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Hovawart vs Catahoula Leopard Dog vs Briard – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Hovawart vs Catahoula Leopard Dog vs Briard" Compare Hovawart and Catahoula Leopard Dog. Which is better: Hovawart or Catahoula Leopard Dog or Briard?
Name Hovawart Catahoula Leopard Dog Briard
OriginsGermany United States France
Group Guard Dogs Working Dogs Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs)
Popularity Rank375393127
Reviews120
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Other Names Hovie Catahoula Hog Dog, Catahoula Cur, Catahoula Hound Berger De Brie, Berger Briard
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Not recognized by the American Kennel Club. Not recognized by the American Kennel Club. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1928 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. Not recognized by FCI. Recognized by FCI in the Sheepdogs and Cattledogs (except Swiss Cattledogs) group, in the Sheepdogs 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 America's Pet Registry Dog Registry of America Inc. North American Purebred Registry, Inc. American Canine Association, Inc. United Kennel Club Animal Research Foundation American Rare Breed Association Foundation Stock Service No set
Price $1000-$1200 $300-$500 $1000-$1200

General Appearance - Hovawart vs Catahoula Leopard Dog vs Briard

Size Large Giant Large Medium Large
Weight 55 - 90 pounds (25 - 51 kg) 55-80 pounds (16-37 kg) 75 pounds (35 kg)
Avg. Weight 55 - 90 pounds (25 - 51 kg) 67.5 pounds (26.5 kg) 75 pounds (35 kg)
Height 23 - 28 inches (58 - 70 cm) Male: 22-26 inches (56-58 cm), Female: 20-24 inches (51-61 cm) Male: 24-27 inches (62-68 cm), Female: 22-25 inches (56-64 cm)
Avg. Height 23 - 28 inches (58 - 70 cm) Male: 24 inches (57 cm), Female: 22 inches (56 cm) Male: 25.5 inches (65 cm), Female: 23.5 inches (60 cm)

Hair & Care - Hovawart vs Catahoula Leopard Dog vs Briard

Coat Silky Smooth Fine
Colors Golden Blonde Black Blue Brown Red Tricolor Tan Brindle Gray Silver Black Tawny Gray Black
Grooming
Easy to groom: The Hovawart doesn't require a lot of grooming.
Effortless: The Catahoula Leopard Dog requires minimal grooming.
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Shedding Level
Hovawarts shed moderately.
Catahoula Leopard Dogs are low shedders.
Briards shed moderately.

Characteristics - Hovawart vs Catahoula Leopard Dog vs Briard

Temperament Watchful Reserved Devoted Outright Tempered Active Alert Energetic Independent Loving Protective Courageous Gentle Intelligent Loyal Faithful Intelligent Obedient Fearless Loyal Protective
Intelligent Rank
Average: Hovawart's has average obedience intelligence.
Average: Catahoula Leopard Dog's has average obedience intelligence.
Smart: Briard's has great intelligence.
Trainability
Hovawarts are easy to train.
Catahoula Leopard Dogs are quite easy to train.
Briards are easy to train.
Playfulness
Hovawarts, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Catahoula Leopard Dogs, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Briards, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Sensitivity Level
Hovawarts have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
Catahoula Leopard Dogs are less sensitive than other dog breeds.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Affection Level
Hovawarts are highly affectionate dogs.
Catahoula Leopard Dogs are highly affectionate dogs.
Briards are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Hovawarts are a social breed.
Catahoula Leopard Dogs need for social interaction is average.
Briards are a social breed.
Barking
Low to Average: The Hovawart rarely barks.
Low to Average: The Catahoula Leopard Dog rarely barks.
Average: The Briard barks occasionally.
Watchdog Ability
Hovawarts are one of the best watchdogs.
Catahoula Leopard Dogs are one of the best watchdogs.
Briards are one of the best watchdogs.
Territorial
Hovawarts are extremely protective guard dogs.
Catahoula Leopard Dogs are extremely protective guard dogs.
Briards are extremely protective guard dogs.
Biting Potential Low
The Hovawart has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Catahoula Leopard Dog has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Briard has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Hovawarts have a low tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Catahoula Leopard Dogs have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Briards have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Hovawarts tend to escape less than other breeds.
Catahoula Leopard Dogs have average wanderlust potential.
Briards have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
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.
Catahoula Leopard Dogs don't have an impulse to catch or chase small animals.
Briards 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
Hovawarts are not apartment-friendly dogs.
Catahoula Leopard Dogs are not apartment-friendly dogs.
Briards are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Adaptability
Hovawarts adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Catahoula Leopard Dogs adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Briards adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
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.
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
Briards 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 - Hovawart vs Catahoula Leopard Dog vs Briard

Stranger Friendly
Hovawarts are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Catahoula Leopard Dogs are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Briards are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Hovawarts are kid-friendly dogs.
Catahoula Leopard Dogs are kid-friendly dogs.
Briards are kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Hovawarts are average friendly towards cats.
Catahoula Leopard Dogs are average friendly towards cats.
Briards are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Hovawarts are dog-friendly dogs.
Catahoula Leopard Dogs are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
Briards are average friendly towards other dogs.
Office Friendly No
Hovawart is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Catahoula Leopard Dog is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Briard is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Hovawarts are usually recommended for elderly people.
Catahoula Leopard Dogs are usually recommended for elderly people.
Briards are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Hovawarts are generally with other pets.
Catahoula Leopard Dogs are generally with other pets.
Briards are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners Yes
Hovawarts are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Yes
Catahoula Leopard Dogs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
No
Briards 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
Hovawart breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Catahoula Leopard Dog breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Briard 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.

Health Factors - Hovawart vs Catahoula Leopard Dog vs Briard

Health Issues
The Hovawart is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
The Catahoula Leopard Dog is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
The Briard is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems Hip Dysplasia Underactive Thyroid Bloat Deafness Hip Dysplasia No set
Life Expectancy 10-14 years 11-13 years 10-12 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
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.
Catahoula Leopard Dogs have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Briards have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Exercise Need
Hovawarts have an average exercise need.
Catahoula Leopard Dogs need a lot of exercises.
Briards 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.
Catahoula Leopard Dogs are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Briards are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Avg. daily food consumption 3 to 4 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 3 to 4.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 4 to 7 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Average.
Average.
Average.
Weather & Climate Tolerates warm and cold weather. Tolerates warm and cold weather. Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Briard 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 Catahoula Leopard Dog has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Briard has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Hovawart is a perfect example for low drooling tendency.
The Catahoula Leopard Dog is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Briard is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Hovawart vs Catahoula Leopard Dog vs Briard

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 8-12 puppies 8-10 puppies

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