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American Staffordshire Terrier vs Airedale Terrier vs Border Collie – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between American Staffordshire Terrier vs Airedale Terrier vs Border Collie" Compare American Staffordshire Terrier and Airedale Terrier. Which is better: American Staffordshire Terrier or Airedale Terrier or Border Collie?
Name American Staffordshire Terrier Airedale Terrier Border Collie
OriginsUnited States England England Scotland Wales
Group Hunting Dogs Hunting Dogs Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs)
Popularity Rank835538
Reviews5110
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Other Names Amstaff, Stafford, Staffy Waterside Terrier, Bingley Terrier, Irish Red Terrier Scotch Sheep Dog, Sheepdog
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1936 as a Terrier breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1888 as a Terrier breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1995 as a Herding breed.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Terriers group, in the Bull type Terriers section. Recognized by FCI in the Terriers group, in the Large and medium sized Terriers section. Recognized by FCI in the Sheepdogs and Cattledogs (except Swiss Cattledogs) group, in the Sheepdogs section.
Breed Recognition No set 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
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
The American Int. Border Collie Registry
The American Border Collie Association
Price $800-$1000 $600-$800 $600-$800

General Appearance - American Staffordshire Terrier vs Airedale Terrier vs Border Collie

Size Medium Medium Large
Weight 57-67 pounds (25-30 kg) Male: 50-65 pounds (23-29 kg), Female: 40-45 pounds (18-20 kg) Male: 30-45 pounds (14-20 kg), Female: 27-42 pounds (12-19 kg)
Avg. Weight 62 pounds (27.5 kg) Male: 57.5 pounds (26 kg), Female: 42.5 pounds (19 kg) Male: 37.5 pounds (17 kg), Female: 34.5 pounds (15.5 kg)
Height Male: 17-19 inches (43-48 cm), Female: 16-18 inches (41-46 cm) Male: 22-24 inches (56-61 cm), Female: 22-23 inches (56-58 cm) Male: 19-22 inches (48-56 cm), Female: 18-21 inches (46-53 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 18 inches (45.5 cm), Female: 17 inches (43.5 cm) Male: 23 inches (58.5 cm), Female: 22.5 inches (57 cm) Male: 20.5 inches (52 cm), Female: 19.5 inches (49.5 cm)

Hair & Care - American Staffordshire Terrier vs Airedale Terrier vs Border Collie

Coat Fine Wiry
Dense
Rough
Dense
Feathered
Straight
Short
Moderately Long
Colors Brown
Blue
White
Black
Tan
Grizzle
Black
Black & White
Tricolor
Tan
Blue merle
Blue merle-tricolor
Slate merle
Red merle
Black
Brindle
Gold
Lilac
Red
Sable
Sable Merle
Saddleback Sable
White & Blue
White & Blue Merle
White & Red
White & Red Merle
White Ticked
Seal
Slate
White & Gold
White & Sable
White & Seal
Grooming
Effortless: The American Staffordshire Terrier requires minimal grooming.
Advanced: The Airedale Terrier requires a lot of grooming.
Average: The Border Collie requires average grooming effort.
Shedding Level
American Staffordshire Terriers shed none to minimal.
Airedale Terriers are low shedders.
Border Collies shed moderately.

Characteristics - American Staffordshire Terrier vs Airedale Terrier vs Border Collie

Temperament Attentive
Devoted
Loyal
Intelligent
Courageous
Friendly
Tenacious
Alert
Courageous
Intelligent
Confident
Friendly
Outgoing
Adaptable
Brave
Playful
Energetic
Balanced
Obedient
Loyal
Intelligent
Alert
Tenacious
Protective
Energetic
Responsive
Loyal
Intelligent Rank
Smart: American Staffordshire Terrier's has great intelligence.
Smart: Airedale Terrier's has great intelligence.
Outstanding: Border Collie is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Trainability
American Staffordshire Terriers are easy to train.
Airedale Terriers are very easy to train.
Border Collies are easy to train.
Playfulness
The American Staffordshire Terrier is a playful breed.
The Airedale Terrier is a highly playful breed.
The Border Collie is a highly playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
American Staffordshire Terriers have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
Airedale Terriers have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
Border Collies don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Affection Level
American Staffordshire Terriers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Airedale Terriers are highly affectionate dogs.
Border Collies are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
American Staffordshire Terriers are a social breed.
Airedale Terriers are a social breed.
Border Collies need a lot of social interaction.
Barking
Average: The American Staffordshire Terrier barks occasionally.
Average: The Airedale Terrier barks occasionally.
Low to Average: The Border Collie rarely barks.
Watchdog Ability
American Staffordshire Terriers are average watchdogs.
Airedale Terriers are good watchdogs.
Border Collies are one of the best watchdogs.
Territorial
American Staffordshire Terriers are average defenders.
Airedale Terriers are extremely protective guard dogs.
Border Collies are extremely protective guard dogs.
Biting Potential Low
The American Staffordshire Terrier has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Airedale Terrier has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Border Collie has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
American Staffordshire Terriers have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Airedale Terriers have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Border Collies have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
American Staffordshire Terriers have average wanderlust potential.
Wanderlust potential of the Airedale Terrier is strong enough to escape from home.
Border Collies have average wanderlust potential.
Prey Drive
American Staffordshire Terriers 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.
Airedale Terriers have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
Border Collies 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 Staffordshire Terriers are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Airedale Terriers are not the best choice for an apartment lifestyle, but they don't mind being inside if you walk them several times every day.
Border Collies are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Adaptability
American Staffordshire Terriers adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Airedale Terriers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Border Collies adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
American Staffordshire Terriers 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.
Airedale Terriers 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.
Border 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 - American Staffordshire Terrier vs Airedale Terrier vs Border Collie

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

Health Issues
The American Staffordshire Terrier is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Airedale Terriers tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
The Border Collie is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems No set Allergies
Cancer
Hip Dysplasia
Hypothyroidism
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Umbilical Hernias
Von Willebrand's Disease
Allergies
Collie Eye Anomaly
Epilepsy
Hip Dysplasia
Osteochondrosis Dissecans
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Life Expectancy 12-14 years 10-13 years 12-15 years
Hypoallergenic No Yes No
Energy Level
American Staffordshire Terriers have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Airedale Terriers are high energy dogs.
Border Collies are high energy dogs.
Exercise Need
American Staffordshire Terriers need quite a lot of exercise.
Airedale Terriers need quite a lot of exercise.
Border Collies need a lot of exercises.
Sleeping Need
American Staffordshire Terriers sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Airedale Terriers don't need too much sleep.
Border Collies don't need too much sleep.
Avg. daily food consumption 2.5 to 3 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 1.5 to 2.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 1.5 to 2 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two or three meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Low to Average.
Average to High.
Average.
Weather & Climate Prefers average to warm weather conditions Tolerates warm and cold weather. Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Border Collie can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness Medium
The American Staffordshire Terrier has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Airedale Terrier has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Border Collie has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The American Staffordshire Terrier is an average drooler.
The Airedale Terrier is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Border Collie is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - American Staffordshire Terrier vs Airedale Terrier vs Border Collie

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 5-10 puppies 7-9 puppies 4-8 puppies

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