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

"Find similarities and differences between Kangal Dog vs Great Pyrenees vs Pyrenean Mastiff" Compare Kangal Dog and Great Pyrenees. Which is better: Kangal Dog or Great Pyrenees or Pyrenean Mastiff?
Name Kangal Dog Great Pyrenees Pyrenean Mastiff
OriginsTurkey Spain France Spain
Group Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs) Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs) Guard Dogs
Popularity Rank49266330
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Other Names Kangal Çoban Köpegi, Kangal Shepherd Dog, Sivas Kangal, Turkish Kangal 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
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Not recognized by the American Kennel Club. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1933 as a Working breed. Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group Not recognized by FCI. 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
America's Pet Registry
Continental Kennel Club
Dog Registry of America Inc.
National Kennel Club
United Kennel Club
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
Dog Registry of America Inc.
Foundation Stock Service
American Canine Association, Inc.
Price $600-$800 $500-$600 $900-$1000

General Appearance - Kangal Dog vs Great Pyrenees vs Pyrenean Mastiff

Size Giant Giant Giant
Weight Male: 110-145 pounds (50-66 kg), Female: 90-120 pounds (41-54 kg) 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)
Avg. Weight Male: 127.5 pounds (58 kg), Female: 105 pounds (47.5 kg) Male: from 100 pounds (45 kg), Female: from 85 pounds (38 kg) Male: 190 pounds (85 kg), Female: 210 pounds (95 kg)
Height Male: 30-32 inches (77-86 cm), Female: 28-30 inches (72-77 cm) 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)
Avg. Height Male: 31 inches (81.5 cm), Female: 29 inches (74.5 cm) Male: 29.5 inches (75 cm), Female: 27 inches (68.5 cm) Male: 30 inches (77 cm), Female: 28 inches (71 cm)

Hair & Care - Kangal Dog vs Great Pyrenees vs Pyrenean Mastiff

Coat Double
Dense
Dense
Double
Dense
Colors Gray
Cream
Black
White White
Spotted
Brown
Grey
Black
Grooming
Average: The Kangal Dog requires average grooming effort.
Average: The Great Pyrenees requires average grooming effort.
Advanced: The Pyrenean Mastiff requires a lot of grooming.
Shedding Level
Kangal Dogs are heavy shedders.
Great Pyreneess shed above average.
Pyrenean Mastiffs are heavy shedders.

Characteristics - Kangal Dog vs Great Pyrenees vs Pyrenean Mastiff

Temperament Alert
Independent
Selfish
Controlled
Calm
Protective
Sensitive
Affectionate
Fearless
Patient
Confident
Gentle
Strong
Willed
Gentle
Brave
Noble
Docile
Protective
Intelligent Rank
Average: Kangal Dog's has average obedience intelligence.
Average: Great Pyrenees's has average obedience intelligence.
Very smart: Pyrenean Mastiff is an excellent dog breed.
Trainability
Kangal Dogs are quite easy to train.
Great Pyreneess are easy to train.
Pyrenean Mastiffs are quite easy to train.
Playfulness
Kangal Dogs, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Great Pyreneess are not the most playful dog breed.
The Pyrenean Mastiff is a highly playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
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.
Affection Level
Kangal Dogs are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Great Pyreneess are average dogs regarding their affection level.
Pyrenean Mastiffs are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Kangal Dogs are known to be antisocial.
Great Pyreneess are a social breed.
Pyrenean Mastiffs need for social interaction is average.
Barking
Low to Average: The Kangal Dog rarely barks.
Average to high: The Great Pyrenees is a vocal breed.
Low to Average: The Pyrenean Mastiff rarely barks.
Watchdog Ability
Kangal Dogs are one of the best watchdogs.
Great Pyreneess are one of the best watchdogs.
Pyrenean Mastiffs are one of the best watchdogs.
Territorial
Kangal Dogs are extremely protective guard dogs.
Great Pyreneess strongly protect their territory.
Pyrenean Mastiffs are extremely protective guard dogs.
Biting Potential Low
The Kangal Dog has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Great Pyrenees has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Pyrenean Mastiff has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Kangal Dogs have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
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.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Kangal Dogs have average wanderlust potential.
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.
Prey Drive
Kangal Dogs 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.
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.
Apartment Friendly
Kangal Dogs are not apartment-friendly dogs.
Great Pyreneess are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Pyrenean Mastiffs are not apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Kangal Dogs adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Great Pyreneess adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
Pyrenean Mastiffs adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Kangal Dogs love being alone, they need their own free time.
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.
Fighting Dog Yes
In history, this breed was unfortunately 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 - Kangal Dog vs Great Pyrenees vs Pyrenean Mastiff

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

Health Issues
The Kangal Dog is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Great Pyreneess are commonly healthy dogs.
Very healthy dog breed.
Health Problems Fatty Tumors 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)
Life Expectancy 12-15 years 10-12 years 8-12 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
Kangal Dogs have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Great Pyreneess have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Pyrenean Mastiffs have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Exercise Need
Kangal Dogs have an average exercise need.
Great Pyreneess have an average exercise need.
Pyrenean Mastiffs exercise need is minimal.
Sleeping Need
Kangal Dogs sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
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.
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 8 to 10 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals
Weight Gain Potential
Average to High.
Average to High.
High: The Pyrenean Mastiff breed has a strong tendency to overweight.
Weather & Climate Tolerates warm and cold weather. 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.
Stinkiness Medium
The Kangal Dog has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Great Pyrenees has an average chance of bad smell.
High
The Pyrenean Mastiff has a high chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Kangal Dog 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 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.

Reproducibility - Kangal Dog vs Great Pyrenees vs Pyrenean Mastiff

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 6-9 puppies 1-10 puppies, average 5

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