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Leonberger vs Spanish Mastiff vs Great Pyrenees – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Leonberger vs Spanish Mastiff vs Great Pyrenees" Compare Leonberger and Spanish Mastiff. Which is better: Leonberger or Spanish Mastiff or Great Pyrenees?
Name Leonberger Spanish Mastiff Great Pyrenees
OriginsGermany Spain Spain France
Group Working Dogs Guard Dogs Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs)
Popularity Rank10020366
Reviews101
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Other Names Leo, Gentle Lion, Gentle Giant, Leonbergi Mastín Español, Mastín de España, Mastin de la Mancha, Mastin de Extremadura, Mastin de Leon 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 2010 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 Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattledogs group, in the Molossian type section. Recognized by FCI in the Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattledogs group, in the Molossian type section. Recognized by FCI in the Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattledogs group, in the Molossian type section.
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 American Canine Registry America's Pet Registry Dog Registry of America Inc. Federation Cynologique Internationale North American Purebred Registry, Inc. American Canine Association, Inc. Continental Kennel Club 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
Price $1500-$2000 $600-$800 $500-$600

General Appearance - Leonberger vs Spanish Mastiff vs Great Pyrenees

Size Giant Giant Giant
Weight Male: 130-170 pounds (59-77 kg), Female: 100-130 pounds (45-59 kg) Male: 185-220 pounds (90-100 kg), Female: 145-170 pounds (52-77 kg) Male: from 100 pounds (45 kg), Female: from 85 pounds (38 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 150 pounds (68 kg), Female: 115 pounds (52 kg) Male: 202.5 pounds (95 kg), Female: 157.5 pounds (64.5 kg) Male: from 100 pounds (45 kg), Female: from 85 pounds (38 kg)
Height Male: 29-31 inches (74-80 cm), Female: 27-29 inches (61-74 cm) 28-35 inches (72-88 cm) Male: 27-32 inches (69-81 cm), Female: 25-29 inches (63-74 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 30 inches (77 cm), Female: 28 inches (67.5 cm) 31.5 inches (80 cm) Male: 29.5 inches (75 cm), Female: 27 inches (68.5 cm)

Hair & Care - Leonberger vs Spanish Mastiff vs Great Pyrenees

Coat Waterproof Dense Thick Straight Dense Double
Colors Red Sandy Reddish Brown Yellow Mahogany Fawn Yellow Brindle Sable Black White
Grooming
Average: The Leonberger requires average grooming effort.
Easy to groom: The Spanish Mastiff doesn't require a lot of grooming.
Average: The Great Pyrenees requires average grooming effort.
Shedding Level
Leonbergers are heavy shedders.
Spanish Mastiffs shed moderately.
Great Pyreneess shed above average.

Characteristics - Leonberger vs Spanish Mastiff vs Great Pyrenees

Temperament Adaptable Fearless Loyal Companionable Loving Obedient Affectionate Intelligent Selfish Determined Noble Affectionate Fearless Patient Confident Gentle Strong Willed
Intelligent Rank
Average: Leonberger's has average obedience intelligence.
Average: Spanish Mastiff's has average obedience intelligence.
Average: Great Pyrenees's has average obedience intelligence.
Trainability
Leonbergers are quite easy to train.
Spanish Mastiffs are quite easy to train.
Great Pyreneess are easy to train.
Playfulness
The Leonberger is a playful breed.
Spanish Mastiffs, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Great Pyreneess are not the most playful dog breed.
Sensitivity Level
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Affection Level
Leonbergers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Spanish Mastiffs are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Great Pyreneess are average dogs regarding their affection level.
Social Needs
Leonbergers need a lot of social interaction.
Spanish Mastiffs need for social interaction is average.
Great Pyreneess are a social breed.
Barking
Low: The Leonberger barks none to minimal.
Low to Average: The Spanish Mastiff rarely barks.
Average to high: The Great Pyrenees is a vocal breed.
Watchdog Ability
Leonbergers are one of the best watchdogs.
Spanish Mastiffs are good watchdogs.
Great Pyreneess are one of the best watchdogs.
Territorial
Leonbergers are extremely protective guard dogs.
Spanish Mastiffs are extremely protective guard dogs.
Great Pyreneess strongly protect their territory.
Biting Potential Low
The Leonberger has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Spanish Mastiff has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Great Pyrenees has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Leonbergers have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Spanish Mastiffs have an 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
Leonbergers tend to escape less than other breeds.
Spanish Mastiffs have average wanderlust potential.
Great Pyreneess 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.
Spanish Mastiffs 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.
Great Pyreneess have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
Apartment Friendly
Leonbergers are not apartment-friendly dogs.
Spanish Mastiffs are not apartment-friendly dogs.
Great Pyreneess are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Adaptability
Leonbergers adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Spanish Mastiffs 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
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.
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 - Leonberger vs Spanish Mastiff vs Great Pyrenees

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

Health Issues
Leonbergers tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
Spanish Mastiffs tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
Great Pyreneess are commonly healthy dogs.
Health Problems Addison's Disease Bloat Cancer Ectropion Elbow Dysplasia Entropion Eosinophilic Panosteitis Hip Dysplasia Inherited Polyneuropathy Bloat Cancer Dental Problems Elbow Dysplasia Entropion Heart Problems Hip Dysplasia Hypothyroidism Joint Dysplasia Obesity Panosteitis Addison's Disease Bloat Cataracts Drug Sensitivity Elbow Dysplasia Entropion Hip Dysplasia Patellar Luxation
Life Expectancy 8-10 years 10-12 years 10-12 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
Leonbergers have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Spanish Mastiffs 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
Leonbergers need quite a lot of exercise.
Spanish Mastiffs have an average exercise need.
Great Pyreneess have an average exercise need.
Sleeping Need
Leonbergers are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Spanish Mastiffs 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 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
Weight Gain Potential
Average to High.
High: The Spanish Mastiff breed has a strong tendency to overweight.
Average to High.
Weather & Climate Prefers cold weather
The Leonberger can adapt well to harsh weather conditions, and also can be a good mountain dog.
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 Medium
The Leonberger has an average chance of bad smell.
High
The Spanish Mastiff has a high chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Great Pyrenees has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Leonberger is an average drooler.
The Spanish Mastiff 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 Great Pyrenees is a perfect example for low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Leonberger vs Spanish Mastiff 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 6-8 puppies 3-6 puppies 6-9 puppies

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