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Beagle vs Rough Collie vs Labrador Retriever – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Beagle vs Rough Collie vs Labrador Retriever" Compare Beagle and Rough Collie. Which is better: Beagle or Rough Collie or Labrador Retriever?
Name Beagle Rough Collie Labrador Retriever
OriginsEngland Scotland England Canada
Group Hunting Dogs Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs) Gun Dog
Popularity Rank6401
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Other Names English Beagle Collie, Scottish Collie, Long-Haired Collie, English Collie, Lassie Dog Labrador, Lab
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1885 as a Hound breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1885 as a Herding breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1917 as a Sporting breed.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Scent hounds and related breeds group, in the Scent hounds section. Recognized by FCI in the Sheepdogs and Cattledogs (except Swiss Cattledogs) group, in the Sheepdogs section. Recognized by FCI in the Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs group, in the Retrievers section.
Breed Recognition 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 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 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 $500-$800 $400-$600 $1000-$2000

General Appearance - Beagle vs Rough Collie vs Labrador Retriever

Size Small Large Medium
Weight Male: 22-25 pounds (10-11 kg), Female: 20-23 pounds (9-10 kg) Male: 60-70 pounds (27-32 kg), Female: 53-65 pounds (24-29 kg) Male: 60-75 pounds (27-34kg), Female: 55-70 pounds (25-32 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 23.5 pounds (10.5 kg), Female: 21.5 pounds (9.5 kg) Male: 67.5 pounds (30.5 kg), Female: 57.5 pounds (26 kg) Male: 67.5 pounds (30.5 kg), Female: 62.5 pounds (28.5 kg)
Height Male: 14-16 inches (36-41 cm), Female: 13-15 inches (33-38 cm) Male: 24–26 inch (60–66 cm), Female: 22–24 inch (55–61 cm) Male: 22-24 inches (56-61cm), Female: 21-23 inches (53-58 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 15 inches (38.5 cm), Female: 14 inches (35.5 cm) Male: 25 inches (62.5 cm), Female: 23 inches (58.5 cm) Male: 23 inches (58.5 cm), Female: 22 inches (55.5 cm)

Hair & Care - Beagle vs Rough Collie vs Labrador Retriever

Coat Dense Rough Soft Thick Straight Harsh Furry Dense Waterproof Hard
Colors Tan Red Tricolor White Black Black & White & Tan Blue & Merle Blue & Merle & White Sable Sable & White White White & Merle Merle Yellow Chocolate Black
Grooming
Effortless: The Beagle requires minimal grooming.
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Effortless: The Labrador Retriever requires minimal grooming.
Shedding Level
Beagles shed moderately.
Rough Collies are heavy shedders.
Labrador Retrievers shed moderately.

Characteristics - Beagle vs Rough Collie vs Labrador Retriever

Temperament Friendly Independent Lively Sweet Gentle Intelligent Loving Friendly Gentle Intelligent Loyal Protective Responsive Social Hard working Docile Obedient Elegant Herding Affectionate Cheerful Friendly Intelligent Loyal Playful Social Alert Energetic Gentle Loving Going Responsive
Intelligent Rank
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
Very smart: Rough Collie is an excellent dog breed.
Outstanding: Labrador Retriever is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Trainability
Beagles are easy to train.
Rough Collies are very easy to train.
Labrador Retrievers are very easy to train.
Playfulness
The Beagle is a highly playful breed.
The Rough Collie is a playful breed.
The Labrador Retriever is a highly playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Rough Collies don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Labrador Retrievers don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Affection Level
Beagles are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Rough Collies are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Labrador Retrievers may seem unfriendly sometimes due to their independence.
Social Needs
Beagles need a lot of social interaction.
Rough Collies need a lot of social interaction.
Labrador Retrievers need a lot of social interaction.
Barking
High: The Beagle is a very vocal breed.
Low to Average: The Rough Collie rarely barks.
Average: The Labrador Retriever barks occasionally.
Watchdog Ability
Beagles are not the best choice if you want a good watchdog.
Rough Collies are one of the best watchdogs.
Labrador Retrievers are average watchdogs.
Territorial
Beagles can't provide protection for their territory.
Rough Collies are extremely protective guard dogs.
Labrador Retrievers are average defenders.
Biting Potential Low
The Beagle has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Rough Collie has a low chance of biting somebody.
Moderate
The Labrador Retriever has an average chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Beagles have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Rough Collies have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Labrador Retrievers have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Beagles have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
Rough Collies are not the biggest explorers.
Labrador Retrievers have average wanderlust potential.
Prey Drive
Beagles have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
Rough Collies have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Labrador Retrievers have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Apartment Friendly
Beagles are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Rough Collies are not the best choice for an apartment lifestyle, but they don't mind being inside if you walk them several times every day.
Labrador Retrievers are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Adaptability
Beagles adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Rough Collies adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
Labrador Retrievers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Beagles tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Rough Collies tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Labrador Retrievers 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 - Beagle vs Rough Collie vs Labrador Retriever

Stranger Friendly
Beagles are stranger friendly dogs.
Rough Collies are stranger friendly dogs.
Labrador Retrievers are very stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Beagles are very kid-friendly dogs.
Rough Collies are very kid-friendly dogs.
Labrador Retrievers are very kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Beagles are average friendly towards cats.
Rough Collies are very cat-friendly dogs.
Labrador Retrievers are cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Beagles are very dog-friendly dogs.
Rough Collies are dog-friendly dogs.
Labrador Retrievers are very dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
Beagle is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Rough Collie is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Labrador Retriever is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Beagles are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Rough Collies are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Labrador Retrievers are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Beagles are generally with other pets.
Rough Collies are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Labrador Retrievers are usually friendly towards other pets.
Good For First Time Owners No
Beagles are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Rough Collies are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Labrador Retrievers are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog Yes
This breed makes good as a service dog.
Yes
This breed makes good as a service dog.
Yes
This breed makes good as a service dog.
Therapy Dog Yes
This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
Yes
This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
Yes
This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog Yes
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.
Yes
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.
Yes
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) 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.
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.
Boat Dog Yes
Beagle breed usually likes being on a boat.
Not really
Rough Collie breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Yes
Labrador Retriever breed usually likes 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 - Beagle vs Rough Collie vs Labrador Retriever

Health Issues
Beagles are healthy dogs, but there are some health issues you may have to check on regularly at the vet.
Rough Collies are healthy dogs, but there are some health issues you may have to check on regularly at the vet.
Labrador Retrievers are healthy dogs, but there are some health issues you may have to check on regularly at the vet.
Health Problems Beagle Dwarfism Cherry Eye Chinese Beagle Syndrome Distichiasis Epilepsy Glaucoma Hip Dysplasia Hypothyroidism Intervertebral Disk Disease Patellar Luxation Progressive Retinal Atrophy Collie Eye Anomaly Gray Collie Syndrome Progressive Retinal Atrophy Drug Sensitivity Hip Dysplasia Acute Moist Dermatitis Bloat Cataracts Cold Tail Ear Infections Elbow Dysplasia Epilepsy Hip Dysplasia Myopathy Osteochondrosis Dissecans Progressive Retinal Atrophy Tricuspid Valve Dysplasia
Life Expectancy 12-15 years 14-16 years 10-12 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
Beagles have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Rough Collies have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Labrador Retrievers are high energy dogs.
Exercise Need
Beagles need quite a lot of exercise.
Rough Collies need quite a lot of exercise.
Labrador Retrievers need a lot of exercises.
Sleeping Need
Beagles are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Rough Collies sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Labrador Retrievers don't need too much sleep.
Avg. daily food consumption 0.5 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 2 to 3 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. Recommended daily amount: 2.5 to 3 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
High: The Beagle breed has a strong tendency to overweight.
Average.
High: The Labrador Retriever breed has a strong tendency to overweight.
Weather & Climate Prefers average to warm weather conditions Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Rough Collie can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness High
The Beagle has a high chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Rough Collie has an average chance of bad smell.
High
The Labrador Retriever has a high chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Beagle is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Rough Collie is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Labrador Retriever is an average drooler.

Reproducibility - Beagle vs Rough Collie vs Labrador Retriever

Gestation Length 60-64 days 60-64 days 60-64 days
How often can the Beagle, Rough Collie, Labrador Retriever 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 2-14 puppies, average 7 4-8 puppies 5-10 puppies

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