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Great Pyrenees vs Maremma Sheepdog – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Great Pyrenees vs Maremma Sheepdog" Compare Great Pyrenees and Maremma Sheepdog. Which is better: Great Pyrenees or Maremma Sheepdog?
Name Great Pyrenees Maremma Sheepdog
OriginsSpain France Italy
Group Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs) Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs)
Popularity Rank66398
Reviews13
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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 Cane da Pastore, Maremmano-Abruzzese, Pastore Abruzzese, Pastore Maremmano, Abruzzo Sheepdog, Abruzzese Sheepdog, Maremma, Maremmano
Breed Type Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1933 as a Working breed. Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
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 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
America's Pet Registry
Continental Kennel Club
Dog Registry of America Inc.
Federation Cynologique Internationale
Kennel Club of Great Britain
National Kennel Club
New Zealand Kennel Club
United Kennel Club
Price $500-$600 $600-$800

General Appearance - Great Pyrenees vs Maremma Sheepdog

Size Giant Large
Weight Male: from 100 pounds (45 kg), Female: from 85 pounds (38 kg) Male: 80 - 95 pounds (36 - 43 kg), Female: 70 - 85 pounds (32 - 38 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: from 100 pounds (45 kg), Female: from 85 pounds (38 kg) Male: 85 pounds (38.5 kg), Female: 70 pounds (31.5 kg)
Height Male: 27-32 inches (69-81 cm), Female: 25-29 inches (63-74 cm) 24-29 inches (60-73 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 29.5 inches (75 cm), Female: 27 inches (68.5 cm) 26.5 inches (66.5 cm)

Hair & Care - Great Pyrenees vs Maremma Sheepdog

Coat Dense
Double
Rough
Thick
Double
Colors White White
Yellow
Grooming
Average: The Great Pyrenees requires average grooming effort.
Average: The Maremma Sheepdog requires average grooming effort.
Shedding Level
Great Pyreneess shed above average.
Maremma Sheepdogs shed moderately.

Characteristics - Great Pyrenees vs Maremma Sheepdog

Temperament Affectionate
Fearless
Patient
Confident
Gentle
Strong
Willed
Alert
Dignified
Intelligent
Determined
Friendly
Loyal
Intelligent Rank
Average: Great Pyrenees's has average obedience intelligence.
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
Trainability
Great Pyreneess are easy to train.
Maremma Sheepdogs are quite easy to train.
Playfulness
Great Pyreneess are not the most playful dog breed.
Maremma Sheepdogs, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Sensitivity Level
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 Pyreneess are average dogs regarding their affection level.
Maremma Sheepdogs are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Great Pyreneess are a social breed.
Maremma Sheepdogs are a social breed.
Barking
Average to high: The Great Pyrenees is a vocal breed.
Low to Average: The Maremma Sheepdog rarely barks.
Watchdog Ability
Great Pyreneess are one of the best watchdogs.
Maremma Sheepdogs are good watchdogs.
Territorial
Great Pyreneess strongly protect their territory.
Maremma Sheepdogs strongly protect their territory.
Biting Potential Low
The Great Pyrenees has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Maremma Sheepdog has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Great Pyreneess have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Maremma Sheepdogs have lower 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.
Maremma Sheepdogs are not the biggest explorers.
Prey Drive
Great Pyreneess have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
Maremma Sheepdogs don't have an impulse to catch or chase small animals.
Apartment Friendly
Great Pyreneess are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Maremma 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.
Maremma Sheepdogs adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
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.
Maremma Sheepdogs 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 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 Maremma Sheepdog

Stranger Friendly
Great Pyreneess are average friendly towards strangers.
Maremma Sheepdogs are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Great Pyreneess are kid-friendly dogs.
Maremma Sheepdogs are kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Great Pyreneess are cat-friendly dogs.
Maremma Sheepdogs are cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Great Pyreneess are average friendly towards other dogs.
Maremma Sheepdogs are average friendly towards other dogs.
Office Friendly No
Great Pyrenees is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Maremma Sheepdog is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Great Pyreneess are usually recommended for elderly people.
Maremma Sheepdogs are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Great Pyreneess are usually friendly towards other pets.
Maremma 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
Maremma 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.
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.
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.
Boat Dog Not really
Great Pyrenees breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Maremma 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.

Health Factors - Great Pyrenees vs Maremma Sheepdog

Health Issues
Great Pyreneess are commonly healthy dogs.
The Maremma 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
Bloat
Drug Sensitivity
Hip Dysplasia
Obesity
Vaccination Sensitivity
Life Expectancy 10-12 years 11-13 years
Hypoallergenic No No
Energy Level
Great Pyreneess have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Maremma 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.
Maremma Sheepdogs have an average exercise need.
Sleeping Need
Great Pyreneess don't need too much sleep.
Maremma Sheepdogs 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 3 to 4 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Average to High.
High: The Maremma Sheepdog breed has a strong tendency to overweight.
Weather & Climate Prefers cold weather
The Great Pyrenees can adapt well to harsh weather conditions, and also can be a good mountain dog.
Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness Medium
The Great Pyrenees has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Maremma Sheepdog has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Great Pyrenees is a perfect example for low drooling tendency.
The Maremma Sheepdog is an average drooler.

Reproducibility - Great Pyrenees vs Maremma Sheepdog

Gestation Length 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.
Litter Size 6-9 puppies 5-9 puppies

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Reviews

  • Edit Sara

    Feb 8, 2020, 11:04:24 AM:

    I find the kuvasz is the most reliable dog in every way.

  • Levi

    Apr 29, 2020, 6:12:43 AM:

    All 3 are great dogs. I personally find Maremmas most intelligent of the 3. They are also more loving to the owners than Kuvasz and more aggressive to predators than Great Pyr. Also less grooming and health issues.

  • Lucia

    Oct 11, 2020, 4:18:40 AM:

    Neither Great Pyrenees or Maremma are herding dogs! Both are Livestock Guardian dogs, totally opposite traits.

  • Crystal

    Jan 19, 2021, 5:39:15 AM:

    WILD misinformation. Pyrs don’t drool much?Hilariously incorrect. Have a high energy level? Wrong. Pyrs are lazy when not active farm dogs.