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Mastiff vs Komondor vs Central Asian Ovtcharka – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Mastiff vs Komondor vs Central Asian Ovtcharka" Compare Mastiff and Komondor. Which is better: Mastiff or Komondor or Central Asian Ovtcharka?
Name Mastiff Komondor Central Asian Ovtcharka
OriginsEngland Hungary Russia
Group Working Dogs Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs) Guard Dogs
Popularity Rank28163414
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Other Names English Mastiff, Old English Mastiff Mop Dog, Hungarian Sheepdog, Hungarian Komondor Central Asian Shepherd, Central Asian Sheepdog, Central Asian Owtcharka, Central Asian Ovcharka, Central Asian Ovtcharka, Middle Asian Shepherd Dog, Middle Asian Shepherd, Middle Asian Sheepdog, Middle Asian Owtcharka, Middle Asian Ovcharka Sredneasiatskaia Ovtcharka, Alabai, Turkmen Alabai, Aziat, Volkadov, Wolf Crusher
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 1937 as a Working breed. Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group Not recognized by FCI. Recognized by FCI in the Sheepdogs and Cattledogs (except Swiss Cattledogs) group, in the Sheepdogs section. 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. Australian National Kennel Council Continental Kennel Club National Kennel Club New Zealand Kennel Club United Kennel Club No set American Canine Registry America's Pet Registry Dog Registry of America Inc. Federation Cynologique Internationale North American Purebred Registry, Inc. American Canine Association, Inc. Australian National Kennel Council National Kennel Club United Kennel Club American Rare Breed Association Foundation Stock Service
Price $1200-$1500 $800-$1200 $1200-$2500

General Appearance - Mastiff vs Komondor vs Central Asian Ovtcharka

Size Giant Large Large Giant
Weight Male: 150-250 pounds (68-113 kg), Female: 120-180 pounds (54-82 kg) 125 pounds (59 kg) 121-176 pounds (55-80 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 200 pounds (90.5 kg), Female: 150 pounds (68 kg) 125 pounds (59 kg) 148.5 pounds (67.5 kg)
Height Male: 30 inches (76 cm), Female: 27.5 inches (70 cm) 25.5 inches (65 cm) 27-32 inches (68.5-81 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 30 inches (76 cm), Female: 27.5 inches (70 cm) 25.5 inches (65 cm) 29.5 inches (75 cm)

Hair & Care - Mastiff vs Komondor vs Central Asian Ovtcharka

Coat Dense Thick Coarser Topcoat Finer Undercoat Shaggy Dense Wavy Corded Dense Thick Double
Colors Apricot Fawn Brindle White Ivory White Black Fawn Brindle Grey Russet Straw Flecked
Grooming
Easy to groom: The Mastiff doesn't require a lot of grooming.
Advanced: The Komondor requires a lot of grooming.
Easy to groom: The Central Asian Ovtcharka doesn't require a lot of grooming.
Shedding Level
Mastiffs shed moderately.
Komondors shed none to minimal.
Central Asian Ovtcharkas shed above average.

Characteristics - Mastiff vs Komondor vs Central Asian Ovtcharka

Temperament Affectionate Cheerful Intelligent Protective Alert Courageous Loyal Affectionate Fearless Independent Calm Gentle Steady Adaptable Curious Independent Bold Imperturbable Strong
Intelligent Rank
Average: Mastiff's has average obedience intelligence.
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
Average: Central Asian Ovtcharka's has average obedience intelligence.
Trainability
Mastiffs are quite easy to train.
Komondors are easy to train.
Central Asian Ovtcharkas are hard to train.
Playfulness
Mastiffs are not the most playful dog breed.
Komondors, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Central Asian Ovtcharkas are not the most playful dog breed.
Sensitivity Level
Mastiffs have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Affection Level
Mastiffs are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Komondors are average dogs regarding their affection level.
Central Asian Ovtcharkas are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Mastiffs need for social interaction is average.
Komondors need for social interaction is average.
Central Asian Ovtcharkas are a social breed.
Barking
Low: The Mastiff barks none to minimal.
Average to high: The Komondor is a vocal breed.
Low to Average: The Central Asian Ovtcharka rarely barks.
Watchdog Ability
Mastiffs are one of the best watchdogs.
Komondors are one of the best watchdogs.
Central Asian Ovtcharkas are one of the best watchdogs.
Territorial
Mastiffs are extremely protective guard dogs.
Komondors are extremely protective guard dogs.
Central Asian Ovtcharkas are extremely protective guard dogs.
Biting Potential Moderate
The Mastiff has an average chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Komondor has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Central Asian Ovtcharka has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Mastiffs have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Komondors have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Central Asian Ovtcharkas have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Mastiffs are not the biggest explorers.
Wanderlust potential of the Komondor is strong enough to escape from home.
Central Asian Ovtcharkas have average wanderlust potential.
Prey Drive
Mastiffs don't have an impulse to catch or chase small animals.
Komondors have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Central Asian Ovtcharkas 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.
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.
Komondors are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Central Asian Ovtcharkas are not apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Mastiffs adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Komondors adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Central Asian Ovtcharkas adapt well to lifestyle changes and different 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.
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
Central Asian Ovtcharkas 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 - Mastiff vs Komondor vs Central Asian Ovtcharka

Stranger Friendly
Mastiffs are average friendly towards strangers.
Komondors are not stranger friendly dogs.
Central Asian Ovtcharkas are not stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Mastiffs are very kid-friendly dogs.
Komondors are kid-friendly dogs.
Central Asian Ovtcharkas are kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Mastiffs are very cat-friendly dogs.
Komondors are cat-friendly dogs.
Central Asian Ovtcharkas are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Mastiffs are average friendly towards other dogs.
Komondors are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
Central Asian Ovtcharkas are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
Mastiff is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Komondor is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Central Asian Ovtcharka is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Mastiffs are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Komondors are usually recommended for elderly people.
Central Asian Ovtcharkas are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Mastiffs are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Komondors are usually friendly towards other pets.
Central Asian Ovtcharkas are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners Yes
Mastiffs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
No
Komondors are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Central Asian Ovtcharkas 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
Mastiff breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Komondor breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Central Asian Ovtcharka 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 - Mastiff vs Komondor vs Central Asian Ovtcharka

Health Issues
Mastiffs are commonly healthy dogs.
The Komondor is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Central Asian Ovtcharkas tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
Health Problems Bloat Cancer Cystinuria Hip Dysplasia Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Seizures No set Elbow Dysplasia Hip Dysplasia
Life Expectancy 10-12 years 10-12 years 12-14 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
Mastiffs have a lower energy level than other dogs.
Komondors have a lower energy level than other dogs.
Central Asian Ovtcharkas have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Exercise Need
Mastiffs exercise need is minimal.
Komondors have an average exercise need.
Central Asian Ovtcharkas need quite a lot of exercise.
Sleeping Need
Mastiffs like sleeping so they do sleep a lot.
Komondors like sleeping so they do sleep a lot.
Central Asian Ovtcharkas 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 6 to 8 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.
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 cold weather conditions
The Komondor can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Central Asian Ovtcharka 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 Komondor has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Central Asian Ovtcharka 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 Komondor is a perfect example for low drooling tendency.
The Central Asian Ovtcharka 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 - Mastiff vs Komondor vs Central Asian Ovtcharka

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 3-10 puppies 4-10 puppies

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