Sarplaninac vs Maremma Sheepdog vs Caucasian Ovcharka Comparison - Dog breed selector: Illyrian Shepherd Dog or Abruzzese Sheepdog or Caucasian Mountain Dog? Find the right dog for you

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Name Sarplaninac Maremma Sheepdog Caucasian Ovcharka
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Other Names
What other names do they have?
Illyrian Shepherd Dog
Yugoslavian Shepherd Dog
Macedonian Shepherd
Abruzzese Sheepdog
Abruzzo Sheepdog
Maremma
Maremmano
Maremmano-Abruzzese
Pastore Abruzzese
Pastore Maremmano
Cane da Pastore
Caucasian Mountain Dog
Caucasian Sheepdog
Kaukasische Schaferhund
Kawkasky Owtscharka
Caucasian Ovcharka
Breed Type
Which dog is purebred or crossbreed? Sarplaninac vs Maremma Sheepdog vs Caucasian Ovcharka breed type comparison:
Purebred Purebred Purebred

Sarplaninac vs Maremma Sheepdog vs Caucasian Ovcharka Price and Availability Comparison

Price
Which is cheaper, Sarplaninac or Maremma Sheepdog or Caucasian Ovcharka? Which is more expensive?
$900-$1000 $600-$800 $1500-$2500
Availability
Which is easier to get, Sarplaninac or Maremma Sheepdog or Caucasian Ovcharka?
Rare: You may rarely see each other in everyday life, but you might catch a glimpse of each other at dog shows.
Average: The Maremma Sheepdog is a commonly available dog breed.
Rare: You may rarely see each other in everyday life, but you might catch a glimpse of each other at dog shows.

Sarplaninac vs Maremma Sheepdog vs Caucasian Ovcharka Size Comparison

Size
Which is bigger, Sarplaninac or Maremma Sheepdog or Caucasian Ovcharka? Which is the smallest dog, Sarplaninac or Maremma Sheepdog or Caucasian Ovcharka?
Large Large Giant
Weight
Which is heavier, Sarplaninac or Maremma Sheepdog or Maremma Sheepdog? Sarplaninac vs Maremma Sheepdog vs Caucasian Ovcharka weight comparison:
Male: 55-80 pounds (25-36 kg), Female: 45-70 pounds (20-32 kg) Male: 80 - 95 pounds (36 - 43 kg), Female: 70 - 85 pounds (32 - 38 kg) 99-154 pounds (45-70 kg)
Average Weight
Which dog has a smaller / higher average weight?
Male: 67.5 pounds (30.5 kg), Female: 57.5 pounds (26 kg) Male: 85 pounds (38.5 kg), Female: 70 pounds (31.5 kg) 126.5 pounds (57.5 kg)
Height
Which is taller, Sarplaninac or Maremma Sheepdog or Caucasian Ovcharka? Sarplaninac vs Maremma Sheepdog vs Caucasian Ovcharka height comparison:
Male: 22-24 inches (55-61 cm), Female: 21-23 inches (54-59 cm) 24-29 inches (60-73 cm) 25-28 inches (64-72 cm)
Average Height
Which dog has a smaller / higher average height?
Male: 23 inches (58 cm), Female: 22 inches (56.5 cm) 26.5 inches (66.5 cm) 26.5 inches (68 cm)

Sarplaninac vs Maremma Sheepdog vs Caucasian Ovcharka Grooming, Hair and Care Comparison

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat/fur do they have? Sarplaninac vs Maremma Sheepdog vs Caucasian Ovcharka coat comparison:
Fluffy
Waterproof
Rough
Thick
Double
Double
Dense
Thick
Colors
What are the original Sarplaninac, Maremma Sheepdog and Caucasian Ovcharka color?
Black
Fawn
Gray
Sable
White
White
Yellow
Black
Cream
Gray
Silver
White
Yellow
Grooming
Which dog is easy to maintain, Sarplaninac or Maremma Sheepdog or Caucasian Ovcharka? Sarplaninac vs Maremma Sheepdog vs Caucasian Ovcharka grooming comparison:
Easy to groom: The Sarplaninac doesn't require a lot of grooming.
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Average: The Maremma Sheepdog requires average grooming effort.
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Easy to groom: The Caucasian Ovcharka doesn't require a lot of grooming.
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Shedding Level
Who sheds more Sarplaninac or Maremma Sheepdog or Caucasian Ovcharka? Sarplaninac or Maremma Sheepdog or {name3 shedding:
Sarplaninac dogs shed moderately.
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Maremma Sheepdog dogs shed moderately.
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Caucasian Ovcharka dogs shed moderately.
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Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
Which dog should be bathed more: Sarplaninac or Maremma Sheepdog or Caucasian Ovcharka?
3-4 weeks
More often than average. These dog coats tend to be longer, softer, and oilier than short-haired breeds.
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3-4 weeks
More often than average. These dog coats tend to be longer, softer, and oilier than short-haired breeds.
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3-4 weeks
More often than average. These dog coats tend to be longer, softer, and oilier than short-haired breeds.
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Sarplaninac vs Maremma Sheepdog vs Caucasian Ovcharka Personality / Temperament Comparison

Temperament
Which one has a better personality? Which is a better family dog, Sarplaninac or Maremma Sheepdog or Caucasian Ovcharka? Sarplaninac vs Maremma Sheepdog vs Caucasian Ovcharka behavior/temperament comparison:
Independent
Devoted
Protective
Calm
Intelligent
Reliable
Alert
Dignified
Intelligent
Determined
Friendly
Loyal
Dominant
Alert
Calm
Powerful
Quick
Intelligent Rank
Which is the smarter dog? Which is best? Sarplaninac vs Maremma Sheepdog vs Caucasian Ovcharka intelligence:
Average: It takes patience to teach this breed any tricks or commands, but the effort is worth it.
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Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
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Average: It takes patience to teach this breed any tricks or commands, but the effort is worth it.
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Trainability
Sarplaninac vs Maremma Sheepdog vs Caucasian Ovcharka trainability comparison.
Sarplaninac dogs are quite easy to train.
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Maremma Sheepdog dogs are quite easy to train.
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Caucasian Ovcharka dogs are quite easy to train.
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Playfulness
Sarplaninac vs Maremma Sheepdog vs Caucasian Ovcharka playfulness comparison:
Sarplaninacs are not the most playful dog breed.
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Average: Maremma Sheepdogs, like any other dog breed, like playing.
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The Caucasian Ovcharka is a playful breed.
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Sensitivity Level
Which dog is more sensitive? What's the difference?
Sarplaninac dogs have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
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They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
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Caucasian Ovcharka dogs are less sensitive than other dog breeds.
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Affection Level
Which is the more affectionate dog breed: Sarplaninac vs Maremma Sheepdog vs Caucasian Ovcharka?
Average to High: Sarplaninac dogs are highly affectionate dogs.
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High: Maremma Sheepdog dogs are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving, and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
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Average to High: Caucasian Ovcharka dogs are highly affectionate dogs.
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Social Needs
Sarplaninac vs Maremma Sheepdog vs Caucasian Ovcharka social needs comparison:
Sarplaninac dogs need for social interaction is average.
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Maremma Sheepdog dogs are a social breed.
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Caucasian Ovcharka dogs need for social interaction is average.
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Barking
Which dog barks more/less: Sarplaninac vs Maremma Sheepdog vs Caucasian Ovcharka?
Low to Average: The Sarplaninac rarely barks.
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Low to Average: The Maremma Sheepdog rarely barks.
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Average to High: The Caucasian Ovcharka is a vocal breed.
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Watchdog Ability
Which is the better watchdog: Sarplaninac or Maremma Sheepdog or Caucasian Ovcharka?
Sarplaninac dogs are good watchdogs.
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Maremma Sheepdog dogs are good watchdogs.
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Caucasian Ovcharka dogs are one of the best watchdogs.
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Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Which is a better guard dog Sarplaninac or Maremma Sheepdog or Caucasian Ovcharka? Which dog is most likely to protect its owner? Which is the best dog to use for protection?
Sarplaninac dogs are extremely protective guard dogs.
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Maremma Sheepdog dogs strongly protect their territory.
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Caucasian Ovcharka dogs are extremely protective guard dogs.
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Biting Potential
Which breed of dog is most likely to bite? Biting potential comparison:

Low 🔽

The Sarplaninac has a low chance of biting somebody.

Low 🔽

The Maremma Sheepdog has a low chance of biting somebody.

Low 🔽

The Caucasian Ovcharka has a low chance of biting somebody.
Bite Force
Which bite is stronger: Sarplaninac or Maremma Sheepdog or Caucasian Ovcharka?

Between 200 and 400 PSI

Sarplaninac bite force: Ordinary.

Between 200 and 400 PSI

Maremma Sheepdog bite force: Ordinary.

Above 400 PSI 🔼

Caucasian Ovcharka bite force: The Strongest.
Mouthiness
Which is the better dog? Sarplaninac vs Maremma Sheepdog vs Caucasian Ovcharka mouthiness comparison:
Sarplaninac dogs have an average tendency to nip, chew, playbite, or herd people.
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Maremma Sheepdog dogs have a lower than average tendency to nip, chew, playbite, or herd people.
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Caucasian Ovcharka dogs have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, playbite, or herd people.
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Impulse to Wander or Roam
Which dog has a greater roaming instinct?
The wanderlust potential of the Sarplaninac is strong enough to escape from home.
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Maremma Sheepdog dogs are not the biggest explorers.
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Caucasian Ovcharka dogs tend to escape less than other breeds.
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Prey Drive
Which dog has a higher prey drive? Which can be better for hunting?
Sarplaninac dogs have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
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Their prey drive is low.
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Caucasian Ovcharka dogs 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.
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Apartment Friendly
Which dog is more apartment friendly Sarplaninac or Maremma Sheepdog or Caucasian Ovcharka?
Not an apartment-friendly dog the Sarplaninac breed.
It is not the best choice if you want to keep them indoors, however, with careful exercise and several walks a day, they will tolerate the indoor environment, so it is possible to keep Maremma Sheepdog indoors.
It is not the best choice if you want to keep them indoors, however, with careful exercise and several walks a day, they will tolerate the indoor environment, so it is possible to keep Caucasian Ovcharka indoors.
Adaptability
Which dog has a higher adaptability potential? Which is the better dog?
Average: Sarplaninac dogs adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Average: Maremma Sheepdog dogs adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Average: Caucasian Ovcharka dogs adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Which dog can be left alone: Sarplaninac or Maremma Sheepdog or Caucasian Ovcharka?
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
Maremma Sheepdogs 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.

Sarplaninac vs Maremma Sheepdog vs Caucasian Ovcharka Good With Comparison

Stranger Friendly
Which dog is more stranger friendly Sarplaninac or Maremma Sheepdog or Caucasian Ovcharka? Which dog is more friendly?
Sarplaninac dogs are not the most stranger-friendly dogs.
Maremma Sheepdog dogs are average friendly towards strangers.
Caucasian Ovcharka dogs are not the most stranger-friendly dogs.
Pet Friendly
Which dog breeds get along well with other animals/pets?
Sarplaninacs usually don’t get on well with other pets.
Maremma Sheepdogs are usually friendly towards other pets.
Caucasian Ovcharkas are generally with other pets.
Child Friendly
Which dog is more child/kid friendly Sarplaninac or Maremma Sheepdog or Caucasian Ovcharka?
Sarplaninac dogs are average friendly dogs towards children.
Maremma Sheepdog dogs are kid-friendly dogs.
Caucasian Ovcharka dogs are kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Which dog is more cat friendly Sarplaninac or Maremma Sheepdog or Caucasian Ovcharka?
Sarplaninac dogs are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
Maremma Sheepdog dogs are cat-friendly dogs.
Caucasian Ovcharka dogs are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Which dog is more dog friendly Sarplaninac or Maremma Sheepdog or Caucasian Ovcharka?
Sarplaninac dogs are average friendly towards other dogs.
Maremma Sheepdog dogs are average friendly towards other dogs.
Caucasian Ovcharka dogs are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
Good For First Time Owners
Which dog is good for the first-time owners: Sarplaninac vs Maremma Sheepdog vs Caucasian Ovcharka?
Yes
Sarplaninacs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Yes
Maremma Sheepdogs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Yes
Caucasian Ovcharkas are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Office Friendly
Which one fits better in the office?
No
Sarplaninac is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Maremma Sheepdog is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Caucasian Ovcharka is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Which dog is good for elderly people?
Sarplaninacs are commonly okay with elderly people.
Maremma Sheepdogs are usually recommended for elderly people.
Caucasian Ovcharkas are usually recommended for elderly people.

Sarplaninac vs Maremma Sheepdog vs Caucasian Ovcharka Health Comparison

Health Issues
Sarplaninac vs Maremma Sheepdog vs Caucasian Ovcharka health comparison. Which is the healthier: Sarplaninac vs Maremma Sheepdog vs Caucasian Ovcharka?
Sarplaninacs are commonly healthy dogs.
The Maremma Sheepdog is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Caucasian Ovcharkas tend to have more frequent health issues than other breeds.
Health Problems
Which one has more or less genetic/health problems: Sarplaninac vs Maremma Sheepdog vs Caucasian Ovcharka? What are the allergies, genetic diseases and concerns for them? Sarplaninac vs Maremma Sheepdog vs Caucasian Ovcharka health problems comparison:
Bloat
Drug Sensitivity
Hip Dysplasia
Bloat
Drug Sensitivity
Hip Dysplasia
Obesity
Vaccination Sensitivity
Joint Dysplasia
Veterinarian Visits
Which one may need more or less veterinary visits?
Rare
The Sarplaninac should have a complete physical check-up at least every 12-18 months (but preferably once per year).
Average
The Maremma Sheepdog should have a complete physical check-up at least once per year.
Frequent
The Caucasian Ovcharka should have a complete physical check-up at least once (but preferably twice) per year.
Life Expectancy
Sarplaninac vs Maremma Sheepdog vs Caucasian Ovcharka lifespan comparison. How long do Sarplaninac, Maremma Sheepdog and Caucasian Ovcharka breeds live? Which one has a longer lifespan/life expectancy?
11-13 years
The average lifespan of Sarplaninac: 12 years
11-13 years
The average lifespan of Maremma Sheepdog: 12 years
10-12 years
The average lifespan of Caucasian Ovcharka: 11 years
Hypoallergenic
Sarplaninac vs Maremma Sheepdog vs Caucasian Ovcharka hypoallergenic comparison. Which dog is hypoallergenic or not?
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Energy Level
Who has more energy a Sarplaninac or Maremma Sheepdog or Caucasian Ovcharka? Sarplaninac vs Maremma Sheepdog vs Caucasian Ovcharka energy level comparison:
Sarplaninac dogs are high-energy dogs.
Maremma Sheepdog dogs have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Caucasian Ovcharka dogs have a lower energy level than other dogs.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
Sarplaninac vs Maremma Sheepdog vs Caucasian Ovcharka exercise need comparison. Which dog needs more activity? Which dog needs the most exercise: Sarplaninac or Maremma Sheepdog or Caucasian Ovcharka? Which dog needs the most walking? Which dog is the laziest?
Sarplaninac dogs need a lot of exercises.
Maremma Sheepdog dogs have an average exercise need.
Caucasian Ovcharka dogs exercise need is minimal.
Sleeping Need
Which one sleeps the least/most: Sarplaninac or Maremma Sheepdog or Caucasian Ovcharka?
Sarplaninac dogs don't need too much sleep.
Maremma Sheepdog dogs sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered a lazy breed.
Caucasian Ovcharka dogs like sleeping so they do sleep a lot.
Average daily food consumption
Which dog eats more: Sarplaninac or Maremma Sheepdog or Caucasian Ovcharka?
2.5 to 3.5 cups of a high-quality dog food daily, divided into two meals. 3 to 4 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 4 to 7 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
Which dog breed is more prone to obesity? Sarplaninac vs Maremma Sheepdog vs Caucasian Ovcharka weight gain potential comparison:
Average to High: If you don't pay attention to the Sarplaninac's weight, he can easily gain weight.
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High: The Maremma Sheepdog breed has a strong tendency to be overweight.
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Average to High: If you don't pay attention to the Caucasian Ovcharka's weight, he can easily gain weight.
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Weather and Climate
Which dog is best for hot or cold weather: Sarplaninac vs Maremma Sheepdog vs Caucasian Ovcharka?
Prefers cold weather
The Sarplaninac can adapt well to harsh weather conditions, and also can be a good mountain dog.
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Tolerates warm and cold weather
Dogs that tolerate hot and cold weather are typically those that have a double coat of fur.
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Prefers cold weather
The Caucasian Ovcharka can adapt well to harsh weather conditions, and also can be a good mountain dog.
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Stinkiness
Which dog breed smells the least? Which dog smells the most? Which is best, Sarplaninac vs Maremma Sheepdog vs Caucasian Ovcharka?

Low 🔽

The Sarplaninac has a low chance of bad smell.

Medium

The Maremma Sheepdog has an average chance of bad smell.

Medium

The Caucasian Ovcharka has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling Tendency
Which dog drools the most? Which dog drools the least?
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.
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The Maremma Sheepdog is an average drooler.
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The Caucasian Ovcharka drools quite a lot, so if you dislike being covered by slobber spots on your clothes, you may want to choose another dog breed.
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Sarplaninac vs Maremma Sheepdog vs Caucasian Ovcharka As a Working Dog Comparison

Service Dog
Which one could be a service dog?

Not really

This breed generally not used as a service dog.
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Not really

This breed generally not used as a service dog.
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Not really

This breed generally not used as a service dog.
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Therapy Dog
Which one could be a therapy dog: Sarplaninac or Maremma Sheepdog or Caucasian Ovcharka? Which is better for autism?

Not really

This breed is generally not used as a therapy dog.
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Not really

This breed is generally not used as a therapy dog.
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Not really

This breed is generally not used as a therapy dog.
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Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Which one could be a detection/sniffer dog?

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases.

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases.

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Which one could be a search and rescue dog?

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog.

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog.

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog.
Boat and Sailor Dog
Which one could be a boat dog: Sarplaninac vs Maremma Sheepdog vs Caucasian Ovcharka?

Not really

Sarplaninac breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
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Not really

Maremma Sheepdog breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
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Not really

Caucasian Ovcharka breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
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Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Which one could be a cart pulling or drafting dog?

Yes

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
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Yes

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
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Yes

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
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Fighting Dog / Military 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.

Yes

In history, this breed was unfortunately used for combat dogs.

Sarplaninac vs Maremma Sheepdog vs Caucasian Ovcharka Reproducibility Comparison

Gestation Length 60-64 days See more. 60-64 days See more. 60-64 days See more.
Litter Frequency

Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy.
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Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy.
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Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy.
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Litter Size
How many puppies can Sarplaninac and Maremma Sheepdog and Caucasian Ovcharka have?
3-5 puppies 5-9 puppies 5-10 puppies

Sarplaninac vs Maremma Sheepdog vs Caucasian Ovcharka Recognition Comparison

AKC Group
Which dog is recognized by the AKC?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club. Not recognized by the American Kennel Club. Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Which dog is recognized by the FCI?
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
What other organizations and kennel clubs recognize these dog breeds?
American Canine Registry
Continental Kennel Club
Dog Registry of America Inc.
Federation Cynologique Internationale
National Kennel Club
United Kennel Club
American Canine Association, Inc.
American Canine Registry
America's Pet Registry
Continental Kennel Club
Dog Registry of America Inc.
Federation Cynologique Internationale
Kennel Club of Great Britain
National Kennel Club
New Zealand Kennel Club
United Kennel Club
American Canine Registry
America's Pet Registry
Continental Kennel Club
Dog Registry of America Inc.
Federation Cynologique Internationale
Foundation Stock Service
National Kennel Club
North American Purebred Registry, Inc.
American Canine Association, Inc.

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