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

"Find similarities and differences between Maremma Sheepdog vs Kuvasz vs Great Pyrenees" Compare Maremma Sheepdog and Kuvasz. Which is better: Maremma Sheepdog or Kuvasz or Great Pyrenees?
Name Maremma Sheepdog Kuvasz Great Pyrenees
OriginsItaly Hungary Spain France
Group Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs) Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs) Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs)
Popularity Rank39815766
Reviews321
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Other Names Cane da Pastore, Maremmano-Abruzzese, Pastore Abruzzese, Pastore Maremmano, Abruzzo Sheepdog, Abruzzese Sheepdog, Maremma, Maremmano Hungarian Kuvasz 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 Not recognized by the American Kennel Club. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1931 as a Working breed. 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 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
No set 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 $600-$800 $500-$1200 $500-$600

General Appearance - Maremma Sheepdog vs Kuvasz vs Great Pyrenees

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

Hair & Care - Maremma Sheepdog vs Kuvasz vs Great Pyrenees

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

Characteristics - Maremma Sheepdog vs Kuvasz vs Great Pyrenees

Temperament Alert
Dignified
Intelligent
Determined
Friendly
Loyal
Clownish
Intelligent
Patient
Independent
Loyal
Protective
Brave
Fearless
Self-Confident
Faithful
Dependable
Affectionate
Fearless
Patient
Confident
Gentle
Strong
Willed
Intelligent Rank
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
Average: Kuvasz's has average obedience intelligence.
Average: Great Pyrenees's has average obedience intelligence.
Trainability
Maremma Sheepdogs are quite easy to train.
Kuvaszs aren't famous for their trainability.
Great Pyreneess are easy to train.
Playfulness
Maremma Sheepdogs, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Kuvaszs, 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.
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.
Affection Level
Maremma Sheepdogs are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Kuvaszs are average dogs regarding their affection level.
Great Pyreneess are average dogs regarding their affection level.
Social Needs
Maremma Sheepdogs are a social breed.
Kuvaszs need for social interaction is average.
Great Pyreneess are a social breed.
Barking
Low to Average: The Maremma Sheepdog rarely barks.
Average: The Kuvasz barks occasionally.
Average to high: The Great Pyrenees is a vocal breed.
Watchdog Ability
Maremma Sheepdogs are good watchdogs.
Kuvaszs are one of the best watchdogs.
Great Pyreneess are one of the best watchdogs.
Territorial
Maremma Sheepdogs strongly protect their territory.
Kuvaszs are extremely protective guard dogs.
Great Pyreneess strongly protect their territory.
Biting Potential Low
The Maremma Sheepdog has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Kuvasz has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Great Pyrenees has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Maremma Sheepdogs have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Kuvaszs have a low 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
Maremma Sheepdogs are not the biggest explorers.
Kuvaszs 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
Maremma Sheepdogs don't have an impulse to catch or chase small animals.
Kuvaszs don't have an impulse to catch or chase small animals.
Great Pyreneess have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
Apartment Friendly
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.
Kuvaszs are not apartment-friendly dogs.
Great Pyreneess are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Adaptability
Maremma Sheepdogs adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Kuvaszs 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
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.
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 - Maremma Sheepdog vs Kuvasz vs Great Pyrenees

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

Health Issues
The Maremma Sheepdog is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Kuvaszs are commonly healthy dogs.
Great Pyreneess are commonly healthy dogs.
Health Problems Bloat
Drug Sensitivity
Hip Dysplasia
Obesity
Vaccination Sensitivity
Bloat
Eye Diseases
Hip Dysplasia
Hypertrophic Osteodystrophy
Osteochondrosis
Thyroid Disorder
Addison's Disease
Bloat
Cataracts
Drug Sensitivity
Elbow Dysplasia
Entropion
Hip Dysplasia
Patellar Luxation
Life Expectancy 11-13 years 10-12 years 10-12 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
Maremma Sheepdogs have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Kuvaszs have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Great Pyreneess have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Exercise Need
Maremma Sheepdogs have an average exercise need.
Kuvaszs need a lot of exercises.
Great Pyreneess have an average exercise need.
Sleeping Need
Maremma Sheepdogs sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Kuvaszs are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Great Pyreneess don't need too much sleep.
Avg. daily food consumption 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 8 to 10 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals
Weight Gain Potential
High: The Maremma Sheepdog breed has a strong tendency to overweight.
Average to High.
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 Medium
The Maremma Sheepdog has an average chance of bad smell.
Low
The Kuvasz has a low chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Great Pyrenees has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Maremma Sheepdog is an average drooler.
The Kuvasz is an average drooler.
The Great Pyrenees is a perfect example for low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Maremma Sheepdog vs Kuvasz 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 5-9 puppies 8-12 puppies 6-9 puppies

Rate This Comparsion - Maremma Sheepdog vs Kuvasz 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.