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Great Dane vs Leonberger vs Newfoundland – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Great Dane vs Leonberger vs Newfoundland" Compare Great Dane and Leonberger. Which is better: Great Dane or Leonberger or Newfoundland?
Name Great Dane Leonberger Newfoundland
OriginsGermany Germany Canada
Group Working Dogs Working Dogs Working Dogs
Popularity Rank1410036
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Other Names Dane, Gentle Giant, Deutsche Dogge, German Mastiff, Apollo of Dogs Leo, Gentle Lion, Gentle Giant, Leonbergi Newf, Newfie, The Gentle Giant, Blackbear
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1887 as a Working breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2010 as a Working breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1886 as a Working breed.
FCI Group 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 Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattledogs group, in the Molossian type section. 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 Canadian Canine Registry 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 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-$1200 $1500-$2000 $1500-$2000

General Appearance - Great Dane vs Leonberger vs Newfoundland

Size Giant Giant Giant
Weight Male: 120-200 pounds (54-90 kg), Female: 100-130 pounds (45-59 kg) Male: 130-170 pounds (59-77 kg), Female: 100-130 pounds (45-59 kg) Male: 130-150 pounds (59-68 kg), Female: 100-120 pounds (45-54 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 160 pounds (72 kg), Female: 115 pounds (52 kg) Male: 150 pounds (68 kg), Female: 115 pounds (52 kg) Male: 140 pounds (63.5 kg), Female: 110 pounds (49.5 kg)
Height Male: 30-34 inches (76-86 cm), Female: 28-32 inches (71-81 cm) Male: 29-31 inches (74-80 cm), Female: 27-29 inches (61-74 cm) Male: 27-29 inches (69-74 cm), Female: 25-27 inches (63-69 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 32 inches (81 cm), Female: 30 inches (76 cm) Male: 30 inches (77 cm), Female: 28 inches (67.5 cm) Male: 28 inches (71.5 cm), Female: 26 inches (66 cm)

Hair & Care - Great Dane vs Leonberger vs Newfoundland

Coat Dense Waterproof Fluffy Waterproof Thick
Colors Blue Fawn White Brindle Merle Black Red Sandy Reddish Brown Yellow Mahogany Gray Brown White Black
Grooming
Effortless: The Great Dane requires minimal grooming.
Average: The Leonberger requires average grooming effort.
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Shedding Level
Great Danes shed moderately.
Leonbergers are heavy shedders.
Newfoundlands are heavy shedders.

Characteristics - Great Dane vs Leonberger vs Newfoundland

Temperament Friendly Devoted Gentle Reserved Confident Intelligent Loving Adaptable Fearless Loyal Companionable Loving Obedient Cheerful Intelligent Social Gentle Courageous Loyal Sweet
Intelligent Rank
Smart: Great Dane's has great intelligence.
Average: Leonberger's has average obedience intelligence.
Smart: Newfoundland's has great intelligence.
Trainability
Great Danes are quite easy to train.
Leonbergers are quite easy to train.
Newfoundlands are easy to train.
Playfulness
Great Danes are not the most playful dog breed.
The Leonberger is a playful breed.
Newfoundlands, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Sensitivity Level
Great Danes 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
Great Danes are average dogs regarding their affection level.
Leonbergers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Newfoundlands are highly affectionate dogs.
Social Needs
Great Danes are a social breed.
Leonbergers need a lot of social interaction.
Newfoundlands are a social breed.
Barking
Low to Average: The Great Dane rarely barks.
Low: The Leonberger barks none to minimal.
Low to Average: The Newfoundland rarely barks.
Watchdog Ability
Great Danes are one of the best watchdogs.
Leonbergers are one of the best watchdogs.
Newfoundlands are one of the best watchdogs.
Territorial
Great Danes are extremely protective guard dogs.
Leonbergers are extremely protective guard dogs.
Newfoundlands are extremely protective guard dogs.
Biting Potential Low
The Great Dane has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Leonberger has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Newfoundland has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Great Danes 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.
Newfoundlands have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Great Danes have average wanderlust potential.
Leonbergers tend to escape less than other breeds.
Newfoundlands have average wanderlust potential.
Prey Drive
Great Danes 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.
Newfoundlands have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Apartment Friendly
Great Danes are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Leonbergers are not apartment-friendly dogs.
Newfoundlands 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
Great Danes adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Leonbergers adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Newfoundlands adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Great Danes 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.
Leonbergers tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Newfoundlands 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.
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 - Great Dane vs Leonberger vs Newfoundland

Stranger Friendly
Great Danes are average friendly towards strangers.
Leonbergers are average friendly towards strangers.
Newfoundlands are stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Great Danes are kid-friendly dogs.
Leonbergers are very kid-friendly dogs.
Newfoundlands are very kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Great Danes are average friendly towards cats.
Leonbergers are average friendly towards cats.
Newfoundlands are very cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Great Danes are average friendly towards other dogs.
Leonbergers are dog-friendly dogs.
Newfoundlands are dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
Great Dane is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Leonberger is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Newfoundland is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Great Danes are usually recommended for elderly people.
Leonbergers are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Newfoundlands are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Great Danes are generally with other pets.
Leonbergers are generally with other pets.
Newfoundlands are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Good For First Time Owners No
Great Danes are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Leonbergers are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Newfoundlands 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.
Yes
This breed makes good 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 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.
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.
Boat Dog Not really
Great Dane breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Leonberger breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Yes
Newfoundland breed usually likes 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.

Health Factors - Great Dane vs Leonberger vs Newfoundland

Health Issues
Great Danes are commonly healthy dogs.
Leonbergers tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
Very healthy dog breed.
Health Problems Bloat Cancer Dilated Cardiomyopathy Hip Dysplasia Mitral Valve Disease Patent Ductus Arteriosis Persistent Right Aortic Arch Subvalvular Aortic Stenosis Tricuspid Valve Dysplasia Addison's Disease Bloat Cancer Ectropion Elbow Dysplasia Entropion Eosinophilic Panosteitis Hip Dysplasia Inherited Polyneuropathy Addison's Disease Bloat Cancer Cataracts Cherry Eye Cystinuria Elbow Dysplasia Epilepsy Hip Dysplasia Hypothyroidism Subvalvular Aortic Stenosis
Life Expectancy 7-10 years 8-10 years 9-12 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
Great Danes are high energy dogs.
Leonbergers have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Newfoundlands have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Exercise Need
Great Danes exercise need is minimal.
Leonbergers need quite a lot of exercise.
Newfoundlands have an average exercise need.
Sleeping Need
Great Danes don't need too much sleep.
Leonbergers are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Newfoundlands sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Avg. daily food consumption 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 5 to 6 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 Prefers average to warm weather conditions Prefers cold weather
The Leonberger can adapt well to harsh weather conditions, and also can be a good mountain dog.
Prefers cold weather
The Newfoundland can adapt well to harsh weather conditions, and also can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness Medium
The Great Dane has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Leonberger has an average chance of bad smell.
High
The Newfoundland has a high chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Great Dane 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 Newfoundland is a big drooler, so if you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, you should choose a dog from another breed.

Reproducibility - Great Dane vs Leonberger vs Newfoundland

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 10-15 puppies 6-8 puppies 4-12 puppies

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