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Kuvasz vs Polish Tatra Sheepdog vs Sarplaninac – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Kuvasz vs Polish Tatra Sheepdog vs Sarplaninac" Compare Kuvasz and Polish Tatra Sheepdog. Which is better: Kuvasz or Polish Tatra Sheepdog or Sarplaninac?
Name Kuvasz Polish Tatra Sheepdog Sarplaninac
OriginsHungary Poland Serbia Macedonia
Group Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs) Guard Dogs Guard Dogs
Popularity Rank157266525
Reviews000
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Other Names Hungarian Kuvasz Owczarek Podhalanski, Tatra Mountain Sheepdog, Polski Owczarek Macedonian Shepherd, Yugoslavian Shepherd Dog, Illyrian Shepherd Dog, Jugoslovenski ovcarski pas-sarplaninac
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. Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
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. Not recognized by FCI.
Breed Recognition No set Dog Registry of America Inc. Federation Cynologique Internationale American Canine Association, Inc. United Kennel Club American Rare Breed Association Polish Tatra Sheepdog Club Of America Polish Kennel Club American Canine Registry Dog Registry of America Inc. Federation Cynologique Internationale American Canine Association, Inc. Continental Kennel Club National Kennel Club United Kennel Club
Price $500-$1200 $600-$800 $900-$1000

General Appearance - Kuvasz vs Polish Tatra Sheepdog vs Sarplaninac

Size Giant Large Large
Weight Male: 106-137 pounds (48-62 kg), Female: 82-110 pounds (37-50 kg) 80-130 pounds (36-59 kg) Male: 55-80 pounds (25-36 kg), Female: 45-70 pounds (20-32 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 121 pounds (40 kg), Female: 96 pounds (48,5 kg) 105 pounds (47.5 kg) Male: 67.5 pounds (30.5 kg), Female: 57.5 pounds (26 kg)
Height Male: 28-30 inches (71-76 cm), Female: 26-28 inches (66-71 cm) Female: 24-26 inches (60-65 cm), Male: 26-28 inches (65-70 cm) Male: 22-24 inches (55-61 cm), Female: 21-23 inches (54-59 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 29 inches (73.5 cm), Female: 27 inches (68.5 cm) Female: 25 inches (62.5 cm), Male: 27 inches (67.5 cm) Male: 23 inches (58 cm), Female: 22 inches (56.5 cm)

Hair & Care - Kuvasz vs Polish Tatra Sheepdog vs Sarplaninac

Coat Dense Wavy Double Coarser Topcoat Moderately Harsh Slightly Stiff Finer Downy Undercoat Silky Fluffy Waterproof
Colors White Cream White Black Fawn Gray Sable White
Grooming
Effortless: The Kuvasz requires minimal grooming.
Effortless: The Polish Tatra Sheepdog requires minimal grooming.
Easy to groom: The Sarplaninac doesn't require a lot of grooming.
Shedding Level
Kuvaszs shed above average.
Polish Tatra Sheepdogs are low shedders.
Sarplaninacs shed moderately.

Characteristics - Kuvasz vs Polish Tatra Sheepdog vs Sarplaninac

Temperament Clownish Intelligent Patient Independent Loyal Protective Brave Fearless Self-Confident Faithful Dependable Calm Independent Intelligent Independent Devoted Protective Calm Intelligent Reliable
Intelligent Rank
Average: Kuvasz's has average obedience intelligence.
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
Average: Sarplaninac's has average obedience intelligence.
Trainability
Kuvaszs aren't famous for their trainability.
Polish Tatra Sheepdogs are quite easy to train.
Sarplaninacs are quite easy to train.
Playfulness
Kuvaszs, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Polish Tatra Sheepdogs, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Sarplaninacs 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.
Sarplaninacs have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
Affection Level
Kuvaszs are average dogs regarding their affection level.
Polish Tatra Sheepdogs are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Sarplaninacs are highly affectionate dogs.
Social Needs
Kuvaszs need for social interaction is average.
Polish Tatra Sheepdogs need for social interaction is average.
Sarplaninacs need for social interaction is average.
Barking
Average: The Kuvasz barks occasionally.
Low to Average: The Polish Tatra Sheepdog rarely barks.
Low to Average: The Sarplaninac rarely barks.
Watchdog Ability
Kuvaszs are one of the best watchdogs.
Polish Tatra Sheepdogs are one of the best watchdogs.
Sarplaninacs are good watchdogs.
Territorial
Kuvaszs are extremely protective guard dogs.
Polish Tatra Sheepdogs strongly protect their territory.
Sarplaninacs are extremely protective guard dogs.
Biting Potential Low
The Kuvasz has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Polish Tatra Sheepdog has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Sarplaninac has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Kuvaszs have a low tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Polish Tatra Sheepdogs have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Sarplaninacs have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Kuvaszs have average wanderlust potential.
Polish Tatra Sheepdogs have average wanderlust potential.
Wanderlust potential of the Sarplaninac is strong enough to escape from home.
Prey Drive
Kuvaszs don't have an impulse to catch or chase small animals.
Polish Tatra Sheepdogs 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.
Sarplaninacs have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Apartment Friendly
Kuvaszs are not apartment-friendly dogs.
Polish Tatra Sheepdogs are not apartment-friendly dogs.
Sarplaninacs are not apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Kuvaszs adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Polish Tatra Sheepdogs adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Sarplaninacs 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.
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.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With - Kuvasz vs Polish Tatra Sheepdog vs Sarplaninac

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

Health Issues
Kuvaszs are commonly healthy dogs.
Egészségesek Polish Tatra Sheepdog fajták, de vannak bizonyos egészségügyi problémáik, amelyeket rendszeresen ellenőrizned kell az állatorvossal.
Sarplaninacs are commonly healthy dogs.
Health Problems Bloat Eye Diseases Hip Dysplasia Hypertrophic Osteodystrophy Osteochondrosis Thyroid Disorder Hip Dysplasia Bloat Drug Sensitivity Hip Dysplasia
Life Expectancy 10-12 years 10-12 years 12-13 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
Kuvaszs have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Polish Tatra Sheepdogs have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sarplaninacs are high energy dogs.
Exercise Need
Kuvaszs need a lot of exercises.
Polish Tatra Sheepdogs have an average exercise need.
Sarplaninacs need a lot of exercises.
Sleeping Need
Kuvaszs are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Polish Tatra Sheepdogs sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Sarplaninacs 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 5 to 6 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 2.5 to 3.5 cups of a high-quality dog food daily, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Average to High.
High: The Polish Tatra 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 Sarplaninac 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 Polish Tatra Sheepdog has an average chance of bad smell.
Low
The Sarplaninac has a low chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Kuvasz is an average drooler.
The Polish Tatra Sheepdog is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Sarplaninac 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 Polish Tatra Sheepdog vs Sarplaninac

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 3-5 puppies 3-5 puppies

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