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Australian Shepherd vs Labradoodle vs Border Collie – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Australian Shepherd vs Labradoodle vs Border Collie" Compare Australian Shepherd and Labradoodle. Which is better: Australian Shepherd or Labradoodle or Border Collie?
Name Australian Shepherd Labradoodle Border Collie
OriginsUnited States Australia England Scotland Wales
Group Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs) Designer Dogs Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs)
Popularity Rank1755638
Reviews215
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Other Names Aussie, Little Blue Dog Labrador Retriever + Poodle Scotch Sheep Dog, Sheepdog
Breed Type Purebred Cross Breed Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1991 as a Herding breed. Not recognized by the American Kennel Club. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1995 as a Herding breed.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Sheepdogs and Cattledogs (except Swiss Cattledogs) group, in the Sheepdogs section. Not recognized by FCI. 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 Australian Labradoodle Association International Australian Labradoodle Association 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 $600-$800 $1000-$2000 $600-$800

General Appearance - Australian Shepherd vs Labradoodle vs Border Collie

Size Large Large Large
Weight Male: 50-65 pounds (25-29 kg), Female: 40-55 pounds (18-25 kg) 50-64 pounds (22-34 kg) Male: 30-45 pounds (14-20 kg), Female: 27-42 pounds (12-19 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 57.5 pounds (27 kg), Female: 47.5 pounds (21.5 kg) 57.5 pounds (26 kg) Male: 37.5 pounds (17 kg), Female: 34.5 pounds (15.5 kg)
Height Male: 20-23 inches (52-58cm), Female: 18-21 inches (46–53 cm) Male: 22 - 24 inches (50 – 60 cm), Female: 20 - 22 inches (50 - 55 cm) Male: 19-22 inches (48-56 cm), Female: 18-21 inches (46-53 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 21.5 inches (55 cm), Female: 19.5 inches (46–53 cm) Male: 23 inches (58 cm), Female: 21 inches (53.5 cm) Male: 20.5 inches (52 cm), Female: 19.5 inches (49.5 cm)

Hair & Care - Australian Shepherd vs Labradoodle vs Border Collie

Coat Feathered Fine Variety of coat types Dense Feathered Straight Short Moderately Long
Colors Red Blue Merle Black Gold Apricot Caramel Chalky white Black Café Cream Silver Chocolate Parchment Blue They can also have parti-colored coats, which consist of brindles, phantom, patched, or sable colors. 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
Average: The Australian Shepherd requires average grooming effort.
Average: The Labradoodle requires average grooming effort.
Average: The Border Collie requires average grooming effort.
Shedding Level
Australian Shepherds shed moderately.
Labradoodles shed moderately.
Border Collies shed moderately.

Characteristics - Australian Shepherd vs Labradoodle vs Border Collie

Temperament Active Friendly Intelligent Loving Affectionate Good-natured Protective Affectionate Intelligent Alert Intelligent Alert Tenacious Protective Energetic Responsive Loyal
Intelligent Rank
Smart: Australian Shepherd's has great intelligence.
Smart: Labradoodle's has great intelligence.
Outstanding: Border Collie is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Trainability
Australian Shepherds are very easy to train.
Labradoodles are easy to train.
Border Collies are easy to train.
Playfulness
The Australian Shepherd is a highly playful breed.
The Labradoodle is a highly playful breed.
The Border Collie is a highly playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
Australian Shepherds don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
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.
Affection Level
Australian Shepherds are highly affectionate dogs.
Labradoodles are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Border Collies are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Australian Shepherds are a social breed.
Labradoodles need a lot of social interaction.
Border Collies need a lot of social interaction.
Barking
Low to Average: The Australian Shepherd rarely barks.
Average: The Labradoodle barks occasionally.
Low to Average: The Border Collie rarely barks.
Watchdog Ability
Australian Shepherds are one of the best watchdogs.
Labradoodles are good watchdogs.
Border Collies are one of the best watchdogs.
Territorial
Australian Shepherds are extremely protective guard dogs.
Labradoodles are average defenders.
Border Collies are extremely protective guard dogs.
Biting Potential Low
The Australian Shepherd has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Labradoodle has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Border Collie has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Australian Shepherds have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Labradoodles 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.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Australian Shepherds are not the biggest explorers.
Labradoodles have average wanderlust potential.
Border Collies have average wanderlust potential.
Prey Drive
Australian Shepherds have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Labradoodles have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
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
Australian Shepherds are not the best choice for an apartment lifestyle, but they don't mind being inside if you walk them several times every day.
Labradoodles 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
Australian Shepherds adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Labradoodles 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
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.
Labradoodles tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Border Collies 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 Shepherd vs Labradoodle vs Border Collie

Stranger Friendly
Australian Shepherds are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Labradoodles are very stranger friendly dogs.
Border Collies are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Australian Shepherds are very kid-friendly dogs.
Labradoodles are very kid-friendly dogs.
Border Collies are very kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Australian Shepherds are average friendly towards cats.
Labradoodles are cat-friendly dogs.
Border Collies are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Australian Shepherds are average friendly towards other dogs.
Labradoodles are very dog-friendly dogs.
Border Collies are average friendly towards other dogs.
Office Friendly No
Australian Shepherd is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Labradoodle is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Border Collie is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Australian Shepherds are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Labradoodles are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Border Collies are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Australian Shepherds are generally with other pets.
Labradoodles are usually friendly towards other pets.
Border Collies are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners No
Australian Shepherds are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Labradoodles 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.
Service Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Yes
This breed makes good 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
Australian Shepherd breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Yes
Labradoodle breed usually likes 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 - Australian Shepherd vs Labradoodle vs Border Collie

Health Issues
The Australian Shepherd is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Labradoodles are commonly healthy dogs.
The Border Collie 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) Ear Infections Hip Dysplasia Elbow Dysplasia Epilepsy Allergies Canine Diabetes Mellitus Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Hypothyroidism Allergies Collie Eye Anomaly Epilepsy Hip Dysplasia Osteochondrosis Dissecans Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Life Expectancy 12-15 years 12-14 years 12-15 years
Hypoallergenic No Yes No
Energy Level
Australian Shepherds are high energy dogs.
Labradoodles are high energy dogs.
Border Collies are high energy dogs.
Exercise Need
Australian Shepherds need a lot of exercises.
Labradoodles need quite a lot of exercise.
Border Collies need a lot of exercises.
Sleeping Need
Australian Shepherds don't need too much sleep.
Labradoodles are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Border Collies 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. 4 to 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
Average to High.
Average to High.
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.
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 Australian Shepherd has an average chance of bad smell.
Low
The Labradoodle has a low chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Border Collie has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Australian Shepherd is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Labradoodle is a perfect example for low drooling tendency.
The Border Collie is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Australian Shepherd vs Labradoodle 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 6-9 puppies, average 7 4-10 puppies 4-8 puppies

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