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Leonberger vs Lithuanian Hound vs Mackenzie River Husky – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Leonberger vs Lithuanian Hound vs Mackenzie River Husky" Compare Leonberger and Lithuanian Hound. Which is better: Leonberger or Lithuanian Hound or Mackenzie River Husky?
Name Leonberger Lithuanian Hound Mackenzie River Husky
OriginsGermany Lithuania United States Canada
Group Working Dogs Hunting Dogs Sled Dogs
Popularity Rank100548399
Reviews111
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Other Names Leo, Gentle Lion, Gentle Giant, Leonbergi Lietuvių skalikas River Husky
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2010 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 Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattledogs group, in the Molossian type section. Not recognized by FCI. Not recognized by FCI.
Breed Recognition 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
No set No set
Price $1500-$2000 Unknown $1000-$1500

General Appearance - Leonberger vs Lithuanian Hound vs Mackenzie River Husky

Size Giant Large Large
Giant
Weight Male: 130-170 pounds (59-77 kg), Female: 100-130 pounds (45-59 kg) 60-75 pounds (27-32 kg) 63-104 pounds (29-47 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 150 pounds (68 kg), Female: 115 pounds (52 kg) 67.5 pounds (29.5 kg) 83.5 pounds (38 kg)
Height Male: 29-31 inches (74-80 cm), Female: 27-29 inches (61-74 cm) 21-24 inches (53-61 cm) 26-29 inches (66-74 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 30 inches (77 cm), Female: 28 inches (67.5 cm) 22.5 inches (57 cm) 27.5 inches (70 cm)

Hair & Care - Leonberger vs Lithuanian Hound vs Mackenzie River Husky

Coat Waterproof Flat
Smooth
Thick
Straight
Colors Red
Sandy
Reddish
Brown
Yellow
Mahogany
Black & Tan Black & White
Black & White & Grey
Grooming
Average: The Leonberger requires average grooming effort.
Effortless: The Lithuanian Hound requires minimal grooming.
Average: The Mackenzie River Husky requires average grooming effort.
Shedding Level
Leonbergers are heavy shedders.
Lithuanian Hounds are low shedders.
Mackenzie River Huskys shed above average.

Characteristics - Leonberger vs Lithuanian Hound vs Mackenzie River Husky

Temperament Adaptable
Fearless
Loyal
Companionable
Loving
Obedient
Persistent
Smart
Energetic
Loyal
Sociable
Independent
Trustworthy
Eager
Intelligent
Dominant
Intelligent Rank
Average: Leonberger's has average obedience intelligence.
Smart: Lithuanian Hound's has great intelligence.
Smart: Mackenzie River Husky's has great intelligence.
Trainability
Leonbergers are quite easy to train.
Lithuanian Hounds are easy to train.
Mackenzie River Huskys are easy to train.
Playfulness
The Leonberger is a playful breed.
Lithuanian Hounds are not the most playful dog breed.
The Mackenzie River Husky is a playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Lithuanian Hounds have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
Mackenzie River Huskys don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Affection Level
Leonbergers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Lithuanian Hounds are average dogs regarding their affection level.
Mackenzie River Huskys are highly affectionate dogs.
Social Needs
Leonbergers need a lot of social interaction.
Lithuanian Hounds need for social interaction is average.
Mackenzie River Huskys need for social interaction is average.
Barking
Low: The Leonberger barks none to minimal.
Average to high: The Lithuanian Hound is a vocal breed.
Average: The Mackenzie River Husky barks occasionally.
Watchdog Ability
Leonbergers are one of the best watchdogs.
Lithuanian Hounds are average watchdogs.
Mackenzie River Huskys are average watchdogs.
Territorial
Leonbergers are extremely protective guard dogs.
Lithuanian Hounds are average defenders.
Mackenzie River Huskys strongly protect their territory.
Biting Potential Low
The Leonberger has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Lithuanian Hound has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Mackenzie River Husky has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Leonbergers have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Lithuanian Hounds have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Mackenzie River Huskys have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Leonbergers tend to escape less than other breeds.
Wanderlust potential of the Lithuanian Hound is strong enough to escape from home.
Mackenzie River Huskys have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
Prey Drive
Leonbergers have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Lithuanian Hounds have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
Mackenzie River Huskys have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Apartment Friendly
Leonbergers are not apartment-friendly dogs.
Lithuanian Hounds are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Mackenzie River Huskys are not apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Leonbergers adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Lithuanian Hounds adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
Mackenzie River Huskys adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Leonbergers tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
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 - Leonberger vs Lithuanian Hound vs Mackenzie River Husky

Stranger Friendly
Leonbergers are average friendly towards strangers.
Lithuanian Hounds are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Mackenzie River Huskys are stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Leonbergers are very kid-friendly dogs.
Lithuanian Hounds are kid-friendly dogs.
Mackenzie River Huskys are very kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Leonbergers are average friendly towards cats.
Lithuanian Hounds are not cat-friendly dogs.
Mackenzie River Huskys are not cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Leonbergers are dog-friendly dogs.
Lithuanian Hounds are average friendly towards other dogs.
Mackenzie River Huskys are very dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
Leonberger is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Lithuanian Hound is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Mackenzie River Husky is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Leonbergers are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Lithuanian Hounds are usually recommended for elderly people.
Mackenzie River Huskys are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Leonbergers are generally with other pets.
Lithuanian Hounds do best when they’re the only pet at the family.
Mackenzie River Huskys do best when they’re the only pet at the family.
Good For First Time Owners No
Leonbergers are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Yes
Lithuanian Hounds are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
No
Mackenzie River Huskys 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
Leonberger breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Lithuanian Hound breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Mackenzie River Husky 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.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.

Health Factors - Leonberger vs Lithuanian Hound vs Mackenzie River Husky

Health Issues
Leonbergers tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
Lithuanian Hounds are commonly healthy dogs.
The Mackenzie River Husky is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems Addison's Disease
Bloat
Cancer
Ectropion
Elbow Dysplasia
Entropion
Eosinophilic Panosteitis
Hip Dysplasia
Inherited Polyneuropathy
No set No set
Life Expectancy 8-10 years 12-14 years 12-14 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
Leonbergers have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Lithuanian Hounds have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Mackenzie River Huskys are high energy dogs.
Exercise Need
Leonbergers need quite a lot of exercise.
Lithuanian Hounds need a lot of exercises.
Mackenzie River Huskys need quite a lot of exercise.
Sleeping Need
Leonbergers are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Lithuanian Hounds are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Mackenzie River Huskys 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 2.5 to 3 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 4 to 5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Average to High.
Average.
Average.
Weather & Climate Prefers cold weather
The Leonberger can adapt well to harsh weather conditions, and also can be a good mountain dog.
Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Lithuanian Hound can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Prefers cold weather
The Mackenzie River Husky can adapt well to harsh weather conditions, and also can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness Medium
The Leonberger has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Lithuanian Hound has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Mackenzie River Husky has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Leonberger is an average drooler.
The Lithuanian Hound is an average drooler.
The Mackenzie River Husky is an average drooler.

Reproducibility - Leonberger vs Lithuanian Hound vs Mackenzie River Husky

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 6-8 puppies 6-12 puppies 4-8 puppies

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