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Miniature American Shepherd vs Norrbottenspets vs Miniature Poodle – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Miniature American Shepherd vs Norrbottenspets vs Miniature Poodle" Compare Miniature American Shepherd and Norrbottenspets. Which is better: Miniature American Shepherd or Norrbottenspets or Miniature Poodle?
Name Miniature American Shepherd Norrbottenspets Miniature Poodle
OriginsUnited States Sweden Germany France
Group Working Dogs Companion Dogs Companion Dogs
Popularity Rank35224435
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Other Names North American Shepherd, Mini American, MAS, Ameri Nordic Spitz, Norrbottenspitz, Pohjanpystykorva Caniche, Barbone, Chien Canne, Carniche Moyen, Barboncino Miniatura, French Poodle, Pudle, Zwergpudel
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2015 as a Herding breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club as a Miscellaneous breed. Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group Not recognized by FCI. Recognized by FCI in the Spitz and primitive types group, in the Nordic Hunting Dogs section. Not recognized by FCI.
Breed Recognition No set No set 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 Canadian Canine Registry
Price $900-$1000 $600-$800 1000-1500

General Appearance - Miniature American Shepherd vs Norrbottenspets vs Miniature Poodle

Size Small Medium Medium Small
Weight 15-35 pounds (6-16 kg) Male: 24-33 pounds (11-15 kg), Female: 18-27 pounds (8-12 kg) 15-17 pounds (7-8 kg)
Avg. Weight 25 pounds (11 kg) Male: 28.5 pounds (13 kg), Female: 22.5 pounds (10 kg) 16 pounds (7.5 kg)
Height Male: 14–18 inches (36–46 cm), Female: 13–17 inches (33–43 cm) Male: 17.72 inches (45 cm), Female: 16.54 inches (42 cm) 11-15 inches (28-38 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 14–18 inches (36–46 cm), Female: 13–17 inches (33–43 cm) Male: 17.72 inches (45 cm), Female: 16.54 inches (42 cm) 13 inches (33 cm)

Hair & Care - Miniature American Shepherd vs Norrbottenspets vs Miniature Poodle

Coat Smooth Double Dense Straight Rough Dense Curly Thick
Colors Merle Blue White Black Brown White Blonde Tan Yellow Apricot Black Brown Gray Silver White Fawn Blue Cream Red Beige
Grooming
Easy to groom: The Miniature American Shepherd doesn't require a lot of grooming.
Easy to groom: The Norrbottenspets doesn't require a lot of grooming.
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Shedding Level
Miniature American Shepherds shed moderately.
Norrbottenspetss shed moderately.
Miniature Poodles shed none to minimal.

Characteristics - Miniature American Shepherd vs Norrbottenspets vs Miniature Poodle

Temperament Devoted Intelligent Energetic Loyal Active Attentive Daring Alert Confident Active Faithful Intelligent Alert Instinctual Trainable
Intelligent Rank
Average: Miniature American Shepherd's has average obedience intelligence.
Average: Norrbottenspets's has average obedience intelligence.
Outstanding: Miniature Poodle is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Trainability
Miniature American Shepherds are very easy to train.
Norrbottenspetss are quite easy to train.
Miniature Poodles are very easy to train.
Playfulness
The Miniature American Shepherd is a highly playful breed.
Norrbottenspetss, like any other dog breed, like playing.
The Miniature Poodle is a playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Norrbottenspetss have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Affection Level
Miniature American Shepherds are highly affectionate dogs.
Norrbottenspetss are highly affectionate dogs.
Miniature Poodles are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Miniature American Shepherds need for social interaction is average.
Norrbottenspetss need a lot of social interaction.
Miniature Poodles need a lot of social interaction.
Barking
Low to Average: The Miniature American Shepherd rarely barks.
High: The Norrbottenspets is a very vocal breed.
Average to high: The Miniature Poodle is a vocal breed.
Watchdog Ability
Miniature American Shepherds are average watchdogs.
Norrbottenspetss are average watchdogs.
Miniature Poodles are good watchdogs.
Territorial
Miniature American Shepherds are average defenders.
Norrbottenspetss strongly protect their territory.
Miniature Poodles are average defenders.
Biting Potential Low
The Miniature American Shepherd has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Norrbottenspets has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Miniature Poodle has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Miniature American Shepherds have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Norrbottenspetss have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Miniature Poodles have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Miniature American Shepherds have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
Norrbottenspetss have average wanderlust potential.
Miniature Poodles tend to escape less than other breeds.
Prey Drive
Miniature American Shepherds have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Norrbottenspetss 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.
Miniature Poodles have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Apartment Friendly
Miniature American 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.
Norrbottenspetss are not the best choice for an apartment lifestyle, but they don't mind being inside if you walk them several times every day.
Miniature Poodles are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Miniature American Shepherds don't adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
Norrbottenspetss adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Miniature Poodles 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.
Norrbottenspetss tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Miniature Poodles tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
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 - Miniature American Shepherd vs Norrbottenspets vs Miniature Poodle

Stranger Friendly
Miniature American Shepherds are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Norrbottenspetss are average friendly towards strangers.
Miniature Poodles are stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Miniature American Shepherds are kid-friendly dogs.
Norrbottenspetss are kid-friendly dogs.
Miniature Poodles are very kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Miniature American Shepherds are average friendly towards cats.
Norrbottenspetss are average friendly towards cats.
Miniature Poodles are cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Miniature American Shepherds are average friendly towards other dogs.
Norrbottenspetss are dog-friendly dogs.
Miniature Poodles are dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
Miniature American Shepherd is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Norrbottenspets is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Miniature Poodle is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Miniature American Shepherds are usually recommended for elderly people.
Norrbottenspetss are usually recommended for elderly people.
Miniature Poodles are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Miniature American Shepherds are generally with other pets.
Norrbottenspetss are generally with other pets.
Miniature Poodles are usually friendly towards other pets.
Good For First Time Owners No
Miniature American Shepherds are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Yes
Norrbottenspetss are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
No
Miniature Poodles 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.
Yes
This breed makes a perfect 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
Miniature American Shepherd breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Norrbottenspets breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Miniature Poodle 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 - Miniature American Shepherd vs Norrbottenspets vs Miniature Poodle

Health Issues
Miniature American Shepherds tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
Norrbottenspetss tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
The Miniature Poodle is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems No set No set Addison's Disease Bloat Epilepsy Hip Dysplasia
Life Expectancy 13-15 years 12-15 years 14-16 years
Hypoallergenic No No Yes
Energy Level
Miniature American Shepherds are high energy dogs.
Norrbottenspetss have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Miniature Poodles have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Exercise Need
Miniature American Shepherds have an average exercise need.
Norrbottenspetss have an average exercise need.
Miniature Poodles need quite a lot of exercise.
Sleeping Need
Miniature American Shepherds don't need too much sleep.
Norrbottenspetss sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Miniature Poodles are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Avg. daily food consumption 1 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 1 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 0.5 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Average.
Low to Average.
Average to High.
Weather & Climate Tolerates warm and cold weather. Tolerates warm and cold weather. Prefers average to warm weather conditions
Stinkiness Medium
The Miniature American Shepherd has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Norrbottenspets has an average chance of bad smell.
Low
The Miniature Poodle has a low chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Miniature American Shepherd is a perfect example for low drooling tendency.
The Norrbottenspets is a perfect example for low drooling tendency.
The Miniature Poodle is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Miniature American Shepherd vs Norrbottenspets vs Miniature Poodle

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 2-6 puppies 3-5 puppies 2-8 puppies, average 5

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