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Hovawart vs Belgian Malinois vs Giant Schnauzer Comparison - Dog breed selector: Hovie or Malinois or Russian Bear Schnauzer? Find the right dog for you

"Find similarities and differences between Hovawart vs Belgian Malinois vs Giant Schnauzer" Compare Hovawart and Belgian Malinois. Which is better: Hovawart or Belgian Malinois or Giant Schnauzer?
Name Hovawart Belgian Malinois Giant Schnauzer
OriginsGermany Belgium Germany
Group Guard Dogs Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs) Working Dogs
Popularity Rank3754480
Reviews114
User Ratings

Other Names Hovie Malinois Russian Bear Schnauzer, Munich Schnauzer, Munchener, Riesenschnauzer
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Not recognized by the American Kennel Club. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1959 as a Herding breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1930 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. Recognized by FCI in the Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattledogs group, in the Pinscher and Schnauzer type section.
Breed Recognition American Canine Registry
America's Pet Registry
Continental Kennel Club
Dog Registry of America Inc.
Federation Cynologique Internationale
Foundation Stock Service
Kennel Club of Great Britain
National Kennel Club
North American Purebred Registry, Inc.
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
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 $1000-$1200 $1200-$1400 $1000-$1500

Hovawart vs Belgian Malinois vs Giant Schnauzer General Appearance Comparison

Size Large
Giant
Large Giant
Weight 55 - 90 pounds (25 - 51 kg) Male: 65-75 pounds (29-34 kg), Female: 60-70 pounds (27-32 kg) Males 60-105 pounds (27-48 kg), Female: 55-75 pounds (25-34 kg)
Avg. Weight 55 - 90 pounds (25 - 51 kg) Male: 70 pounds (31.5 kg), Female: 65 pounds (29.5 kg) Males 82.5 pounds (37.5 kg), Female: 65 pounds (29.5 kg)
Height 23 - 28 inches (58 - 70 cm) Male: 24-26 inches (61-66 cm), Female: 22-24 inches (56-61 cm) Male: 26-28 inches (66-71 cm), Female: 23-26 inches (58-66 cm)
Avg. Height 23 - 28 inches (58 - 70 cm) Male: 25 inches (63.5 cm), Female: 23 inches (58.5 cm) Male: 27 inches (68.5 cm), Female: 24.5 inches (62 cm)

Hovawart vs Belgian Malinois vs Giant Schnauzer Hair & Care Comparison

Coat Silky Weather-resistant
Straight
Wiry
Colors Golden
Blonde
Black
Brindle
Cream
Fawn
Black
Pepper
Salt
Black
Grooming
Easy to groom: The Hovawart doesn't require a lot of grooming.
Average: The Belgian Malinois requires average grooming effort.
Average: The Giant Schnauzer requires average grooming effort.
Shedding Level
Hovawarts shed moderately.
Belgian Malinoiss shed moderately.
Giant Schnauzers shed none to minimal.

Hovawart vs Belgian Malinois vs Giant Schnauzer Characteristics Comparison

Temperament Watchful
Reserved
Devoted
Outright
Tempered
Active
Active
Alert
Confident
Friendly
Hard working
Protective
Stubborn
Watchful
Dominant
Kind
Powerful
Intelligent
Loyal
Strong
Willed
Intelligent Rank
Average: Hovawart's has average obedience intelligence.
Very smart: Belgian Malinois is an excellent dog breed.
Smart: Giant Schnauzer's has great intelligence.
Trainability
Hovawarts are easy to train.
Belgian Malinoiss are very easy to train.
Giant Schnauzers are easy to train.
Playfulness
Hovawarts, like any other dog breed, like playing.
The Belgian Malinois is a highly playful breed.
The Giant Schnauzer is a highly playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
Hovawarts have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Affection Level
Hovawarts are highly affectionate dogs.
Belgian Malinoiss may seem unfriendly sometimes due to their independence.
Giant Schnauzers are average dogs regarding their affection level.
Social Needs
Hovawarts are a social breed.
Belgian Malinoiss are a social breed.
Giant Schnauzers need for social interaction is average.
Barking
Low to Average: The Hovawart rarely barks.
Average to high: The Belgian Malinois is a vocal breed.
Average: The Giant Schnauzer barks occasionally.
Watchdog Ability
Hovawarts are one of the best watchdogs.
Belgian Malinoiss are one of the best watchdogs.
Giant Schnauzers are one of the best watchdogs.
Territorial
Hovawarts are extremely protective guard dogs.
Belgian Malinoiss strongly protect their territory.
Giant Schnauzers are extremely protective guard dogs.
Biting Potential Low
The Hovawart has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Belgian Malinois has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Giant Schnauzer has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Hovawarts have a low tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Belgian Malinoiss have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Giant Schnauzers have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Hovawarts tend to escape less than other breeds.
Wanderlust potential of the Belgian Malinois is strong enough to escape from home.
Wanderlust potential of the Giant Schnauzer is strong enough to escape from home.
Prey Drive
Hovawarts 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.
Belgian Malinoiss 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.
Giant Schnauzers have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Apartment Friendly
Hovawarts are not apartment-friendly dogs.
Belgian Malinoiss are not the best choice for an apartment lifestyle, but they don't mind being inside if you walk them several times every day.
Giant Schnauzers are not apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Hovawarts adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Belgian Malinoiss adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Giant Schnauzers adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Hovawarts 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.
Belgian Malinoiss 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.
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.

Hovawart vs Belgian Malinois vs Giant Schnauzer Good With Comparison

Stranger Friendly
Hovawarts are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Belgian Malinoiss are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Giant Schnauzers are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Hovawarts are kid-friendly dogs.
Belgian Malinoiss are kid-friendly dogs.
Giant Schnauzers are not the most kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Hovawarts are average friendly towards cats.
Belgian Malinoiss are average friendly towards cats.
Giant Schnauzers are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Hovawarts are dog-friendly dogs.
Belgian Malinoiss are average friendly towards other dogs.
Giant Schnauzers are not dog-friendly.
Office Friendly No
Hovawart is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Belgian Malinois is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Giant Schnauzer is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Hovawarts are usually recommended for elderly people.
Belgian Malinoiss are usually recommended for elderly people.
Giant Schnauzers are not the best breed for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Hovawarts are generally with other pets.
Belgian Malinoiss are generally with other pets.
Giant Schnauzers usually don’t get on well with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners Yes
Hovawarts are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
No
Belgian Malinoiss are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Giant Schnauzers 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.
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.
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
Hovawart breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Belgian Malinois breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Giant Schnauzer 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.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.

Hovawart vs Belgian Malinois vs Giant Schnauzer Health Factors Comparison

Health Issues
The Hovawart is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
The Belgian Malinois is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Giant Schnauzers are commonly healthy dogs.
Health Problems Hip Dysplasia
Underactive Thyroid
Elbow Dysplasia
Epilepsy
Eye Problems
Hip Dysplasia
Bloat
Cancer
Cataracts
Elbow Dysplasia
Glaucoma
Heart Problems
Hip Dysplasia
Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Retinal Dysplasia
Life Expectancy 10-14 years 12-14 years 10-12 years
Hypoallergenic No No Yes
Energy Level
Hovawarts have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Belgian Malinoiss are high energy dogs.
Giant Schnauzers are high energy dogs.
Exercise Need
Hovawarts have an average exercise need.
Belgian Malinoiss need a lot of exercises.
Giant Schnauzers need a lot of exercises.
Sleeping Need
Hovawarts sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Belgian Malinoiss don't need too much sleep.
Giant Schnauzers don't need too much sleep.
Avg. daily food consumption 3 to 4 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 2 to 3 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
Weight Gain Potential
Average.
Low to Average.
Average.
Weather & Climate Tolerates warm and cold weather. Tolerates warm and cold weather. Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Giant Schnauzer can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness Medium
The Hovawart has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Belgian Malinois has an average chance of bad smell.
Low
The Giant Schnauzer has a low chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Hovawart is a perfect example for low drooling tendency.
The Belgian Malinois is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Giant Schnauzer is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Hovawart vs Belgian Malinois vs Giant Schnauzer Reproducibility Comparison

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 6-8 puppies 6-10 puppies 5-8 puppies

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