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Australian Kelpie vs Australian Shepherd vs Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Australian Kelpie vs Australian Shepherd vs Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog" Compare Australian Kelpie and Australian Shepherd. Which is better: Australian Kelpie or Australian Shepherd or Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog?
Name Australian Kelpie Australian Shepherd Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog
OriginsAustralia United States Australia
Group Working Dogs Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs) Working Dogs
Popularity Rank52317552
Reviews220
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Other Names Australian Sheepdog, Australischer Kelpie, Kelpie, Barb Aussie, Little Blue Dog Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog, Stumpy, Stumpy Tail, Heeler
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Not recognized by the American Kennel Club. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1991 as a Herding breed. Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Sheepdogs and Cattledogs (except Swiss Cattledogs) group, in the Sheepdogs section. Recognized by FCI in the Sheepdogs and Cattledogs (except Swiss Cattledogs) group, in the Sheepdogs section. Not recognized by FCI.
Breed Recognition American Canine Registry America's Pet Registry Canadian Kennel Club Dog Registry of America Inc. Federation Cynologique Internationale Kennel Club of Great Britain American Canine Association, Inc. Australian National Kennel Council Continental Kennel Club National Kennel Club New Zealand Kennel Club United Kennel Club Foundation Stock Service American Canine Registry American Kennel Club America's Pet Registry Dog Registry of America Inc. North American Purebred Registry, Inc. American Canine Association, Inc. Continental Kennel Club National Kennel Club New Zealand Kennel Club United Kennel Club Australian Shepherd Club Of America No set
Price $500-$700 $600-$800 $500-$800

General Appearance - Australian Kelpie vs Australian Shepherd vs Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog

Size Medium Large Medium
Weight 25-45 pounds (11-20 kg) Male: 50-65 pounds (25-29 kg), Female: 40-55 pounds (18-25 kg) 35-50 lbs (16-23 kg)
Avg. Weight 35 pounds (15.5 kg) Male: 57.5 pounds (27 kg), Female: 47.5 pounds (21.5 kg) 42.5 lbs (19.5 kg)
Height 17-20 inches (43-51 cm) Male: 20-23 inches (52-58cm), Female: 18-21 inches (46–53 cm) 18-20 inches (46-51 cm)
Avg. Height 18.5 inches (47 cm) Male: 21.5 inches (55 cm), Female: 19.5 inches (46–53 cm) 19 inches (48.5 cm)

Hair & Care - Australian Kelpie vs Australian Shepherd vs Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog

Coat Double Feathered Dense Straight Harsh
Colors Blue Chocolate Red Tan Brown Fawn Black Red Blue Merle Black Red speckled Blue speckled Black
Grooming
Effortless: The Australian Kelpie requires minimal grooming.
Average: The Australian Shepherd requires average grooming effort.
Effortless: The Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog requires minimal grooming.
Shedding Level
Australian Kelpies shed moderately.
Australian Shepherds shed moderately.
Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dogs shed moderately.

Characteristics - Australian Kelpie vs Australian Shepherd vs Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog

Temperament Alert Energetic Intelligent Robust Eager Friendly Loyal Active Friendly Intelligent Loving Affectionate Good-natured Protective Alert Devoted Intelligent Obedient Courageous Energetic Loyal Watchful
Intelligent Rank
Average: Australian Kelpie's has average obedience intelligence.
Smart: Australian Shepherd's has great intelligence.
Average: Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog's has average obedience intelligence.
Trainability
Australian Kelpies are very easy to train.
Australian Shepherds are very easy to train.
Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dogs are very easy to train.
Playfulness
The Australian Kelpie is a playful breed.
The Australian Shepherd is a highly playful breed.
Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dogs, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Sensitivity Level
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Australian Shepherds don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Affection Level
Australian Kelpies are average dogs regarding their affection level.
Australian Shepherds are highly affectionate dogs.
Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dogs are highly affectionate dogs.
Social Needs
Australian Kelpies need for social interaction is average.
Australian Shepherds are a social breed.
Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dogs are kinda antisocial.
Barking
Low to Average: The Australian Kelpie rarely barks.
Low to Average: The Australian Shepherd rarely barks.
Low to Average: The Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog rarely barks.
Watchdog Ability
Australian Kelpies are one of the best watchdogs.
Australian Shepherds are one of the best watchdogs.
Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dogs are one of the best watchdogs.
Territorial
Australian Kelpies are extremely protective guard dogs.
Australian Shepherds are extremely protective guard dogs.
Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dogs are extremely protective guard dogs.
Biting Potential Low
The Australian Kelpie has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Australian Shepherd has a low chance of biting somebody.
Moderate
The Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog has an average chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Australian Kelpies have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Australian Shepherds have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dogs have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Wanderlust potential of the Australian Kelpie is strong enough to escape from home.
Australian Shepherds are not the biggest explorers.
Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dogs are not the biggest explorers.
Prey Drive
Australian Kelpies have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Australian Shepherds have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dogs 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
Australian Kelpies are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Australian Shepherds are not the best choice for an apartment lifestyle, but they don't mind being inside if you walk them several times every day.
Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dogs are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Adaptability
Australian Kelpies adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Australian Shepherds adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dogs adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all 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.
Australian Shepherds 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.
Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dogs handle alone time quite well.
Fighting 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.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With - Australian Kelpie vs Australian Shepherd vs Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog

Stranger Friendly
Australian Kelpies are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Australian Shepherds are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dogs are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Australian Kelpies are kid-friendly dogs.
Australian Shepherds are very kid-friendly dogs.
Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dogs are kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Australian Kelpies are average friendly towards cats.
Australian Shepherds are average friendly towards cats.
Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dogs are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Australian Kelpies are average friendly towards other dogs.
Australian Shepherds are average friendly towards other dogs.
Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dogs are average friendly towards other dogs.
Office Friendly No
Australian Kelpie is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Australian Shepherd is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Australian Kelpies are usually recommended for elderly people.
Australian Shepherds are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dogs are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Australian Kelpies are generally with other pets.
Australian Shepherds are generally with other pets.
Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dogs are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners No
Australian Kelpies are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Australian Shepherds are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dogs 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
Australian Kelpie breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Australian Shepherd breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog 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.
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 - Australian Kelpie vs Australian Shepherd vs Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog

Health Issues
Australian Kelpies tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
The Australian Shepherd is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dogs tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
Health Problems Cerebellar Abiotrophy Collie Eye Anomaly Hip Dysplasia Osteoarthritis Patellar Luxation Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Allergies Cancer Cataracts Collie Eye Anomaly Deafness Detached Retina Distichiasis Drug Sensitivity Elbow Dysplasia Epilepsy Hip Dysplasia Hypothyroidism Nasal Solar Dermatitis Osteochondrosis Dissecans Persistent Pupillary Membranes Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Blindness Cataracts Collie Eye Anomaly Deafness Demodectic Mange Dental Problems Elbow Dysplasia Hip Dysplasia Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Retinal Dysplasia
Life Expectancy 10-14 years 12-15 years 12-15 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
Australian Kelpies are high energy dogs.
Australian Shepherds are high energy dogs.
Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dogs are high energy dogs.
Exercise Need
Australian Kelpies need quite a lot of exercise.
Australian Shepherds need a lot of exercises.
Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dogs need a lot of exercises.
Sleeping Need
Australian Kelpies don't need too much sleep.
Australian Shepherds don't need too much sleep.
Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dogs don't need too much sleep.
Avg. daily food consumption 1 to 2 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
Low to Average.
Average to High.
Average to High.
Weather & Climate Tolerates warm and cold weather. Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Australian Shepherd can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness Medium
The Australian Kelpie has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Australian Shepherd has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Australian Kelpie is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Australian Shepherd is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Australian Kelpie vs Australian Shepherd vs Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog

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 4-7 puppies 6-9 puppies, average 7 4-6 puppies

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