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Australian Shepherd vs Rough Collie vs Samoyed – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Australian Shepherd vs Rough Collie vs Samoyed" Compare Australian Shepherd and Rough Collie. Which is better: Australian Shepherd or Rough Collie or Samoyed?
Name Australian Shepherd Rough Collie Samoyed
OriginsUnited States Scotland Russia
Group Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs) Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs) Sled Dogs
Popularity Rank174057
Reviews134
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Other Names Aussie, Little Blue Dog Collie, Scottish Collie, Long-Haired Collie, English Collie, Lassie Dog Samoyedskaya, Bjelkier, Samoiedskaya Sobaka, Nenetskaya Laika, Smiley, Sammy
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 1885 as a Herding breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1906 as a Working 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 Spitz and primitive types group, in the Nordic Sledge Dogs 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 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
Price $600-$800 $400-$600 $1200-$1500

General Appearance - Australian Shepherd vs Rough Collie vs Samoyed

Size Large Large Medium
Weight Male: 50-65 pounds (25-29 kg), Female: 40-55 pounds (18-25 kg) Male: 60-70 pounds (27-32 kg), Female: 53-65 pounds (24-29 kg) Male: 45-65 pounds (20.5-30 kg), Female: 35-50 pounds (16-20.5 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 57.5 pounds (27 kg), Female: 47.5 pounds (21.5 kg) Male: 67.5 pounds (30.5 kg), Female: 57.5 pounds (26 kg) Male: 55 pounds (25 kg), Female: 42.5 pounds (19 kg)
Height Male: 20-23 inches (52-58cm), Female: 18-21 inches (46–53 cm) Male: 24–26 inch (60–66 cm), Female: 22–24 inch (55–61 cm) Male: 21-23.5 inches (53-60 cm), Female: 19-21 inches (48-53 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 21.5 inches (55 cm), Female: 19.5 inches (46–53 cm) Male: 25 inches (62.5 cm), Female: 23 inches (58.5 cm) Male: 21-23.5 inches (56.5 cm), Female: 20 inches (50.5 cm)

Hair & Care - Australian Shepherd vs Rough Collie vs Samoyed

Coat Feathered Rough Soft Thick Straight Harsh Furry Dense
Colors Red Blue Merle Black Black & White & Tan Blue & Merle Blue & Merle & White Sable Sable & White White White & Merle Merle Biscuit White Cream
Grooming
Average: The Australian Shepherd requires average grooming effort.
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Advanced: The Samoyed requires a lot of grooming.
Shedding Level
Australian Shepherds shed moderately.
Rough Collies are heavy shedders.
Samoyeds are heavy shedders.

Characteristics - Australian Shepherd vs Rough Collie vs Samoyed

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

Good With - Australian Shepherd vs Rough Collie vs Samoyed

Stranger Friendly
Australian Shepherds are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Rough Collies are stranger friendly dogs.
Samoyeds are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Australian Shepherds are very kid-friendly dogs.
Rough Collies are very kid-friendly dogs.
Samoyeds are very kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Australian Shepherds are average friendly towards cats.
Rough Collies are very cat-friendly dogs.
Samoyeds are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Australian Shepherds are average friendly towards other dogs.
Rough Collies are dog-friendly dogs.
Samoyeds are dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
Australian Shepherd is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Rough Collie is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Samoyed is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Australian Shepherds are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Rough Collies are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Samoyeds are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Australian Shepherds are generally with other pets.
Rough Collies are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Samoyeds 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
Rough Collies are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Yes
Samoyeds are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going 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.
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 Shepherd breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Rough Collie breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Samoyed 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 Rough Collie vs Samoyed

Health Issues
The Australian Shepherd is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
The Rough Collie is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
The Samoyed 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) Collie Eye Anomaly Gray Collie Syndrome Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Drug Sensitivity Hip Dysplasia Bloat Diabetes Hip Dysplasia Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Pulmonic Stenosis
Life Expectancy 12-15 years 14-16 years 12-14 years
Hypoallergenic No No Yes
Energy Level
Australian Shepherds are high energy dogs.
Rough Collies have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Samoyeds are high energy dogs.
Exercise Need
Australian Shepherds need a lot of exercises.
Rough Collies need quite a lot of exercise.
Samoyeds need quite a lot of exercise.
Sleeping Need
Australian Shepherds don't need too much sleep.
Rough Collies sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Samoyeds 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. 2 to 3 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 2 to 3 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Average to High.
Average.
Average to High.
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 Rough Collie can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Prefers cold weather
The Samoyed can adapt well to harsh weather conditions, and also can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness Medium
The Australian Shepherd has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Rough Collie has an average chance of bad smell.
Low
The Samoyed has a low chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Australian Shepherd is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Rough Collie is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Samoyed is a perfect example for low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Australian Shepherd vs Rough Collie vs Samoyed

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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