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

"Find similarities and differences between Sapsali vs Taigan vs Sarplaninac" Compare Sapsali and Taigan. Which is better: Sapsali or Taigan or Sarplaninac?
Name Sapsali Taigan Sarplaninac
OriginsKorea Kyrgyzstan Serbia Macedonia
Group Hunting Dogs Hunting Dogs Guard Dogs
Popularity Rank507473525
Reviews101
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Other Names Sapsal Gae, Sapsaree, Exorcising Dog, Ghost Hunting Clever Dog Kyrgyz Sighthound, Tajgan, Kyrgyzskaya Borzaya Taigan Macedonian Shepherd, Yugoslavian Shepherd Dog, Illyrian Shepherd Dog, Jugoslovenski ovcarski pas-sarplaninac
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. Not recognized by FCI.
Breed Recognition No set 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.
Price $300-$500 Unknown $900-$1000

General Appearance - Sapsali vs Taigan vs Sarplaninac

Size Large
Medium
Medium Large
Weight Male: 18–27 kg (40-60 lbs), Female: 16–25 kg (35-55 lbs) Male: 60-75 pounds (27-34kg), Female: 55-70 pounds (25-32 kg) Male: 55-80 pounds (25-36 kg), Female: 45-70 pounds (20-32 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: 62.5 pounds (28.5 kg) Male: 67.5 pounds (30.5 kg), Female: 57.5 pounds (26 kg)
Height Male: 50–60 cm (20–24 in), Female: 48–58 cm (19–23 in) Male: 24-27 inches (61-69 cm), Female: 23-26 inches (58-66 cm) Male: 22-24 inches (55-61 cm), Female: 21-23 inches (54-59 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 50–60 cm (20–24 in), Female: 48–58 cm (19–23 in) Male: 25 inches (65 cm), Female: 24 inches (62 cm) Male: 23 inches (58 cm), Female: 22 inches (56.5 cm)

Hair & Care - Sapsali vs Taigan vs Sarplaninac

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

Characteristics - Sapsali vs Taigan vs Sarplaninac

Temperament Friendly
Loyal
Protective
Gentle
Playful
Independent
Outright
Intelligent
Vigilant
Calm
Quiet
Sensitive
Reserved
Independent
Devoted
Protective
Calm
Intelligent
Reliable
Intelligent Rank
Very smart: Sapsali is an excellent dog breed.
Smart: Taigan's has great intelligence.
Average: Sarplaninac's has average obedience intelligence.
Trainability
Sapsalis are easy to train.
Taigans are very easy to train.
Sarplaninacs are quite easy to train.
Playfulness
The Sapsali is a highly playful breed.
Taigans are not the most playful dog breed.
Sarplaninacs are not the most playful dog breed.
Sensitivity Level
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Taigans don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Sarplaninacs have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
Affection Level
Sapsalis are highly affectionate dogs.
Taigans are highly affectionate dogs.
Sarplaninacs are highly affectionate dogs.
Social Needs
Sapsalis need for social interaction is average.
Taigans are a social breed.
Sarplaninacs need for social interaction is average.
Barking
High: The Sapsali is a very vocal breed.
Average to high: The Taigan is a vocal breed.
Low to Average: The Sarplaninac rarely barks.
Watchdog Ability
Sapsalis are one of the best watchdogs.
Taigans are good watchdogs.
Sarplaninacs are good watchdogs.
Territorial
Sapsalis strongly protect their territory.
Taigans strongly protect their territory.
Sarplaninacs are extremely protective guard dogs.
Biting Potential Low
The Sapsali has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Taigan has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Sarplaninac has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Sapsalis have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Taigans 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.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Wanderlust potential of the Sapsali is strong enough to escape from home.
Wanderlust potential of the Taigan is strong enough to escape from home.
Wanderlust potential of the Sarplaninac is strong enough to escape from home.
Prey Drive
Sapsalis have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Taigans have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
Sarplaninacs have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Apartment Friendly
Sapsalis are not apartment-friendly dogs.
Taigans are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Sarplaninacs are not apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Sapsalis adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
Taigans adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Sarplaninacs adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
Taigans 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 - Sapsali vs Taigan vs Sarplaninac

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

Health Factors - Sapsali vs Taigan vs Sarplaninac

Health Issues
Very healthy dog breed.
The Taigan is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Sarplaninacs are commonly healthy dogs.
Health Problems No set No set Bloat
Drug Sensitivity
Hip Dysplasia
Life Expectancy 11-13 years 10-13 years 12-13 years
Hypoallergenic No Yes 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.
Taigans are high energy dogs.
Sarplaninacs are high energy dogs.
Exercise Need
Sapsalis have an average exercise need.
Taigans need quite a lot of exercise.
Sarplaninacs need a lot of exercises.
Sleeping Need
Sapsalis sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Taigans don't need too much sleep.
Sarplaninacs don't need too much sleep.
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. 2.5 to 3.5 cups of a high-quality dog food daily, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Average.
Low to Average.
Average to High.
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.
Tolerates warm and cold weather. Prefers cold weather
The Sarplaninac can adapt well to harsh weather conditions, and also can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness Medium
The Sapsali has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Taigan has an average chance of bad smell.
Low
The Sarplaninac has a low chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Sapsali is an average drooler.
The Taigan is a perfect example for low drooling tendency.
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.

Reproducibility - Sapsali vs Taigan vs Sarplaninac

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 6-8 puppies 3-5 puppies

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