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Tibetan Mastiff vs Caucasian Ovcharka vs Great Pyrenees – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Tibetan Mastiff vs Caucasian Ovcharka vs Great Pyrenees" Compare Tibetan Mastiff and Caucasian Ovcharka. Which is better: Tibetan Mastiff or Caucasian Ovcharka or Great Pyrenees?
Name Tibetan Mastiff Caucasian Ovcharka Great Pyrenees
OriginsTibet Armenia Russia Georgia Azerbaijan Spain France
Group Working Dogs Guard Dogs Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs)
Popularity Rank15350866
Reviews201
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Other Names Dok-Khyi, Tsang-khyi Caucasian Ovcharka, Caucasian Mountain Dog, Caucasian Sheepdog, Kawkasky Owtscharka, Kaukasische Schaferhund Great Pyrenees, Patou, Chien Des Pyrénées, Chien De Montagne Des Pyrénées, Montañés Del Pirineo, Gos De Muntanya Dels Pirineus
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2006 as a Working breed. Not recognized by the American Kennel Club. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1933 as a Working breed.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattledogs group, in the Molossian type 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 Canine Registry American Kennel Club America's Pet Registry Dog Registry of America Inc. Federation Cynologique Internationale Kennel Club of Great Britain North American Purebred Registry, Inc. American Canine Association, Inc. Continental Kennel Club National Kennel Club New Zealand 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. 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
Price $2500-$3500 $1500-$2500 $500-$600

General Appearance - Tibetan Mastiff vs Caucasian Ovcharka vs Great Pyrenees

Size Large Giant Giant
Weight 140-170 pounds (64-78 kg) 99-154 pounds (45-70 kg) Male: from 100 pounds (45 kg), Female: from 85 pounds (38 kg)
Avg. Weight 155 pounds (71 kg) 126.5 pounds (57.5 kg) Male: from 100 pounds (45 kg), Female: from 85 pounds (38 kg)
Height 25-28 inches (61-71 cm) 25-28 inches (64-72 cm) Male: 27-32 inches (69-81 cm), Female: 25-29 inches (63-74 cm)
Avg. Height 26.5 inches (66 cm) 26.5 inches (68 cm) Male: 29.5 inches (75 cm), Female: 27 inches (68.5 cm)

Hair & Care - Tibetan Mastiff vs Caucasian Ovcharka vs Great Pyrenees

Coat Thick Hard Dense Thick Double Dense Double
Colors Blue Gray Tan Brown Red Black Black Cream Gray Silver White Yellow White
Grooming
Average: The Tibetan Mastiff requires average grooming effort.
Easy to groom: The Caucasian Ovcharka doesn't require a lot of grooming.
Average: The Great Pyrenees requires average grooming effort.
Shedding Level
Tibetan Mastiffs shed moderately.
Caucasian Ovcharkas shed moderately.
Great Pyreneess shed above average.

Characteristics - Tibetan Mastiff vs Caucasian Ovcharka vs Great Pyrenees

Temperament Aloof Strong Willed Courageous Protective Stubborn Loyal Dominant Alert Calm Powerful Quick Affectionate Fearless Patient Confident Gentle Strong Willed
Intelligent Rank
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
Average: Caucasian Ovcharka's has average obedience intelligence.
Average: Great Pyrenees's has average obedience intelligence.
Trainability
Tibetan Mastiffs are quite easy to train.
Caucasian Ovcharkas are quite easy to train.
Great Pyreneess are easy to train.
Playfulness
Tibetan Mastiffs, like any other dog breed, like playing.
The Caucasian Ovcharka is a playful breed.
Great Pyreneess are not the most playful dog breed.
Sensitivity Level
Tibetan Mastiffs don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Caucasian Ovcharkas are less sensitive than other dog breeds.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Affection Level
Tibetan Mastiffs are average dogs regarding their affection level.
Caucasian Ovcharkas are highly affectionate dogs.
Great Pyreneess are average dogs regarding their affection level.
Social Needs
Tibetan Mastiffs need for social interaction is average.
Caucasian Ovcharkas need for social interaction is average.
Great Pyreneess are a social breed.
Barking
High: The Tibetan Mastiff is a very vocal breed.
Average to high: The Caucasian Ovcharka is a vocal breed.
Average to high: The Great Pyrenees is a vocal breed.
Watchdog Ability
Tibetan Mastiffs are average watchdogs.
Caucasian Ovcharkas are one of the best watchdogs.
Great Pyreneess are one of the best watchdogs.
Territorial
Tibetan Mastiffs are extremely protective guard dogs.
Caucasian Ovcharkas are extremely protective guard dogs.
Great Pyreneess strongly protect their territory.
Biting Potential Low
The Tibetan Mastiff has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Caucasian Ovcharka has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Great Pyrenees has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Tibetan Mastiffs have a strong 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.
Great Pyreneess have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Tibetan Mastiffs have average wanderlust potential.
Caucasian Ovcharkas tend to escape less than other breeds.
Great Pyreneess have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
Prey Drive
Tibetan 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.
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.
Great Pyreneess have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
Apartment Friendly
Tibetan Mastiffs are not apartment-friendly dogs.
Caucasian Ovcharkas are not the best choice for an apartment lifestyle, but they don't mind being inside if you walk them several times every day.
Great Pyreneess are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Adaptability
Tibetan Mastiffs adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Caucasian Ovcharkas adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Great Pyreneess adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
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.
Great Pyreneess 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 - Tibetan Mastiff vs Caucasian Ovcharka vs Great Pyrenees

Stranger Friendly
Tibetan Mastiffs are not stranger friendly dogs.
Caucasian Ovcharkas are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Great Pyreneess are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Tibetan Mastiffs are kid-friendly dogs.
Caucasian Ovcharkas are kid-friendly dogs.
Great Pyreneess are kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Tibetan Mastiffs are average friendly towards cats.
Caucasian Ovcharkas are average friendly towards cats.
Great Pyreneess are cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Tibetan Mastiffs are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
Caucasian Ovcharkas are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
Great Pyreneess are average friendly towards other dogs.
Office Friendly No
Tibetan Mastiff is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Caucasian Ovcharka is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Great Pyrenees is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Tibetan Mastiffs are usually recommended for elderly people.
Caucasian Ovcharkas are usually recommended for elderly people.
Great Pyreneess are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Tibetan Mastiffs are generally with other pets.
Caucasian Ovcharkas are generally with other pets.
Great Pyreneess are usually friendly towards other pets.
Good For First Time Owners No
Tibetan Mastiffs 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.
No
Great Pyreneess 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 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
Tibetan Mastiff breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Caucasian Ovcharka breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Great Pyrenees 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.
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 - Tibetan Mastiff vs Caucasian Ovcharka vs Great Pyrenees

Health Issues
Tibetan Mastiffs tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
Caucasian Ovcharkas tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
Great Pyreneess are commonly healthy dogs.
Health Problems Autoimmune Hypothyroidism Canine Inherited Demyelinative Neuropathy Elbow Dysplasia Hip Dysplasia Osteochondrosis Dissecans Panosteitis Joint Dysplasia Addison's Disease Bloat Cataracts Drug Sensitivity Elbow Dysplasia Entropion Hip Dysplasia Patellar Luxation
Life Expectancy 10-14 years 10-12 years 10-12 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
Tibetan Mastiffs have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Caucasian Ovcharkas have a lower energy level than other dogs.
Great Pyreneess have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Exercise Need
Tibetan Mastiffs have an average exercise need.
Caucasian Ovcharkas exercise need is minimal.
Great Pyreneess have an average exercise need.
Sleeping Need
Tibetan Mastiffs are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Caucasian Ovcharkas like sleeping so they do sleep a lot.
Great Pyreneess 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. 4 to 7 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 8 to 10 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals
Weight Gain Potential
Average to High.
Average to High.
Average to High.
Weather & Climate Prefers cold weather
The Tibetan Mastiff can adapt well to harsh weather conditions, and also can be a good mountain dog.
Prefers cold weather
The Caucasian Ovcharka can adapt well to harsh weather conditions, and also can be a good mountain dog.
Prefers cold weather
The Great Pyrenees can adapt well to harsh weather conditions, and also can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness High
The Tibetan Mastiff has a high chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Caucasian Ovcharka has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Great Pyrenees has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Tibetan Mastiff is a big drooler, so if you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, you should choose a dog from another breed.
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.
The Great Pyrenees is a perfect example for low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Tibetan Mastiff vs Caucasian Ovcharka vs Great Pyrenees

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 5-12 puppies 5-10 puppies 6-9 puppies

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