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Pyrenean Mastiff vs Great Pyrenees vs Pyrenean Shepherd – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Pyrenean Mastiff vs Great Pyrenees vs Pyrenean Shepherd" Compare Pyrenean Mastiff and Great Pyrenees. Which is better: Pyrenean Mastiff or Great Pyrenees or Pyrenean Shepherd?
Name Pyrenean Mastiff Great Pyrenees Pyrenean Shepherd
OriginsSpain Spain France France
Group Guard Dogs Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs) Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs)
Popularity Rank33066180
Reviews010
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Other Names Perro Mastin del Pireneo, Mastin d'Aragon, Mastín del Pirineo, Mostín d'o Pireneu Great Pyrenees, Patou, Chien Des Pyrénées, Chien De Montagne Des Pyrénées, Montañés Del Pirineo, Gos De Muntanya Dels Pirineus Berger Des Pyrénées, Petit Berger, Pyrenees Sheepdog, Pyr Shep
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Not recognized by the American Kennel Club. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1933 as a Working breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2009 as a Herding 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 Sheepdogs and Cattledogs (except Swiss Cattledogs) group, in the Sheepdogs section.
Breed Recognition Dog Registry of America Inc.
Foundation Stock Service
American Canine Association, Inc.
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 Kennel Club
Continental Kennel Club
Federation Cynologique Internationale
Kennel Club of Great Britain
United Kennel Club
Price $900-$1000 $500-$600 $500-$800

General Appearance - Pyrenean Mastiff vs Great Pyrenees vs Pyrenean Shepherd

Size Giant Giant Medium
Weight Male: 178-200 pounds (81-90 kg), Female: 200-220 pounds (90-100 kg) Male: from 100 pounds (45 kg), Female: from 85 pounds (38 kg) 15–32 pounds (7–15 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 190 pounds (85 kg), Female: 210 pounds (95 kg) Male: from 100 pounds (45 kg), Female: from 85 pounds (38 kg) 15–32 pounds (7–15 kg)
Height Male: 29.5-31 inches (75-80 cm), Female: 26-28.5 inches (68-73 cm) Male: 27-32 inches (69-81 cm), Female: 25-29 inches (63-74 cm) 15.5-18.5 inches (39-47 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 30 inches (77 cm), Female: 28 inches (71 cm) Male: 29.5 inches (75 cm), Female: 27 inches (68.5 cm) 15.5-18.5 inches (43 cm)

Hair & Care - Pyrenean Mastiff vs Great Pyrenees vs Pyrenean Shepherd

Coat Dense Dense
Double
Rough
Smooth
Colors White
Spotted
Brown
Grey
Black
White Fawn
White
Brindle
Gray
Black
Grooming
Advanced: The Pyrenean Mastiff requires a lot of grooming.
Average: The Great Pyrenees requires average grooming effort.
Average: The Pyrenean Shepherd requires average grooming effort.
Shedding Level
Pyrenean Mastiffs are heavy shedders.
Great Pyreneess shed above average.
Pyrenean Shepherds shed moderately.

Characteristics - Pyrenean Mastiff vs Great Pyrenees vs Pyrenean Shepherd

Temperament Gentle
Brave
Noble
Docile
Protective
Affectionate
Fearless
Patient
Confident
Gentle
Strong
Willed
Bossy
Dedicated
Trainable
Clever
Energetic
Watchful
Intelligent Rank
Very smart: Pyrenean Mastiff is an excellent dog breed.
Average: Great Pyrenees's has average obedience intelligence.
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
Trainability
Pyrenean Mastiffs are quite easy to train.
Great Pyreneess are easy to train.
Pyrenean Shepherds are quite easy to train.
Playfulness
The Pyrenean Mastiff is a highly playful breed.
Great Pyreneess are not the most playful dog breed.
The Pyrenean Shepherd is a playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
Pyrenean Mastiffs don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Affection Level
Pyrenean Mastiffs are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Great Pyreneess are average dogs regarding their affection level.
Pyrenean Shepherds are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Pyrenean Mastiffs need for social interaction is average.
Great Pyreneess are a social breed.
Pyrenean Shepherds need for social interaction is average.
Barking
Low to Average: The Pyrenean Mastiff rarely barks.
Average to high: The Great Pyrenees is a vocal breed.
High: The Pyrenean Shepherd is a very vocal breed.
Watchdog Ability
Pyrenean Mastiffs are one of the best watchdogs.
Great Pyreneess are one of the best watchdogs.
Pyrenean Shepherds are good watchdogs.
Territorial
Pyrenean Mastiffs are extremely protective guard dogs.
Great Pyreneess strongly protect their territory.
Pyrenean Shepherds are extremely protective guard dogs.
Biting Potential Low
The Pyrenean Mastiff has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Great Pyrenees has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Pyrenean Shepherd has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Pyrenean Mastiffs have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Great Pyreneess have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Pyrenean Shepherds have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Pyrenean Mastiffs have average wanderlust potential.
Great Pyreneess have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
Pyrenean Shepherds tend to escape less than other breeds.
Prey Drive
Pyrenean 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.
Pyrenean Shepherds have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Apartment Friendly
Pyrenean Mastiffs are not apartment-friendly dogs.
Great Pyreneess are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Pyrenean Shepherds are apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Pyrenean Mastiffs adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Great Pyreneess adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
Pyrenean Shepherds don't 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.
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.
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 - Pyrenean Mastiff vs Great Pyrenees vs Pyrenean Shepherd

Stranger Friendly
Pyrenean Mastiffs are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Great Pyreneess are average friendly towards strangers.
Pyrenean Shepherds are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Pyrenean Mastiffs are very kid-friendly dogs.
Great Pyreneess are kid-friendly dogs.
Pyrenean Shepherds are kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Pyrenean Mastiffs are average friendly towards cats.
Great Pyreneess are cat-friendly dogs.
Pyrenean Shepherds are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Pyrenean Mastiffs are very dog-friendly dogs.
Great Pyreneess are average friendly towards other dogs.
Pyrenean Shepherds are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
Pyrenean Mastiff is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Great Pyrenees is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Pyrenean Shepherd is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Pyrenean Mastiffs are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Great Pyreneess are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pyrenean Shepherds are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Pyrenean Mastiffs are generally with other pets.
Great Pyreneess are usually friendly towards other pets.
Pyrenean Shepherds are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners No
Pyrenean 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.
No
Pyrenean Shepherds 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
Pyrenean Mastiff breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Great Pyrenees breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Pyrenean Shepherd 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 - Pyrenean Mastiff vs Great Pyrenees vs Pyrenean Shepherd

Health Issues
Very healthy dog breed.
Great Pyreneess are commonly healthy dogs.
Pyrenean Shepherds tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
Health Problems Bloat
Ectropion
Elbow Dysplasia
Entropion
Hip Dysplasia
Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
Addison's Disease
Bloat
Cataracts
Drug Sensitivity
Elbow Dysplasia
Entropion
Hip Dysplasia
Patellar Luxation
Epilepsy
Hip Dysplasia
Patellar Luxation
Patent Ductus Arteriosis
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Life Expectancy 8-12 years 10-12 years 15-17 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
Pyrenean Mastiffs have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Great Pyreneess have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Pyrenean Shepherds have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Exercise Need
Pyrenean Mastiffs exercise need is minimal.
Great Pyreneess have an average exercise need.
Pyrenean Shepherds need a lot of exercises.
Sleeping Need
Pyrenean 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.
Pyrenean Shepherds 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 1 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
High: The Pyrenean Mastiff breed has a strong tendency to overweight.
Average to High.
Average.
Weather & Climate Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Pyrenean Mastiff can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Prefers cold weather
The Great Pyrenees can adapt well to harsh weather conditions, and also can be a good mountain dog.
Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Pyrenean Shepherd can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness High
The Pyrenean Mastiff has a high chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Great Pyrenees has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Pyrenean Shepherd has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Pyrenean 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 Pyrenees is a perfect example for low drooling tendency.
The Pyrenean Shepherd is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Pyrenean Mastiff vs Great Pyrenees vs Pyrenean Shepherd

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 1-10 puppies, average 5 6-9 puppies 4 puppies

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