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American Cocker Spaniel vs Cavapoo vs Jack Russell Terrier – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between American Cocker Spaniel vs Cavapoo vs Jack Russell Terrier" Compare American Cocker Spaniel and Cavapoo. Which is better: American Cocker Spaniel or Cavapoo or Jack Russell Terrier?
Name American Cocker Spaniel Cavapoo Jack Russell Terrier
OriginsUnited States Australia England
Group Gun Dog Companion Dogs Hunting Dogs
Popularity Rank2955578
Reviews072
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Other Names Cocker Spaniel, Cocker, Merry Cocker Cavoodle Russell Terrier, JRT, Jack
Breed Type Purebred Cross Breed Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1878 as a Sporting breed. Not recognized by the American Kennel Club. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2012 as a Terrier breed.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs group, in the Flushing Dogs section. Not recognized by FCI. Recognized by FCI in the Terriers group, in the Small sized Terriers 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 Hybrid Club
Designer Breed Registry
Designer Dogs Kennel Club
Dog Registry of America Inc.
International Designer Canine Registry
American Canine Registry
American Kennel Club
America's Pet Registry
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
Irish Kennel Club
Club Espanol De Terriers
Jack Russell Terrier Club Of America
Price $600-$800 $1200-$1800 $700-$1000

General Appearance - American Cocker Spaniel vs Cavapoo vs Jack Russell Terrier

Size Medium Small
Medium
Small
Weight 15-30 pounds (7-14 kg) 12-24 pounds (5.4-11 kg) 11-18 pounds (5-8 kg)
Avg. Weight 22.5 pounds (10.5 kg) 18 pounds (5.7.5 kg) 14.5 pounds (6.5 kg)
Height 15-16.5 inches (38-41 cm) 11-18 inches (28-45 cm) 8-15 inches (20-38 cm)
Avg. Height 15-16.5 inches (39.5 cm) 14.5 inches (36.5 cm) 11.5 inches (29 cm)

Hair & Care - American Cocker Spaniel vs Cavapoo vs Jack Russell Terrier

Coat Feathered Curly
Wavy
Straight
Rough
Colors Brown
Red
Tan
Buff
Silver
Black
Black
White
Chestnut
Tricolor
Apricot
Cream
Sable
Red sable
Phantom
Tan
White
Black
Grooming
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Advanced: The Cavapoo requires a lot of grooming.
Easy to groom: The Jack Russell Terrier doesn't require a lot of grooming.
Shedding Level
American Cocker Spaniels shed moderately.
Cavapoos shed moderately.
Jack Russell Terriers are heavy shedders.

Characteristics - American Cocker Spaniel vs Cavapoo vs Jack Russell Terrier

Temperament Outright
Tempered
Merry
Intelligent
Trusting
Joyful
Outgoing
Sociable
Gentle
Loving
Intelligent
Alert
Courageous
Independent
Cheerful
Energetic
Stubborn
Intelligent Rank
Very smart: American Cocker Spaniel is an excellent dog breed.
Very smart: Cavapoo is an excellent dog breed.
Very smart: Jack Russell Terrier is an excellent dog breed.
Trainability
American Cocker Spaniels are quite easy to train.
Cavapoos are very easy to train.
Jack Russell Terriers are quite easy to train.
Playfulness
The American Cocker Spaniel is a playful breed.
Cavapoos, like any other dog breed, like playing.
The Jack Russell Terrier 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.
Cavapoos are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Jack Russell Terriers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
American Cocker Spaniels are a social breed.
Cavapoos need a lot of social interaction.
Jack Russell Terriers need for social interaction is average.
Barking
Average to high: The American Cocker Spaniel is a vocal breed.
Average: The Cavapoo barks occasionally.
High: The Jack Russell Terrier is a very vocal breed.
Watchdog Ability
American Cocker Spaniels are average watchdogs.
Cavapoos are one of the best watchdogs.
Jack Russell Terriers are good watchdogs.
Territorial
American Cocker Spaniels are average defenders.
Cavapoos are not the best to protect their territory.
Jack Russell Terriers are extremely protective guard dogs.
Biting Potential Low
The American Cocker Spaniel has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Cavapoo has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Jack Russell Terrier has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
American Cocker Spaniels have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Cavapoos have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Jack Russell Terriers have a higher than 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.
Cavapoos tend to escape less than other breeds.
Wanderlust potential of the Jack Russell Terrier is strong enough to escape from home.
Prey Drive
American Cocker Spaniels have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
Cavapoos 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.
Jack Russell Terriers have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
Apartment Friendly
American Cocker Spaniels are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Cavapoos are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Jack Russell Terriers are not apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
American Cocker Spaniels adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Cavapoos adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Jack Russell Terriers 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.
Cavapoos tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
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 Cavapoo vs Jack Russell Terrier

Stranger Friendly
American Cocker Spaniels are very stranger friendly dogs.
Cavapoos are very stranger friendly dogs.
Jack Russell Terriers are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
American Cocker Spaniels are very kid-friendly dogs.
Cavapoos are average friendly dogs towards children.
Jack Russell Terriers are average friendly dogs towards children.
Cat Friendly
American Cocker Spaniels are average friendly towards cats.
Cavapoos are average friendly towards cats.
Jack Russell Terriers are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
American Cocker Spaniels are dog-friendly dogs.
Cavapoos are very dog-friendly dogs.
Jack Russell Terriers are dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly Yes
American Cocker Spaniel is one of the best dog breeds for office environment
No
Cavapoo is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Jack Russell Terrier is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
American Cocker Spaniels are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Cavapoos are commonly okay with elderly people.
Jack Russell Terriers are commonly okay with elderly people.
Pet Friendly
American Cocker Spaniels are generally with other pets.
Cavapoos are generally with other pets.
Jack Russell Terriers usually don’t get on well with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners Yes
American Cocker Spaniels are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
No
Cavapoos are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Jack Russell Terriers are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Yes
This breed makes good 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.
Yes
Cavapoo breed usually likes being on a boat.
Yes
Jack Russell Terrier 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 - American Cocker Spaniel vs Cavapoo vs Jack Russell Terrier

Health Issues
American Cocker Spaniels are commonly healthy dogs.
Very healthy dog breed.
The Jack Russell Terrier 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)
Hip Dysplasia
Patellar Luxation
Deafness
Glaucoma
Legg-perthes Disease
Lens Luxation
Patellar Luxation
Life Expectancy 12-15 years 10-15 years 13-16 years
Hypoallergenic No Yes No
Energy Level
American Cocker Spaniels have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Cavapoos have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Jack Russell Terriers are high energy dogs.
Exercise Need
American Cocker Spaniels need quite a lot of exercise.
Cavapoos have an average exercise need.
Jack Russell Terriers need a lot of exercises.
Sleeping Need
American Cocker Spaniels are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Cavapoos are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Jack Russell Terriers don't need too much sleep.
Avg. daily food consumption 1.5 to 2.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day. 0.5 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.
Weight Gain Potential
Average to High.
Average to High.
Average to High.
Weather & Climate Tolerates warm and cold weather. Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Cavapoo can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Prefers average to warm weather conditions
Stinkiness Medium
The American Cocker Spaniel has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Cavapoo has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Jack Russell Terrier has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The American Cocker Spaniel is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Cavapoo is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Jack Russell Terrier is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - American Cocker Spaniel vs Cavapoo vs Jack Russell Terrier

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 2-8 puppies 4-8 puppies

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