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Greater Swiss Mountain Dog vs Labrador Retriever vs Boxer – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Greater Swiss Mountain Dog vs Labrador Retriever vs Boxer" Compare Greater Swiss Mountain Dog and Labrador Retriever. Which is better: Greater Swiss Mountain Dog or Labrador Retriever or Boxer?
Name Greater Swiss Mountain Dog Labrador Retriever Boxer
OriginsSwitzerland England Canada Germany
Group Working Dogs Gun Dog Working Dogs
Popularity Rank75111
Reviews131
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Other Names Great Swiss Mountain Dog, Swissy Labrador, Lab German Boxer, Deutscher Boxer
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1995 as a Working breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1917 as a Sporting breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1904 as a Working breed.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattledogs group, in the Swiss Mountain- and Cattledogs section. Recognized by FCI in the Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs group, in the Retrievers section. Recognized by FCI in the Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattledogs group, in the Molossian type section.
Breed Recognition No set 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
Canadian Canine Registry
Price $2000-$2500 $1000-$2000 $600-$1200

General Appearance - Greater Swiss Mountain Dog vs Labrador Retriever vs Boxer

Size Large Large Medium
Weight 130-135 pounds (59-61 kg) Male: 60-75 pounds (27-34kg), Female: 55-70 pounds (25-32 kg) Male: 60-70 pounds (27-32 kg), Female: 53-65 pounds (24-29 kg)
Avg. Weight 132.5 pounds (60 kg) Male: 67.5 pounds (30.5 kg), Female: 62.5 pounds (28.5 kg) Male: 65 pounds (29.5 kg), Female: 59 pounds (26.5 kg)
Height 23.5-28.5 (60-72 cm) Male: 22-24 inches (56-61cm), Female: 21-23 inches (53-58 cm) Male: 22-25 inches (56-63 cm), Female: 21-24 inches (53-61 cm)
Avg. Height 23.5-28.5 (66 cm) Male: 23 inches (58.5 cm), Female: 22 inches (55.5 cm) Male: 23.5 inches (59.5 cm), Female: 22.5 inches (57 cm)

Hair & Care - Greater Swiss Mountain Dog vs Labrador Retriever vs Boxer

Coat Dense Dense
Waterproof
Hard
Short
Waterproof
Colors White
Red
Black
Yellow
Chocolate
Black
Brindle
White
Fawn
Grooming
Effortless: The Greater Swiss Mountain Dog requires minimal grooming.
Effortless: The Labrador Retriever requires minimal grooming.
Effortless: The Boxer requires minimal grooming.
Shedding Level
Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs shed none to minimal.
Labrador Retrievers shed moderately.
Boxers shed moderately.

Characteristics - Greater Swiss Mountain Dog vs Labrador Retriever vs Boxer

Temperament Alert
Fearless
Protective
Devoted
Good-natured
Selfish
Confidence
Affectionate
Cheerful
Friendly
Intelligent
Loyal
Playful
Social
Alert
Energetic
Gentle
Loving
Going
Responsive
Brave
Confident
Fearless
Intelligent
Playful
Bright
Energetic
Friendly
Loyal
Intelligent Rank
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
Outstanding: Labrador Retriever is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Average: Boxer's has average obedience intelligence.
Trainability
Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs are quite easy to train.
Labrador Retrievers are very easy to train.
Boxers are quite easy to train.
Playfulness
Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs, like any other dog breed, like playing.
The Labrador Retriever is a highly playful breed.
The Boxer is a playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Labrador Retrievers 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
Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs are highly affectionate dogs.
Labrador Retrievers may seem unfriendly sometimes due to their independence.
Boxers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs are a social breed.
Labrador Retrievers need a lot of social interaction.
Boxers need a lot of social interaction.
Barking
Low to Average: The Greater Swiss Mountain Dog rarely barks.
Average: The Labrador Retriever barks occasionally.
Low to Average: The Boxer rarely barks.
Watchdog Ability
Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs are one of the best watchdogs.
Labrador Retrievers are average watchdogs.
Boxers are one of the best watchdogs.
Territorial
Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs are extremely protective guard dogs.
Labrador Retrievers are average defenders.
Boxers are extremely protective guard dogs.
Biting Potential Low
The Greater Swiss Mountain Dog has a low chance of biting somebody.
Moderate
The Labrador Retriever has an average chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Boxer has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Labrador Retrievers have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Boxers have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs have average wanderlust potential.
Labrador Retrievers have average wanderlust potential.
Boxers have average wanderlust potential.
Prey Drive
Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Labrador Retrievers have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Boxers 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.
Apartment Friendly
Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Labrador Retrievers are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Boxers are apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Labrador Retrievers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Boxers adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs 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.
Labrador Retrievers tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Boxers 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.
Yes
In history, this breed was unfortunately used for combat dog.

Good With - Greater Swiss Mountain Dog vs Labrador Retriever vs Boxer

Stranger Friendly
Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs are average friendly towards strangers.
Labrador Retrievers are very stranger friendly dogs.
Boxers are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs are kid-friendly dogs.
Labrador Retrievers are very kid-friendly dogs.
Boxers are kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs are average friendly towards cats.
Labrador Retrievers are cat-friendly dogs.
Boxers are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs are dog-friendly dogs.
Labrador Retrievers are very dog-friendly dogs.
Boxers are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
Greater Swiss Mountain Dog is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Labrador Retriever is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Boxer is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs are usually recommended for elderly people.
Labrador Retrievers are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Boxers are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs are generally with other pets.
Labrador Retrievers are usually friendly towards other pets.
Boxers are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners No
Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Labrador Retrievers are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Boxers are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Yes
This breed makes good 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.
Yes
This breed makes a perfect 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.
Yes
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.
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.
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
Greater Swiss Mountain Dog breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Yes
Labrador Retriever breed usually likes being on a boat.
Not really
Boxer 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.
Not really
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 - Greater Swiss Mountain Dog vs Labrador Retriever vs Boxer

Health Issues
The Greater Swiss Mountain Dog is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
The Labrador Retriever is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
The Boxer is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems No set Acute Moist Dermatitis
Bloat
Cataracts
Cold Tail
Ear Infections
Elbow Dysplasia
Epilepsy
Hip Dysplasia
Myopathy
Osteochondrosis Dissecans
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Tricuspid Valve Dysplasia
Allergies
Aortic Stenosis
Bloat
Boxer Cardiomyopathy
Cancer
Corneal Dystrophy
Deafness
Demodectic Mange
Hip Dysplasia
Hypothyroidism
Life Expectancy 10-12 years 10-12 years 10-12 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs are high energy dogs.
Labrador Retrievers are high energy dogs.
Boxers are high energy dogs.
Exercise Need
Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs have an average exercise need.
Labrador Retrievers need a lot of exercises.
Boxers need quite a lot of exercise.
Sleeping Need
Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs don't need too much sleep.
Labrador Retrievers don't need too much sleep.
Boxers don't need too much sleep.
Avg. daily food consumption 4 to 5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. Recommended daily amount: 2.5 to 3 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. Recommended daily amount: 2 to 3 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Average to High.
High: The Labrador Retriever breed has a strong tendency to overweight.
Average to High.
Weather & Climate Prefers cold weather
The Greater Swiss Mountain Dog can adapt well to harsh weather conditions, and also can be a good mountain dog.
Tolerates warm and cold weather. Prefers average to warm weather conditions
Stinkiness Medium
The Greater Swiss Mountain Dog has an average chance of bad smell.
High
The Labrador Retriever has a high chance of bad smell.
High
The Boxer has a high chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Greater Swiss Mountain Dog is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Labrador Retriever is an average drooler.
The Boxer is a perfect example for low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Greater Swiss Mountain Dog vs Labrador Retriever vs Boxer

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 5-10 puppies 5-10 puppies 2-10 puppies, average 6

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