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Swedish Lapphund vs St. Bernard vs Hovawart – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Swedish Lapphund vs St. Bernard vs Hovawart" Compare Swedish Lapphund and St. Bernard. Which is better: Swedish Lapphund or St. Bernard or Hovawart?
Name Swedish Lapphund St. Bernard Hovawart
OriginsSweden Switzerland Italy Germany
Group Companion Dogs Working Dogs Guard Dogs
Popularity Rank32848375
Reviews041
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Other Names Svensk lapphund St. Hubert Hound, Chien St. Hubert, Sleuth Hound, St. Bernhardshund, Bernhardiner Hovie
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Not recognized by the American Kennel Club. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1885 as a Working breed. Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Spitz and primitive types group, in the Nordic Watchdogs and Herders section. Not recognized by FCI. Recognized by FCI in the Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattledogs group, in the Molossian type section.
Breed Recognition American Kennel Club
United Kennel Club
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
American Canine Registry
America's Pet Registry
Continental Kennel Club
Dog Registry of America Inc.
Federation Cynologique Internationale
Foundation Stock Service
Kennel Club of Great Britain
National Kennel Club
North American Purebred Registry, Inc.
American Canine Association, Inc.
Price $400-$600 $1500-$1800 $1000-$1200

General Appearance - Swedish Lapphund vs St. Bernard vs Hovawart

Size Medium Giant Large
Giant
Weight Male: 40-44 pounds (18–20 kg), Female: 35-44 pounds (16–18 kg) 110-200 pounds (50-91 kg) 55 - 90 pounds (25 - 51 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 42 pounds (18–20 kg), Female: 39.5 pounds (16–18 kg) 155 pounds (70.5 kg) 55 - 90 pounds (25 - 51 kg)
Height Male: 18-20 inches (45-51 cm), Female: 16-18 inches (40-46 cm) 25.5-27.5 inches (61-70 cm) 23 - 28 inches (58 - 70 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 19 inches (48 cm), Female: 17 inches (43 cm) 25.5-27.5 inches (65.5 cm) 23 - 28 inches (58 - 70 cm)

Hair & Care - Swedish Lapphund vs St. Bernard vs Hovawart

Coat Fluffy Dense
Rough
Smooth
Silky
Colors White
Brown
Black
Brown
Red
White
Brindle
Tricolor
Black
Golden
Blonde
Black
Grooming
Average: The Swedish Lapphund requires average grooming effort.
Average: The St.
Easy to groom: The Hovawart doesn't require a lot of grooming.
Shedding Level
Swedish Lapphunds are heavy shedders.
St.
Hovawarts shed moderately.

Characteristics - Swedish Lapphund vs St. Bernard vs Hovawart

Temperament Affectionate
Kind
Trainable
Alert
Lively
Versatile
Friendly
Independent
Going
Social
Gentle
Happy
Quiet
Watchful
Reserved
Devoted
Outright
Tempered
Active
Intelligent Rank
Average: Swedish Lapphund's has average obedience intelligence.
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
Average: Hovawart's has average obedience intelligence.
Trainability
Swedish Lapphunds are quite easy to train.
St.
Hovawarts are easy to train.
Playfulness
The Swedish Lapphund is a highly playful breed.
St.
Hovawarts, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Sensitivity Level
Swedish Lapphunds have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
St.
Hovawarts have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
Affection Level
Swedish Lapphunds are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
St.
Hovawarts are highly affectionate dogs.
Social Needs
Swedish Lapphunds are a social breed.
St.
Hovawarts are a social breed.
Barking
High: The Swedish Lapphund is a very vocal breed.
Low: The St.
Low to Average: The Hovawart rarely barks.
Watchdog Ability
Swedish Lapphunds are good watchdogs.
St.
Hovawarts are one of the best watchdogs.
Territorial
Swedish Lapphunds are extremely protective guard dogs.
St.
Hovawarts are extremely protective guard dogs.
Biting Potential Low
The Swedish Lapphund has a low chance of biting somebody.
Moderate
The St.
Low
The Hovawart has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Swedish Lapphunds have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
St.
Hovawarts have a low tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Wanderlust potential of the Swedish Lapphund is strong enough to escape from home.
St.
Hovawarts tend to escape less than other breeds.
Prey Drive
Swedish Lapphunds don't have an impulse to catch or chase small animals.
St.
Hovawarts 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
Swedish Lapphunds are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
St.
Hovawarts are not apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Swedish Lapphunds adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
St.
Hovawarts adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Swedish Lapphunds 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.
St.
Hovawarts 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 Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat 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.

Good With - Swedish Lapphund vs St. Bernard vs Hovawart

Stranger Friendly
Swedish Lapphunds are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
St.
Hovawarts are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Swedish Lapphunds are very kid-friendly dogs.
St.
Hovawarts are kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Swedish Lapphunds are very cat-friendly dogs.
St.
Hovawarts are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Swedish Lapphunds are very dog-friendly dogs.
St.
Hovawarts are dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
Swedish Lapphund is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
St.
No
Hovawart is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Swedish Lapphunds are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
St.
Hovawarts are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Swedish Lapphunds are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
St.
Hovawarts are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners Yes
Swedish Lapphunds are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
No
St.
Yes
Hovawarts 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.
Yes
This breed makes a perfect 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.
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.
Boat Dog Not really
Swedish Lapphund breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
St.
Not really
Hovawart 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.
Yes
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 - Swedish Lapphund vs St. Bernard vs Hovawart

Health Issues
Swedish Lapphunds tend to have a lot and frequent health issues.
Very healthy dog breed.
The Hovawart is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems Allergies
Ear Infections
Eye Infections
Allergies
Bloat
Cataracts
Dilated Cardiomyopathy
Elbow Dysplasia
Entropion
Epilepsy
Hip Dysplasia
Hip Dysplasia
Underactive Thyroid
Life Expectancy 10-13 years 8-10 years 10-14 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
Swedish Lapphunds have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
St.
Hovawarts have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Exercise Need
Swedish Lapphunds need quite a lot of exercise.
St.
Hovawarts have an average exercise need.
Sleeping Need
Swedish Lapphunds are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
St.
Hovawarts sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Avg. daily food consumption 1.5 to 2.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 6 to 8 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 3 to 4 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Average.
Average to High.
Average.
Weather & Climate Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Swedish Lapphund can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Tolerates warm and cold weather. Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness Medium
The Swedish Lapphund has an average chance of bad smell.
High
The St.
Medium
The Hovawart has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Swedish Lapphund is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The St.
The Hovawart is a perfect example for low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Swedish Lapphund vs St. Bernard vs Hovawart

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 6-8 puppies

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