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Kuvasz vs Central Asian Ovtcharka vs Bernese Mountain Dog – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Kuvasz vs Central Asian Ovtcharka vs Bernese Mountain Dog" Compare Kuvasz and Central Asian Ovtcharka. Which is better: Kuvasz or Central Asian Ovtcharka or Bernese Mountain Dog?
Name Kuvasz Central Asian Ovtcharka Bernese Mountain Dog
OriginsHungary Russia Switzerland
Group Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs) Guard Dogs Working Dogs
Popularity Rank15741425
Reviews011
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Other Names Hungarian Kuvasz Central Asian Shepherd, Central Asian Sheepdog, Central Asian Owtcharka, Central Asian Ovcharka, Central Asian Ovtcharka, Middle Asian Shepherd Dog, Middle Asian Shepherd, Middle Asian Sheepdog, Middle Asian Owtcharka, Middle Asian Ovcharka Sredneasiatskaia Ovtcharka, Alabai, Turkmen Alabai, Aziat, Volkadov, Wolf Crusher Berner Sennenhund, Bernese Cattle Dog, Berner
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1931 as a Working breed. Not recognized by the American Kennel Club. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1937 as a Working breed.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Sheepdogs and Cattledogs (except Swiss Cattledogs) group, in the Sheepdogs section. Not recognized by FCI. Recognized by FCI in the Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattledogs group, in the Swiss Mountain- and Cattledogs section.
Breed Recognition No set American Canine Registry America's Pet Registry Dog Registry of America Inc. Federation Cynologique Internationale North American Purebred Registry, Inc. American Canine Association, Inc. Australian National Kennel Council National Kennel Club United Kennel Club American Rare Breed Association Foundation Stock Service 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 Canadian Canine Registry
Price $500-$1200 $1200-$2500 $800-$1000

General Appearance - Kuvasz vs Central Asian Ovtcharka vs Bernese Mountain Dog

Size Giant Large Giant Large
Weight Male: 106-137 pounds (48-62 kg), Female: 82-110 pounds (37-50 kg) 121-176 pounds (55-80 kg) Male: 85-110 pounds (38–50 kg), Female: 80-105 pounds (36–48 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 121 pounds (40 kg), Female: 96 pounds (48,5 kg) 148.5 pounds (67.5 kg) Male: 97.5 pounds (38–50 kg), Female: 92.5 pounds (36–48 kg)
Height Male: 28-30 inches (71-76 cm), Female: 26-28 inches (66-71 cm) 27-32 inches (68.5-81 cm) Male: 24-28 inches (61–71 cm), Female: 23-27 inches (58–69 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 29 inches (73.5 cm), Female: 27 inches (68.5 cm) 29.5 inches (75 cm) Male: 26 inches (61–71 cm), Female: 25 inches (58–69 cm)

Hair & Care - Kuvasz vs Central Asian Ovtcharka vs Bernese Mountain Dog

Coat Dense Wavy Double Coarser Topcoat Moderately Harsh Slightly Stiff Finer Downy Undercoat Dense Thick Double Dense
Colors White White Black Fawn Brindle Grey Russet Straw Flecked White Black
Grooming
Effortless: The Kuvasz requires minimal grooming.
Easy to groom: The Central Asian Ovtcharka doesn't require a lot of grooming.
Average: The Bernese Mountain Dog requires average grooming effort.
Shedding Level
Kuvaszs shed above average.
Central Asian Ovtcharkas shed above average.
Bernese Mountain Dogs shed above average.

Characteristics - Kuvasz vs Central Asian Ovtcharka vs Bernese Mountain Dog

Temperament Clownish Intelligent Patient Independent Loyal Protective Brave Fearless Self-Confident Faithful Dependable Adaptable Curious Independent Bold Imperturbable Strong Affectionate Intelligent Faithful Loyal
Intelligent Rank
Average: Kuvasz's has average obedience intelligence.
Average: Central Asian Ovtcharka's has average obedience intelligence.
Very smart: Bernese Mountain Dog is an excellent dog breed.
Trainability
Kuvaszs aren't famous for their trainability.
Central Asian Ovtcharkas are hard to train.
Bernese Mountain Dogs are easy to train.
Playfulness
Kuvaszs, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Central Asian Ovtcharkas are not the most playful dog breed.
Bernese Mountain Dogs, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Sensitivity Level
Kuvaszs don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Affection Level
Kuvaszs are average dogs regarding their affection level.
Central Asian Ovtcharkas are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Bernese Mountain Dogs are average dogs regarding their affection level.
Social Needs
Kuvaszs need for social interaction is average.
Central Asian Ovtcharkas are a social breed.
Bernese Mountain Dogs need for social interaction is average.
Barking
Average: The Kuvasz barks occasionally.
Low to Average: The Central Asian Ovtcharka rarely barks.
Average: The Bernese Mountain Dog barks occasionally.
Watchdog Ability
Kuvaszs are one of the best watchdogs.
Central Asian Ovtcharkas are one of the best watchdogs.
Bernese Mountain Dogs are one of the best watchdogs.
Territorial
Kuvaszs are extremely protective guard dogs.
Central Asian Ovtcharkas are extremely protective guard dogs.
Bernese Mountain Dogs are extremely protective guard dogs.
Biting Potential Low
The Kuvasz has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Central Asian Ovtcharka has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Bernese Mountain Dog has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Kuvaszs have a low tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Central Asian Ovtcharkas have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Bernese Mountain Dogs have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Kuvaszs have average wanderlust potential.
Central Asian Ovtcharkas have average wanderlust potential.
Bernese Mountain Dogs have average wanderlust potential.
Prey Drive
Kuvaszs don't have an impulse to catch or chase small animals.
Central Asian Ovtcharkas 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.
Bernese Mountain Dogs have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
Apartment Friendly
Kuvaszs are not apartment-friendly dogs.
Central Asian Ovtcharkas are not apartment-friendly dogs.
Bernese Mountain Dogs are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Adaptability
Kuvaszs adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Central Asian Ovtcharkas adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
Bernese Mountain Dogs adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
Central Asian Ovtcharkas 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.

Good With - Kuvasz vs Central Asian Ovtcharka vs Bernese Mountain Dog

Stranger Friendly
Kuvaszs are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Central Asian Ovtcharkas are not stranger friendly dogs.
Bernese Mountain Dogs are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Kuvaszs are kid-friendly dogs.
Central Asian Ovtcharkas are kid-friendly dogs.
Bernese Mountain Dogs are kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Kuvaszs are average friendly towards cats.
Central Asian Ovtcharkas are average friendly towards cats.
Bernese Mountain Dogs are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Kuvaszs are average friendly towards other dogs.
Central Asian Ovtcharkas are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
Bernese Mountain Dogs are average friendly towards other dogs.
Office Friendly No
Kuvasz is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Central Asian Ovtcharka is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Bernese Mountain Dog is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Kuvaszs are usually recommended for elderly people.
Central Asian Ovtcharkas are usually recommended for elderly people.
Bernese Mountain Dogs are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Kuvaszs are generally with other pets.
Central Asian Ovtcharkas are generally with other pets.
Bernese Mountain Dogs are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners No
Kuvaszs are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Central Asian Ovtcharkas are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Bernese Mountain Dogs 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.
Yes
This breed makes good 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
Kuvasz breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Central Asian Ovtcharka breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Bernese Mountain Dog 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 - Kuvasz vs Central Asian Ovtcharka vs Bernese Mountain Dog

Health Issues
Kuvaszs are commonly healthy dogs.
Central Asian Ovtcharkas tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
Very healthy dog breed.
Health Problems Bloat Eye Diseases Hip Dysplasia Hypertrophic Osteodystrophy Osteochondrosis Thyroid Disorder Elbow Dysplasia Hip Dysplasia Bloat Cancer Elbow Dysplasia Hip Dysplasia Panosteitis Portosystemic Liver Shunt Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Von Willebrand's Disease
Life Expectancy 10-12 years 12-14 years 7-10 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
Kuvaszs have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Central Asian Ovtcharkas have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Bernese Mountain Dogs have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Exercise Need
Kuvaszs need a lot of exercises.
Central Asian Ovtcharkas need quite a lot of exercise.
Bernese Mountain Dogs have an average exercise need.
Sleeping Need
Kuvaszs are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Central Asian Ovtcharkas are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Bernese Mountain Dogs are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
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 6 to 8 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Average to High.
Average to High.
Average to High.
Weather & Climate Tolerates warm and cold weather. Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Central Asian Ovtcharka can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Prefers cold weather
The Bernese Mountain Dog can adapt well to harsh weather conditions, and also can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness Low
The Kuvasz has a low chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Central Asian Ovtcharka has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Bernese Mountain Dog has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Kuvasz is an average drooler.
The Central Asian Ovtcharka 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 Bernese Mountain 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.

Reproducibility - Kuvasz vs Central Asian Ovtcharka vs Bernese Mountain Dog

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 8-12 puppies 4-10 puppies 1-14 puppies, average 8

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