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Australian Shepherd vs Border Collie vs Shetland Sheepdog Comparison - Dog breed selector: Aussie or Scotch Sheep Dog or Miniature Collie? Find the right dog for you

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Name Australian Shepherd Border Collie Shetland Sheepdog
OriginsUnited States England Scotland Wales Scotland
Group Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs) Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs) Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs)
Popularity Rank173824
Reviews3116
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Other Names Aussie, Little Blue Dog Scotch Sheep Dog, Sheepdog Miniature Collie, Shetland Collie (obsolete), Dwarf Scotch Shepherd (obsolete), Toonie Dog (obsolete), Sheltie
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1991 as a Herding breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1995 as a Herding breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1911 as a Herding breed.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Sheepdogs and Cattledogs (except Swiss Cattledogs) group, in the Sheepdogs section. Recognized by FCI in the Sheepdogs and Cattledogs (except Swiss Cattledogs) group, in the Sheepdogs section. Recognized by FCI in the Sheepdogs and Cattledogs (except Swiss Cattledogs) group, in the Sheepdogs section.
Breed Recognition American Canine Registry
American Kennel Club
America's Pet Registry
Dog Registry of America Inc.
North American Purebred Registry, Inc.
American Canine Association, Inc.
Continental Kennel Club
National Kennel Club
New Zealand Kennel Club
United Kennel Club
Australian Shepherd Club Of America
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 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
Which is cheaper Australian Shepherd or Border Collie or Shetland Sheepdog? Which is more expensive?
$600-$800 $600-$800 $800-$1000

Australian Shepherd vs Border Collie vs Shetland Sheepdog General Appearance & Basic Info Comparison

Size
Which is bigger Australian Shepherd or Border Collie or Shetland Sheepdog?
Large Large Medium
Weight
Which is heavier Australian Shepherd or Border Collie or Border Collie?
Male: 50-65 pounds (25-29 kg), Female: 40-55 pounds (18-25 kg) Male: 30-45 pounds (14-20 kg), Female: 27-42 pounds (12-19 kg) 14-27 pounds (6-12 kg)
Avg. Weight
Which dog has a smaller / higher average weight?
Male: 57.5 pounds (27 kg), Female: 47.5 pounds (21.5 kg) Male: 37.5 pounds (17 kg), Female: 34.5 pounds (15.5 kg) 20.5 pounds (9 kg)
Height
Which is taller Australian Shepherd or Border Collie or Shetland Sheepdog?
Male: 20-23 inches (52-58cm), Female: 18-21 inches (46–53 cm) Male: 19-22 inches (48-56 cm), Female: 18-21 inches (46-53 cm) 13-16 inches (33-41 cm)
Avg. Height
Which dog has a smaller / higher average height?
Male: 21.5 inches (55 cm), Female: 19.5 inches (46–53 cm) Male: 20.5 inches (52 cm), Female: 19.5 inches (49.5 cm) 14.5 inches (37 cm)

Australian Shepherd vs Border Collie vs Shetland Sheepdog Hair & Care Comparison

Coat / Hair Types Feathered Dense
Feathered
Straight
Short
Moderately Long
Dense
Colors Red
Blue
Merle
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
White
Blue
Merle
Sable
Tan
Black
Grooming
Average: The Australian Shepherd requires average grooming effort.
Average: The Border Collie requires average grooming effort.
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Shedding Level
Australian Shepherds shed moderately.
Border Collies shed moderately.
Shetland Sheepdogs shed moderately.

Australian Shepherd vs Border Collie vs Shetland Sheepdog Characteristics Comparison

Temperament Active
Friendly
Intelligent
Loving
Affectionate
Good-natured
Protective
Intelligent
Alert
Tenacious
Protective
Energetic
Responsive
Loyal
Affectionate
Gentle
Lively
Responsive
Friendly
Intelligent
Playful
Intelligent Rank
Smart: Australian Shepherd's has great intelligence.
Outstanding: Border Collie is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Outstanding: Shetland Sheepdog is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Trainability
Australian Shepherds are very easy to train.
Border Collies are easy to train.
Shetland Sheepdogs are quite easy to train.
Playfulness
The Australian Shepherd is a highly playful breed.
The Border Collie is a highly playful breed.
Shetland Sheepdogs, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Sensitivity Level
Australian Shepherds don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Border Collies don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Shetland Sheepdogs don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Affection Level
Australian Shepherds are highly affectionate dogs.
Border Collies are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Shetland Sheepdogs are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Australian Shepherds are a social breed.
Border Collies need a lot of social interaction.
Shetland Sheepdogs are a social breed.
Barking
Low to Average: The Australian Shepherd rarely barks.
Low to Average: The Border Collie rarely barks.
Nagyon sokat: Shetland Sheepdog kimondottan hangos fajta.
Watchdog Ability
Australian Shepherds are one of the best watchdogs.
Border Collies are one of the best watchdogs.
Shetland Sheepdogs are good watchdogs.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Australian Shepherds are extremely protective guard dogs.
Border Collies are extremely protective guard dogs.
Shetland Sheepdogs are extremely protective guard dogs.
Biting Potential Low
The Australian Shepherd has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Border Collie has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Shetland Sheepdog has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Australian Shepherds have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Border Collies have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Shetland Sheepdogs have a low tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Australian Shepherds are not the biggest explorers.
Border Collies have average wanderlust potential.
Shetland Sheepdogs tend to escape less than other breeds.
Prey Drive
Australian Shepherds 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.
Shetland Sheepdogs 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
Nem a legjobb választás Australian Shepherd, ha lakásban szeretnéd tartani, ugyanakkor alapos lemozgatással, napi többszöri sétával tolerálják a benti körülményeket is, így megoldható Australian Shepherd tartása lakásban.
Nem ajánlott lakásban tartani Border Collie kutyafajtát.
Nem ajánlott lakásban tartani Shetland Sheepdog kutyafajtát.
Adaptability
Australian Shepherds adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Border Collies adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Shetland Sheepdogs adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Which dog can be left alone: Australian Shepherd or Border Collie or Shetland Sheepdog?
Australian Shepherds 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.
Shetland Sheepdogs 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.
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.

Australian Shepherd vs Border Collie vs Shetland Sheepdog Good With Comparison

Stranger Friendly
Australian Shepherds are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Border Collies are average friendly towards strangers.
Shetland Sheepdogs are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Australian Shepherds are very kid-friendly dogs.
Border Collies are very kid-friendly dogs.
Shetland Sheepdogs are kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Australian Shepherds are average friendly towards cats.
Border Collies are average friendly towards cats.
Shetland Sheepdogs are very cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Australian Shepherds are average friendly towards other dogs.
Border Collies are average friendly towards other dogs.
Shetland Sheepdogs are dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly
Which one fits better in the office?
No
Australian Shepherd is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Border Collie is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Shetland Sheepdog is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Which dog is good for elderly people?
Australian Shepherds are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Border Collies are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Shetland Sheepdogs are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Which dog breeds get along well with other animals/pets?
Australian Shepherds are generally with other pets.
Border Collies are generally with other pets.
Shetland Sheepdogs are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Good For First Time Owners
Which dog is good for the first-time owners: Australian Shepherd vs Border Collie vs Shetland Sheepdog?
No
Australian Shepherds 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
Shetland Sheepdogs 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Shepherd breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Border Collie breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Shetland Sheepdog 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.

Australian Shepherd vs Border Collie vs Shetland Sheepdog Health Factors Comparison

Health Issues
The Australian Shepherd 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.
The Shetland Sheepdog is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems Allergies
Cancer
Cataracts
Collie Eye Anomaly
Deafness
Detached Retina
Distichiasis
Drug Sensitivity
Elbow Dysplasia
Epilepsy
Hip Dysplasia
Hypothyroidism
Nasal Solar Dermatitis
Osteochondrosis Dissecans
Persistent Pupillary Membranes
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Allergies
Collie Eye Anomaly
Epilepsy
Hip Dysplasia
Osteochondrosis Dissecans
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Cancer
Cataracts
Collie Eye Anomaly
Drug Sensitivity
Elbow Dysplasia
Epilepsy
Haemophilia
Heart Problems
Hip Dysplasia
Hypothyroidism
Patellar Luxation
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Trichiasis
Von Willebrand's Disease
Life Expectancy 12-15 years 12-15 years 12-14 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
Australian Shepherds are high energy dogs.
Border Collies are high energy dogs.
Shetland Sheepdogs have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
Australian Shepherds need a lot of exercises.
Border Collies need a lot of exercises.
Shetland Sheepdogs have an average exercise need.
Sleeping Need
Australian Shepherds don't need too much sleep.
Border Collies don't need too much sleep.
Shetland Sheepdogs 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. 1.5 to 2 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two or three meals. 2 to 3 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
Average to High.
Average.
Average.
Weather & Climate Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Australian Shepherd 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 cold weather conditions
The Shetland Sheepdog can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness Medium
The Australian Shepherd has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Border Collie has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Shetland Sheepdog has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Australian Shepherd is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Border Collie is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Shetland Sheepdog is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Australian Shepherd vs Border Collie vs Shetland Sheepdog Reproducibility Comparison

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 6-9 puppies, average 7 4-8 puppies 4-6 puppies

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