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Great Pyrenees vs Pyrenean Mastiff vs Newfoundland – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Great Pyrenees vs Pyrenean Mastiff vs Newfoundland" Compare Great Pyrenees and Pyrenean Mastiff. Which is better: Great Pyrenees or Pyrenean Mastiff or Newfoundland?
Name Great Pyrenees Pyrenean Mastiff Newfoundland
OriginsSpain France Spain Canada
Group Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs) Guard Dogs Working Dogs
Popularity Rank6633036
Reviews102
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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 Perro Mastin del Pireneo, Mastin d'Aragon, Mastín del Pirineo, Mostín d'o Pireneu Newf, Newfie, The Gentle Giant, Blackbear
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1933 as a Working breed. Not recognized by the American Kennel Club. 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
Dog Registry of America Inc.
Foundation Stock Service
American Canine Association, Inc.
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 $900-$1000 $1500-$2000

General Appearance - Great Pyrenees vs Pyrenean Mastiff vs Newfoundland

Size Giant Giant Giant
Weight Male: from 100 pounds (45 kg), Female: from 85 pounds (38 kg) Male: 178-200 pounds (81-90 kg), Female: 200-220 pounds (90-100 kg) Male: 130-150 pounds (59-68 kg), Female: 100-120 pounds (45-54 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: from 100 pounds (45 kg), Female: from 85 pounds (38 kg) Male: 190 pounds (85 kg), Female: 210 pounds (95 kg) Male: 140 pounds (63.5 kg), Female: 110 pounds (49.5 kg)
Height Male: 27-32 inches (69-81 cm), Female: 25-29 inches (63-74 cm) Male: 29.5-31 inches (75-80 cm), Female: 26-28.5 inches (68-73 cm) Male: 27-29 inches (69-74 cm), Female: 25-27 inches (63-69 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 29.5 inches (75 cm), Female: 27 inches (68.5 cm) Male: 30 inches (77 cm), Female: 28 inches (71 cm) Male: 28 inches (71.5 cm), Female: 26 inches (66 cm)

Hair & Care - Great Pyrenees vs Pyrenean Mastiff vs Newfoundland

Coat Dense
Double
Dense Fluffy
Waterproof
Thick
Colors White White
Spotted
Brown
Grey
Black
Gray
Brown
White
Black
Grooming
Average: The Great Pyrenees requires average grooming effort.
Advanced: The Pyrenean Mastiff requires a lot of grooming.
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Shedding Level
Great Pyreneess shed above average.
Pyrenean Mastiffs are heavy shedders.
Newfoundlands are heavy shedders.

Characteristics - Great Pyrenees vs Pyrenean Mastiff vs Newfoundland

Temperament Affectionate
Fearless
Patient
Confident
Gentle
Strong
Willed
Gentle
Brave
Noble
Docile
Protective
Cheerful
Intelligent
Social
Gentle
Courageous
Loyal
Sweet
Intelligent Rank
Average: Great Pyrenees's has average obedience intelligence.
Very smart: Pyrenean Mastiff is an excellent dog breed.
Smart: Newfoundland's has great intelligence.
Trainability
Great Pyreneess are easy to train.
Pyrenean Mastiffs are quite easy to train.
Newfoundlands are easy to train.
Playfulness
Great Pyreneess are not the most playful dog breed.
The Pyrenean Mastiff is a highly playful breed.
Newfoundlands, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Sensitivity Level
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Pyrenean Mastiffs don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Affection Level
Great Pyreneess are average dogs regarding their affection level.
Pyrenean Mastiffs are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Newfoundlands are highly affectionate dogs.
Social Needs
Great Pyreneess are a social breed.
Pyrenean Mastiffs need for social interaction is average.
Newfoundlands are a social breed.
Barking
Average to high: The Great Pyrenees is a vocal breed.
Low to Average: The Pyrenean Mastiff rarely barks.
Low to Average: The Newfoundland rarely barks.
Watchdog Ability
Great Pyreneess are one of the best watchdogs.
Pyrenean Mastiffs are one of the best watchdogs.
Newfoundlands are one of the best watchdogs.
Territorial
Great Pyreneess strongly protect their territory.
Pyrenean Mastiffs are extremely protective guard dogs.
Newfoundlands are extremely protective guard dogs.
Biting Potential Low
The Great Pyrenees has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Pyrenean Mastiff has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Newfoundland has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Great Pyreneess have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Pyrenean Mastiffs have a strong 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 Pyreneess have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
Pyrenean Mastiffs have average wanderlust potential.
Newfoundlands have average wanderlust potential.
Prey Drive
Great Pyreneess have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
Pyrenean Mastiffs 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.
Newfoundlands have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Apartment Friendly
Great Pyreneess are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Pyrenean Mastiffs 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 Pyreneess adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
Pyrenean Mastiffs 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 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.
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
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 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 Pyrenean Mastiff vs Newfoundland

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

Health Issues
Great Pyreneess are commonly healthy dogs.
Very healthy dog breed.
Very healthy dog breed.
Health Problems Addison's Disease
Bloat
Cataracts
Drug Sensitivity
Elbow Dysplasia
Entropion
Hip Dysplasia
Patellar Luxation
Bloat
Ectropion
Elbow Dysplasia
Entropion
Hip Dysplasia
Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
Addison's Disease
Bloat
Cancer
Cataracts
Cherry Eye
Cystinuria
Elbow Dysplasia
Epilepsy
Hip Dysplasia
Hypothyroidism
Subvalvular Aortic Stenosis
Life Expectancy 10-12 years 8-12 years 9-12 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
Great Pyreneess have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Pyrenean Mastiffs 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 Pyreneess have an average exercise need.
Pyrenean Mastiffs exercise need is minimal.
Newfoundlands have an average exercise need.
Sleeping Need
Great Pyreneess don't need too much sleep.
Pyrenean Mastiffs sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
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
Average to High.
High: The Pyrenean Mastiff 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 average to cold weather conditions
The Pyrenean Mastiff can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even 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 Pyrenees has an average chance of bad smell.
High
The Pyrenean Mastiff has a high chance of bad smell.
High
The Newfoundland has a high chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Great Pyrenees is a perfect example for low drooling tendency.
The Pyrenean Mastiff is a big drooler, so if you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, you should choose a dog from another breed.
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 Pyrenees vs Pyrenean Mastiff 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 6-9 puppies 1-10 puppies, average 5 4-12 puppies

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