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Australian Shepherd vs Vizsla vs Boxer – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Australian Shepherd vs Vizsla vs Boxer" Compare Australian Shepherd and Vizsla. Which is better: Australian Shepherd or Vizsla or Boxer?
Name Australian Shepherd Vizsla Boxer
OriginsUnited States Hungary Germany
Group Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs) Gun Dog Working Dogs
Popularity Rank173011
Reviews221
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Other Names Aussie, Little Blue Dog Hungarian Vizsla, Magyar Vizsla, Hungarian Pointer, Hungarian Short-Haired Pointer, Rövidszőrű Magyar Vizsla German Boxer, Deutscher Boxer
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 1960 as a Sporting breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1904 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 Pointing Dogs group, in the Continental Pointing Dogs section. Recognized by FCI in the Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattledogs group, in the Molossian type 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 Canadian Canine Registry
Price $600-$800 $800-$1200 $600-$1200

General Appearance - Australian Shepherd vs Vizsla vs Boxer

Size Large Large Medium
Weight Male: 50-65 pounds (25-29 kg), Female: 40-55 pounds (18-25 kg) Male: 45-60 pounds (20-27 kg), Female: 40-55 pounds (18-25 kg) Male: 60-70 pounds (27-32 kg), Female: 53-65 pounds (24-29 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 57.5 pounds (27 kg), Female: 47.5 pounds (21.5 kg) Male: 52.5 pounds (23.5 kg), Female: 47.5 pounds (21.5 kg) Male: 65 pounds (29.5 kg), Female: 59 pounds (26.5 kg)
Height Male: 20-23 inches (52-58cm), Female: 18-21 inches (46–53 cm) Male: 22-26 inches (56-66 cm), Female: 20-24 inches (51-61 cm) Male: 22-25 inches (56-63 cm), Female: 21-24 inches (53-61 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 21.5 inches (55 cm), Female: 19.5 inches (46–53 cm) Male: 24 inches (61 cm), Female: 22 inches (56 cm) Male: 23.5 inches (59.5 cm), Female: 22.5 inches (57 cm)

Hair & Care - Australian Shepherd vs Vizsla vs Boxer

Coat Feathered Fine Dense Hard Coarse Short No Undercoat Waterproof
Colors Red Blue Merle Black Golden Rust Russet Gold Dark Sandy Gold Brindle White Fawn
Grooming
Average: The Australian Shepherd requires average grooming effort.
Effortless: The Vizsla requires minimal grooming.
Effortless: The Boxer requires minimal grooming.
Shedding Level
Australian Shepherds shed moderately.
Vizslas shed moderately.
Boxers shed moderately.

Characteristics - Australian Shepherd vs Vizsla vs Boxer

Temperament Active Friendly Intelligent Loving Affectionate Good-natured Protective Affectionate Energetic Intelligent Protective Cheerful Gentle Playful Quiet Easygoing Companionable Lively Friendly Evenly Tempered Trainable Willing Brave Confident Fearless Intelligent Playful Bright Energetic Friendly Loyal
Intelligent Rank
Smart: Australian Shepherd's has great intelligence.
Very smart: Vizsla is an excellent dog breed.
Average: Boxer's has average obedience intelligence.
Trainability
Australian Shepherds are very easy to train.
Vizslas are easy to train.
Boxers are quite easy to train.
Playfulness
The Australian Shepherd is a highly playful breed.
The Vizsla is a highly playful breed.
The Boxer is a playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
Australian Shepherds don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Vizslas 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 Shepherds are highly affectionate dogs.
Vizslas are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Boxers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Australian Shepherds are a social breed.
Vizslas are a social breed.
Boxers need a lot of social interaction.
Barking
Low to Average: The Australian Shepherd rarely barks.
Average: The Vizsla barks occasionally.
Low to Average: The Boxer rarely barks.
Watchdog Ability
Australian Shepherds are one of the best watchdogs.
Vizslas are average watchdogs.
Boxers are one of the best watchdogs.
Territorial
Australian Shepherds are extremely protective guard dogs.
Vizslas are average defenders.
Boxers are extremely protective guard dogs.
Biting Potential Low
The Australian Shepherd has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Vizsla has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Boxer has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Australian Shepherds have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Vizslas have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Boxers have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Australian Shepherds are not the biggest explorers.
Vizslas have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
Boxers have average wanderlust potential.
Prey Drive
Australian Shepherds have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Vizslas have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Boxers 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.
Vizslas are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Boxers are apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Australian Shepherds adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Vizslas adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Boxers 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.
Vizslas 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.
Boxers 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.
Yes
In history, this breed was unfortunately used for combat dog.

Good With - Australian Shepherd vs Vizsla vs Boxer

Stranger Friendly
Australian Shepherds are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Vizslas are average friendly towards strangers.
Boxers are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Australian Shepherds are very kid-friendly dogs.
Vizslas are kid-friendly dogs.
Boxers are kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Australian Shepherds are average friendly towards cats.
Vizslas are average friendly towards cats.
Boxers are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Australian Shepherds are average friendly towards other dogs.
Vizslas are average friendly towards other dogs.
Boxers are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
Australian Shepherd is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Vizsla is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Boxer is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Australian Shepherds are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Vizslas are usually recommended for elderly people.
Boxers are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Australian Shepherds are generally with other pets.
Vizslas are generally with other pets.
Boxers 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
Vizslas are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Boxers are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn 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.
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.
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 Shepherd breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Yes
Vizsla breed usually likes being on a boat.
Not really
Boxer 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.
Yes
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.

Health Factors - Australian Shepherd vs Vizsla vs Boxer

Health Issues
The Australian Shepherd is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
The Vizsla is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
The Boxer 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) Cancer Epilepsy Hip Dysplasia Sebaceous Adenitis Allergies Aortic Stenosis Bloat Boxer Cardiomyopathy Cancer Corneal Dystrophy Deafness Demodectic Mange Hip Dysplasia Hypothyroidism
Life Expectancy 12-15 years 10-14 years 10-12 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
Australian Shepherds are high energy dogs.
Vizslas are high energy dogs.
Boxers are high energy dogs.
Exercise Need
Australian Shepherds need a lot of exercises.
Vizslas need a lot of exercises.
Boxers need quite a lot of exercise.
Sleeping Need
Australian Shepherds don't need too much sleep.
Vizslas don't need too much sleep.
Boxers 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. Recommended daily amount: 2 to 3 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Average to High.
Low to 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 warm weather conditions Prefers average to warm weather conditions
Stinkiness Medium
The Australian Shepherd has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Vizsla has an average chance of bad smell.
High
The Boxer has a high chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Australian Shepherd is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Vizsla is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Boxer is a perfect example for low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Australian Shepherd vs Vizsla vs Boxer

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 6-8 puppies 2-10 puppies, average 6

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