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Pumi vs Rat Terrier vs Schapendoes – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Pumi vs Rat Terrier vs Schapendoes" Compare Pumi and Rat Terrier. Which is better: Pumi or Rat Terrier or Schapendoes?
Name Pumi Rat Terrier Schapendoes
OriginsHungary United States Netherlands
Group Working Dogs Hunting Dogs Working Dogs
Popularity Rank16297336
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Other Names Hungarian Pumi, Hungarian Herding Terrier American Rat Terrier, Ratting Terrier, Decker Giant, RT, Rat, Rattie Dutch Schapendoes, Nederlandse Schapendoes
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2016 as a Herding breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2013 as a Terrier 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. Not recognized by FCI. Recognized by FCI in the Sheepdogs and Cattledogs (except Swiss Cattledogs) group, in the Sheepdogs section.
Breed Recognition American Canine Registry America's Pet Registry Dog Registry of America Inc. Federation Cynologique Internationale North American Purebred Registry, Inc. American Canine Association, Inc. Continental Kennel Club National 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 United Kennel Club No set
Price $500-$1200 $300-$500 $500-$700

General Appearance - Pumi vs Rat Terrier vs Schapendoes

Size Medium Small Medium
Weight Male: 22–33 pounds (10-15 kg), Female: 18–29 pounds (8-13 kg) Standard: 12-35 pounds (5.5-16 kg) 26-55 pounds (12-25 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 22–33 pounds (12.5 kg), Female: 18–29 pounds (10.5 kg) Standard: 23.5 pounds (5.10.5 kg) 40.5 pounds (18.5 kg)
Height Male: 16-19 inches (41-47 cm), Female : 14-17 inches (38-44 cm) Standard: 14-23 inches (35.5-58.5 cm) 15-19 inches (40-50 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 17.5 inches (44 cm), Female : 15.5 inches (41 cm) Standard: 18.5 inches (35.5-58.5 cm) 17 inches (45 cm)

Hair & Care - Pumi vs Rat Terrier vs Schapendoes

Coat Wiry Dense Curly Wavy Dense Shiny Thick
Colors White Black Grey in various shades (normally, the colour at birth is black, turning grey with time) Fawn. Primary colours: red, yellow, cream (a trace of black or grey and a distinct mask are desirable). Tan Brown White Blue Tricolor Black Brown Tricolor Blue Gray White Black
Grooming
Average: The Pumi requires average grooming effort.
Effortless: The Rat Terrier requires minimal grooming.
Easy to groom: The Schapendoes doesn't require a lot of grooming.
Shedding Level
Pumis shed moderately.
Rat Terriers shed above average.
Schapendoess shed moderately.

Characteristics - Pumi vs Rat Terrier vs Schapendoes

Temperament Active Lively Reserved Intelligent Protective Vocal Alert Restless Extremely Bold Suspicious Towards Strangers Sensitive Noisy Affectionate Inquisitive Loving Alert Lively Attentive Friendly Lively Courageous Intelligent Watchful
Intelligent Rank
Average: Pumi's has average obedience intelligence.
Smart: Rat Terrier's has great intelligence.
Average: Schapendoes's has average obedience intelligence.
Trainability
Pumis are easy to train.
Rat Terriers are quite easy to train.
Schapendoess are quite easy to train.
Playfulness
The Pumi is a highly playful breed.
Rat Terriers, like any other dog breed, like playing.
The Schapendoes is a playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
Pumis are less sensitive than other dog breeds.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Affection Level
Pumis are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Rat Terriers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Schapendoess are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Pumis need a lot of social interaction.
Rat Terriers need a lot of social interaction.
Schapendoess are a social breed.
Barking
High: The Pumi is a very vocal breed.
Average: The Rat Terrier barks occasionally.
Low to Average: The Schapendoes rarely barks.
Watchdog Ability
Pumis are one of the best watchdogs.
Rat Terriers are average watchdogs.
Schapendoess are average watchdogs.
Territorial
Pumis strongly protect their territory.
Rat Terriers are extremely protective guard dogs.
Schapendoess strongly protect their territory.
Biting Potential Low
The Pumi has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Rat Terrier has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Schapendoes has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Pumis have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Rat Terriers have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Schapendoess have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Pumis have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
Wanderlust potential of the Rat Terrier is strong enough to escape from home.
Schapendoess tend to escape less than other breeds.
Prey Drive
Pumis 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.
Rat Terriers have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Schapendoess have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Apartment Friendly
Pumis are not the best choice for an apartment lifestyle, but they don't mind being inside if you walk them several times every day.
Rat Terriers are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Schapendoess 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
Pumis adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Rat Terriers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Schapendoess adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Pumis tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Rat Terriers tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Schapendoess 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.
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 - Pumi vs Rat Terrier vs Schapendoes

Stranger Friendly
Pumis are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Rat Terriers are stranger friendly dogs.
Schapendoess are stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Pumis are kid-friendly dogs.
Rat Terriers are very kid-friendly dogs.
Schapendoess are kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Pumis are average friendly towards cats.
Rat Terriers are cat-friendly dogs.
Schapendoess are cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Pumis are average friendly towards other dogs.
Rat Terriers are dog-friendly dogs.
Schapendoess are dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
Pumi is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Rat Terrier is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Schapendoes is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Pumis are usually recommended for elderly people.
Rat Terriers are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Schapendoess are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Pumis are generally with other pets.
Rat Terriers are usually friendly towards other pets.
Schapendoess are usually friendly towards other pets.
Good For First Time Owners Yes
Pumis are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
No
Rat Terriers are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Schapendoess 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.
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
Pumi breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Rat Terrier breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Schapendoes 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 - Pumi vs Rat Terrier vs Schapendoes

Health Issues
Pumis tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
The Rat Terrier is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Schapendoess tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
Health Problems Degenerative Myelopathy Elbow Dysplasia Hip Dysplasia Patellar Luxation Primary Lens Luxation Eye Problems Heart Problems Hip Dysplasia Legg-perthes Disease Patellar Luxation No set
Life Expectancy 12-15 years 15-18 years 12-14 years
Hypoallergenic Yes No No
Energy Level
Pumis are high energy dogs.
Rat Terriers are high energy dogs.
Schapendoess have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Exercise Need
Pumis need quite a lot of exercise.
Rat Terriers have an average exercise need.
Schapendoess have an average exercise need.
Sleeping Need
Pumis don't need too much sleep.
Rat Terriers don't need too much sleep.
Schapendoess sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Avg. daily food consumption 1 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. No set 1.5 to 2.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Average.
Average.
High: The Schapendoes breed has a strong tendency to overweight.
Weather & Climate Tolerates warm and cold weather. Prefers warm weather Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness Medium
The Pumi has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Rat Terrier has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Schapendoes has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Pumi is an average drooler.
The Rat Terrier is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Schapendoes is an average drooler.

Reproducibility - Pumi vs Rat Terrier vs Schapendoes

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 5-7 puppies 4-6 puppies

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