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St. Bernard vs Sapsali vs Sarplaninac – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between St. Bernard vs Sapsali vs Sarplaninac" Compare St. Bernard and Sapsali. Which is better: St. Bernard or Sapsali or Sarplaninac?
Name St. Bernard Sapsali Sarplaninac
OriginsSwitzerland Italy Korea Serbia Macedonia
Group Working Dogs Hunting Dogs Guard Dogs
Popularity Rank48507525
Reviews411
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Other Names St. Hubert Hound, Chien St. Hubert, Sleuth Hound, St. Bernhardshund, Bernhardiner Sapsal Gae, Sapsaree, Exorcising Dog, Ghost Hunting Clever Dog Macedonian Shepherd, Yugoslavian Shepherd Dog, Illyrian Shepherd Dog, Jugoslovenski ovcarski pas-sarplaninac
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1885 as a Working breed. 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 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
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 $1500-$1800 $300-$500 $900-$1000

General Appearance - St. Bernard vs Sapsali vs Sarplaninac

Size Giant Large
Medium
Large
Weight 110-200 pounds (50-91 kg) 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)
Avg. Weight 155 pounds (70.5 kg) 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)
Height 25.5-27.5 inches (61-70 cm) 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)
Avg. Height 25.5-27.5 inches (65.5 cm) 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)

Hair & Care - St. Bernard vs Sapsali vs Sarplaninac

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

Characteristics - St. Bernard vs Sapsali vs Sarplaninac

Temperament Friendly
Independent
Going
Social
Gentle
Happy
Quiet
Friendly
Loyal
Protective
Gentle
Playful
Independent
Devoted
Protective
Calm
Intelligent
Reliable
Intelligent Rank
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
Very smart: Sapsali is an excellent dog breed.
Average: Sarplaninac's has average obedience intelligence.
Trainability
St.
Sapsalis are easy to train.
Sarplaninacs are quite easy to train.
Playfulness
St.
The Sapsali is a highly playful breed.
Sarplaninacs are not the most playful dog breed.
Sensitivity Level
St.
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.
Affection Level
St.
Sapsalis are highly affectionate dogs.
Sarplaninacs are highly affectionate dogs.
Social Needs
St.
Sapsalis need for social interaction is average.
Sarplaninacs need for social interaction is average.
Barking
Low: The St.
High: The Sapsali is a very vocal breed.
Low to Average: The Sarplaninac rarely barks.
Watchdog Ability
St.
Sapsalis are one of the best watchdogs.
Sarplaninacs are good watchdogs.
Territorial
St.
Sapsalis strongly protect their territory.
Sarplaninacs are extremely protective guard dogs.
Biting Potential Moderate
The St.
Low
The Sapsali has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Sarplaninac has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
St.
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.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
St.
Wanderlust potential of the Sapsali is strong enough to escape from home.
Wanderlust potential of the Sarplaninac is strong enough to escape from home.
Prey Drive
St.
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.
Apartment Friendly
St.
Sapsalis are not apartment-friendly dogs.
Sarplaninacs are not apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
St.
Sapsalis adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
Sarplaninacs adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
St.
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.
Fighting Dog Yes
In history, this breed was unfortunately 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 - St. Bernard vs Sapsali vs Sarplaninac

Stranger Friendly
St.
Sapsalis are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Sarplaninacs are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
St.
Sapsalis are very kid-friendly dogs.
Sarplaninacs are average friendly dogs towards children.
Cat Friendly
St.
Sapsalis are cat-friendly dogs.
Sarplaninacs are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
St.
Sapsalis are dog-friendly dogs.
Sarplaninacs are average friendly towards other dogs.
Office Friendly No
St.
No
Sapsali is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Sarplaninac is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
St.
Sapsalis are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Sarplaninacs are commonly okay with elderly people.
Pet Friendly
St.
Sapsalis are usually friendly towards other pets.
Sarplaninacs usually don’t get on well with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners No
St.
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.
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 Yes
This breed makes a perfect 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) Yes
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
St.
Not really
Sapsali 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 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.

Health Factors - St. Bernard vs Sapsali vs Sarplaninac

Health Issues
Very healthy dog breed.
Very healthy dog breed.
Sarplaninacs are commonly healthy dogs.
Health Problems Allergies
Bloat
Cataracts
Dilated Cardiomyopathy
Elbow Dysplasia
Entropion
Epilepsy
Hip Dysplasia
No set Bloat
Drug Sensitivity
Hip Dysplasia
Life Expectancy 8-10 years 11-13 years 12-13 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
St.
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.
Exercise Need
St.
Sapsalis have an average exercise need.
Sarplaninacs need a lot of exercises.
Sleeping Need
St.
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.
Avg. daily food consumption 6 to 8 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 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.
Weight Gain Potential
Average to High.
Average.
Average to High.
Weather & Climate Tolerates warm and cold weather. 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.
Stinkiness High
The St.
Medium
The Sapsali has an average chance of bad smell.
Low
The Sarplaninac has a low chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The St.
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.

Reproducibility - St. Bernard vs Sapsali 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 6-8 puppies 4-6 puppies 3-5 puppies

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