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Rhodesian Ridgeback vs Gordon Setter vs Rough Collie – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Rhodesian Ridgeback vs Gordon Setter vs Rough Collie" Compare Rhodesian Ridgeback and Gordon Setter. Which is better: Rhodesian Ridgeback or Gordon Setter or Rough Collie?
Name Rhodesian Ridgeback Gordon Setter Rough Collie
OriginsZimbabwe Scotland Scotland
Group Hunting Dogs Gun Dog Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs)
Popularity Rank4110440
Reviews000
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Other Names African Lion Dog, African Lion Hound Gordon Castle Setters Collie, Scottish Collie, Long-Haired Collie, English Collie, Lassie Dog
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1955 as a Hound breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1878 as a Sporting breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1885 as a Herding breed.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Scent hounds and related breeds group, in the Related breeds section. Recognized by FCI in the Pointing Dogs group, in the British and Irish Pointers and Setters section. Recognized by FCI in the Sheepdogs and Cattledogs (except Swiss Cattledogs) group, in the Sheepdogs 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 Rhodesian Ridgeback Club Of The US 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
Price $900-$1200 $800-$1000 $400-$600

General Appearance - Rhodesian Ridgeback vs Gordon Setter vs Rough Collie

Size Large Large Large
Weight Male: 80-90 pounds (36-41 kg), Female: 65-75 pounds (29-34 kg) Male: 55-80 pounds (25-36 kg), Female: 45-70 pounds (20-32 kg) Male: 60-70 pounds (27-32 kg), Female: 53-65 pounds (24-29 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 85 pounds (38.5 kg), Female: 70 pounds (31.5 kg) Male: 67.5 pounds (30.5 kg), Female: 57.5 pounds (26 kg) Male: 67.5 pounds (30.5 kg), Female: 57.5 pounds (26 kg)
Height Male: 25-27 inches (63-69 cm), Female: 24-26 inches (61-66 cm) Male: 24-27 inches (61-69 cm), Female: 23-26 inches (58-66 cm) Male: 24–26 inch (60–66 cm), Female: 22–24 inch (55–61 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 26 inches (66 cm), Female: 25 inches (63.5 cm) Male: 25.5 inches (65 cm), Female: 24.5 inches (62 cm) Male: 25 inches (62.5 cm), Female: 23 inches (58.5 cm)

Hair & Care - Rhodesian Ridgeback vs Gordon Setter vs Rough Collie

Coat Dense Soft Wavy Shiny Straight Rough Soft Thick Straight Harsh Furry
Colors Golden Red White Gray Wheaten Tan Red Black Black & White & Tan Blue & Merle Blue & Merle & White Sable Sable & White White White & Merle Merle
Grooming
Effortless: The Rhodesian Ridgeback requires minimal grooming.
Advanced: The Gordon Setter requires a lot of grooming.
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Shedding Level
Rhodesian Ridgebacks shed none to minimal.
Gordon Setters shed moderately.
Rough Collies are heavy shedders.

Characteristics - Rhodesian Ridgeback vs Gordon Setter vs Rough Collie

Temperament Dignified Loyal Sensitive Intelligent Mischievous Strong Willed Alert Eager Intelligent Confident Fearless Loyal Friendly Gentle Intelligent Loyal Protective Responsive Social Hard working Docile Obedient Elegant Herding
Intelligent Rank
Average: Rhodesian Ridgeback's has average obedience intelligence.
Smart: Gordon Setter's intelligence is above average.
Very smart: Rough Collie is an excellent dog breed.
Trainability
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are quite easy to train.
Gordon Setters are easy to train.
Rough Collies are very easy to train.
Playfulness
The Rhodesian Ridgeback is a playful breed.
The Gordon Setter is a highly playful breed.
The Rough Collie is a playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
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.
Affection Level
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Gordon Setters 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.
Social Needs
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are a social breed.
Gordon Setters need for social interaction is average.
Rough Collies need a lot of social interaction.
Barking
Low to Average: The Rhodesian Ridgeback rarely barks.
Average: The Gordon Setter barks occasionally.
Low to Average: The Rough Collie rarely barks.
Watchdog Ability
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are average watchdogs.
Gordon Setters are good watchdogs.
Rough Collies are one of the best watchdogs.
Territorial
Rhodesian Ridgebacks can't provide protection for their territory.
Gordon Setters are average defenders.
Rough Collies are extremely protective guard dogs.
Biting Potential Low
The Rhodesian Ridgeback has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Gordon Setter has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Rough Collie has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Rhodesian Ridgebacks have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Gordon Setters 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.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Rhodesian Ridgebacks have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
Wanderlust potential of the Gordon Setter is strong enough to escape from home.
Rough Collies are not the biggest explorers.
Prey Drive
Rhodesian Ridgebacks have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
Gordon Setters have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Rough Collies have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Apartment Friendly
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are not the best choice for an apartment lifestyle, but they don't mind being inside if you walk them several times every day.
Gordon Setters are not apartment-friendly dogs.
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.
Adaptability
Rhodesian Ridgebacks adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
Gordon Setters adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Rough Collies adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Rhodesian Ridgebacks 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.
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
Rough Collies tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Fighting Dog Yes
In history, this breed was unfortunately 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 - Rhodesian Ridgeback vs Gordon Setter vs Rough Collie

Stranger Friendly
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Gordon Setters are average friendly towards strangers.
Rough Collies are stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are very kid-friendly dogs.
Gordon Setters are very kid-friendly dogs.
Rough Collies are very kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
Gordon Setters are average friendly towards cats.
Rough Collies are very cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
Gordon Setters are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
Rough Collies are dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
Rhodesian Ridgeback is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Gordon Setter is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Rough Collie is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Gordon Setters are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Rough Collies are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Rhodesian Ridgebacks usually don’t get on well with other pets.
Gordon Setters are generally with other pets.
Rough Collies are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Good For First Time Owners No
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Gordon Setters 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.
Service Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Yes
This breed makes good 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.
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) 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
Rhodesian Ridgeback breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Yes
Gordon Setter breed usually likes being on a boat.
Not really
Rough Collie 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 - Rhodesian Ridgeback vs Gordon Setter vs Rough Collie

Health Issues
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are healthy dogs, but there are some health issues you may have to check on regularly at the vet.
Gordon Setters 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.
Health Problems Dermoid Sinus Elbow Dysplasia Hip Dysplasia No set Collie Eye Anomaly Gray Collie Syndrome Progressive Retinal Atrophy Drug Sensitivity Hip Dysplasia
Life Expectancy 10-12 years 10-12 years 14-16 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
Rhodesian Ridgebacks have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Gordon Setters are high energy dogs.
Rough Collies have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Exercise Need
Rhodesian Ridgebacks need quite a lot of exercise.
Gordon Setters need a lot of exercises.
Rough Collies need quite a lot of exercise.
Sleeping Need
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Gordon Setters don't need too much sleep.
Rough Collies sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Avg. daily food consumption Recommended daily amount: 2 3/4 to 4 3/8 cups of a high-quality daily, divided into two meals. 3 to 5 cups of a high-quality dog food daily, divided into two meals. 2 to 3 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Average.
Average.
Average.
Weather & Climate Tolerates warm and cold weather. Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Gordon Setter can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
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.
Stinkiness Medium
The Rhodesian Ridgeback has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Gordon Setter has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Rough Collie has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Rhodesian Ridgeback is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Gordon Setter is an average drooler.
The Rough Collie is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Rhodesian Ridgeback vs Gordon Setter vs Rough Collie

Gestation Length 60-64 days 60-64 days 60-64 days
How often can the Rhodesian Ridgeback, Gordon Setter, Rough Collie 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 6-8 puppies 6-8 puppies 4-8 puppies

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