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Beagle vs Cairn Terrier vs Norfolk Terrier – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Beagle vs Cairn Terrier vs Norfolk Terrier" Compare Beagle and Cairn Terrier. Which is better: Beagle or Cairn Terrier or Norfolk Terrier?
Name Beagle Cairn Terrier Norfolk Terrier
OriginsEngland Scotland United Kingdom
Group Hunting Dogs Hunting Dogs Hunting Dogs
Popularity Rank669128
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Other Names English Beagle Cairn, Toto Dog Drop-Eared Norwich Terrier
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1885 as a Hound breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1913 as a Terrier breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1979 as a Terrier breed.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Scent hounds and related breeds group, in the Scent hounds section. Recognized by FCI in the Terriers group, in the Small sized Terriers section. Recognized by FCI in the Terriers group, in the Small sized Terriers section.
Breed Recognition 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 Club Espanol De Terriers No set
Price $500-$800 $700-$1000 $2000-$2500

General Appearance - Beagle vs Cairn Terrier vs Norfolk Terrier

Size Small Small Small
Weight Male: 22-25 pounds (10-11 kg), Female: 20-23 pounds (9-10 kg) Male: 14-18 pounds (6-8 kg), Female: 13-17 pounds (6-8 kg) 10-12 pounds (4½-5½ kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 23.5 pounds (10.5 kg), Female: 21.5 pounds (9.5 kg) Male: 16 pounds (7 kg), Female: 15 pounds (7 kg) 11 pounds (5 kg)
Height Male: 14-16 inches (36-41 cm), Female: 13-15 inches (33-38 cm) Male: 10-13 inches (25-33 cm), Female: 9-12 inches (23-30 cm) 10 inches (25 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 15 inches (38.5 cm), Female: 14 inches (35.5 cm) Male: 11.5 inches (29 cm), Female: 10.5 inches (26.5 cm) 10 inches (25 cm)

Hair & Care - Beagle vs Cairn Terrier vs Norfolk Terrier

Coat Dense Waterproof Wiry Shaggy
Colors Tan Red Tricolor White Black Cream Red Wheaten Brindle Gray Silver Black Tan Red Grizzle Wheaten Black
Grooming
Effortless: The Beagle requires minimal grooming.
Average: The Cairn Terrier requires average grooming effort.
Average: The Norfolk Terrier requires average grooming effort.
Shedding Level
Beagles shed moderately.
Cairn Terriers shed moderately.
Norfolk Terriers shed none to minimal.

Characteristics - Beagle vs Cairn Terrier vs Norfolk Terrier

Temperament Friendly Independent Lively Sweet Gentle Intelligent Loving Active Courageous Intelligent Assertive Fearless Companionable Happy Selfish Confidence Intelligent Fearless Lovable Spirited
Intelligent Rank
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
Smart: Cairn Terrier's has great intelligence.
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
Trainability
Beagles are easy to train.
Cairn Terriers are easy to train.
Norfolk Terriers are quite easy to train.
Playfulness
The Beagle is a highly playful breed.
The Cairn Terrier is a playful breed.
The Norfolk Terrier is a playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Cairn Terriers have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Affection Level
Beagles are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Cairn Terriers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Norfolk Terriers are highly affectionate dogs.
Social Needs
Beagles need a lot of social interaction.
Cairn Terriers need a lot of social interaction.
Norfolk Terriers need for social interaction is average.
Barking
High: The Beagle is a very vocal breed.
High: The Cairn Terrier is a very vocal breed.
Average to high: The Norfolk Terrier is a vocal breed.
Watchdog Ability
Beagles are not the best choice if you want a good watchdog.
Cairn Terriers are good watchdogs.
Norfolk Terriers are average watchdogs.
Territorial
Beagles can't provide protection for their territory.
Cairn Terriers are average defenders.
Norfolk Terriers are average defenders.
Biting Potential Low
The Beagle has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Cairn Terrier has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Norfolk Terrier has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Beagles have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Cairn Terriers have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Norfolk Terriers have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Beagles have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
Cairn Terriers have average wanderlust potential.
Wanderlust potential of the Norfolk Terrier is strong enough to escape from home.
Prey Drive
Beagles have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
Cairn Terriers have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Norfolk Terriers don't have an impulse to catch or chase small animals.
Apartment Friendly
Beagles are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Cairn Terriers are not the best choice for an apartment lifestyle, but they don't mind being inside if you walk them several times every day.
Norfolk Terriers are apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Beagles adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Cairn Terriers adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Norfolk Terriers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Beagles tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Cairn Terriers tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
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.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With - Beagle vs Cairn Terrier vs Norfolk Terrier

Stranger Friendly
Beagles are stranger friendly dogs.
Cairn Terriers are average friendly towards strangers.
Norfolk Terriers are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Beagles are very kid-friendly dogs.
Cairn Terriers are kid-friendly dogs.
Norfolk Terriers are kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Beagles are average friendly towards cats.
Cairn Terriers are average friendly towards cats.
Norfolk Terriers are cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Beagles are very dog-friendly dogs.
Cairn Terriers are average friendly towards other dogs.
Norfolk Terriers are dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
Beagle is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Yes
Cairn Terrier is one of the best dog breeds for office environment
No
Norfolk Terrier is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Beagles are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Cairn Terriers are usually recommended for elderly people.
Norfolk Terriers are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Beagles are generally with other pets.
Cairn Terriers are generally with other pets.
Norfolk Terriers are usually friendly towards other pets.
Good For First Time Owners No
Beagles are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Yes
Cairn Terriers are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
No
Norfolk Terriers are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog Yes
This breed makes good 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 Yes
This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog 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.
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) 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.
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 Yes
Beagle breed usually likes being on a boat.
Not really
Cairn Terrier breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Norfolk Terrier 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 - Beagle vs Cairn Terrier vs Norfolk Terrier

Health Issues
The Beagle is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Cairn Terriers tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
The Norfolk Terrier is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems Beagle Dwarfism Cherry Eye Chinese Beagle Syndrome Distichiasis Epilepsy Glaucoma Hip Dysplasia Hypothyroidism Intervertebral Disk Disease Patellar Luxation Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Cataracts Craniomandibular Osteopathy Cryptorchidism Glaucoma Globoid Cell Leukodystrophy Hypothyroidism Legg-perthes Disease Luxating Patella Microvascular Dysplasia Portosystemic Vascular Anomaly (PSVA) Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) No set
Life Expectancy 12-15 years 12-15 years 12-15 years
Hypoallergenic No Yes Yes
Energy Level
Beagles have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Cairn Terriers are high energy dogs.
Norfolk Terriers have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Exercise Need
Beagles need quite a lot of exercise.
Cairn Terriers need quite a lot of exercise.
Norfolk Terriers need quite a lot of exercise.
Sleeping Need
Beagles are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Cairn Terriers don't need too much sleep.
Norfolk Terriers are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Avg. daily food consumption 0.5 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 0.5 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 1/4 to 1/2 cup of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
High: The Beagle breed has a strong tendency to overweight.
Average.
High: The Norfolk Terrier breed has a strong tendency to overweight.
Weather & Climate Prefers average to warm weather conditions Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Cairn Terrier can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Norfolk Terrier can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness High
The Beagle has a high chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Cairn Terrier has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Norfolk Terrier has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Beagle is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Cairn Terrier is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Norfolk Terrier is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Beagle vs Cairn Terrier vs Norfolk Terrier

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 2-14 puppies, average 7 2-10 puppies 2-5 puppies

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