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Spanish Mastiff vs Rhodesian Ridgeback vs Caucasian Ovcharka Comparison - Dog breed selector: Mastín Español or African Lion Dog or Caucasian Ovcharka? Find the right dog for you

"Find similarities and differences between Spanish Mastiff vs Rhodesian Ridgeback vs Caucasian Ovcharka" Compare Spanish Mastiff and Rhodesian Ridgeback. Which is better: Spanish Mastiff or Rhodesian Ridgeback or Caucasian Ovcharka?
Name Spanish Mastiff Rhodesian Ridgeback Caucasian Ovcharka
OriginsSpain Zimbabwe Armenia Russia Georgia Azerbaijan
Group Guard Dogs Hunting Dogs Guard Dogs
Popularity Rank20341508
Reviews067
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Other Names Mastín Español, Mastín de España, Mastin de la Mancha, Mastin de Extremadura, Mastin de Leon African Lion Dog, African Lion Hound Caucasian Ovcharka, Caucasian Mountain Dog, Caucasian Sheepdog, Kawkasky Owtscharka, Kaukasische Schaferhund
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Not recognized by the American Kennel Club. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1955 as a Hound breed. Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
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 Scent hounds and related breeds group, in the Related breeds section. Not recognized by FCI.
Breed Recognition American Canine Registry
America's Pet Registry
Dog Registry of America Inc.
Federation Cynologique Internationale
North American Purebred Registry, Inc.
American Canine Association, Inc.
Continental Kennel Club
National Kennel Club
United Kennel Club
American Rare Breed Association
Foundation Stock Service
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
Rhodesian Ridgeback Club Of The US
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.
Price
Which is cheaper Spanish Mastiff or Rhodesian Ridgeback or Caucasian Ovcharka? Which is more expensive?
$600-$800 $900-$1200 $1500-$2500

Spanish Mastiff vs Rhodesian Ridgeback vs Caucasian Ovcharka General Appearance & Basic Info Comparison

Size
Which is bigger Spanish Mastiff or Rhodesian Ridgeback or Caucasian Ovcharka?
Giant Large Giant
Weight
Which is heavier Spanish Mastiff or Rhodesian Ridgeback or Rhodesian Ridgeback?
Male: 185-220 pounds (90-100 kg), Female: 145-170 pounds (52-77 kg) Male: 80-90 pounds (36-41 kg), Female: 65-75 pounds (29-34 kg) 99-154 pounds (45-70 kg)
Avg. Weight
Which dog has a smaller / higher average weight?
Male: 202.5 pounds (95 kg), Female: 157.5 pounds (64.5 kg) Male: 85 pounds (38.5 kg), Female: 70 pounds (31.5 kg) 126.5 pounds (57.5 kg)
Height
Which is taller Spanish Mastiff or Rhodesian Ridgeback or Caucasian Ovcharka?
28-35 inches (72-88 cm) Male: 25-27 inches (63-69 cm), Female: 24-26 inches (61-66 cm) 25-28 inches (64-72 cm)
Avg. Height
Which dog has a smaller / higher average height?
31.5 inches (80 cm) Male: 26 inches (66 cm), Female: 25 inches (63.5 cm) 26.5 inches (68 cm)

Spanish Mastiff vs Rhodesian Ridgeback vs Caucasian Ovcharka Hair & Care Comparison

Coat / Hair Types Dense
Thick
Straight
Dense Dense
Thick
Double
Colors Fawn
Yellow
Brindle
Sable
Black
Golden
Red
White
Gray
Wheaten
Black
Cream
Gray
Silver
White
Yellow
Grooming
Easy to groom: The Spanish Mastiff doesn't require a lot of grooming.
Effortless: The Rhodesian Ridgeback requires minimal grooming.
Easy to groom: The Caucasian Ovcharka doesn't require a lot of grooming.
Shedding Level
Spanish Mastiffs shed moderately.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks shed none to minimal.
Caucasian Ovcharkas shed moderately.

Spanish Mastiff vs Rhodesian Ridgeback vs Caucasian Ovcharka Characteristics Comparison

Temperament Affectionate
Intelligent
Selfish
Determined
Noble
Dignified
Loyal
Sensitive
Intelligent
Mischievous
Strong
Willed
Dominant
Alert
Calm
Powerful
Quick
Intelligent Rank
Átlagos: Átlagos intelligenciájú Spanish Mastiff.
Átlagos: Átlagos intelligenciájú Rhodesian Ridgeback.
Átlagos: Átlagos intelligenciájú Caucasian Ovcharka.
Trainability
Spanish Mastiffs are quite easy to train.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are quite easy to train.
Caucasian Ovcharkas are quite easy to train.
Playfulness
Spanish Mastiffs, like any other dog breed, like playing.
The Rhodesian Ridgeback is a playful breed.
The Caucasian Ovcharka is a playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Caucasian Ovcharkas are less sensitive than other dog breeds.
Affection Level
Spanish Mastiffs are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Caucasian Ovcharkas are highly affectionate dogs.
Social Needs
Spanish Mastiffs need for social interaction is average.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are a social breed.
Caucasian Ovcharkas need for social interaction is average.
Barking
Low to Average: The Spanish Mastiff rarely barks.
Low to Average: The Rhodesian Ridgeback rarely barks.
Average to high: The Caucasian Ovcharka is a vocal breed.
Watchdog Ability
Spanish Mastiffs are good watchdogs.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are average watchdogs.
Caucasian Ovcharkas are one of the best watchdogs.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Spanish Mastiffs are extremely protective guard dogs.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks strongly protect their territory.
Caucasian Ovcharkas are extremely protective guard dogs.
Biting Potential Low
The Spanish Mastiff has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Rhodesian Ridgeback has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Caucasian Ovcharka has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Spanish Mastiffs have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Caucasian Ovcharkas have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Spanish Mastiffs have average wanderlust potential.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
Caucasian Ovcharkas tend to escape less than other breeds.
Prey Drive
Spanish 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.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
Caucasian Ovcharkas 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
Nem lakásbarát kutya Spanish Mastiff.
Nem a legjobb választás Rhodesian Ridgeback, ha lakásban szeretnéd tartani, ugyanakkor alapos lemozgatással, napi többszöri sétával tolerálják a benti körülményeket is, így megoldható Rhodesian Ridgeback tartása lakásban.
Nem a legjobb választás Caucasian Ovcharka, ha lakásban szeretnéd tartani, ugyanakkor alapos lemozgatással, napi többszöri sétával tolerálják a benti körülményeket is, így megoldható Caucasian Ovcharka tartása lakásban.
Adaptability
Spanish Mastiffs adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
Caucasian Ovcharkas adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Which dog can be left alone: Spanish Mastiff or Rhodesian Ridgeback or Caucasian Ovcharka?
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks 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.
Yes
In history, this breed was unfortunately used for combat dog.
Yes
In history, this breed was unfortunately used for combat dog.

Spanish Mastiff vs Rhodesian Ridgeback vs Caucasian Ovcharka Good With Comparison

Stranger Friendly
Spanish Mastiffs are average friendly towards strangers.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Caucasian Ovcharkas are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Spanish Mastiffs are kid-friendly dogs.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are very kid-friendly dogs.
Caucasian Ovcharkas are kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Spanish Mastiffs are average friendly towards cats.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
Caucasian Ovcharkas are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Spanish Mastiffs are average friendly towards other dogs.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
Caucasian Ovcharkas are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly
Which one fits better in the office?
No
Spanish Mastiff is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Rhodesian Ridgeback 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?
Spanish Mastiffs are usually recommended for elderly people.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Caucasian Ovcharkas are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Which dog breeds get along well with other animals/pets?
Spanish Mastiffs are generally with other pets.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks usually don’t get on well with other pets.
Caucasian Ovcharkas are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners
Which dog is good for the first-time owners: Spanish Mastiff vs Rhodesian Ridgeback vs Caucasian Ovcharka?
No
Spanish Mastiffs are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Yes
Caucasian Ovcharkas 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
Spanish Mastiff breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Rhodesian Ridgeback breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Caucasian Ovcharka 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.
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.

Spanish Mastiff vs Rhodesian Ridgeback vs Caucasian Ovcharka Health Factors Comparison

Health Issues
Spanish Mastiffs tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
The Rhodesian Ridgeback is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Caucasian Ovcharkas tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
Health Problems Bloat
Cancer
Dental Problems
Elbow Dysplasia
Entropion
Heart Problems
Hip Dysplasia
Hypothyroidism
Joint Dysplasia
Obesity
Panosteitis
Dermoid Sinus
Elbow Dysplasia
Hip Dysplasia
Joint Dysplasia
Life Expectancy 10-12 years 10-12 years 10-12 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
Spanish Mastiffs have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Caucasian Ovcharkas have a lower energy level than other dogs.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
Spanish Mastiffs have an average exercise need.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks need quite a lot of exercise.
Caucasian Ovcharkas exercise need is minimal.
Sleeping Need
Spanish Mastiffs sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Caucasian Ovcharkas like sleeping so they do sleep a lot.
Avg. daily food consumption 8 to 10 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals Recommended daily amount: 2 3/4 to 4 3/8 cups of a high-quality daily, 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
High: The Spanish Mastiff breed has a strong tendency to overweight.
Average.
Average to High.
Weather & Climate Tolerates warm and cold weather. Tolerates warm and cold weather. Prefers cold weather
The Caucasian Ovcharka can adapt well to harsh weather conditions, and also can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness High
The Spanish Mastiff has a high chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Rhodesian Ridgeback has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Caucasian Ovcharka has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Spanish Mastiff 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 Rhodesian Ridgeback is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
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.

Spanish Mastiff vs Rhodesian Ridgeback vs Caucasian Ovcharka Reproducibility Comparison

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 3-6 puppies 6-8 puppies 5-10 puppies

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