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King Shepherd vs Pyrenean Mastiff vs Caucasian Ovcharka – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between King Shepherd vs Pyrenean Mastiff vs Caucasian Ovcharka" Compare King Shepherd and Pyrenean Mastiff. Which is better: King Shepherd or Pyrenean Mastiff or Caucasian Ovcharka?
Name King Shepherd Pyrenean Mastiff Caucasian Ovcharka
OriginsUnited States Spain Armenia Russia Georgia Azerbaijan
Group Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs) Guard Dogs Guard Dogs
Popularity Rank193330508
Reviews002
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Other Names King Shepherd Dog Perro Mastin del Pireneo, Mastin d'Aragon, Mastín del Pirineo, Mostín d'o Pireneu Caucasian Ovcharka, Caucasian Mountain Dog, Caucasian Sheepdog, Kawkasky Owtscharka, Kaukasische Schaferhund
Breed Type Cross Breed Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Not recognized by the American Kennel Club. Not recognized by the American Kennel Club. 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. Not recognized by FCI.
Breed Recognition American Rare Breed Association America's Pet Registry Dog Registry of America Inc. Dog Registry of America Inc. Foundation Stock Service American Canine Association, Inc. American Canine Registry America's Pet Registry Continental Kennel Club Dog Registry of America Inc. Federation Cynologique Internationale Foundation Stock Service National Kennel Club North American Purebred Registry, Inc. American Canine Association, Inc.
Price $1500-$2500 $900-$1000 $1500-$2500

General Appearance - King Shepherd vs Pyrenean Mastiff vs Caucasian Ovcharka

Size Giant Giant Giant
Weight 90-150 pounds (41-69 kg) Male: 178-200 pounds (81-90 kg), Female: 200-220 pounds (90-100 kg) 99-154 pounds (45-70 kg)
Avg. Weight 120 pounds (55 kg) Male: 190 pounds (85 kg), Female: 210 pounds (95 kg) 126.5 pounds (57.5 kg)
Height 25-29 inches (64-74 cm) Male: 29.5-31 inches (75-80 cm), Female: 26-28.5 inches (68-73 cm) 25-28 inches (64-72 cm)
Avg. Height 27 inches (69 cm) Male: 30 inches (77 cm), Female: 28 inches (71 cm) 26.5 inches (68 cm)

Hair & Care - King Shepherd vs Pyrenean Mastiff vs Caucasian Ovcharka

Coat Weather-resistant Fluffy Thick Dense Dense Thick Double
Colors Cream White Tan Sable Black White Spotted Brown Grey Black Black Cream Gray Silver White Yellow
Grooming
Easy to groom: The King Shepherd doesn't require a lot of grooming.
Advanced: The Pyrenean Mastiff requires a lot of grooming.
Easy to groom: The Caucasian Ovcharka doesn't require a lot of grooming.
Shedding Level
King Shepherds shed moderately.
Pyrenean Mastiffs are heavy shedders.
Caucasian Ovcharkas shed moderately.

Characteristics - King Shepherd vs Pyrenean Mastiff vs Caucasian Ovcharka

Temperament Courageous Intelligent Protective Gentle Loving Affectionate Loyal Gentle Brave Noble Docile Protective Dominant Alert Calm Powerful Quick
Intelligent Rank
Average: King Shepherd's has average obedience intelligence.
Very smart: Pyrenean Mastiff is an excellent dog breed.
Average: Caucasian Ovcharka's has average obedience intelligence.
Trainability
King Shepherds are hard to train.
Pyrenean Mastiffs are quite easy to train.
Caucasian Ovcharkas are quite easy to train.
Playfulness
King Shepherds, like any other dog breed, like playing.
The Pyrenean Mastiff is a highly playful breed.
The Caucasian Ovcharka is a playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
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.
Caucasian Ovcharkas are less sensitive than other dog breeds.
Affection Level
King Shepherds are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Pyrenean Mastiffs are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Caucasian Ovcharkas are highly affectionate dogs.
Social Needs
King Shepherds are a social breed.
Pyrenean Mastiffs need for social interaction is average.
Caucasian Ovcharkas need for social interaction is average.
Barking
Low to Average: The King Shepherd rarely barks.
Low to Average: The Pyrenean Mastiff rarely barks.
Average to high: The Caucasian Ovcharka is a vocal breed.
Watchdog Ability
King Shepherds are one of the best watchdogs.
Pyrenean Mastiffs are one of the best watchdogs.
Caucasian Ovcharkas are one of the best watchdogs.
Territorial
King Shepherds are extremely protective guard dogs.
Pyrenean Mastiffs are extremely protective guard dogs.
Caucasian Ovcharkas are extremely protective guard dogs.
Biting Potential Low
The King Shepherd has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Pyrenean Mastiff has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Caucasian Ovcharka has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
King Shepherds have a higher 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.
Caucasian Ovcharkas have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
King Shepherds have average wanderlust potential.
Pyrenean Mastiffs have average wanderlust potential.
Caucasian Ovcharkas tend to escape less than other breeds.
Prey Drive
King Shepherds have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
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.
Caucasian Ovcharkas 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
King Shepherds are not apartment-friendly dogs.
Pyrenean Mastiffs are not apartment-friendly dogs.
Caucasian Ovcharkas are not the best choice for an apartment lifestyle, but they don't mind being inside if you walk them several times every day.
Adaptability
King Shepherds adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Pyrenean Mastiffs adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Caucasian Ovcharkas adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
King Shepherds 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.
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 - King Shepherd vs Pyrenean Mastiff vs Caucasian Ovcharka

Stranger Friendly
King Shepherds are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Pyrenean Mastiffs are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Caucasian Ovcharkas are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
King Shepherds are kid-friendly dogs.
Pyrenean Mastiffs are very kid-friendly dogs.
Caucasian Ovcharkas are kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
King Shepherds are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
Pyrenean Mastiffs are average friendly towards cats.
Caucasian Ovcharkas are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
King Shepherds are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
Pyrenean Mastiffs are very dog-friendly dogs.
Caucasian Ovcharkas are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
King Shepherd is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Pyrenean Mastiff is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Caucasian Ovcharka is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
King Shepherds are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pyrenean Mastiffs are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Caucasian Ovcharkas are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
King Shepherds usually don’t get on well with other pets.
Pyrenean Mastiffs are generally with other pets.
Caucasian Ovcharkas are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners No
King Shepherds 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.
Yes
Caucasian Ovcharkas are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going 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
King Shepherd breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Pyrenean Mastiff breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Caucasian Ovcharka breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog 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.
Yes
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.

Health Factors - King Shepherd vs Pyrenean Mastiff vs Caucasian Ovcharka

Health Issues
King Shepherds tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
Very healthy dog breed.
Caucasian Ovcharkas tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
Health Problems Hip Dysplasia Bloat Ectropion Elbow Dysplasia Entropion Hip Dysplasia Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Joint Dysplasia
Life Expectancy 10-13 years 8-12 years 10-12 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
King Shepherds have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Pyrenean Mastiffs have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Caucasian Ovcharkas have a lower energy level than other dogs.
Exercise Need
King Shepherds need quite a lot of exercise.
Pyrenean Mastiffs exercise need is minimal.
Caucasian Ovcharkas exercise need is minimal.
Sleeping Need
King Shepherds are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Pyrenean Mastiffs sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Caucasian Ovcharkas like sleeping so they do sleep a lot.
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 4 to 7 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Average to High.
High: The Pyrenean Mastiff breed has a strong tendency to overweight.
Average to High.
Weather & Climate Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The King Shepherd can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even 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.
Prefers cold weather
The Caucasian Ovcharka can adapt well to harsh weather conditions, and also can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness Medium
The King Shepherd has an average chance of bad smell.
High
The Pyrenean Mastiff has a high chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Caucasian Ovcharka has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The King Shepherd is an average drooler.
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.
The Caucasian Ovcharka 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 - King Shepherd vs Pyrenean Mastiff vs Caucasian Ovcharka

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 6-10 puppies 1-10 puppies, average 5 5-10 puppies

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