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Australian Cattle Dog vs Border Collie vs German Shorthaired Pointer – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Australian Cattle Dog vs Border Collie vs German Shorthaired Pointer" Compare Australian Cattle Dog and Border Collie. Which is better: Australian Cattle Dog or Border Collie or German Shorthaired Pointer?
Name Australian Cattle Dog Border Collie German Shorthaired Pointer
OriginsAustralia England Scotland Wales Germany
Group Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs) Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs) Gun Dog
Popularity Rank563810
Reviews4102
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Other Names Queensland Heeler, Blue Heeler, Hall39;s Heeler, ACD, Cattle Dog, Red Heeler Scotch Sheep Dog, Sheepdog Deutsch Kurzhaar, Kurzhaar, GSP, DK, Deutscher Kurzhaariger Vorstehhund
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1980 as a Herding breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1995 as a Herding breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1930 as a Sporting breed.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Sheepdogs and Cattledogs (except Swiss Cattledogs) group, in the Cattledogs (except Swiss Cattledogs) section. Recognized by FCI in the Sheepdogs and Cattledogs (except Swiss Cattledogs) group, in the Sheepdogs section. Recognized by FCI in the Pointing Dogs group, in the Continental Pointing Dogs 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
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
American Kennel Club
Canadian Kennel Club
Federation Cynologique Internationale
Kennel Club of Great Britain
Australian National Kennel Council
New Zealand Kennel Club
United Kennel Club
Price $500-$700 $600-$800 $600-$800

General Appearance - Australian Cattle Dog vs Border Collie vs German Shorthaired Pointer

Size Medium Large Large
Medium
Weight 30-62 pounds (13-28 kg) Male: 30-45 pounds (14-20 kg), Female: 27-42 pounds (12-19 kg) Male: 55-70 pounds (25-32 kg), Female: 45-60 pounds (20-27 kg)
Avg. Weight 46 pounds (20.5 kg) Male: 37.5 pounds (17 kg), Female: 34.5 pounds (15.5 kg) Male: 62.5 pounds (28.5 kg), Female: 52.5 pounds (23.5 kg)
Height Male: 17-20 inches (43-51 cm), Female: 17-19 inches (43-48 cm) Male: 19-22 inches (48-56 cm), Female: 18-21 inches (46-53 cm) Male: 23-25 inches (59-64 cm), Female: 21-23 inches (53-58 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 18.5 inches (47 cm), Female: 18 inches (45.5 cm) Male: 20.5 inches (52 cm), Female: 19.5 inches (49.5 cm) Male: 24 inches (61.5 cm), Female: 22 inches (55.5 cm)

Hair & Care - Australian Cattle Dog vs Border Collie vs German Shorthaired Pointer

Coat Dense Dense
Feathered
Straight
Short
Moderately Long
Dense
Colors Blue
Speckled
Red
Mottled
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
Roan
Liver
White
Black
Grooming
Effortless: The Australian Cattle Dog requires minimal grooming.
Average: The Border Collie requires average grooming effort.
Effortless: The German Shorthaired Pointer requires minimal grooming.
Shedding Level
Australian Cattle Dogs shed moderately.
Border Collies shed moderately.
German Shorthaired Pointers shed moderately.

Characteristics - Australian Cattle Dog vs Border Collie vs German Shorthaired Pointer

Temperament Aggressive
Energetic
Loyal
Responsive
Alert
Intelligent
Protective
Intelligent
Alert
Tenacious
Protective
Energetic
Responsive
Loyal
Affectionate
Bold
Intelligent
Boisterous
Cooperative
Trainable
Intelligent Rank
Outstanding: Australian Cattle Dog is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Outstanding: Border Collie is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Very smart: German Shorthaired Pointer is an excellent dog breed.
Trainability
Australian Cattle Dogs are easy to train.
Border Collies are easy to train.
German Shorthaired Pointers are very easy to train.
Playfulness
The Australian Cattle Dog is a highly playful breed.
The Border Collie is a highly playful breed.
The German Shorthaired Pointer is a highly playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Border Collies don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Affection Level
Australian Cattle Dogs are average dogs regarding their affection level.
Border Collies are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
German Shorthaired Pointers are highly affectionate dogs.
Social Needs
Australian Cattle Dogs need for social interaction is average.
Border Collies need a lot of social interaction.
German Shorthaired Pointers need for social interaction is average.
Barking
Low to Average: The Australian Cattle Dog rarely barks.
Low to Average: The Border Collie rarely barks.
Average: The German Shorthaired Pointer barks occasionally.
Watchdog Ability
Australian Cattle Dogs are one of the best watchdogs.
Border Collies are one of the best watchdogs.
German Shorthaired Pointers are average watchdogs.
Territorial
Australian Cattle Dogs are extremely protective guard dogs.
Border Collies are extremely protective guard dogs.
German Shorthaired Pointers are average defenders.
Biting Potential Low
The Australian Cattle Dog has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Border Collie has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The German Shorthaired Pointer has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Australian Cattle Dogs 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.
German Shorthaired Pointers have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Wanderlust potential of the Australian Cattle Dog is strong enough to escape from home.
Border Collies have average wanderlust potential.
German Shorthaired Pointers have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
Prey Drive
Australian Cattle Dogs have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
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.
German Shorthaired Pointers have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
Apartment Friendly
Australian Cattle Dogs are not apartment-friendly dogs.
Border Collies are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
German Shorthaired Pointers are not apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Australian Cattle Dogs adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Border Collies adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
German Shorthaired Pointers adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
Border Collies 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 - Australian Cattle Dog vs Border Collie vs German Shorthaired Pointer

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

Health Issues
The Australian Cattle Dog is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
The Border Collie is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
German Shorthaired Pointers are commonly healthy dogs.
Health Problems Deafness
Hip Dysplasia
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Allergies
Collie Eye Anomaly
Epilepsy
Hip Dysplasia
Osteochondrosis Dissecans
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Gastric Torsion
Hypothyroidism
Canine Hip Dysplasia (CHD)
Osteochondrosis Dissecans
Von Willebrand's Disease
Entropion
Pannus
Lymphedema
Cardiomyopathy
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Life Expectancy 12-15 years 12-15 years 12-14 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
Australian Cattle Dogs are high energy dogs.
Border Collies are high energy dogs.
German Shorthaired Pointers are high energy dogs.
Exercise Need
Australian Cattle Dogs need a lot of exercises.
Border Collies need a lot of exercises.
German Shorthaired Pointers need a lot of exercises.
Sleeping Need
Australian Cattle Dogs don't need too much sleep.
Border Collies don't need too much sleep.
German Shorthaired Pointers don't need too much sleep.
Avg. daily food consumption 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. 3 to 4 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Average to High.
Average.
Average.
Weather & Climate Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Australian Cattle Dog can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
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.
Prefers average to warm weather conditions
Stinkiness Medium
The Australian Cattle Dog has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Border Collie has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The German Shorthaired Pointer has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Australian Cattle Dog is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Border Collie is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The German Shorthaired Pointer is a perfect example for low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Australian Cattle Dog vs Border Collie vs German Shorthaired Pointer

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 1-7 puppies, average 5 4-8 puppies 7-12 puppies

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