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Mastiff vs Caucasian Ovcharka – Which is the better breed?

"What should I choose?" Mastiff or Caucasian Ovcharka? Is Mastiff better than Caucasian Ovcharka?
MastiffCaucasian Ovcharka
Name Mastiff Caucasian Ovcharka
Origins England Armenia Russia Georgia Azerbaijan
GroupWorking DogsGuard Dogs
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Other Names English Mastiff, Old English Mastiff Caucasian Ovcharka, Caucasian Mountain Dog, Caucasian Sheepdog, Kawkasky Owtscharka, Kaukasische Schaferhund
Breed Type Purebred Purebred
Price $1200-$1500
If you choose to purchase the Mastiff, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a dog for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Mastiff gets to a happy place.
$1500-$2500
If you choose to purchase the Caucasian Ovcharka, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a dog for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Caucasian Ovcharka gets to a happy place.
Size Giant Giant
Weight Male: 150-250 pounds (68-113 kg), Female: 120-180 pounds (54-82 kg) 99-154 pounds (45-70 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 200 pounds (90.5 kg), Female: 150 pounds (68 kg) 126.5 pounds (57.5 kg)
Height Male: 30 inches (76 cm), Female: 27.5 inches (70 cm) 25-28 inches (64-72 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 30 inches (76 cm), Female: 27.5 inches (70 cm) 26.5 inches (68 cm)
Coat Dense Double Dense Thick
Colors Apricot Fawn Brindle Black Cream Gray Silver White Yellow
Grooming
Easy to groom: The Mastiff doesn't require a lot of grooming. Seasonal flea treatment is needed, but cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't necessary. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Mastiff is a good choice if you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of a high maintenance dog. Recommended for beginners.
Easy to groom: The Caucasian Ovcharka doesn't require a lot of grooming. Seasonal flea treatment is needed, but cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't necessary. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Caucasian Ovcharka is a good choice if you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of a high maintenance dog. Recommended for beginners.
Shedding Level
Mastiffs shed moderately. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and breed type.
Caucasian Ovcharkas shed moderately. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and breed type.
Temperament Affectionate Cheerful Intelligent Protective Alert Courageous Loyal Dominant Alert Calm Powerful Quick
Intelligent Rank
Average: Mastiff's has average obedience intelligence. Patience is needed for teaching this breed to any tricks and commands though, but it's worth the effort. They understand and memorize new commands in 25-40 repetitions. This breed obeys for the first command 50% of the time or better.
Average: Caucasian Ovcharka's has average obedience intelligence. Patience is needed for teaching this breed to any tricks and commands though, but it's worth the effort. They understand and memorize new commands in 25-40 repetitions. This breed obeys for the first command 50% of the time or better.
Trainability
Mastiffs are quite easy to train. Sometimes they can be challenging, but if you're consistent in teaching new commands they will obey for sure.
Caucasian Ovcharkas are quite easy to train. Sometimes they can be challenging, but if you're consistent in teaching new commands they will obey for sure.
Playfulness
Mastiffs are not the most playful dog breed. Sometimes they do like playing, but that's not their favorite activity.
The Caucasian Ovcharka is a playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
Mastiffs have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed. Sometimes it's okay to change the daily routine, have guests and listen to loud music. Some dogs handle moderate punishment very well, while others crumble apart at a dirty look. This breed is not affected emotionally for a moderate punishment.
Caucasian Ovcharkas are less sensitive than other dog breeds. They aren't receptive to their owner's emotions and handle soft punishment quite well. They don't mind an always changing daily routine, a hectic household, young children, noisy environment and frequent guest visits.
Affection Level
Mastiffs are loving and affectionate dogs. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Caucasian Ovcharkas are highly affectionate dogs. They like being involved in the family's life. This breed doesn't considered as an aloof dog.
Social Needs
Mastiffs need for social interaction is average. This breed likes being around people or other animals, but they don't mind being left alone for a few hours either.
Caucasian Ovcharkas need for social interaction is average. This breed likes being around people or other animals, but they don't mind being left alone for a few hours either.
Barking
Low: The Mastiff barks none to minimal. Perfect choice if you prefer a quiet breed. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Average to high: The Caucasian Ovcharka is a vocal breed. Not the best choice if you prefer a quiet breed. They often bark loudly and howl sometimes. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and same barks could have a different meaning. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Mastiffs are one of the best watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're very consistent in their effort. The best vocal cords and sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're very territorial and protective about their property, so the Mastiffs will alert you if they sense something different.
Caucasian Ovcharkas are one of the best watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're very consistent in their effort. The best vocal cords and sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're very territorial and protective about their property, so the Caucasian Ovcharkas will alert you if they sense something different.
Territorial
Mastiffs are extremely protective guard dogs. This breed doesn't hesitate to protect their territory so the Mastiff can be a good choice if you want an excellent guard dog. Keep calm and the Mastiff will take care of unwanted people or animals.
Caucasian Ovcharkas are extremely protective guard dogs. This breed doesn't hesitate to protect their territory so the Caucasian Ovcharka can be a good choice if you want an excellent guard dog. Keep calm and the Caucasian Ovcharka will take care of unwanted people or animals.
Biting Potential Moderate
The Mastiff has an average chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Low
The Caucasian Ovcharka has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Mouthiness
Mastiffs have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not an aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Mastiffs need to be taught for a good attitude.
Caucasian Ovcharkas have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not an aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Caucasian Ovcharkas need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Mastiffs are not the biggest explorers. They have low wanderlust potential. Low chance for escaping from home with this breed.
Caucasian Ovcharkas tend to escape less than other breeds. They have low to average wanderlust potential. Exploring the world is not the best activity they can imagine.
Prey Drive
Mastiffs don't have an impulse to catch or chase small animals. Their prey drive is low.
Caucasian Ovcharka 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. Training can help to achieve good behavior.
Apartment Friendly
Mastiffs are not the best choice for an apartment lifestyle, but they don't mind being inside if you walk them several times every day.
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.
Adaptability
Mastiffs adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Caucasian Ovcharkas adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Stranger Friendly
Mastiffs are average friendly dogs towards strangers.
Caucasian Ovcharkas are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Mastiffs are very kid-friendly dogs. This breed enjoys being surrounded by children.
Caucasian Ovcharkas are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have children.
Cat Friendly
Mastiffs are very cat-friendly dogs.
Caucasian Ovcharkas are average friendly dogs towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Mastiffs are average friendly dogs towards other dogs.
Caucasian Ovcharkas are not the most dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Caucasian Ovcharka is not a good choice.
Health Issues
Mastiffs are commonly healthy dogs. Vet costs aren't expensive with this breed.
Caucasian Ovcharkas tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds. Regular vet check-ups are needed.
Life Expectancy 10-12 years 10-12 years
Hypoallergenic No
Mastiffs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
No
Caucasian Ovcharkas don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
Mastiffs have a lower energy level than other dogs. If you live a chilled life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Caucasian Ovcharkas have a lower energy level than other dogs. If you live a chilled life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Exercise Need
Mastiffs don't need too much exercise. A few daily walks should be enough for them.
Caucasian Ovcharkas don't need too much exercise. A few daily walks should be enough for them.
Sleeping Need
Mastiffs like sleeping so they do sleep a lot. They're not the most active dog breed. If you live an active life, this breed can be a bad choice for you.
Caucasian Ovcharkas like sleeping so they do sleep a lot. They're not the most active dog breed. If you live an active life, this breed can be a bad choice for you.
Avg. daily food consumption 8 to 10 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.
Weight Gain Potential
Average to High. If you don't pay attention to the Mastiff's weight, he can easily gain weight. More than one daily walk should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Mastiff's weight regularly.
Average to High. If you don't pay attention to the Caucasian Ovcharka's weight, he can easily gain weight. More than one daily walk should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Caucasian Ovcharka's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Mastiff can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even 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.
Stinkiness High
The Mastiff has a high chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Medium
The Caucasian Ovcharka has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
The Mastiff is a big drooler, so if you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, you should choose a dog from another breed. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool much more than others, just like the Mastiff. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.
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. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool more than others, just like the Caucasian Ovcharka. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.
Gestation Length 60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female Mastiff: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female Caucasian Ovcharka: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
How often can the Mastiff, Caucasian Ovcharka have a litter? Twice a year (maximum) Twice a year (maximum)
Litter Size 3-5 puppies 5-10 puppies