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Bearded Collie vs Australian Kelpie vs Rough Collie – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Bearded Collie vs Australian Kelpie vs Rough Collie" Compare Bearded Collie and Australian Kelpie. Which is better: Bearded Collie or Australian Kelpie or Rough Collie?
Name Bearded Collie Australian Kelpie Rough Collie
OriginsScotland Australia Scotland
Group Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs) Working Dogs Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs)
Popularity Rank12552340
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Other Names Highland Collie, Mountain Collie, Argle Bargle, Hairy Mou39;ed Collie, Beardie Australian Sheepdog, Australischer Kelpie, Kelpie, Barb Collie, Scottish Collie, Long-Haired Collie, English Collie, Lassie Dog
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1976 as a Herding breed. Not recognized by the American Kennel Club. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1885 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 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.
Breed Recognition No set American Canine Registry America's Pet Registry Canadian Kennel Club Dog Registry of America Inc. Federation Cynologique Internationale Kennel Club of Great Britain American Canine Association, Inc. Australian National Kennel Council Continental Kennel Club National Kennel Club New Zealand Kennel Club United Kennel Club Foundation Stock Service 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 $1200-$1400 $500-$700 $400-$600

General Appearance - Bearded Collie vs Australian Kelpie vs Rough Collie

Size Large Medium Medium Large
Weight 40-60 pounds (18-27 kg) 25-45 pounds (11-20 kg) Male: 60-70 pounds (27-32 kg), Female: 53-65 pounds (24-29 kg)
Avg. Weight 50 pounds (22.5 kg) 35 pounds (15.5 kg) Male: 67.5 pounds (30.5 kg), Female: 57.5 pounds (26 kg)
Height 20-22 inches (51-56 cm) 17-20 inches (43-51 cm) Male: 24–26 inch (60–66 cm), Female: 22–24 inch (55–61 cm)
Avg. Height 21 inches (53.5 cm) 18.5 inches (47 cm) Male: 25 inches (62.5 cm), Female: 23 inches (58.5 cm)

Hair & Care - Bearded Collie vs Australian Kelpie vs Rough Collie

Coat Feathered Double Rough Soft Thick Straight Harsh Furry
Colors Brown Blue Fawn Black Blue Chocolate Red Tan Brown Fawn Black Black & White & Tan Blue & Merle Blue & Merle & White Sable Sable & White White White & Merle Merle
Grooming
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Effortless: The Australian Kelpie requires minimal grooming.
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Shedding Level
Bearded Collies shed above average.
Australian Kelpies shed moderately.
Rough Collies are heavy shedders.

Characteristics - Bearded Collie vs Australian Kelpie vs Rough Collie

Temperament Active Lively Alert Intelligent Assertive Confident Alert Energetic Intelligent Robust Eager Friendly Loyal Friendly Gentle Intelligent Loyal Protective Responsive Social Hard working Docile Obedient Elegant Herding
Intelligent Rank
Smart: Bearded Collie's has great intelligence.
Average: Australian Kelpie's has average obedience intelligence.
Very smart: Rough Collie is an excellent dog breed.
Trainability
Bearded Collies are easy to train.
Australian Kelpies are very easy to train.
Rough Collies are very easy to train.
Playfulness
The Bearded Collie is a highly playful breed.
The Australian Kelpie is a playful breed.
The Rough Collie is a playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Rough Collies don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Affection Level
Bearded Collies are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Australian Kelpies are average dogs regarding their affection level.
Rough Collies are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Bearded Collies are a social breed.
Australian Kelpies need for social interaction is average.
Rough Collies need a lot of social interaction.
Barking
Average to high: The Bearded Collie is a vocal breed.
Low to Average: The Australian Kelpie rarely barks.
Low to Average: The Rough Collie rarely barks.
Watchdog Ability
Bearded Collies are good watchdogs.
Australian Kelpies are one of the best watchdogs.
Rough Collies are one of the best watchdogs.
Territorial
Bearded Collies are extremely protective guard dogs.
Australian Kelpies are extremely protective guard dogs.
Rough Collies are extremely protective guard dogs.
Biting Potential Low
The Bearded Collie has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Australian Kelpie has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Rough Collie has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Bearded Collies have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Australian Kelpies have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Rough Collies have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Bearded Collies have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
Wanderlust potential of the Australian Kelpie is strong enough to escape from home.
Rough Collies are not the biggest explorers.
Prey Drive
Bearded 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.
Australian Kelpies 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.
Apartment Friendly
Bearded Collies are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Australian Kelpies are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
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.
Adaptability
Bearded Collies adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Australian Kelpies adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Rough Collies adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Bearded Collies 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.
Rough 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 - Bearded Collie vs Australian Kelpie vs Rough Collie

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

Health Issues
The Bearded Collie is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Australian Kelpies tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
The Rough Collie is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems Addison's Disease Allergies Arthritis Cancer Eye Diseases Hip Dysplasia Hypothyroidism Cerebellar Abiotrophy Collie Eye Anomaly Hip Dysplasia Osteoarthritis Patellar Luxation Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Collie Eye Anomaly Gray Collie Syndrome Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Drug Sensitivity Hip Dysplasia
Life Expectancy 12-14 years 10-14 years 14-16 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
Bearded Collies have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Australian Kelpies 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.
Exercise Need
Bearded Collies have an average exercise need.
Australian Kelpies need quite a lot of exercise.
Rough Collies need quite a lot of exercise.
Sleeping Need
Bearded Collies are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Australian Kelpies 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.
Avg. daily food consumption 1.5 to 2 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two or three meals. 1 to 2 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.
Low to Average.
Average.
Weather & Climate Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Bearded Collie 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 Rough Collie can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness Low
The Bearded Collie has a low chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Australian Kelpie has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Rough Collie has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Bearded Collie is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Australian Kelpie is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Rough Collie is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Bearded Collie vs Australian Kelpie vs Rough 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 4-12 puppies 4-7 puppies 4-8 puppies

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