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American Cocker Spaniel vs Bullmastiff vs Gordon Setter – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between American Cocker Spaniel vs Bullmastiff vs Gordon Setter" Compare American Cocker Spaniel and Bullmastiff. Which is better: American Cocker Spaniel or Bullmastiff or Gordon Setter?
Name American Cocker Spaniel Bullmastiff Gordon Setter
OriginsUnited States England Scotland
Group Gun Dog Working Dogs Gun Dog
Popularity Rank2951104
Reviews000
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Other Names Cocker Spaniel, Cocker, Merry Cocker Bully, Bullie Gordon Castle Setters
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1878 as a Sporting breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1934 as a Working breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1878 as a Sporting breed.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs group, in the Flushing Dogs section. Recognized by FCI in the Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattledogs group, in the Molossian type section. Recognized by FCI in the Pointing Dogs group, in the British and Irish Pointers and Setters 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 Canadian Canine Registry 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 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 $600-$800 $1200-$1500 $800-$1000

General Appearance - American Cocker Spaniel vs Bullmastiff vs Gordon Setter

Size Medium Large Large
Weight 15-30 pounds (7-14 kg) Male: 110-133 pounds (50–60 kg), Female: 100-120 pounds (45-55 kg) Male: 55-80 pounds (25-36 kg), Female: 45-70 pounds (20-32 kg)
Avg. Weight 22.5 pounds (10.5 kg) Male: 121.5 pounds (50–60 kg), Female: 110 pounds (50 kg) Male: 67.5 pounds (30.5 kg), Female: 57.5 pounds (26 kg)
Height 15-16.5 inches (38-41 cm) 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)
Avg. Height 15-16.5 inches (39.5 cm) Male: 26 inches (63–69 cm), Female: 25 inches (61–66 cm) Male: 25.5 inches (65 cm), Female: 24.5 inches (62 cm)

Hair & Care - American Cocker Spaniel vs Bullmastiff vs Gordon Setter

Coat Feathered Rough Soft Wavy Shiny Straight
Colors Brown Red Tan Buff Silver Black Fawn Red Brindle Tan Red Black
Grooming
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Easy to groom: The Bullmastiff doesn't require a lot of grooming.
Advanced: The Gordon Setter requires a lot of grooming.
Shedding Level
American Cocker Spaniels shed moderately.
Bullmastiffs shed moderately.
Gordon Setters shed moderately.

Characteristics - American Cocker Spaniel vs Bullmastiff vs Gordon Setter

Temperament Outright Tempered Merry Intelligent Trusting Joyful Outgoing Sociable Alert Courageous Docile Loyal Reliable Calm Devoted Powerful Protective Alert Eager Intelligent Confident Fearless Loyal
Intelligent Rank
Very smart: American Cocker Spaniel is an excellent dog breed.
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
Smart: Gordon Setter's has great intelligence.
Trainability
American Cocker Spaniels are quite easy to train.
Bullmastiffs are quite easy to train.
Gordon Setters are easy to train.
Playfulness
The American Cocker Spaniel is a playful breed.
Bullmastiffs are not the most playful dog breed.
The Gordon Setter is a highly playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
American Cocker Spaniels have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Affection Level
American Cocker Spaniels are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Bullmastiffs are average dogs regarding their affection level.
Gordon Setters are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
American Cocker Spaniels are a social breed.
Bullmastiffs need for social interaction is average.
Gordon Setters need for social interaction is average.
Barking
Average to high: The American Cocker Spaniel is a vocal breed.
Low: The Bullmastiff barks none to minimal.
Average: The Gordon Setter barks occasionally.
Watchdog Ability
American Cocker Spaniels are average watchdogs.
Bullmastiffs are one of the best watchdogs.
Gordon Setters are good watchdogs.
Territorial
American Cocker Spaniels are average defenders.
Bullmastiffs are extremely protective guard dogs.
Gordon Setters are average defenders.
Biting Potential Low
The American Cocker Spaniel has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Bullmastiff has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Gordon Setter has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
American Cocker Spaniels have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Bullmastiffs 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.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Wanderlust potential of the American Cocker Spaniel is strong enough to escape from home.
Bullmastiffs have average wanderlust potential.
Wanderlust potential of the Gordon Setter is strong enough to escape from home.
Prey Drive
American Cocker Spaniels have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
Bullmastiffs 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.
Gordon Setters have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Apartment Friendly
American Cocker Spaniels are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Bullmastiffs 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.
Adaptability
American Cocker Spaniels adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Bullmastiffs adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Gordon Setters adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
American Cocker Spaniels 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.
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
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 - American Cocker Spaniel vs Bullmastiff vs Gordon Setter

Stranger Friendly
American Cocker Spaniels are very stranger friendly dogs.
Bullmastiffs are average friendly towards strangers.
Gordon Setters are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
American Cocker Spaniels are very kid-friendly dogs.
Bullmastiffs are kid-friendly dogs.
Gordon Setters are very kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
American Cocker Spaniels are average friendly towards cats.
Bullmastiffs are not cat-friendly dogs.
Gordon Setters are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
American Cocker Spaniels are dog-friendly dogs.
Bullmastiffs are not dog-friendly.
Gordon Setters are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly Yes
American Cocker Spaniel is one of the best dog breeds for office environment
No
Bullmastiff is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Gordon Setter is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
American Cocker Spaniels are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Bullmastiffs are usually recommended for elderly people.
Gordon Setters are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
American Cocker Spaniels are generally with other pets.
Bullmastiffs do best when they’re the only pet at the family.
Gordon Setters are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners Yes
American Cocker Spaniels are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
No
Bullmastiffs 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.
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.
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 Yes
American Cocker Spaniel breed usually likes being on a boat.
Not really
Bullmastiff breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Yes
Gordon Setter 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.
Yes
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 - American Cocker Spaniel vs Bullmastiff vs Gordon Setter

Health Issues
American Cocker Spaniels are commonly healthy dogs.
Very healthy dog breed.
The Gordon Setter is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems Allergies Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia Cataracts Glaucoma Hip Dysplasia Hypothyroidism Idiopathic Epilepsy Patellar Luxation Primary Seborrhea Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Cancer Entropion Heart Problems Hemangiosarcoma Hypothyroidism Kidney Issues Lymphosarcoma Osteosarcoma Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) No set
Life Expectancy 12-15 years 8-10 years 10-12 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
American Cocker Spaniels have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Bullmastiffs have a lower energy level than other dogs.
Gordon Setters are high energy dogs.
Exercise Need
American Cocker Spaniels need quite a lot of exercise.
Bullmastiffs exercise need is minimal.
Gordon Setters need a lot of exercises.
Sleeping Need
American Cocker Spaniels are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Bullmastiffs like sleeping so they do sleep a lot.
Gordon Setters don't need too much sleep.
Avg. daily food consumption 1.5 to 2.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day. 3 to 4.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 3 to 5 cups of a high-quality dog food daily, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Average to High.
High: The Bullmastiff breed has a strong tendency to overweight.
Average.
Weather & Climate Tolerates warm and cold weather. Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Bullmastiff can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
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.
Stinkiness Medium
The American Cocker Spaniel has an average chance of bad smell.
High
The Bullmastiff has a high chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Gordon Setter has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The American Cocker Spaniel is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Bullmastiff is a big drooler, so if you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, you should choose a dog from another breed.
The Gordon Setter is an average drooler.

Reproducibility - American Cocker Spaniel vs Bullmastiff vs Gordon Setter

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 4-7 puppies 4-13 puppies, average 8 6-8 puppies

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