhounds need for social interaction is average.
Barking
Average: The Georgian Shepherd Dog barks occasionally.
Low to Average: The Catahoula Leopard Dog rarely barks.
High: The Norwegian Elkhound is a very vocal breed.
Watchdog Ability
Georgian Shepherd Dogs are good watchdogs.
Catahoula Leopard Dogs are one of the best watchdogs.
Norwegian Elkhounds are one of the best watchdogs.
Territorial
Georgian Shepherd Dogs are extremely protective guard dogs.
Catahoula Leopard Dogs are extremely protective guard dogs.
Norwegian Elkhounds are average defenders.
Biting Potential Low
The Georgian Shepherd Dog has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Catahoula Leopard Dog has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Norwegian Elkhound has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Georgian Shepherd Dogs have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Catahoula Leopard Dogs have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Norwegian Elkhounds have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Georgian Shepherd Dogs tend to escape less than other breeds.
Catahoula Leopard Dogs have average wanderlust potential.
Wanderlust potential of the Norwegian Elkhound is strong enough to escape from home.
Prey Drive
Georgian Shepherd 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.
Catahoula Leopard Dogs don't have an impulse to catch or chase small animals.
Norwegian Elkhounds have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Apartment Friendly
Georgian Shepherd Dogs are not apartment-friendly dogs.
Catahoula Leopard Dogs are not apartment-friendly dogs.
Norwegian Elkhounds 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
Georgian Shepherd Dogs adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Catahoula Leopard Dogs adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Norwegian Elkhounds adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Georgian Shepherd Dogs handle alone time quite well.
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 - Georgian Shepherd Dog vs Catahoula Leopard Dog vs Norwegian Elkhound

Stranger Friendly
Georgian Shepherd Dogs are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Catahoula Leopard Dogs are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Norwegian Elkhounds are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Georgian Shepherd Dogs are not the most kid-friendly dogs.
Catahoula Leopard Dogs are kid-friendly dogs.
Norwegian Elkhounds are kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Georgian Shepherd Dogs are average friendly towards cats.
Catahoula Leopard Dogs are average friendly towards cats.
Norwegian Elkhounds are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Georgian Shepherd Dogs are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
Catahoula Leopard Dogs are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
Norwegian Elkhounds are average friendly towards other dogs.
Office Friendly No
Georgian Shepherd Dog is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Catahoula Leopard Dog is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Norwegian Elkhound is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Georgian Shepherd Dogs are not the best breed for elderly people.
Catahoula Leopard Dogs are usually recommended for elderly people.
Norwegian Elkhounds are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Georgian Shepherd Dogs are generally with other pets.
Catahoula Leopard Dogs are generally with other pets.
Norwegian Elkhounds are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners Yes
Georgian Shepherd Dogs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Yes
Catahoula Leopard Dogs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
No
Norwegian Elkhounds 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
Georgian Shepherd Dog breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Catahoula Leopard Dog breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Norwegian Elkhound 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 - Georgian Shepherd Dog vs Catahoula Leopard Dog vs Norwegian Elkhound

Health Issues
Georgian Shepherd Dogs are commonly healthy dogs.
The Catahoula Leopard Dog is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
The Norwegian Elkhound is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems No set Bloat Deafness Hip Dysplasia No set
Life Expectancy 10-12 years 11-13 years 10-12 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
Georgian Shepherd Dogs have a lower energy level than other dogs.
Catahoula Leopard Dogs have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Norwegian Elkhounds are high energy dogs.
Exercise Need
Georgian Shepherd Dogs have an average exercise need.
Catahoula Leopard Dogs need a lot of exercises.
Norwegian Elkhounds need quite a lot of exercise.
Sleeping Need
Georgian Shepherd Dogs like sleeping so they do sleep a lot.
Catahoula Leopard Dogs are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Norwegian Elkhounds don't need too much sleep.
Avg. daily food consumption 8 to 10 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals 3 to 4.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 2.5 to 3.5 cups of a high-quality dog food daily, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
High: The Georgian Shepherd Dog breed has a strong tendency to overweight.
Average.
Average to High.
Weather & Climate Prefers cold weather
The Georgian Shepherd Dog can adapt well to harsh weather conditions, and also can be a good mountain dog.
Tolerates warm and cold weather. Prefers cold weather
The Norwegian Elkhound can adapt well to harsh weather conditions, and also can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness Medium
The Georgian Shepherd Dog has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Catahoula Leopard Dog has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Norwegian Elkhound has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Georgian Shepherd 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.
The Catahoula Leopard Dog is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Norwegian Elkhound is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Georgian Shepherd Dog vs Catahoula Leopard Dog vs Norwegian Elkhound

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 5-12 puppies 8-12 puppies 5-10 puppies

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