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Great Pyrenees vs Bulldog vs Old English Sheepdog – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Great Pyrenees vs Bulldog vs Old English Sheepdog" Compare Great Pyrenees and Bulldog. Which is better: Great Pyrenees or Bulldog or Old English Sheepdog?
Name Great Pyrenees Bulldog Old English Sheepdog
OriginsSpain France England England
Group Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs) Companion Dogs Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs)
Popularity Rank66570
Reviews200
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Other Names Great Pyrenees, Patou, Chien Des Pyrénées, Chien De Montagne Des Pyrénées, Montañés Del Pirineo, Gos De Muntanya Dels Pirineus English Bulldog, British Bulldog Bobtail, OES
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1933 as a Working breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1886 as a Non-Sporting breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1888 as a Herding 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 Sheepdogs and Cattledogs (except Swiss Cattledogs) group, in the Sheepdogs 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 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 $500-$600 $1200-$2000 $1200-$1500

General Appearance - Great Pyrenees vs Bulldog vs Old English Sheepdog

Size Giant Medium Large
Weight Male: from 100 pounds (45 kg), Female: from 85 pounds (38 kg) Male: 53-55 pounds (24-25 kg), Female: 49-51 pounds (22-23 kg) Male: from 65 pounds (29 kg), Female: from 60 pounds (27 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: from 100 pounds (45 kg), Female: from 85 pounds (38 kg) Male: 54 pounds (24.5 kg), Female: 50 pounds (22.5 kg) Male: from 65 pounds (29 kg), Female: from 60 pounds (27 kg)
Height Male: 27-32 inches (69-81 cm), Female: 25-29 inches (63-74 cm) 12-16 inches (31-40 cm), There is no prescribed height, but shorter Bulldogs are more prized when being shown Male: 22-24 inches (56-61 cm), Female: 20-22 inches (51 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 29.5 inches (75 cm), Female: 27 inches (68.5 cm) 14 inches (35.5 cm), There is no prescribed height, but shorter Bulldogs are more prized when being shown Male: 23 inches (58.5 cm), Female: 21 inches (51 cm)

Hair & Care - Great Pyrenees vs Bulldog vs Old English Sheepdog

Coat Dense Double Fine Waterproof Shaggy Double
Colors White Brindle White Fawn Gray Red Blue White Merle Grizzle Gray
Grooming
Average: The Great Pyrenees requires average grooming effort.
Average: The Bulldog requires average grooming effort.
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Shedding Level
Great Pyreneess shed above average.
Bulldogs shed moderately.
Old English Sheepdogs are heavy shedders.

Characteristics - Great Pyrenees vs Bulldog vs Old English Sheepdog

Temperament Affectionate Fearless Patient Confident Gentle Strong Willed Aggressive Friendly Social Courageous Loving Sweet Adaptable Intelligent Playful Protective Bubbly Loving Sociable Funny
Intelligent Rank
Average: Great Pyrenees's has average obedience intelligence.
Low: The Bulldog if one of the dog breeds that have the lowest degree of obedience intelligence.
Smart: Old English Sheepdog's has great intelligence.
Trainability
Great Pyreneess are easy to train.
Bulldogs aren't famous for their trainability.
Old English Sheepdogs are easy to train.
Playfulness
Great Pyreneess are not the most playful dog breed.
Bulldogs don't really like playing.
The Old English Sheepdog is a playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Old English Sheepdogs don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Affection Level
Great Pyreneess are average dogs regarding their affection level.
Bulldogs are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Old English Sheepdogs are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Great Pyreneess are a social breed.
Bulldogs are a social breed.
Old English Sheepdogs need a lot of social interaction.
Barking
Average to high: The Great Pyrenees is a vocal breed.
Low: The Bulldog barks none to minimal.
Average: The Old English Sheepdog barks occasionally.
Watchdog Ability
Great Pyreneess are one of the best watchdogs.
Bulldogs are average watchdogs.
Old English Sheepdogs are good watchdogs.
Territorial
Great Pyreneess strongly protect their territory.
Bulldogs are not the best to protect their territory.
Old English Sheepdogs strongly protect their territory.
Biting Potential Low
The Great Pyrenees has a low chance of biting somebody.
Moderate
The Bulldog has an average chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Old English Sheepdog has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Great Pyreneess have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Bulldogs have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Old English Sheepdogs have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Great Pyreneess have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
Bulldogs are not the biggest explorers.
Old English Sheepdogs tend to escape less than other breeds.
Prey Drive
Great Pyreneess have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
Bulldogs have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Old English Sheepdogs have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Apartment Friendly
Great Pyreneess are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Bulldogs are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Old English Sheepdogs 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 Pyreneess adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
Bulldogs adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Old English Sheepdogs adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
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.
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.
Old English Sheepdogs tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
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 - Great Pyrenees vs Bulldog vs Old English Sheepdog

Stranger Friendly
Great Pyreneess are average friendly towards strangers.
Bulldogs are very stranger friendly dogs.
Old English Sheepdogs are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Great Pyreneess are kid-friendly dogs.
Bulldogs are very kid-friendly dogs.
Old English Sheepdogs are very kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Great Pyreneess are cat-friendly dogs.
Bulldogs are very cat-friendly dogs.
Old English Sheepdogs are cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Great Pyreneess are average friendly towards other dogs.
Bulldogs are very dog-friendly dogs.
Old English Sheepdogs are dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
Great Pyrenees is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Bulldog is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Old English Sheepdog is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Great Pyreneess are usually recommended for elderly people.
Bulldogs are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Old English Sheepdogs are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Great Pyreneess are usually friendly towards other pets.
Bulldogs are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Old English Sheepdogs are usually friendly towards other pets.
Good For First Time Owners No
Great Pyreneess are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Bulldogs are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Old English Sheepdogs 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
Great Pyrenees breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Bulldog breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Old English Sheepdog 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.
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.

Health Factors - Great Pyrenees vs Bulldog vs Old English Sheepdog

Health Issues
Great Pyreneess are commonly healthy dogs.
Very healthy dog breed.
The Old English Sheepdog is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems Addison's Disease Bloat Cataracts Drug Sensitivity Elbow Dysplasia Entropion Hip Dysplasia Patellar Luxation Brachycephalic Syndrome Cherry Eye Demodectic Mange Dry Eye Entropion Head Shakes Hip Dysplasia Patellar Luxation Reverse Sneezing Allergies Cataracts Deafness Diabetes Entropion Heat Intolerance Hip Dysplasia
Life Expectancy 10-12 years 8-10 years 10-12 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
Great Pyreneess have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Bulldogs have a lower energy level than other dogs.
Old English Sheepdogs 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 Pyreneess have an average exercise need.
Bulldogs exercise need is very minimal.
Old English Sheepdogs have an average exercise need.
Sleeping Need
Great Pyreneess don't need too much sleep.
Bulldogs like sleeping so they do sleep a lot.
Old English Sheepdogs are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Avg. daily food consumption 8 to 10 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals 1/2 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. Recommended daily amount: 2.5 to 4.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day.
Weight Gain Potential
Average to High.
High: The Bulldog breed has a strong tendency to overweight.
Average to High.
Weather & Climate Prefers cold weather
The Great Pyrenees can adapt well to harsh weather conditions, and also can be a good mountain dog.
Prefers warm weather Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Old English Sheepdog can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness Medium
The Great Pyrenees has an average chance of bad smell.
High
The Bulldog has a high chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Old English Sheepdog has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Great Pyrenees is a perfect example for low drooling tendency.
The Bulldog is a big drooler, so if you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, you should choose a dog from another breed.
The Old English Sheepdog 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 Pyrenees vs Bulldog vs Old English Sheepdog

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 6-9 puppies 4-5 puppies 5-8 puppies

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