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German Shepherd vs American Bulldog vs Great Pyrenees – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between German Shepherd vs American Bulldog vs Great Pyrenees" Compare German Shepherd and American Bulldog. Which is better: German Shepherd or American Bulldog or Great Pyrenees?
Name German Shepherd American Bulldog Great Pyrenees
OriginsGermany United States Spain France
Group Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs) Guard Dogs Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs)
Popularity Rank227266
Reviews411
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Other Names Alsatian, Berger Allemand, Alsatian wolf dog (UK), Deutscher Schäferhund, Schäferhund AmBulldog, AM Bulldog, American Bulldogge, American Bulldoggee, Old Country Bulldog Great Pyrenees, Patou, Chien Des Pyrénées, Chien De Montagne Des Pyrénées, Montañés Del Pirineo, Gos De Muntanya Dels Pirineus
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1908 as a Herding breed. Not recognized by the American Kennel Club. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1933 as a Working breed.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Sheepdogs and Cattledogs (except Swiss Cattledogs) group, in the Sheepdogs section. 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
National Kennel Club
New Zealand Kennel Club
United Kennel Club
German Shepherd Dog Club Of America
American Canine Registry
America's Pet Registry
Dog Registry of America Inc.
North American Purebred Registry, Inc.
Continental Kennel Club
National Kennel Club
United Kennel Club
Backwoods Bulldog Club
Animal Research Foundation
American Rare Breed Association
American Bulldog Association
National American Bulldog Association
John D Johnson Bulldog Registry
American Bulldog Club Of Canada
All American Bulldog 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
Price $800-$2000 $500-$600 $500-$600

General Appearance - German Shepherd vs American Bulldog vs Great Pyrenees

Size Large Large Giant
Weight Male: 66-88 pounds (30-40 kg), Female: 49-71 pounds (22-32 kg) Male: 70-120 pounds (32-54 kg), Female: 60-100 pounds (27-45 kg) Male: from 100 pounds (45 kg), Female: from 85 pounds (38 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 77 pounds (35 kg), Female: 60 pounds (27 kg) Male: 95 pounds (43 kg), Female: 80 pounds (36 kg) Male: from 100 pounds (45 kg), Female: from 85 pounds (38 kg)
Height Male: 24-26 inches (60-65 cm), Female: 22-24 inches (55-60 cm) Male: 22-28 inches (55-70 cm), Female: 20-26 inches (52-65 cm) Male: 27-32 inches (69-81 cm), Female: 25-29 inches (63-74 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 25 inches (62.5 cm), Female: 23 inches (57.5 cm) Male: 25 inches (62.5 cm), Female: 23 inches (58.5 cm) Male: 29.5 inches (75 cm), Female: 27 inches (68.5 cm)

Hair & Care - German Shepherd vs American Bulldog vs Great Pyrenees

Coat Fuzzy Fine Dense
Double
Colors Silver
Tan
Red
Black
Fawn
Brown
White
Black
White
Grooming
Average: The German Shepherd requires average grooming effort.
Effortless: The American Bulldog requires minimal grooming.
Average: The Great Pyrenees requires average grooming effort.
Shedding Level
German Shepherds are heavy shedders.
American Bulldogs shed moderately.
Great Pyreneess shed above average.

Characteristics - German Shepherd vs American Bulldog vs Great Pyrenees

Temperament Alert
Courageous
Intelligent
Obedient
Confident
Curious
Loyal
Watchful
Affectionate
Courageous
Gentle
Going
Alert
Energetic
Loving
Social
Affectionate
Fearless
Patient
Confident
Gentle
Strong
Willed
Intelligent Rank
Outstanding: German Shepherd is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Average: American Bulldog's has average obedience intelligence.
Average: Great Pyrenees's has average obedience intelligence.
Trainability
German Shepherds are easy to train.
American Bulldogs are quite easy to train.
Great Pyreneess are easy to train.
Playfulness
German Shepherds, like any other dog breed, like playing.
The American Bulldog is a playful breed.
Great Pyreneess are not the most playful dog breed.
Sensitivity Level
German Shepherds don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Affection Level
German Shepherds are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
American Bulldogs are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Great Pyreneess are average dogs regarding their affection level.
Social Needs
German Shepherds need for social interaction is average.
American Bulldogs are a social breed.
Great Pyreneess are a social breed.
Barking
Low to Average: The German Shepherd rarely barks.
Low to Average: The American Bulldog rarely barks.
Average to high: The Great Pyrenees is a vocal breed.
Watchdog Ability
German Shepherds are one of the best watchdogs.
American Bulldogs are one of the best watchdogs.
Great Pyreneess are one of the best watchdogs.
Territorial
German Shepherds are extremely protective guard dogs.
American Bulldogs are extremely protective guard dogs.
Great Pyreneess strongly protect their territory.
Biting Potential High
The German Shepherd has a high chance of biting somebody.
Moderate
The American Bulldog has an average chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Great Pyrenees has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
German Shepherds have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
American Bulldogs have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Great Pyreneess have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
German Shepherds are not the biggest explorers.
American Bulldogs tend to escape less than other breeds.
Great Pyreneess have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
Prey Drive
German Shepherds have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
American Bulldogs 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 Pyreneess have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
Apartment Friendly
German Shepherds are not the best choice for an apartment lifestyle, but they don't mind being inside if you walk them several times every day.
American Bulldogs 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 Pyreneess are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Adaptability
German Shepherds adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
American Bulldogs adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
Great Pyreneess 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.
American Bulldogs 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.
Great Pyreneess 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 Yes
In history, this breed was unfortunately 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 - German Shepherd vs American Bulldog vs Great Pyrenees

Stranger Friendly
German Shepherds are stranger friendly dogs.
American Bulldogs are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Great Pyreneess are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
German Shepherds are very kid-friendly dogs.
American Bulldogs are kid-friendly dogs.
Great Pyreneess are kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
German Shepherds are average friendly towards cats.
American Bulldogs are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
Great Pyreneess are cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
German Shepherds are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
American Bulldogs are average friendly towards other dogs.
Great Pyreneess are average friendly towards other dogs.
Office Friendly No
German Shepherd is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
American Bulldog is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Great Pyrenees is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
German Shepherds are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
American Bulldogs are usually recommended for elderly people.
Great Pyreneess are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
German Shepherds are generally with other pets.
American Bulldogs usually don’t get on well with other pets.
Great Pyreneess are usually friendly towards other pets.
Good For First Time Owners No
German Shepherds are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
American Bulldogs are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Great Pyreneess are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog Yes
This breed makes good 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.
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 Yes
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
German Shepherd breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
American Bulldog breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Great Pyrenees 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 - German Shepherd vs American Bulldog vs Great Pyrenees

Health Issues
German Shepherds are commonly healthy dogs.
American Bulldogs tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
Great Pyreneess are commonly healthy dogs.
Health Problems Allergies
Blindness
Bloat
Cancer
Cataracts
Cherry Eye
Chronic Diarrhea
Cruciate Ligament Rupture
Cushing's Syndrome
Degenerative Myelopathy
Demodectic Mange
Diabetes
Digestive Problems
Elbow Dysplasia
Epilepsy
Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency
Heart Disease
Hemophilia A
Hemophilia B
Hip Dysplasia
Hypertrophic Osteodystrophy
Lens Luxation
Lupus
Megaesophagus
Myasthenia Gravis
Nail Bed Disease
Osteochondrosis
Pannus
Panosteitis
Paralysis
Perianal Fistula
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Retinal Dysplasia
Seborrhea
Vitiligo
Von Willebrand's Disease
Wobbler's Syndrome
Allergies
Cancer
Cherry Eye
Ectropion
Elbow Dysplasia
Entropion
Hip Dysplasia
Addison's Disease
Bloat
Cataracts
Drug Sensitivity
Elbow Dysplasia
Entropion
Hip Dysplasia
Patellar Luxation
Life Expectancy 10-13 years 10-12 years 10-12 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
German Shepherds are high energy dogs.
American Bulldogs have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Great Pyreneess have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Exercise Need
German Shepherds need quite a lot of exercise.
American Bulldogs have an average exercise need.
Great Pyreneess have an average exercise need.
Sleeping Need
German Shepherds don't need too much sleep.
American Bulldogs like sleeping so they do sleep a lot.
Great Pyreneess don't need too much sleep.
Avg. daily food consumption 3 to 4 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 3 to 5 cups of a high-quality dog food daily, divided into two meals. 8 to 10 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals
Weight Gain Potential
Low to Average.
Low to Average.
Average to High.
Weather & Climate Tolerates warm and cold weather. Prefers average to warm weather conditions Prefers cold weather
The Great Pyrenees can adapt well to harsh weather conditions, and also can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness Medium
The German Shepherd has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The American Bulldog has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Great Pyrenees has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The German Shepherd is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The American Bulldog 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 Great Pyrenees is a perfect example for low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - German Shepherd vs American Bulldog vs Great Pyrenees

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 7-14 puppies 6-9 puppies

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