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Hovawart vs East-European Shepherd vs Doberman Pinscher – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Hovawart vs East-European Shepherd vs Doberman Pinscher" Compare Hovawart and East-European Shepherd. Which is better: Hovawart or East-European Shepherd or Doberman Pinscher?
Name Hovawart East-European Shepherd Doberman Pinscher
OriginsGermany Russia Belarus Germany
Group Guard Dogs Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs) Working Dogs
Popularity Rank37538516
Reviews112
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Other Names Hovie Byelorussian Ovcharka, Vostochnoevropejskaya Ovcharka, VEO Dobie, Dobermann, Dobynm, Doberman
Breed Type Purebred Cross Breed Purebred
AKC Group Not recognized by the American Kennel Club. Not recognized by the American Kennel Club. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1908 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. 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 New Zealand Kennel Club United Kennel Club Canadian Canine Registry
Price $1000-$1200 $800-$1000 $800-$1000

General Appearance - Hovawart vs East-European Shepherd vs Doberman Pinscher

Size Large Giant Large Medium
Weight 55 - 90 pounds (25 - 51 kg) Male: 77–132 pounds (35–60 kg), Female: 66–110 pounds (30–50 kg) Male: 88-99 pounds (40-45 kg), Female: 71-77 pounds (32-35 kg)
Avg. Weight 55 - 90 pounds (25 - 51 kg) Male: 77–132 pounds (35–60 kg), Female: 66–110 pounds (30–50 kg) Male: 93.5 pounds (42.5 kg), Female: 74 pounds (33.5 kg)
Height 23 - 28 inches (58 - 70 cm) Male: 26-30 inches (66-76 cm), Female: 24-28 inches (61-72 cm) Male: 26-28 inches (66-71cm), Female: 24-26 inches (61-66 cm)
Avg. Height 23 - 28 inches (58 - 70 cm) Male: 28 inches (71 cm), Female: 26 inches (66.5 cm) Male: 27 inches (68.5 cm), Female: 25 inches (63.5 cm)

Hair & Care - Hovawart vs East-European Shepherd vs Doberman Pinscher

Coat Silky Dense Fine
Colors Golden Blonde Black Blue Tan White Black Blue Red Tan Brown White Black
Grooming
Easy to groom: The Hovawart doesn't require a lot of grooming.
Average: The East-European Shepherd requires average grooming effort.
Easy to groom: The Doberman Pinscher doesn't require a lot of grooming.
Shedding Level
Hovawarts shed moderately.
East-European Shepherds shed moderately.
Doberman Pinschers shed moderately.

Characteristics - Hovawart vs East-European Shepherd vs Doberman Pinscher

Temperament Watchful Reserved Devoted Outright Tempered Active Aggressive Loyal Protective Intelligent Playful Alert Fearless Loyal Energetic Intelligent Obedient
Intelligent Rank
Average: Hovawart's has average obedience intelligence.
Average: East-European Shepherd's has average obedience intelligence.
Outstanding: Doberman Pinscher is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Trainability
Hovawarts are easy to train.
East-European Shepherds are quite easy to train.
Doberman Pinschers are quite easy to train.
Playfulness
Hovawarts, like any other dog breed, like playing.
East-European Shepherds, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Doberman Pinschers, like any other dog breed, like playing.
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.
Doberman Pinschers don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Affection Level
Hovawarts are highly affectionate dogs.
East-European Shepherds are highly affectionate dogs.
Doberman Pinschers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Hovawarts are a social breed.
East-European Shepherds need a lot of social interaction.
Doberman Pinschers need for social interaction is average.
Barking
Low to Average: The Hovawart rarely barks.
Average: The East-European Shepherd barks occasionally.
Low to Average: The Doberman Pinscher rarely barks.
Watchdog Ability
Hovawarts are one of the best watchdogs.
East-European Shepherds are one of the best watchdogs.
Doberman Pinschers are one of the best watchdogs.
Territorial
Hovawarts are extremely protective guard dogs.
East-European Shepherds are extremely protective guard dogs.
Doberman Pinschers are extremely protective guard dogs.
Biting Potential Low
The Hovawart has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The East-European Shepherd has a low chance of biting somebody.
Moderate
The Doberman Pinscher has an average chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Hovawarts have a low tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
East-European Shepherds have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Doberman Pinschers 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.
East-European Shepherds tend to escape less than other breeds.
Doberman Pinschers tend to escape less than other breeds.
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.
East-European Shepherds have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Doberman Pinschers don't have an impulse to catch or chase small animals.
Apartment Friendly
Hovawarts are not apartment-friendly dogs.
East-European Shepherds are not the best choice for an apartment lifestyle, but they don't mind being inside if you walk them several times every day.
Doberman Pinschers are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Hovawarts adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
East-European Shepherds adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
Doberman Pinschers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all 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.
East-European Shepherds tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
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.
Yes
In history, this breed was unfortunately used for combat dog.

Good With - Hovawart vs East-European Shepherd vs Doberman Pinscher

Stranger Friendly
Hovawarts are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
East-European Shepherds are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Doberman Pinschers are not stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Hovawarts are kid-friendly dogs.
East-European Shepherds are average friendly dogs towards children.
Doberman Pinschers are average friendly dogs towards children.
Cat Friendly
Hovawarts are average friendly towards cats.
East-European Shepherds are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
Doberman Pinschers are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Hovawarts are dog-friendly dogs.
East-European Shepherds are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
Doberman Pinschers are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
Hovawart is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
East-European Shepherd is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Doberman Pinscher is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Hovawarts are usually recommended for elderly people.
East-European Shepherds are commonly okay with elderly people.
Doberman Pinschers are commonly okay with elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Hovawarts are generally with other pets.
East-European Shepherds usually don’t get on well with other pets.
Doberman Pinschers are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners Yes
Hovawarts are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
No
East-European Shepherds are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Doberman Pinschers 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
East-European Shepherd breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Doberman Pinscher 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 East-European Shepherd vs Doberman Pinscher

Health Issues
The Hovawart is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
East-European Shepherds tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
Doberman Pinschers are commonly healthy dogs.
Health Problems Hip Dysplasia Underactive Thyroid No set Cardiomyopathy Hip Dysplasia Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Von Willebrand's Disease Wobbler's Syndrome
Life Expectancy 10-14 years 10-14 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.
East-European Shepherds have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Doberman Pinschers have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Exercise Need
Hovawarts have an average exercise need.
East-European Shepherds have an average exercise need.
Doberman Pinschers need quite a lot of exercise.
Sleeping Need
Hovawarts sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
East-European Shepherds sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Doberman Pinschers sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Avg. daily food consumption 3 to 4 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. 5 to 6 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. Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The East-European Shepherd can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Prefers warm weather
Stinkiness Medium
The Hovawart has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The East-European Shepherd has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Doberman Pinscher has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Hovawart is a perfect example for low drooling tendency.
The East-European Shepherd drools quite a lot, so if you dislike being covered by slobber spots on your clothes, you may want to choose another dog breed.
The Doberman Pinscher drools quite a lot, so if you dislike being covered by slobber spots on your clothes, you may want to choose another dog breed.

Reproducibility - Hovawart vs East-European Shepherd vs Doberman Pinscher

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 4-10 puppies 6-10 puppies

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