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Australian Cattle Dog vs Giant Schnauzer vs Affenpinscher – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Australian Cattle Dog vs Giant Schnauzer vs Affenpinscher" Compare Australian Cattle Dog and Giant Schnauzer. Which is better: Australian Cattle Dog or Giant Schnauzer or Affenpinscher?
Name Australian Cattle Dog Giant Schnauzer Affenpinscher
OriginsAustralia Germany Germany France
Group Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs) Working Dogs Companion Dogs
Popularity Rank5680147
Reviews421
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Other Names Queensland Heeler, Blue Heeler, Hall39;s Heeler, ACD, Cattle Dog, Red Heeler Russian Bear Schnauzer, Munich Schnauzer, Munchener, Riesenschnauzer Affen, Affie, African Terrier, Monkey Dog, Monkey Terrier
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 1930 as a Working breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1936 as a Toy 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 Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattledogs group, in the Pinscher and Schnauzer type section. Recognized by FCI in the Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattledogs group, in the Pinscher and Schnauzer type 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 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 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.
Price $500-$700 $1000-$1500 $800-$1200

General Appearance - Australian Cattle Dog vs Giant Schnauzer vs Affenpinscher

Size Medium Giant Small
Weight 30-62 pounds (13-28 kg) Males 60-105 pounds (27-48 kg), Female: 55-75 pounds (25-34 kg) 7-9 pounds (3-4 kg)
Avg. Weight 46 pounds (20.5 kg) Males 82.5 pounds (37.5 kg), Female: 65 pounds (29.5 kg) 8 pounds (3.5 kg)
Height Male: 17-20 inches (43-51 cm), Female: 17-19 inches (43-48 cm) Male: 26-28 inches (66-71 cm), Female: 23-26 inches (58-66 cm) 9-12 inches (23-30 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 18.5 inches (47 cm), Female: 18 inches (45.5 cm) Male: 27 inches (68.5 cm), Female: 24.5 inches (62 cm) 10.5 inches (26.5 cm)

Hair & Care - Australian Cattle Dog vs Giant Schnauzer vs Affenpinscher

Coat Dense Wiry Wiry
Colors Blue Speckled Red Mottled Pepper Salt Black Belge Tan Red Black Silver
Grooming
Effortless: The Australian Cattle Dog requires minimal grooming.
Average: The Giant Schnauzer requires average grooming effort.
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Shedding Level
Australian Cattle Dogs shed moderately.
Giant Schnauzers shed none to minimal.
Affenpinschers shed none to minimal.

Characteristics - Australian Cattle Dog vs Giant Schnauzer vs Affenpinscher

Temperament Aggressive Energetic Loyal Responsive Alert Intelligent Protective Dominant Kind Powerful Intelligent Loyal Strong Willed Active Curious Playful Adventurous Funny Loving Stubborn
Intelligent Rank
Outstanding: Australian Cattle Dog is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Smart: Giant Schnauzer's has great intelligence.
Smart: Affenpinscher's has great intelligence.
Trainability
Australian Cattle Dogs are easy to train.
Giant Schnauzers are easy to train.
Affenpinschers are quite easy to train.
Playfulness
The Australian Cattle Dog is a highly playful breed.
The Giant Schnauzer is a highly playful breed.
The Affenpinscher is a playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Affenpinschers have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
Affection Level
Australian Cattle Dogs are average dogs regarding their affection level.
Giant Schnauzers are average dogs regarding their affection level.
Affenpinschers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Australian Cattle Dogs need for social interaction is average.
Giant Schnauzers need for social interaction is average.
Affenpinschers need a lot of social interaction.
Barking
Low to Average: The Australian Cattle Dog rarely barks.
Average: The Giant Schnauzer barks occasionally.
Low to Average: The Affenpinscher rarely barks.
Watchdog Ability
Australian Cattle Dogs are one of the best watchdogs.
Giant Schnauzers are one of the best watchdogs.
Affenpinschers are one of the best watchdogs.
Territorial
Australian Cattle Dogs are extremely protective guard dogs.
Giant Schnauzers are extremely protective guard dogs.
Affenpinschers are extremely protective guard dogs.
Biting Potential Low
The Australian Cattle Dog has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Giant Schnauzer has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Affenpinscher has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Australian Cattle Dogs have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Giant Schnauzers have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Affenpinschers 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.
Wanderlust potential of the Giant Schnauzer is strong enough to escape from home.
Affenpinschers tend to escape less than other breeds.
Prey Drive
Australian Cattle Dogs have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Giant Schnauzers have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Affenpinschers 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
Australian Cattle Dogs are not apartment-friendly dogs.
Giant Schnauzers are not apartment-friendly dogs.
Affenpinschers are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Australian Cattle Dogs adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Giant Schnauzers adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Affenpinschers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all 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.
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
Affenpinschers 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 - Australian Cattle Dog vs Giant Schnauzer vs Affenpinscher

Stranger Friendly
Australian Cattle Dogs are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Giant Schnauzers are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Affenpinschers are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Australian Cattle Dogs are very kid-friendly dogs.
Giant Schnauzers are not the most kid-friendly dogs.
Affenpinschers are not kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Australian Cattle Dogs are average friendly towards cats.
Giant Schnauzers are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
Affenpinschers are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Australian Cattle Dogs are average friendly towards other dogs.
Giant Schnauzers are not dog-friendly.
Affenpinschers are average friendly towards other dogs.
Office Friendly No
Australian Cattle Dog is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Giant Schnauzer is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Affenpinscher is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Australian Cattle Dogs are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Giant Schnauzers are not the best breed for elderly people.
Affenpinschers are not recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Australian Cattle Dogs are generally with other pets.
Giant Schnauzers usually don’t get on well with other pets.
Affenpinschers are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners No
Australian Cattle Dogs are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Giant Schnauzers are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Yes
Affenpinschers 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.
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.
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 Not really
Australian Cattle Dog breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Giant Schnauzer breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Affenpinscher 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 Giant Schnauzer vs Affenpinscher

Health Issues
The Australian Cattle Dog is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Giant Schnauzers are commonly healthy dogs.
The Affenpinscher is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems Deafness Hip Dysplasia Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Bloat Cancer Cataracts Elbow Dysplasia Glaucoma Heart Problems Hip Dysplasia Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Retinal Dysplasia Cataracts Collapsed Trachea Fractures Heart Murmurs Hip Dysplasia Legg-perthes Disease Luxating Patella Open Fontanel Patellar Luxation Patent Ductus Arteriosis Slipped Stifle
Life Expectancy 12-15 years 10-12 years 12-14 years
Hypoallergenic No Yes Yes
Energy Level
Australian Cattle Dogs are high energy dogs.
Giant Schnauzers are high energy dogs.
Affenpinschers have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Exercise Need
Australian Cattle Dogs need a lot of exercises.
Giant Schnauzers need a lot of exercises.
Affenpinschers have an average exercise need.
Sleeping Need
Australian Cattle Dogs don't need too much sleep.
Giant Schnauzers don't need too much sleep.
Affenpinschers 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, divided into two meals. 8 to 10 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals 1/4 to 1/2 cup 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 Giant Schnauzer can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness Medium
The Australian Cattle Dog has an average chance of bad smell.
Low
The Giant Schnauzer has a low chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Affenpinscher has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Australian Cattle Dog is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Giant Schnauzer is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Affenpinscher is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Australian Cattle Dog vs Giant Schnauzer vs Affenpinscher

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 5-8 puppies 1-3 puppies

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