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Cavalier King Charles Spaniel vs Toy Poodle vs Japanese Spitz – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Cavalier King Charles Spaniel vs Toy Poodle vs Japanese Spitz" Compare Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and Toy Poodle. Which is better: Cavalier King Charles Spaniel or Toy Poodle or Japanese Spitz?
Name Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Toy Poodle Japanese Spitz
OriginsEngland Germany France Japan
Group Companion Dogs Companion Dogs Companion Dogs
Popularity Rank19449229
Reviews200
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Other Names Cav, Cavalier, Cavie Caniche, Barbone, Chien Canne, Teacup Poodle, French Poodle, Pudle, Teddy Poodle Nihon Supittsu
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1995 as a Toy breed. Not recognized by the American Kennel Club. Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Companion and Toy Dogs group, in the English Toy Spaniels section. Not recognized by FCI. Recognized by FCI in the Spitz and primitive types group, in the Asian Spitz and related breeds 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 Dog Registry of America Inc. American Canine Registry America's Pet Registry Dog Registry of America Inc. Federation Cynologique Internationale Kennel Club of Great Britain American Canine Association, Inc. Continental Kennel Club National Kennel Club
Price $1200-$1500 1000-1500 $500-$800

General Appearance - Cavalier King Charles Spaniel vs Toy Poodle vs Japanese Spitz

Size Small Small Small
Weight 10-18 pounds (5-8 kg) Male: 6-9 pounds (3-4 kg) 11-20 pounds (5-10 kg)
Avg. Weight 14 pounds (6.5 kg) Male: 7.5 pounds (3.5 kg) 15.5 pounds (7.5 kg)
Height 12-13 inches (30-33 cm) Up to 10 inches (25.4 cm) 12-15 inches (30-38 cm)
Avg. Height 12.5 inches (31.5 cm) Up to 10 inches (25.4 cm) 13.5 inches (34 cm)

Hair & Care - Cavalier King Charles Spaniel vs Toy Poodle vs Japanese Spitz

Coat Feathered Dense Curly Thick Thick
Colors Tan Blenheim Tricolor Ruby Apricot Black Brown Gray Silver White Fawn Blue Cream Red Beige White
Grooming
Average: The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel requires average grooming effort.
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Advanced: The Japanese Spitz requires a lot of grooming.
Shedding Level
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels shed above average.
Toy Poodles shed none to minimal.
Japanese Spitzs shed moderately.

Characteristics - Cavalier King Charles Spaniel vs Toy Poodle vs Japanese Spitz

Temperament Affectionate Courageous Intelligent Cheerful Gentle Social Polite Quiet Active Graceful Fearless Friendly Nonaggressive Sporty No tendency towards nervousness Active Faithful Intelligent Alert Instinctual Trainable Affectionate Proud Intelligent Companionable Playful Loyal
Intelligent Rank
Average: Cavalier King Charles Spaniel's has average obedience intelligence.
Outstanding: Toy Poodle is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Average: Japanese Spitz's has average obedience intelligence.
Trainability
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are quite easy to train.
Toy Poodles are very easy to train.
Japanese Spitzs are quite easy to train.
Playfulness
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, like any other dog breed, like playing.
The Toy Poodle is a playful breed.
The Japanese Spitz is a highly playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Japanese Spitzs have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
Affection Level
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Toy Poodles are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Japanese Spitzs are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels need a lot of social interaction.
Toy Poodles are a social breed.
Japanese Spitzs need a lot of social interaction.
Barking
Average: The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel barks occasionally.
Average to high: The Toy Poodle is a vocal breed.
High: The Japanese Spitz is a very vocal breed.
Watchdog Ability
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are not the best watchdogs.
Toy Poodles are good watchdogs.
Japanese Spitzs are average watchdogs.
Territorial
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are not the best to protect their territory.
Toy Poodles are average defenders.
Japanese Spitzs are extremely protective guard dogs.
Biting Potential Low
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Toy Poodle has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Japanese Spitz has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Toy Poodles have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Japanese Spitzs have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels tend to escape less than other breeds.
Toy Poodles tend to escape less than other breeds.
Japanese Spitzs tend to escape less than other breeds.
Prey Drive
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels 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.
Toy Poodles have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Japanese Spitzs have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Apartment Friendly
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Toy Poodles are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Japanese Spitzs are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Toy Poodles adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Japanese Spitzs adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Toy Poodles 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.
Japanese Spitzs 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 - Cavalier King Charles Spaniel vs Toy Poodle vs Japanese Spitz

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

Health Issues
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are commonly healthy dogs.
Toy Poodles are healthy dogs, but there are some health issues you may have to check on regularly at the vet.
Japanese Spitzs are healthy dogs, but there are some health issues you may have to check on regularly at the vet.
Health Problems Dry Eye Episodic Falling Hip Dysplasia Mitral Valve Disease Patellar Luxation Syringomyelia Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia Canine Diabetes Mellitus Ear Infections Epilepsy Heart Murmurs Progressive Retinal Atrophy Skin Allergies Slipped Stifle Patellar Luxation Runny Eyes
Life Expectancy 10-14 years 14-16 years 10-16 years
Hypoallergenic No Yes No
Energy Level
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Toy Poodles have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Japanese Spitzs have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Exercise Need
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels have an average exercise need.
Toy Poodles need quite a lot of exercise.
Japanese Spitzs have an average exercise need.
Sleeping Need
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Toy Poodles are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Japanese Spitzs 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. 1/4 to 1 cup of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. A Japanese Spitz dog diet should be formulated for a small-to-mid-sized breed with average energy and exercise needs.
Weight Gain Potential
Average to High.
Average to High.
Low to Average.
Weather & Climate Tolerates warm and cold weather. Prefers average to warm weather conditions Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Japanese Spitz can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness High
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel has a high chance of bad smell.
Low
The Toy Poodle has a low chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Japanese Spitz has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Toy Poodle is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Japanese Spitz is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Cavalier King Charles Spaniel vs Toy Poodle vs Japanese Spitz

Gestation Length 60-64 days 60-64 days 60-64 days
How often can the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Toy Poodle, Japanese Spitz 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 3-5 puppies 2-4 puppies 1-6 puppies

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