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Kuvasz vs Golden Retriever vs Leonberger Comparison - Dog breed selector: Hungarian Kuvasz or Yellow Retriever or Leo? Find the right dog for you

"Find similarities and differences between Kuvasz vs Golden Retriever vs Leonberger" Compare Kuvasz and Golden Retriever. Which is better: Kuvasz or Golden Retriever or Leonberger?
Name Kuvasz Golden Retriever Leonberger
OriginsHungary Scotland Germany
Group Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs) Gun Dog Working Dogs
Popularity Rank1573100
Reviews272
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Other Names Hungarian Kuvasz Yellow Retriever, Golden Flat Coat Leo, Gentle Lion, Gentle Giant, Leonbergi
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1931 as a Working breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1925 as a Sporting breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2010 as a Working breed.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Sheepdogs and Cattledogs (except Swiss Cattledogs) group, in the Sheepdogs section. Recognized by FCI in the Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs group, in the Retrievers section. Recognized by FCI in the Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattledogs group, in the Molossian type section.
Breed Recognition No data available 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
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.
Continental Kennel Club
National Kennel Club
New Zealand Kennel Club
Price $500-$1200 $1000-$2000 $1500-$2000

Kuvasz vs Golden Retriever vs Leonberger General Appearance Comparison

Size Giant Large Giant
Weight Male: 106-137 pounds (48-62 kg), Female: 82-110 pounds (37-50 kg) Male: 60-80 pounds (27-36 kg), Female: 55-70 pounds (25-32 kg) Male: 130-170 pounds (59-77 kg), Female: 100-130 pounds (45-59 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 121 pounds (40 kg), Female: 96 pounds (48,5 kg) Male: 70 pounds (31.5 kg), Female: 62.5 pounds (28.5 kg) Male: 150 pounds (68 kg), Female: 115 pounds (52 kg)
Height Male: 28-30 inches (71-76 cm), Female: 26-28 inches (66-71 cm) Male: 22-24 inches (56-61cm), Female: 20-22 inches (51-56 cm) Male: 29-31 inches (74-80 cm), Female: 27-29 inches (61-74 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 29 inches (73.5 cm), Female: 27 inches (68.5 cm) Male: 23 inches (58.5 cm), Female: 21 inches (53.5 cm) Male: 30 inches (77 cm), Female: 28 inches (67.5 cm)

Kuvasz vs Golden Retriever vs Leonberger Hair & Care Comparison

Coat Dense
Wavy
Double
Coarser Topcoat
Moderately Harsh
Slightly Stiff
Finer Downy Undercoat
Silky
Wavy
Shiny
Straight
Waterproof
Colors White Golden
Light
Red
Sandy
Reddish
Brown
Yellow
Mahogany
Grooming
Effortless: The Kuvasz requires minimal grooming.
Average: The Golden Retriever requires average grooming effort.
Average: The Leonberger requires average grooming effort.
Shedding Level
Kuvaszs shed above average.
Golden Retrievers shed moderately.
Leonbergers are heavy shedders.

Kuvasz vs Golden Retriever vs Leonberger Characteristics Comparison

Temperament Clownish
Intelligent
Patient
Independent
Loyal
Protective
Brave
Fearless
Self-Confident
Faithful
Dependable
Confident
Intelligent
Reliable
Friendly
Kind
Trustworthy
Adaptable
Fearless
Loyal
Companionable
Loving
Obedient
Intelligent Rank
Average: Kuvasz's has average obedience intelligence.
Outstanding: Golden Retriever is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Average: Leonberger's has average obedience intelligence.
Trainability
Kuvaszs aren't famous for their trainability.
Golden Retrievers are easy to train.
Leonbergers are quite easy to train.
Playfulness
Kuvaszs, like any other dog breed, like playing.
The Golden Retriever is a highly playful breed.
The Leonberger is a playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
Kuvaszs don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Golden Retrievers have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Affection Level
Kuvaszs are average dogs regarding their affection level.
Golden Retrievers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Leonbergers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Kuvaszs need for social interaction is average.
Golden Retrievers need a lot of social interaction.
Leonbergers need a lot of social interaction.
Barking
Average: The Kuvasz barks occasionally.
Low to Average: The Golden Retriever rarely barks.
Low: The Leonberger barks none to minimal.
Watchdog Ability
Kuvaszs are one of the best watchdogs.
Golden Retrievers are average watchdogs.
Leonbergers are one of the best watchdogs.
Territorial
Kuvaszs are extremely protective guard dogs.
Golden Retrievers are average defenders.
Leonbergers are extremely protective guard dogs.
Biting Potential Low
The Kuvasz has a low chance of biting somebody.
Moderate
The Golden Retriever has an average chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Leonberger has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Kuvaszs have a low tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Golden Retrievers have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Leonbergers have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Kuvaszs have average wanderlust potential.
Golden Retrievers tend to escape less than other breeds.
Leonbergers tend to escape less than other breeds.
Prey Drive
Kuvaszs don't have an impulse to catch or chase small animals.
Golden Retrievers 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.
Leonbergers have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Apartment Friendly
Kuvaszs are not apartment-friendly dogs.
Golden Retrievers are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Leonbergers are not apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Kuvaszs adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Golden Retrievers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Leonbergers 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.
Golden Retrievers tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Leonbergers tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
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.

Kuvasz vs Golden Retriever vs Leonberger Good With Comparison

Stranger Friendly
Kuvaszs are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Golden Retrievers are very stranger friendly dogs.
Leonbergers are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Kuvaszs are kid-friendly dogs.
Golden Retrievers are very kid-friendly dogs.
Leonbergers are very kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Kuvaszs are average friendly towards cats.
Golden Retrievers are cat-friendly dogs.
Leonbergers are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Kuvaszs are average friendly towards other dogs.
Golden Retrievers are very dog-friendly dogs.
Leonbergers are dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
Kuvasz is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Yes
Golden Retriever is one of the best dog breeds for office environment
No
Leonberger is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Kuvaszs are usually recommended for elderly people.
Golden Retrievers are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Leonbergers are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Kuvaszs are generally with other pets.
Golden Retrievers are usually friendly towards other pets.
Leonbergers are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners No
Kuvaszs are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Yes
Golden Retrievers are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
No
Leonbergers are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Yes
This breed makes good 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.
Yes
This breed makes a perfect 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.
Yes
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.
Yes
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.
Yes
Golden Retriever breed usually likes being on a boat.
Not really
Leonberger 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.
Yes
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.

Kuvasz vs Golden Retriever vs Leonberger Health Factors Comparison

Health Issues
Kuvaszs are commonly healthy dogs.
Golden Retrievers are commonly healthy dogs.
Leonbergers tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
Health Problems Bloat
Eye Diseases
Hip Dysplasia
Hypertrophic Osteodystrophy
Osteochondrosis
Thyroid Disorder
Allergies
Bloat
Cataracts
Elbow Dysplasia
Epilepsy
Hemangiosarcoma
Hip Dysplasia
Hypothyroidism
Osteochondrosis Dissecans
Osteosarcoma
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Subvalvular Aortic Stenosis
Von Willebrand's Disease
Addison's Disease
Bloat
Cancer
Ectropion
Elbow Dysplasia
Entropion
Eosinophilic Panosteitis
Hip Dysplasia
Inherited Polyneuropathy
Life Expectancy 10-12 years 10-12 years 8-10 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
Kuvaszs have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Golden Retrievers are high energy dogs.
Leonbergers have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Exercise Need
Kuvaszs need a lot of exercises.
Golden Retrievers need a lot of exercises.
Leonbergers need quite a lot of exercise.
Sleeping Need
Kuvaszs are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Golden Retrievers don't need too much sleep.
Leonbergers 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 3 to 4 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.
High: The Golden Retriever breed has a strong tendency to overweight.
Average to High.
Weather & Climate Tolerates warm and cold weather. Tolerates warm and cold weather. Prefers cold weather
The Leonberger 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 Golden Retriever has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Leonberger has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Kuvasz is an average drooler.
The Golden Retriever 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 Leonberger is an average drooler.

Kuvasz vs Golden Retriever vs Leonberger Reproducibility Comparison

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 5-10 puppies 6-8 puppies

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