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Great Dane vs Mastiff vs St. Bernard – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Great Dane vs Mastiff vs St. Bernard" Compare Great Dane and Mastiff. Which is better: Great Dane or Mastiff or St. Bernard?
Name Great Dane Mastiff St. Bernard
OriginsGermany England Switzerland Italy
Group Working Dogs Working Dogs Working Dogs
Popularity Rank142848
Reviews101
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Other Names Dane, Gentle Giant, Deutsche Dogge, German Mastiff, Apollo of Dogs English Mastiff, Old English Mastiff St. Hubert Hound, Chien St. Hubert, Sleuth Hound, St. Bernhardshund, Bernhardiner
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 1885 as a Working breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1885 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. Not recognized by FCI. 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 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. Australian National Kennel Council Continental Kennel Club National Kennel Club New Zealand Kennel Club United 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 $1200-$1500 $1500-$1800

General Appearance - Great Dane vs Mastiff vs St. Bernard

Size Giant Giant Giant
Weight Male: 120-200 pounds (54-90 kg), Female: 100-130 pounds (45-59 kg) Male: 150-250 pounds (68-113 kg), Female: 120-180 pounds (54-82 kg) 110-200 pounds (50-91 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 160 pounds (72 kg), Female: 115 pounds (52 kg) Male: 200 pounds (90.5 kg), Female: 150 pounds (68 kg) 155 pounds (70.5 kg)
Height Male: 30-34 inches (76-86 cm), Female: 28-32 inches (71-81 cm) Male: 30 inches (76 cm), Female: 27.5 inches (70 cm) 25.5-27.5 inches (61-70 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 32 inches (81 cm), Female: 30 inches (76 cm) Male: 30 inches (76 cm), Female: 27.5 inches (70 cm) 25.5-27.5 inches (65.5 cm)

Hair & Care - Great Dane vs Mastiff vs St. Bernard

Coat Dense Dense Dense Rough Smooth
Colors Blue Fawn White Brindle Merle Black Apricot Fawn Brindle Brown Red White Brindle Tricolor Black
Grooming
Effortless: The Great Dane requires minimal grooming.
Easy to groom: The Mastiff doesn't require a lot of grooming.
Average: The St.
Shedding Level
Great Danes shed moderately.
Mastiffs shed moderately.
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Characteristics - Great Dane vs Mastiff vs St. Bernard

Temperament Friendly Devoted Gentle Reserved Confident Intelligent Loving Affectionate Cheerful Intelligent Protective Alert Courageous Loyal Friendly Independent Going Social Gentle Happy Quiet
Intelligent Rank
Smart: Great Dane's has great intelligence.
Average: Mastiff's has average obedience intelligence.
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
Trainability
Great Danes are quite easy to train.
Mastiffs are quite easy to train.
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Playfulness
Great Danes are not the most playful dog breed.
Mastiffs are not the most playful dog breed.
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Sensitivity Level
Great Danes don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Mastiffs have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
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Affection Level
Great Danes are average dogs regarding their affection level.
Mastiffs are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
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Social Needs
Great Danes are a social breed.
Mastiffs need for social interaction is average.
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Barking
Low to Average: The Great Dane rarely barks.
Low: The Mastiff barks none to minimal.
Low: The St.
Watchdog Ability
Great Danes are one of the best watchdogs.
Mastiffs are one of the best watchdogs.
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Territorial
Great Danes are extremely protective guard dogs.
Mastiffs are extremely protective guard dogs.
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Biting Potential Low
The Great Dane has a low chance of biting somebody.
Moderate
The Mastiff has an average chance of biting somebody.
Moderate
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Mouthiness
Great Danes have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Mastiffs have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
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Impulse to Wander or Roam
Great Danes have average wanderlust potential.
Mastiffs are not the biggest explorers.
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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.
Mastiffs don't have an impulse to catch or chase small animals.
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Apartment Friendly
Great Danes are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Mastiffs are not the best choice for an apartment lifestyle, but they don't mind being inside if you walk them several times every day.
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Adaptability
Great Danes adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Mastiffs adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
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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.
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
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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.
Yes
In history, this breed was unfortunately used for combat dog.

Good With - Great Dane vs Mastiff vs St. Bernard

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

Health Issues
Great Danes are commonly healthy dogs.
Mastiffs are commonly healthy dogs.
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 Bloat Cancer Cystinuria Hip Dysplasia Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Seizures Allergies Bloat Cataracts Dilated Cardiomyopathy Elbow Dysplasia Entropion Epilepsy Hip Dysplasia
Life Expectancy 7-10 years 10-12 years 8-10 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
Great Danes are high energy dogs.
Mastiffs have a lower energy level than other dogs.
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Exercise Need
Great Danes exercise need is minimal.
Mastiffs exercise need is minimal.
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Sleeping Need
Great Danes don't need too much sleep.
Mastiffs like sleeping so they do sleep a lot.
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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 6 to 8 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 average to cold weather conditions
The Mastiff can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness Medium
The Great Dane has an average chance of bad smell.
High
The Mastiff has a high chance of bad smell.
High
The St.
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 Mastiff is a big drooler, so if you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, you should choose a dog from another breed.
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Reproducibility - Great Dane vs Mastiff vs St. Bernard

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 3-5 puppies 6-8 puppies

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