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Mastiff vs Great Dane vs Old English Sheepdog – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Mastiff vs Great Dane vs Old English Sheepdog" Compare Mastiff and Great Dane. Which is better: Mastiff or Great Dane or Old English Sheepdog?
Name Mastiff Great Dane Old English Sheepdog
OriginsEngland Germany England
Group Working Dogs Working Dogs Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs)
Popularity Rank281470
Reviews011
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Other Names English Mastiff, Old English Mastiff Dane, Gentle Giant, Deutsche Dogge, German Mastiff, Apollo of Dogs Bobtail, OES
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1885 as a Working breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1887 as a Working breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1888 as a Herding breed.
FCI Group Not recognized by FCI. 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 Sheepdogs and Cattledogs (except Swiss Cattledogs) group, in the Sheepdogs 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.
Australian National Kennel Council
Continental Kennel Club
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
Canadian Canine Registry
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 $1200-$1500 $800-$1200 $1200-$1500

General Appearance - Mastiff vs Great Dane vs Old English Sheepdog

Size Giant Giant Large
Weight Male: 150-250 pounds (68-113 kg), Female: 120-180 pounds (54-82 kg) Male: 120-200 pounds (54-90 kg), Female: 100-130 pounds (45-59 kg) Male: from 65 pounds (29 kg), Female: from 60 pounds (27 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 200 pounds (90.5 kg), Female: 150 pounds (68 kg) Male: 160 pounds (72 kg), Female: 115 pounds (52 kg) Male: from 65 pounds (29 kg), Female: from 60 pounds (27 kg)
Height Male: 30 inches (76 cm), Female: 27.5 inches (70 cm) Male: 30-34 inches (76-86 cm), Female: 28-32 inches (71-81 cm) Male: 22-24 inches (56-61 cm), Female: 20-22 inches (51 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 30 inches (76 cm), Female: 27.5 inches (70 cm) Male: 32 inches (81 cm), Female: 30 inches (76 cm) Male: 23 inches (58.5 cm), Female: 21 inches (51 cm)

Hair & Care - Mastiff vs Great Dane vs Old English Sheepdog

Coat Dense Dense Waterproof
Shaggy
Double
Colors Apricot
Fawn
Brindle
Blue
Fawn
White
Brindle
Merle
Black
Blue
White
Merle
Grizzle
Gray
Grooming
Easy to groom: The Mastiff doesn't require a lot of grooming.
Effortless: The Great Dane requires minimal grooming.
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Shedding Level
Mastiffs shed moderately.
Great Danes shed moderately.
Old English Sheepdogs are heavy shedders.

Characteristics - Mastiff vs Great Dane vs Old English Sheepdog

Temperament Affectionate
Cheerful
Intelligent
Protective
Alert
Courageous
Loyal
Friendly
Devoted
Gentle
Reserved
Confident
Intelligent
Loving
Adaptable
Intelligent
Playful
Protective
Bubbly
Loving
Sociable
Funny
Intelligent Rank
Average: Mastiff's has average obedience intelligence.
Smart: Great Dane's has great intelligence.
Smart: Old English Sheepdog's has great intelligence.
Trainability
Mastiffs are quite easy to train.
Great Danes are quite easy to train.
Old English Sheepdogs are easy to train.
Playfulness
Mastiffs are not the most playful dog breed.
Great Danes are not the most playful dog breed.
The Old English Sheepdog is a playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
Mastiffs have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
Great Danes don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Old English Sheepdogs don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Affection Level
Mastiffs are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Great Danes are average dogs regarding their affection level.
Old English Sheepdogs are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Mastiffs need for social interaction is average.
Great Danes are a social breed.
Old English Sheepdogs need a lot of social interaction.
Barking
Low: The Mastiff barks none to minimal.
Low to Average: The Great Dane rarely barks.
Average: The Old English Sheepdog barks occasionally.
Watchdog Ability
Mastiffs are one of the best watchdogs.
Great Danes are one of the best watchdogs.
Old English Sheepdogs are good watchdogs.
Territorial
Mastiffs are extremely protective guard dogs.
Great Danes are extremely protective guard dogs.
Old English Sheepdogs strongly protect their territory.
Biting Potential Moderate
The Mastiff has an average chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Great Dane has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Old English Sheepdog has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Mastiffs have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Great Danes have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Old English Sheepdogs have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Mastiffs are not the biggest explorers.
Great Danes have average wanderlust potential.
Old English Sheepdogs tend to escape less than other breeds.
Prey Drive
Mastiffs don't have an impulse to catch or chase small animals.
Great Danes 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.
Old English Sheepdogs have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Apartment Friendly
Mastiffs 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 Danes are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Old English 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.
Adaptability
Mastiffs adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Great Danes adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Old English Sheepdogs adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all 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.
Great Danes 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.
Old English Sheepdogs tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Fighting Dog Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Yes
In history, this breed was unfortunately used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With - Mastiff vs Great Dane vs Old English Sheepdog

Stranger Friendly
Mastiffs are average friendly towards strangers.
Great Danes are average friendly towards strangers.
Old English Sheepdogs are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Mastiffs are very kid-friendly dogs.
Great Danes are kid-friendly dogs.
Old English Sheepdogs are very kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Mastiffs are very cat-friendly dogs.
Great Danes are average friendly towards cats.
Old English Sheepdogs are cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Mastiffs are average friendly towards other dogs.
Great Danes are average friendly towards other dogs.
Old English Sheepdogs are dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
Mastiff is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Great Dane is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Old English Sheepdog is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Mastiffs are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Great Danes are usually recommended for elderly people.
Old English Sheepdogs are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Mastiffs are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Great Danes are generally with other pets.
Old English Sheepdogs are usually friendly towards other pets.
Good For First Time Owners Yes
Mastiffs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
No
Great Danes are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Old English Sheepdogs 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.
Yes
This breed makes a perfect 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
Mastiff breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Great Dane breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Old English Sheepdog 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.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.

Health Factors - Mastiff vs Great Dane vs Old English Sheepdog

Health Issues
Mastiffs are commonly healthy dogs.
Great Danes are commonly healthy dogs.
The Old English Sheepdog is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems Bloat
Cancer
Cystinuria
Hip Dysplasia
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Seizures
Bloat
Cancer
Dilated Cardiomyopathy
Hip Dysplasia
Mitral Valve Disease
Patent Ductus Arteriosis
Persistent Right Aortic Arch
Subvalvular Aortic Stenosis
Tricuspid Valve Dysplasia
Allergies
Cataracts
Deafness
Diabetes
Entropion
Heat Intolerance
Hip Dysplasia
Life Expectancy 10-12 years 7-10 years 10-12 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
Mastiffs have a lower energy level than other dogs.
Great Danes are high energy dogs.
Old English Sheepdogs have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Exercise Need
Mastiffs exercise need is minimal.
Great Danes exercise need is minimal.
Old English Sheepdogs have an average exercise need.
Sleeping Need
Mastiffs like sleeping so they do sleep a lot.
Great Danes don't need too much sleep.
Old English Sheepdogs are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
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 Recommended daily amount: 2.5 to 4.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day.
Weight Gain Potential
Average to High.
Low to Average.
Average to High.
Weather & Climate Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Mastiff can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Prefers average to warm weather conditions Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Old English Sheepdog can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness High
The Mastiff has a high chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Great Dane has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Old English Sheepdog has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Mastiff is a big drooler, so if you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, you should choose a dog from another breed.
The Great Dane 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 Old English Sheepdog is a big drooler, so if you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, you should choose a dog from another breed.

Reproducibility - Mastiff vs Great Dane vs Old English Sheepdog

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 3-5 puppies 10-15 puppies 5-8 puppies

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