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Australian Shepherd vs Vizsla vs German Shepherd Comparison - Dog breed selector: Aussie or Hungarian Vizsla or Alsatian? Find the right dog for you

"Find similarities and differences between Australian Shepherd vs Vizsla vs German Shepherd" Compare Australian Shepherd and Vizsla. Which is better: Australian Shepherd or Vizsla or German Shepherd?
Name Australian Shepherd Vizsla German Shepherd
OriginsUnited States Hungary Germany
Group Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs) Gun Dog Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs)
Popularity Rank17302
Reviews3810
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Other Names Aussie, Little Blue Dog Hungarian Vizsla, Magyar Vizsla, Hungarian Pointer, Hungarian Short-Haired Pointer, Rövidszőrű Magyar Vizsla Alsatian, Berger Allemand, Alsatian wolf dog (UK), Deutscher Schäferhund, Schäferhund
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 1908 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 Pointing Dogs group, in the Continental Pointing Dogs 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
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
German Shepherd Dog Club Of America
Price $600-$800 $800-$1200 $800-$2000

Australian Shepherd vs Vizsla vs German Shepherd General Appearance Comparison

Size Large Large Large
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: 66-88 pounds (30-40 kg), Female: 49-71 pounds (22-32 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: 77 pounds (35 kg), Female: 60 pounds (27 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: 24-26 inches (60-65 cm), Female: 22-24 inches (55-60 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: 25 inches (62.5 cm), Female: 23 inches (57.5 cm)

Australian Shepherd vs Vizsla vs German Shepherd Hair & Care Comparison

Coat Feathered Fine
Dense
Hard
Coarse
Short
No Undercoat
Fuzzy
Colors Red
Blue
Merle
Black
Golden
Rust
Russet Gold
Dark Sandy Gold
Silver
Tan
Red
Black
Grooming
Average: The Australian Shepherd requires average grooming effort.
Effortless: The Vizsla requires minimal grooming.
Average: The German Shepherd requires average grooming effort.
Shedding Level
Australian Shepherds shed moderately.
Vizslas shed moderately.
German Shepherds are heavy shedders.

Australian Shepherd vs Vizsla vs German Shepherd Characteristics Comparison

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
Alert
Courageous
Intelligent
Obedient
Confident
Curious
Loyal
Watchful
Intelligent Rank
Smart: Australian Shepherd's has great intelligence.
Very smart: Vizsla is an excellent dog breed.
Outstanding: German Shepherd is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Trainability
Australian Shepherds are very easy to train.
Vizslas are easy to train.
German Shepherds are easy to train.
Playfulness
The Australian Shepherd is a highly playful breed.
The Vizsla is a highly playful breed.
German Shepherds, like any other dog breed, like playing.
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.
German Shepherds don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Affection Level
Australian Shepherds are highly affectionate dogs.
Vizslas are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
German Shepherds 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.
German Shepherds need for social interaction is average.
Barking
Low to Average: The Australian Shepherd rarely barks.
Average: The Vizsla barks occasionally.
Low to Average: The German Shepherd rarely barks.
Watchdog Ability
Australian Shepherds are one of the best watchdogs.
Vizslas are average watchdogs.
German Shepherds are one of the best watchdogs.
Territorial
Australian Shepherds are extremely protective guard dogs.
Vizslas are average defenders.
German Shepherds 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.
High
The German Shepherd has a high 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.
German Shepherds have a strong 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.
German Shepherds are not the biggest explorers.
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.
German Shepherds have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
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.
German 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.
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.
German Shepherds 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.
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.
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
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.

Australian Shepherd vs Vizsla vs German Shepherd Good With Comparison

Stranger Friendly
Australian Shepherds are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Vizslas are average friendly towards strangers.
German Shepherds are stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Australian Shepherds are very kid-friendly dogs.
Vizslas are kid-friendly dogs.
German Shepherds are very kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Australian Shepherds are average friendly towards cats.
Vizslas are average friendly towards cats.
German Shepherds are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Australian Shepherds are average friendly towards other dogs.
Vizslas are average friendly towards other dogs.
German Shepherds 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
German Shepherd 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.
German Shepherds are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Australian Shepherds are generally with other pets.
Vizslas are generally with other pets.
German Shepherds 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
German Shepherds 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.
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
Vizsla breed usually likes being on a boat.
Not really
German Shepherd 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 Vizsla vs German Shepherd 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 Vizsla is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
German Shepherds are commonly healthy dogs.
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
Blindness
Bloat
Cancer
Cataracts
Cherry Eye
Chronic Diarrhea
Cruciate Ligament Rupture
Cushing's Syndrome
Degenerative Myelopathy
Demodectic Mange
Diabetes
Digestive Problems
Elbow Dysplasia
Epilepsy
Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency
Heart Disease
Hemophilia A
Hemophilia B
Hip Dysplasia
Hypertrophic Osteodystrophy
Lens Luxation
Lupus
Megaesophagus
Myasthenia Gravis
Nail Bed Disease
Osteochondrosis
Pannus
Panosteitis
Paralysis
Perianal Fistula
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Retinal Dysplasia
Seborrhea
Vitiligo
Von Willebrand's Disease
Wobbler's Syndrome
Life Expectancy 12-15 years 10-14 years 10-13 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
Australian Shepherds are high energy dogs.
Vizslas are high energy dogs.
German Shepherds are high energy dogs.
Exercise Need
Australian Shepherds need a lot of exercises.
Vizslas need a lot of exercises.
German Shepherds need quite a lot of exercise.
Sleeping Need
Australian Shepherds don't need too much sleep.
Vizslas don't need too much sleep.
German Shepherds 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. 3 to 4 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Average to High.
Low to Average.
Low to 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 warm weather conditions Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness Medium
The Australian Shepherd has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Vizsla has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The German Shepherd has an average 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 German Shepherd is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Australian Shepherd vs Vizsla vs German Shepherd 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 6-8 puppies 6-10 puppies

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