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German Shepherd vs Cane Corso vs Caucasian Ovcharka – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between German Shepherd vs Cane Corso vs Caucasian Ovcharka" Compare German Shepherd and Cane Corso. Which is better: German Shepherd or Cane Corso or Caucasian Ovcharka?
Name German Shepherd Cane Corso Caucasian Ovcharka
OriginsGermany Italy Armenia Russia Georgia Azerbaijan
Group Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs) Working Dogs Guard Dogs
Popularity Rank237508
Reviews120
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Other Names Alsatian, Berger Allemand, Alsatian wolf dog (UK), Deutscher Schäferhund, Schäferhund Cane Corz, Italian Mastiff, Cane Di Macellaio Caucasian Ovcharka, Caucasian Mountain Dog, Caucasian Sheepdog, Kawkasky Owtscharka, Kaukasische Schaferhund
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1908 as a Herding breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2010 as a Working breed. Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Sheepdogs and Cattledogs (except Swiss Cattledogs) group, in the Sheepdogs section. 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 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 American Kennel Club America's Pet Registry Dog Registry of America Inc. Federation Cynologique Internationale North American Purebred Registry, Inc. American Canine Association, Inc. National Kennel Club American Canine Registry America's Pet Registry Dog Registry of America Inc. Federation Cynologique Internationale North American Purebred Registry, Inc. American Canine Association, Inc. Continental Kennel Club National Kennel Club Foundation Stock Service
Price $800-$2000 $1500-$2000 $1500-$2500

General Appearance - German Shepherd vs Cane Corso vs Caucasian Ovcharka

Size Large Large Giant
Weight Male: 66-88 pounds (30-40 kg), Female: 49-71 pounds (22-32 kg) Male: 99-110 pounds (45-50 kg), Female: 88-99 pounds (40-45 kg) 99-154 pounds (45-70 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 77 pounds (35 kg), Female: 60 pounds (27 kg) Male: 104.5 pounds (47.5 kg), Female: 93.5 pounds (42.5 kg) 126.5 pounds (57.5 kg)
Height Male: 24-26 inches (60-65 cm), Female: 22-24 inches (55-60 cm) Male: 24-27 inches (64-68 cm), Female: 23-25 inches (60-64 cm) 25-28 inches (64-72 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 25 inches (62.5 cm), Female: 23 inches (57.5 cm) Male: 25.5 inches (66 cm), Female: 24 inches (62 cm) 26.5 inches (68 cm)

Hair & Care - German Shepherd vs Cane Corso vs Caucasian Ovcharka

Coat Fuzzy Dense Dense Thick Double
Colors Silver Tan Red Black Chestnut Brindle Gray Red Fawn Black Black Cream Gray Silver White Yellow
Grooming
Average: The German Shepherd requires average grooming effort.
Effortless: The Cane Corso requires minimal grooming.
Easy to groom: The Caucasian Ovcharka doesn't require a lot of grooming.
Shedding Level
German Shepherds are heavy shedders.
Cane Corsos shed moderately.
Caucasian Ovcharkas shed moderately.

Characteristics - German Shepherd vs Cane Corso vs Caucasian Ovcharka

Temperament Alert Courageous Intelligent Obedient Confident Curious Loyal Watchful Cheerful Loyal Social Courageous Quiet Dominant Alert Calm Powerful Quick
Intelligent Rank
Outstanding: German Shepherd is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
Average: Caucasian Ovcharka's has average obedience intelligence.
Trainability
German Shepherds are easy to train.
Cane Corsos are easy to train.
Caucasian Ovcharkas are quite easy to train.
Playfulness
German Shepherds, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Cane Corsos, like any other dog breed, like playing.
The Caucasian Ovcharka is a playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
German Shepherds don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Cane Corsos have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
Caucasian Ovcharkas are less sensitive than other dog breeds.
Affection Level
German Shepherds are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Cane Corsos are average dogs regarding their affection level.
Caucasian Ovcharkas are highly affectionate dogs.
Social Needs
German Shepherds need for social interaction is average.
Cane Corsos are a social breed.
Caucasian Ovcharkas need for social interaction is average.
Barking
Low to Average: The German Shepherd rarely barks.
Low: The Cane Corso barks none to minimal.
Average to high: The Caucasian Ovcharka is a vocal breed.
Watchdog Ability
German Shepherds are one of the best watchdogs.
Cane Corsos are one of the best watchdogs.
Caucasian Ovcharkas are one of the best watchdogs.
Territorial
German Shepherds are extremely protective guard dogs.
Cane Corsos are extremely protective guard dogs.
Caucasian Ovcharkas are extremely protective guard dogs.
Biting Potential High
The German Shepherd has a high chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Cane Corso has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Caucasian Ovcharka has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
German Shepherds have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Cane Corsos have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Caucasian Ovcharkas have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
German Shepherds are not the biggest explorers.
Cane Corsos tend to escape less than other breeds.
Caucasian Ovcharkas tend to escape less than other breeds.
Prey Drive
German Shepherds have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Cane Corsos have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
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.
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.
Cane Corsos are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
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.
Adaptability
German Shepherds adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Cane Corsos don't adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
Caucasian Ovcharkas 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.
Cane Corsos 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.
Yes
In history, this breed was unfortunately used for combat dog.
Yes
In history, this breed was unfortunately used for combat dog.

Good With - German Shepherd vs Cane Corso vs Caucasian Ovcharka

Stranger Friendly
German Shepherds are stranger friendly dogs.
Cane Corsos are not stranger friendly dogs.
Caucasian Ovcharkas are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
German Shepherds are very kid-friendly dogs.
Cane Corsos are average friendly dogs towards children.
Caucasian Ovcharkas are kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
German Shepherds are average friendly towards cats.
Cane Corsos are not cat-friendly dogs.
Caucasian Ovcharkas are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
German Shepherds are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
Cane Corsos are average friendly towards other dogs.
Caucasian Ovcharkas are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
German Shepherd is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Cane Corso is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Caucasian Ovcharka is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
German Shepherds are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Cane Corsos are commonly okay with elderly people.
Caucasian Ovcharkas are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
German Shepherds are generally with other pets.
Cane Corsos do best when they’re the only pet at the family.
Caucasian Ovcharkas are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners No
German Shepherds are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Cane Corsos are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Yes
Caucasian Ovcharkas are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going 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
Cane Corso breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Caucasian Ovcharka 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 Cane Corso vs Caucasian Ovcharka

Health Issues
German Shepherds are commonly healthy dogs.
Cane Corsos are commonly healthy dogs.
Caucasian Ovcharkas tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
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 Arthritis Bloat Cherry Eye Demodectic Mange Ectropion Entropion Hip Dysplasia Joint Dysplasia
Life Expectancy 10-13 years 10-11 years 10-12 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
German Shepherds are high energy dogs.
Cane Corsos have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Caucasian Ovcharkas have a lower energy level than other dogs.
Exercise Need
German Shepherds need quite a lot of exercise.
Cane Corsos have an average exercise need.
Caucasian Ovcharkas exercise need is minimal.
Sleeping Need
German Shepherds don't need too much sleep.
Cane Corsos are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Caucasian Ovcharkas like sleeping so they do sleep a lot.
Avg. daily food consumption 3 to 4 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. Recommended daily amount: If you are feeding a high-quality dry food, your Corso will probably eat 4 to 5 cups a day. 4 to 7 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Low to Average.
Average to High.
Average to High.
Weather & Climate Tolerates warm and cold weather. Tolerates warm and cold weather. Prefers cold weather
The Caucasian Ovcharka 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 Cane Corso has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Caucasian Ovcharka has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The German Shepherd is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Cane Corso 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 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.

Reproducibility - German Shepherd vs Cane Corso vs Caucasian Ovcharka

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 4-6 puppies 5-10 puppies

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