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Sapsali vs Sarplaninac vs Schapendoes – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Sapsali vs Sarplaninac vs Schapendoes" Compare Sapsali and Sarplaninac. Which is better: Sapsali or Sarplaninac or Schapendoes?
Name Sapsali Sarplaninac Schapendoes
OriginsKorea Serbia Macedonia Netherlands
Group Hunting Dogs Guard Dogs Working Dogs
Popularity Rank507525336
Reviews110
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Other Names Sapsal Gae, Sapsaree, Exorcising Dog, Ghost Hunting Clever Dog Macedonian Shepherd, Yugoslavian Shepherd Dog, Illyrian Shepherd Dog, Jugoslovenski ovcarski pas-sarplaninac Dutch Schapendoes, Nederlandse Schapendoes
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Not recognized by the American Kennel Club. Not recognized by the American Kennel Club. Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group Not recognized by FCI. Not recognized by FCI. Recognized by FCI in the Sheepdogs and Cattledogs (except Swiss Cattledogs) group, in the Sheepdogs section.
Breed Recognition No set American Canine Registry
Continental Kennel Club
Dog Registry of America Inc.
Federation Cynologique Internationale
National Kennel Club
United Kennel Club
American Canine Association, Inc.
No set
Price $300-$500 $900-$1000 $500-$700

General Appearance - Sapsali vs Sarplaninac vs Schapendoes

Size Large
Medium
Large Medium
Weight Male: 18–27 kg (40-60 lbs), Female: 16–25 kg (35-55 lbs) Male: 55-80 pounds (25-36 kg), Female: 45-70 pounds (20-32 kg) 26-55 pounds (12-25 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 18–27 kg (40-60 lbs), Female: 16–25 kg (35-55 lbs) Male: 67.5 pounds (30.5 kg), Female: 57.5 pounds (26 kg) 40.5 pounds (18.5 kg)
Height Male: 50–60 cm (20–24 in), Female: 48–58 cm (19–23 in) Male: 22-24 inches (55-61 cm), Female: 21-23 inches (54-59 cm) 15-19 inches (40-50 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 50–60 cm (20–24 in), Female: 48–58 cm (19–23 in) Male: 23 inches (58 cm), Female: 22 inches (56.5 cm) 17 inches (45 cm)

Hair & Care - Sapsali vs Sarplaninac vs Schapendoes

Coat Silky Fluffy
Waterproof
Thick
Colors Reddish
Orange
Brown
Golden
Yellowish
Blonde
Black
Black
Fawn
Gray
Sable
White
Brown
Tricolor
Blue
Gray
White
Black
Grooming
Advanced: The Sapsali requires a lot of grooming.
Easy to groom: The Sarplaninac doesn't require a lot of grooming.
Easy to groom: The Schapendoes doesn't require a lot of grooming.
Shedding Level
Sapsalis are heavy shedders.
Sarplaninacs shed moderately.
Schapendoess shed moderately.

Characteristics - Sapsali vs Sarplaninac vs Schapendoes

Temperament Friendly
Loyal
Protective
Gentle
Playful
Independent
Devoted
Protective
Calm
Intelligent
Reliable
Attentive
Friendly
Lively
Courageous
Intelligent
Watchful
Intelligent Rank
Very smart: Sapsali is an excellent dog breed.
Average: Sarplaninac's has average obedience intelligence.
Average: Schapendoes's has average obedience intelligence.
Trainability
Sapsalis are easy to train.
Sarplaninacs are quite easy to train.
Schapendoess are quite easy to train.
Playfulness
The Sapsali is a highly playful breed.
Sarplaninacs are not the most playful dog breed.
The Schapendoes is a playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Sarplaninacs have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Affection Level
Sapsalis are highly affectionate dogs.
Sarplaninacs are highly affectionate dogs.
Schapendoess are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Sapsalis need for social interaction is average.
Sarplaninacs need for social interaction is average.
Schapendoess are a social breed.
Barking
High: The Sapsali is a very vocal breed.
Low to Average: The Sarplaninac rarely barks.
Low to Average: The Schapendoes rarely barks.
Watchdog Ability
Sapsalis are one of the best watchdogs.
Sarplaninacs are good watchdogs.
Schapendoess are average watchdogs.
Territorial
Sapsalis strongly protect their territory.
Sarplaninacs are extremely protective guard dogs.
Schapendoess strongly protect their territory.
Biting Potential Low
The Sapsali has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Sarplaninac has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Schapendoes has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Sapsalis have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Sarplaninacs have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Schapendoess have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Wanderlust potential of the Sapsali is strong enough to escape from home.
Wanderlust potential of the Sarplaninac is strong enough to escape from home.
Schapendoess tend to escape less than other breeds.
Prey Drive
Sapsalis have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Sarplaninacs have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Schapendoess have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Apartment Friendly
Sapsalis are not apartment-friendly dogs.
Sarplaninacs are not apartment-friendly dogs.
Schapendoess 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
Sapsalis adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
Sarplaninacs adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Schapendoess 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.
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
Schapendoess 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 - Sapsali vs Sarplaninac vs Schapendoes

Stranger Friendly
Sapsalis are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Sarplaninacs are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Schapendoess are stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Sapsalis are very kid-friendly dogs.
Sarplaninacs are average friendly dogs towards children.
Schapendoess are kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Sapsalis are cat-friendly dogs.
Sarplaninacs are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
Schapendoess are cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Sapsalis are dog-friendly dogs.
Sarplaninacs are average friendly towards other dogs.
Schapendoess are dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
Sapsali is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Sarplaninac is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Schapendoes is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Sapsalis are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Sarplaninacs are commonly okay with elderly people.
Schapendoess are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Sapsalis are usually friendly towards other pets.
Sarplaninacs usually don’t get on well with other pets.
Schapendoess are usually friendly towards other pets.
Good For First Time Owners No
Sapsalis are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Yes
Sarplaninacs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
No
Schapendoess 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
Sapsali breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Sarplaninac breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Schapendoes breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog Not really
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 - Sapsali vs Sarplaninac vs Schapendoes

Health Issues
Very healthy dog breed.
Sarplaninacs are commonly healthy dogs.
Schapendoess tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
Health Problems No set Bloat
Drug Sensitivity
Hip Dysplasia
No set
Life Expectancy 11-13 years 12-13 years 12-14 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
Sapsalis have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sarplaninacs are high energy dogs.
Schapendoess have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Exercise Need
Sapsalis have an average exercise need.
Sarplaninacs need a lot of exercises.
Schapendoess have an average exercise need.
Sleeping Need
Sapsalis sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Sarplaninacs don't need too much sleep.
Schapendoess sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Avg. daily food consumption 1.5 to 2.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 2.5 to 3.5 cups of a high-quality dog food daily, divided into two meals. 1.5 to 2.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Average.
Average to High.
High: The Schapendoes breed has a strong tendency to overweight.
Weather & Climate Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Sapsali can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Prefers cold weather
The Sarplaninac can adapt well to harsh weather conditions, and also can be a good mountain dog.
Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness Medium
The Sapsali has an average chance of bad smell.
Low
The Sarplaninac has a low chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Schapendoes has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Sapsali is an average drooler.
The Sarplaninac 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 Schapendoes is an average drooler.

Reproducibility - Sapsali vs Sarplaninac vs Schapendoes

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 4-6 puppies 3-5 puppies 4-6 puppies

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