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

"Find similarities and differences between St. Bernard vs Sapsali vs Schapendoes" Compare St. Bernard and Sapsali. Which is better: St. Bernard or Sapsali or Schapendoes?
Name St. Bernard Sapsali Schapendoes
OriginsSwitzerland Italy Korea Netherlands
Group Working Dogs Hunting Dogs Working Dogs
Popularity Rank48507336
Reviews410
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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 Dutch Schapendoes, Nederlandse Schapendoes
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. Recognized by FCI in the Sheepdogs and Cattledogs (except Swiss Cattledogs) group, in the Sheepdogs section.
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 No set
Price $1500-$1800 $300-$500 $500-$700

General Appearance - St. Bernard vs Sapsali vs Schapendoes

Size Giant Large
Medium
Medium
Weight 110-200 pounds (50-91 kg) Male: 18–27 kg (40-60 lbs), Female: 16–25 kg (35-55 lbs) 26-55 pounds (12-25 kg)
Avg. Weight 155 pounds (70.5 kg) Male: 18–27 kg (40-60 lbs), Female: 16–25 kg (35-55 lbs) 40.5 pounds (18.5 kg)
Height 25.5-27.5 inches (61-70 cm) Male: 50–60 cm (20–24 in), Female: 48–58 cm (19–23 in) 15-19 inches (40-50 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) 17 inches (45 cm)

Hair & Care - St. Bernard vs Sapsali vs Schapendoes

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

Characteristics - St. Bernard vs Sapsali vs Schapendoes

Temperament Friendly
Independent
Going
Social
Gentle
Happy
Quiet
Friendly
Loyal
Protective
Gentle
Playful
Attentive
Friendly
Lively
Courageous
Intelligent
Watchful
Intelligent Rank
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
Very smart: Sapsali is an excellent dog breed.
Average: Schapendoes's has average obedience intelligence.
Trainability
St.
Sapsalis are easy to train.
Schapendoess are quite easy to train.
Playfulness
St.
The Sapsali is a highly playful breed.
The Schapendoes is a playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
St.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Affection Level
St.
Sapsalis are highly affectionate dogs.
Schapendoess are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
St.
Sapsalis need for social interaction is average.
Schapendoess are a social breed.
Barking
Low: The St.
High: The Sapsali is a very vocal breed.
Low to Average: The Schapendoes rarely barks.
Watchdog Ability
St.
Sapsalis are one of the best watchdogs.
Schapendoess are average watchdogs.
Territorial
St.
Sapsalis strongly protect their territory.
Schapendoess strongly protect their territory.
Biting Potential Moderate
The St.
Low
The Sapsali has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Schapendoes has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
St.
Sapsalis 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
St.
Wanderlust potential of the Sapsali is strong enough to escape from home.
Schapendoess tend to escape less than other breeds.
Prey Drive
St.
Sapsalis 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
St.
Sapsalis 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
St.
Sapsalis adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
Schapendoess adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
St.
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 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 Schapendoes

Stranger Friendly
St.
Sapsalis are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Schapendoess are stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
St.
Sapsalis are very kid-friendly dogs.
Schapendoess are kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
St.
Sapsalis are cat-friendly dogs.
Schapendoess are cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
St.
Sapsalis are dog-friendly dogs.
Schapendoess are dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
St.
No
Sapsali is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Schapendoes is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
St.
Sapsalis are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Schapendoess are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
St.
Sapsalis are usually friendly towards other pets.
Schapendoess are usually friendly towards other pets.
Good For First Time Owners No
St.
No
Sapsalis are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn 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 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
Schapendoes 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.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.

Health Factors - St. Bernard vs Sapsali vs Schapendoes

Health Issues
Very healthy dog breed.
Very healthy dog breed.
Schapendoess tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
Health Problems Allergies
Bloat
Cataracts
Dilated Cardiomyopathy
Elbow Dysplasia
Entropion
Epilepsy
Hip Dysplasia
No set No set
Life Expectancy 8-10 years 11-13 years 12-14 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.
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
St.
Sapsalis have an average exercise need.
Schapendoess have an average exercise need.
Sleeping Need
St.
Sapsalis sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Schapendoess sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
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. 1.5 to 2.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Average to High.
Average.
High: The Schapendoes breed has a strong tendency to overweight.
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.
Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness High
The St.
Medium
The Sapsali has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Schapendoes has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The St.
The Sapsali is an average drooler.
The Schapendoes is an average drooler.

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

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