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Kuvasz vs Maremma Sheepdog vs Great Pyrenees – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Kuvasz vs Maremma Sheepdog vs Great Pyrenees" Compare Kuvasz and Maremma Sheepdog. Which is better: Kuvasz or Maremma Sheepdog or Great Pyrenees?
Name Kuvasz Maremma Sheepdog Great Pyrenees
OriginsHungary Italy Spain France
Group Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs) Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs) Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs)
Popularity Rank15739866
Reviews241
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Other Names Hungarian Kuvasz Cane da Pastore, Maremmano-Abruzzese, Pastore Abruzzese, Pastore Maremmano, Abruzzo Sheepdog, Abruzzese Sheepdog, Maremma, Maremmano Great Pyrenees, Patou, Chien Des Pyrénées, Chien De Montagne Des Pyrénées, Montañés Del Pirineo, Gos De Muntanya Dels Pirineus
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 1933 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 Sheepdogs and Cattledogs (except Swiss Cattledogs) group, in the Sheepdogs section. Recognized by FCI in the Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattledogs group, in the Molossian type section.
Breed Recognition No set American Canine Registry
America's Pet Registry
Continental Kennel Club
Dog Registry of America Inc.
Federation Cynologique Internationale
Kennel Club of Great Britain
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.
Australian National Kennel Council
Continental Kennel Club
National Kennel Club
New Zealand Kennel Club
United Kennel Club
Price $500-$1200 $600-$800 $500-$600

General Appearance - Kuvasz vs Maremma Sheepdog vs Great Pyrenees

Size Giant Large Giant
Weight Male: 106-137 pounds (48-62 kg), Female: 82-110 pounds (37-50 kg) Male: 80 - 95 pounds (36 - 43 kg), Female: 70 - 85 pounds (32 - 38 kg) Male: from 100 pounds (45 kg), Female: from 85 pounds (38 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 121 pounds (40 kg), Female: 96 pounds (48,5 kg) Male: 85 pounds (38.5 kg), Female: 70 pounds (31.5 kg) Male: from 100 pounds (45 kg), Female: from 85 pounds (38 kg)
Height Male: 28-30 inches (71-76 cm), Female: 26-28 inches (66-71 cm) 24-29 inches (60-73 cm) Male: 27-32 inches (69-81 cm), Female: 25-29 inches (63-74 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 29 inches (73.5 cm), Female: 27 inches (68.5 cm) 26.5 inches (66.5 cm) Male: 29.5 inches (75 cm), Female: 27 inches (68.5 cm)

Hair & Care - Kuvasz vs Maremma Sheepdog vs Great Pyrenees

Coat Dense
Wavy
Double
Coarser Topcoat
Moderately Harsh
Slightly Stiff
Finer Downy Undercoat
Rough
Thick
Double
Dense
Double
Colors White White
Yellow
White
Grooming
Effortless: The Kuvasz requires minimal grooming.
Average: The Maremma Sheepdog requires average grooming effort.
Average: The Great Pyrenees requires average grooming effort.
Shedding Level
Kuvaszs shed above average.
Maremma Sheepdogs shed moderately.
Great Pyreneess shed above average.

Characteristics - Kuvasz vs Maremma Sheepdog vs Great Pyrenees

Temperament Clownish
Intelligent
Patient
Independent
Loyal
Protective
Brave
Fearless
Self-Confident
Faithful
Dependable
Alert
Dignified
Intelligent
Determined
Friendly
Loyal
Affectionate
Fearless
Patient
Confident
Gentle
Strong
Willed
Intelligent Rank
Average: Kuvasz's has average obedience intelligence.
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
Average: Great Pyrenees's has average obedience intelligence.
Trainability
Kuvaszs aren't famous for their trainability.
Maremma Sheepdogs are quite easy to train.
Great Pyreneess are easy to train.
Playfulness
Kuvaszs, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Maremma Sheepdogs, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Great Pyreneess are not the most playful dog breed.
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.
Maremma Sheepdogs are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Great Pyreneess are average dogs regarding their affection level.
Social Needs
Kuvaszs need for social interaction is average.
Maremma Sheepdogs are a social breed.
Great Pyreneess are a social breed.
Barking
Average: The Kuvasz barks occasionally.
Low to Average: The Maremma Sheepdog rarely barks.
Average to high: The Great Pyrenees is a vocal breed.
Watchdog Ability
Kuvaszs are one of the best watchdogs.
Maremma Sheepdogs are good watchdogs.
Great Pyreneess are one of the best watchdogs.
Territorial
Kuvaszs are extremely protective guard dogs.
Maremma Sheepdogs strongly protect their territory.
Great Pyreneess strongly protect their territory.
Biting Potential Low
The Kuvasz has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Maremma Sheepdog has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Great Pyrenees has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Kuvaszs have a low tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Maremma Sheepdogs have lower than 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.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Kuvaszs have average wanderlust potential.
Maremma Sheepdogs are not the biggest explorers.
Great Pyreneess have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
Prey Drive
Kuvaszs don't have an impulse to catch or chase small animals.
Maremma Sheepdogs don't have an impulse to catch or chase small animals.
Great Pyreneess have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
Apartment Friendly
Kuvaszs are not apartment-friendly dogs.
Maremma Sheepdogs are not the best choice for an apartment lifestyle, but they don't mind being inside if you walk them several times every day.
Great Pyreneess are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Adaptability
Kuvaszs adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Maremma Sheepdogs adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Great Pyreneess adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
Maremma Sheepdogs 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.
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.
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 Maremma Sheepdog vs Great Pyrenees

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

Health Issues
Kuvaszs are commonly healthy dogs.
The Maremma Sheepdog is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Great Pyreneess are commonly healthy dogs.
Health Problems Bloat
Eye Diseases
Hip Dysplasia
Hypertrophic Osteodystrophy
Osteochondrosis
Thyroid Disorder
Bloat
Drug Sensitivity
Hip Dysplasia
Obesity
Vaccination Sensitivity
Addison's Disease
Bloat
Cataracts
Drug Sensitivity
Elbow Dysplasia
Entropion
Hip Dysplasia
Patellar Luxation
Life Expectancy 10-12 years 11-13 years 10-12 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
Kuvaszs have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Maremma Sheepdogs 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.
Exercise Need
Kuvaszs need a lot of exercises.
Maremma Sheepdogs have an average exercise need.
Great Pyreneess have an average exercise need.
Sleeping Need
Kuvaszs are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Maremma Sheepdogs 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.
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 Maremma Sheepdog 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 Great Pyrenees 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 Maremma Sheepdog has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Great Pyrenees has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Kuvasz is an average drooler.
The Maremma Sheepdog is an average drooler.
The Great Pyrenees is a perfect example for low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Kuvasz vs Maremma Sheepdog vs Great Pyrenees

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 5-9 puppies 6-9 puppies

Rate This Comparsion - Kuvasz vs Maremma Sheepdog vs Great Pyrenees

Reviews

  • Edit Sara

    Feb 8, 2020, 11:04:24 AM:

    I find the kuvasz is the most reliable dog in every way.

  • Levi

    Apr 29, 2020, 6:12:43 AM:

    All 3 are great dogs. I personally find Maremmas most intelligent of the 3. They are also more loving to the owners than Kuvasz and more aggressive to predators than Great Pyr. Also less grooming and health issues.

  • Kimberly

    Sep 27, 2020, 8:45:59 PM:

    I think you should change the intelligence level of the maremma in your chart. Having owned all three in the past I feel that the Maremma are the most intelligent and the most loving towards humans.

  • Crystal

    Jan 19, 2021, 5:39:15 AM:

    WILD misinformation. Pyrs don’t drool much?Hilariously incorrect. Have a high energy level? Wrong. Pyrs are lazy when not active farm dogs.

  • Scottie

    Feb 14, 2021, 9:06:58 PM:

    Pyrs are droolers, I've had 4. Energy levels differed from lethargic to medium. Having worked ranches with Maremmas and Pyrs I find Maremmas just bark and scare the fox or coyote away. Pyrs on the other hand kill it, which is why I prefer pyrs.