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American Cocker Spaniel vs Shar-Pei – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between American Cocker Spaniel vs Shar-Pei" Compare American Cocker Spaniel and Shar-Pei. Which is better: American Cocker Spaniel or Shar-Pei?
Name American Cocker Spaniel Shar-Pei
OriginsUnited States China
Group Gun Dog Companion Dogs
Popularity Rank2964
Reviews04
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Other Names Cocker Spaniel, Cocker, Merry Cocker Chinese Fighting Dog
Breed Type Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1878 as a Sporting breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1992 as a Non-Sporting breed.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs group, in the Flushing Dogs section. Not recognized by FCI.
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
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 $1000-$1200

General Appearance - American Cocker Spaniel vs Shar-Pei

Size Medium Medium
Weight 15-30 pounds (7-14 kg) 40-55 pounds (18- 25 kg)
Avg. Weight 22.5 pounds (10.5 kg) 47.5 pounds (18- 25 kg)
Height 15-16.5 inches (38-41 cm) 18-20 inches (46-51 cm)
Avg. Height 15-16.5 inches (39.5 cm) 19 inches (48.5 cm)

Hair & Care - American Cocker Spaniel vs Shar-Pei

Coat Feathered Dense
Colors Brown
Red
Tan
Buff
Silver
Black
Apricot
Blue
Cream
Red
Brown
Fawn
Black
Grooming
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Average: The Shar-Pei requires average grooming effort.
Shedding Level
American Cocker Spaniels shed moderately.
Shar-Peis shed none to minimal.

Characteristics - American Cocker Spaniel vs Shar-Pei

Temperament Outright
Tempered
Merry
Intelligent
Trusting
Joyful
Outgoing
Sociable
Affectionate
Independent
Reserved
Devoted
Loving
Suspicious
Intelligent Rank
Very smart: American Cocker Spaniel is an excellent dog breed.
Average: Shar-Pei's has average obedience intelligence.
Trainability
American Cocker Spaniels are quite easy to train.
Shar-Peis are quite easy to train.
Playfulness
The American Cocker Spaniel is a playful breed.
Shar-Peis, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Sensitivity Level
American Cocker Spaniels have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
Shar-Peis are less sensitive than other dog breeds.
Affection Level
American Cocker Spaniels are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Shar-Peis may seem unfriendly sometimes due to their independence.
Social Needs
American Cocker Spaniels are a social breed.
Shar-Peis are kinda antisocial.
Barking
Average to high: The American Cocker Spaniel is a vocal breed.
Low: The Shar-Pei barks none to minimal.
Watchdog Ability
American Cocker Spaniels are average watchdogs.
Shar-Peis are average watchdogs.
Territorial
American Cocker Spaniels are average defenders.
Shar-Peis are extremely protective guard dogs.
Biting Potential Low
The American Cocker Spaniel has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Shar-Pei has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
American Cocker Spaniels have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Shar-Peis have a strong 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.
Shar-Peis tend to escape less than other breeds.
Prey Drive
American Cocker Spaniels have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
Shar-Peis 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.
Apartment Friendly
American Cocker Spaniels are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Shar-Peis are apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
American Cocker Spaniels adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Shar-Peis adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
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.
Shar-Peis handle alone time quite well.
Fighting Dog Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Yes
In history, this breed was unfortunately used for combat dog.

Good With - American Cocker Spaniel vs Shar-Pei

Stranger Friendly
American Cocker Spaniels are very stranger friendly dogs.
Shar-Peis are not stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
American Cocker Spaniels are very kid-friendly dogs.
Shar-Peis are not kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
American Cocker Spaniels are average friendly towards cats.
Shar-Peis are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
American Cocker Spaniels are dog-friendly dogs.
Shar-Peis are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly Yes
American Cocker Spaniel is one of the best dog breeds for office environment
No
Shar-Pei is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
American Cocker Spaniels are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Shar-Peis are not recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
American Cocker Spaniels are generally with other pets.
Shar-Peis 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.
Yes
Shar-Peis 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.
Therapy Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a 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.
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.
Boat Dog Yes
American Cocker Spaniel breed usually likes being on a boat.
Not really
Shar-Pei 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.
Yes
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.

Health Factors - American Cocker Spaniel vs Shar-Pei

Health Issues
American Cocker Spaniels are commonly healthy dogs.
Very healthy dog breed.
Health Problems Allergies
Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia
Cataracts
Glaucoma
Hip Dysplasia
Hypothyroidism
Idiopathic Epilepsy
Patellar Luxation
Primary Seborrhea
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Bloat
Cancer
Cutaneous Mucinosis
Demodectic Mange
Elbow Dysplasia
Entropion
Fever
Glaucoma
Hip Dysplasia
Hypothyroidism
Osteochondrosis Dissecans
Patellar Luxation
Pyoderma
Seborrhea
Life Expectancy 12-15 years 8-10 years
Hypoallergenic No No
Energy Level
American Cocker Spaniels have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Shar-Peis have a lower energy level than other dogs.
Exercise Need
American Cocker Spaniels need quite a lot of exercise.
Shar-Peis exercise need is minimal.
Sleeping Need
American Cocker Spaniels are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Shar-Peis like sleeping so they do sleep a lot.
Avg. daily food consumption 1.5 to 2.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day. 2 to 2.5 cups of a high-quality dog food daily, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Average to High.
Average to High.
Weather & Climate Tolerates warm and cold weather. Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness Medium
The American Cocker Spaniel has an average chance of bad smell.
High
The Shar-Pei has a high chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The American Cocker Spaniel is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Shar-Pei is a big drooler, so if you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, you should choose a dog from another breed.

Reproducibility - American Cocker Spaniel vs Shar-Pei

Gestation Length 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.
Litter Size 4-7 puppies 4-6 puppies

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