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American Cocker Spaniel vs Miniature Poodle vs Poodle – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

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Name American Cocker Spaniel Miniature Poodle Poodle
OriginsUnited States Germany France Germany France
Group Gun Dog Companion Dogs Companion Dogs
Popularity Rank294357
Reviews017
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Other Names Cocker Spaniel, Cocker, Merry Cocker Caniche, Barbone, Chien Canne, Carniche Moyen, Barboncino Miniatura, French Poodle, Pudle, Zwergpudel French Poodle, Caniche, Barbone, Chien Canne, Grosse Pudel
Breed Type Purebred Purebred 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 1887 as a Non-Sporting & Toy 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 Companion and Toy Dogs group, in the Poodle 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
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
United Kennel Club
Canadian Canine Registry
Price $600-$800 1000-1500 $1000-$1500

General Appearance - American Cocker Spaniel vs Miniature Poodle vs Poodle

Size Medium Small Medium
Weight 15-30 pounds (7-14 kg) 15-17 pounds (7-8 kg) Male: 45-70 pounds (20-32 kg), Female: 45-60 pounds (20-27 kg)
Avg. Weight 22.5 pounds (10.5 kg) 16 pounds (7.5 kg) Male: 57.5 pounds (26 kg), Female: 52.5 pounds (23.5 kg)
Height 15-16.5 inches (38-41 cm) 11-15 inches (28-38 cm) 15 inches (38 cm) or more
Avg. Height 15-16.5 inches (39.5 cm) 13 inches (33 cm) 15 inches (38 cm) or more

Hair & Care - American Cocker Spaniel vs Miniature Poodle vs Poodle

Coat Feathered Dense
Curly
Thick
Curly
Colors Brown
Red
Tan
Buff
Silver
Black
Apricot
Black
Brown
Gray
Silver
White
Fawn
Blue
Cream
Red
Beige
Apricot
Brown
Gray
Silver
White
Fawn
Blue
Cream
Red
Beige
Black
Grooming
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Shedding Level
American Cocker Spaniels shed moderately.
Miniature Poodles shed none to minimal.
Poodles shed none to minimal.

Characteristics - American Cocker Spaniel vs Miniature Poodle vs Poodle

Temperament Outright
Tempered
Merry
Intelligent
Trusting
Joyful
Outgoing
Sociable
Active
Faithful
Intelligent
Alert
Instinctual
Trainable
Active
Faithful
Intelligent
Alert
Instinctual
Trainable
Intelligent Rank
Very smart: American Cocker Spaniel is an excellent dog breed.
Outstanding: Miniature Poodle is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Outstanding: Poodle is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Trainability
American Cocker Spaniels are quite easy to train.
Miniature Poodles are very easy to train.
Poodles are easy to train.
Playfulness
The American Cocker Spaniel is a playful breed.
The Miniature Poodle is a playful breed.
The Poodle is a 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.
Miniature Poodles are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Poodles are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
American Cocker Spaniels are a social breed.
Miniature Poodles need a lot of social interaction.
Poodles need a lot of social interaction.
Barking
Average to high: The American Cocker Spaniel is a vocal breed.
Average to high: The Miniature Poodle is a vocal breed.
Average to high: The Poodle is a vocal breed.
Watchdog Ability
American Cocker Spaniels are average watchdogs.
Miniature Poodles are good watchdogs.
Poodles are good watchdogs.
Territorial
American Cocker Spaniels are average defenders.
Miniature Poodles are average defenders.
Poodles strongly protect their territory.
Biting Potential Low
The American Cocker Spaniel has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Miniature Poodle has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Poodle has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
American Cocker Spaniels have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Miniature Poodles have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Poodles 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.
Miniature Poodles tend to escape less than other breeds.
Poodles have average wanderlust potential.
Prey Drive
American Cocker Spaniels have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
Miniature Poodles have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Poodles have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Apartment Friendly
American Cocker Spaniels are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Miniature Poodles are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Poodles are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
American Cocker Spaniels adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Miniature Poodles adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Poodles 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.
Miniature Poodles tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Poodles 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 - American Cocker Spaniel vs Miniature Poodle vs Poodle

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

Health Issues
American Cocker Spaniels are commonly healthy dogs.
The Miniature Poodle is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
The Poodle 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)
Addison's Disease
Bloat
Epilepsy
Hip Dysplasia
Addison's Disease
Allergies
Bloat
Canine Atrial Septal Defect (asd)
Cataracts
Cushing's Syndrome
Ear Infections
Epilepsy
Hip Dysplasia
Hypothyroidism
Legg-perthes Disease
Neonatal Encephalopathy (news)
Optic Nerve Hypoplasia
Patellar Luxation
Premature Graying
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Runny Eyes
Sebaceous Adenitis
Von Willebrand's Disease
Life Expectancy 12-15 years 14-16 years 12-15 years
Hypoallergenic No Yes Yes
Energy Level
American Cocker Spaniels have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Miniature Poodles have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Poodles have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Exercise Need
American Cocker Spaniels need quite a lot of exercise.
Miniature Poodles need quite a lot of exercise.
Poodles need quite a lot of exercise.
Sleeping Need
American Cocker Spaniels are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Miniature Poodles are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Poodles are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
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. 2 to 3 cups 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 warm weather conditions Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness Medium
The American Cocker Spaniel has an average chance of bad smell.
Low
The Miniature Poodle has a low chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Poodle has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The American Cocker Spaniel is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Miniature Poodle is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Poodle is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - American Cocker Spaniel vs Miniature Poodle vs Poodle

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, average 5 2-4 puppies

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