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Name Bearded Collie Border Collie German Shepherd
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Other Names
What other names do they have?
Argle Bargle
Beardie
Mountain Collie
Highland Collie
Sheepdog
Scotch Sheep Dog
Alsatian wolf dog
Berger Allemand
Deutscher Schäferhund
Schäferhund
Alsatian
Breed Type
Which dog is purebred or crossbreed? Bearded Collie vs Border Collie vs German Shepherd breed type comparison:
Purebred Purebred Purebred

Bearded Collie vs Border Collie vs German Shepherd Price and Availability Comparison

Price
Which is cheaper, Bearded Collie or Border Collie or German Shepherd? Which is more expensive?
$1200-$1400 $600-$800 $800-$2000
Availability
Which is easier to get, Bearded Collie or Border Collie or German Shepherd?
Frequent: The Bearded Collie is easier than average to get.
Very frequent: The Border Collie is quite easy to get.
Very frequent: The German Shepherd is quite easy to get.

Bearded Collie vs Border Collie vs German Shepherd Size Comparison

Size
Which is bigger, Bearded Collie or Border Collie or German Shepherd? Which is the smallest dog, Bearded Collie or Border Collie or German Shepherd?
Large
Medium
Large Large
Weight
Which is heavier, Bearded Collie or Border Collie or Border Collie? Bearded Collie vs Border Collie vs German Shepherd weight comparison:
40-60 pounds (18-27 kg) Male: 30-45 pounds (14-20 kg), Female: 27-42 pounds (12-19 kg) Male: 66-88 pounds (30-40 kg), Female: 49-71 pounds (22-32 kg)
Average Weight
Which dog has a smaller / higher average weight?
50 pounds (22.5 kg) Male: 37.5 pounds (17 kg), Female: 34.5 pounds (15.5 kg) Male: 77 pounds (35 kg), Female: 60 pounds (27 kg)
Height
Which is taller, Bearded Collie or Border Collie or German Shepherd? Bearded Collie vs Border Collie vs German Shepherd height comparison:
20-22 inches (51-56 cm) Male: 19-22 inches (48-56 cm), Female: 18-21 inches (46-53 cm) Male: 24-26 inches (60-65 cm), Female: 22-24 inches (55-60 cm)
Average Height
Which dog has a smaller / higher average height?
21 inches (53.5 cm) Male: 20.5 inches (52 cm), Female: 19.5 inches (49.5 cm) Male: 25 inches (62.5 cm), Female: 23 inches (57.5 cm)

Bearded Collie vs Border Collie vs German Shepherd Grooming, Hair and Care Comparison

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat/fur do they have? Bearded Collie vs Border Collie vs German Shepherd coat comparison:
Feathered Dense
Feathered
Straight
Short
Moderately Long
Fuzzy
Colors
What are the original Bearded Collie, Border Collie and German Shepherd color?
Brown
Blue
Fawn
Black
Black & White
Tricolor
Tan
Blue merle
Blue merle-tricolor
Slate merle
Red merle
Black
Brindle
Gold
Lilac
Red
Sable
Sable Merle
Saddleback Sable
White & Blue
White & Blue Merle
White & Red
White & Red Merle
White Ticked
Seal
Slate
White & Gold
White & Sable
White & Seal
Silver
Tan
Red
Black
Grooming
Which dog is easy to maintain, Bearded Collie or Border Collie or German Shepherd? Bearded Collie vs Border Collie vs German Shepherd grooming comparison:
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
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Average: The Border Collie requires average grooming effort.
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Average: The German Shepherd requires average grooming effort.
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Shedding Level
Who sheds more Bearded Collie or Border Collie or German Shepherd? Bearded Collie or Border Collie or {name3 shedding:
Bearded Collie dogs shed above average.
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Border Collie dogs shed moderately.
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German Shepherd dogs are heavy shedders.
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Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
Which dog should be bathed more: Bearded Collie or Border Collie or German Shepherd?
6-8 weeks
Rarely. Bathing your dog is beneficial to them in more ways than just one.
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6-8 weeks
Rarely. Bathing your dog is beneficial to them in more ways than just one.
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8-12 weeks
Very rarely. Bathing your dog is beneficial to them in more ways than just one.
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Bearded Collie vs Border Collie vs German Shepherd Personality / Temperament Comparison

Temperament
Which one has a better personality? Which is a better family dog, Bearded Collie or Border Collie or German Shepherd? Bearded Collie vs Border Collie vs German Shepherd behavior/temperament comparison:
Active
Lively
Alert
Intelligent
Assertive
Confident
Intelligent
Alert
Tenacious
Protective
Energetic
Responsive
Loyal
Alert
Courageous
Intelligent
Obedient
Confident
Curious
Loyal
Watchful
Intelligent Rank
Which is the smarter dog? Which is best? Bearded Collie vs Border Collie vs German Shepherd intelligence:
Smart: The Bearded Collie dogs have great intelligence.
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Outstanding: Border Collie is one of the brightest dog breeds.
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Outstanding: German Shepherd is one of the brightest dog breeds.
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Trainability
Bearded Collie vs Border Collie vs German Shepherd trainability comparison.
Bearded Collie dogs are easy to train.
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Border Collie dogs are easy to train.
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German Shepherd dogs are easy to train.
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Playfulness
Bearded Collie vs Border Collie vs German Shepherd playfulness comparison:
The Bearded Collie is a highly playful breed.
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The Border Collie is a highly playful breed.
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Average: German Shepherds, like any other dog breed, like playing.
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Sensitivity Level
Which dog is more sensitive? What's the difference?
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
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Sensitive: Border Collie dogs don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household, and frequent guest visits.
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Sensitive: German Shepherd dogs don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household, and frequent guest visits.
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Affection Level
Which is the more affectionate dog breed: Bearded Collie vs Border Collie vs German Shepherd?
High: Bearded Collie dogs are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving, and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
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High: Border Collie dogs are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving, and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
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High: German Shepherd dogs are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving, and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
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Social Needs
Bearded Collie vs Border Collie vs German Shepherd social needs comparison:
Bearded Collie dogs are a social breed.
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Border Collie dogs need a lot of social interaction.
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German Shepherd dogs need for social interaction is average.
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Barking
Which dog barks more/less: Bearded Collie vs Border Collie vs German Shepherd?
Average to High: The Bearded Collie is a vocal breed.
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Low to Average: The Border Collie rarely barks.
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Low to Average: The German Shepherd rarely barks.
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Watchdog Ability
Which is the better watchdog: Bearded Collie or Border Collie or German Shepherd?
Bearded Collie dogs are good watchdogs.
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Border Collie dogs are one of the best watchdogs.
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German Shepherd dogs are one of the best watchdogs.
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Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Which is a better guard dog Bearded Collie or Border Collie or German Shepherd? Which dog is most likely to protect its owner? Which is the best dog to use for protection?
Bearded Collie dogs are extremely protective guard dogs.
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Border Collie dogs are extremely protective guard dogs.
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German Shepherd dogs are extremely protective guard dogs.
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Biting Potential
Which breed of dog is most likely to bite? Biting potential comparison:

Low 🔽

The Bearded Collie has a low chance of biting somebody.

Low 🔽

The Border Collie has a low chance of biting somebody.

High 🔼

The German Shepherd has a high chance of biting somebody.
Bite Force
Which bite is stronger: Bearded Collie or Border Collie or German Shepherd?

Between 200 and 400 PSI

Bearded Collie bite force: Ordinary.

Between 200 and 400 PSI

Border Collie bite force: Ordinary.

Between 200 and 400 PSI

German Shepherd bite force: Ordinary.
Mouthiness
Which is the better dog? Bearded Collie vs Border Collie vs German Shepherd mouthiness comparison:
Bearded Collie dogs have an average tendency to nip, chew, playbite, or herd people.
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Border Collie dogs have a strong tendency to nip, chew, playbite, or herd people.
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German Shepherd dogs have a strong tendency to nip, chew, playbite, or herd people.
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Impulse to Wander or Roam
Which dog has a greater roaming instinct?
Bearded Collie dogs have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
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Border Collie dogs have average wanderlust potential.
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German Shepherd dogs are not the biggest explorers.
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Prey Drive
Which dog has a higher prey drive? Which can be better for hunting?
Bearded Collie dogs 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.
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Border Collie dogs 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.
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German Shepherd dogs have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
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Apartment Friendly
Which dog is more apartment friendly Bearded Collie or Border Collie or German Shepherd?
It is not recommended to keep the Bearded Collie breed in the home.
It is not recommended to keep the Border Collie breed in the home.
It is not the best choice if you want to keep them indoors, however, with careful exercise and several walks a day, they will tolerate the indoor environment, so it is possible to keep German Shepherd indoors.
Adaptability
Which dog has a higher adaptability potential? Which is the better dog?
Bearded Collie dogs adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Border Collie dogs adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
German Shepherd dogs adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Which dog can be left alone: Bearded Collie or Border Collie or German Shepherd?
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.
Border Collies 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.

Bearded Collie vs Border Collie vs German Shepherd Good With Comparison

Stranger Friendly
Which dog is more stranger friendly Bearded Collie or Border Collie or German Shepherd? Which dog is more friendly?
Bearded Collie dogs are stranger-friendly dogs.
Border Collie dogs are average friendly towards strangers.
German Shepherd dogs are stranger-friendly dogs.
Pet Friendly
Which dog breeds get along well with other animals/pets?
Bearded Collies are usually friendly towards other pets.
Border Collies are generally with other pets.
German Shepherds are generally with other pets.
Child Friendly
Which dog is more child/kid friendly Bearded Collie or Border Collie or German Shepherd?
Bearded Collie dogs are kid-friendly dogs.
Border Collie dogs are very kid-friendly dogs.
German Shepherd dogs are very kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Which dog is more cat friendly Bearded Collie or Border Collie or German Shepherd?
Bearded Collie dogs are cat-friendly dogs.
Border Collie dogs are average friendly towards cats.
German Shepherd dogs are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Which dog is more dog friendly Bearded Collie or Border Collie or German Shepherd?
Bearded Collie dogs are dog-friendly dogs.
Border Collie dogs are average friendly towards other dogs.
German Shepherd dogs are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
Good For First Time Owners
Which dog is good for the first-time owners: Bearded Collie vs Border Collie vs German Shepherd?
Yes
Bearded Collies are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Yes
Border Collies are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Yes
German Shepherds are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Office Friendly
Which one fits better in the office?
No
Bearded Collie is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Border Collie is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
German Shepherd is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Which dog is good for elderly people?
Bearded Collies are usually recommended for elderly people.
Border Collies are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
German Shepherds are one of the best breeds for elderly people.

Bearded Collie vs Border Collie vs German Shepherd Health Comparison

Health Issues
Bearded Collie vs Border Collie vs German Shepherd health comparison. Which is the healthier: Bearded Collie vs Border Collie vs German Shepherd?
The Bearded Collie is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
The Border Collie 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
Which one has more or less genetic/health problems: Bearded Collie vs Border Collie vs German Shepherd? What are the allergies, genetic diseases and concerns for them? Bearded Collie vs Border Collie vs German Shepherd health problems comparison:
Addison's Disease
Allergies
Arthritis
Cancer
Eye Diseases
Hip Dysplasia
Hypothyroidism
Allergies
Collie Eye Anomaly
Epilepsy
Hip Dysplasia
Osteochondrosis Dissecans
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
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
Veterinarian Visits
Which one may need more or less veterinary visits?
Average
The Bearded Collie should have a complete physical check-up at least once per year.
Average
The Border Collie should have a complete physical check-up at least once per year.
Rare
The German Shepherd should have a complete physical check-up at least every 12-18 months (but preferably once per year).
Life Expectancy
Bearded Collie vs Border Collie vs German Shepherd lifespan comparison. How long do Bearded Collie, Border Collie and German Shepherd breeds live? Which one has a longer lifespan/life expectancy?
12-14 years
The average lifespan of Bearded Collie: 13 years
11-15 years
The average lifespan of Border Collie: 13 years
9-13 years
The average lifespan of German Shepherd: 11 years
Hypoallergenic
Bearded Collie vs Border Collie vs German Shepherd hypoallergenic comparison. Which dog is hypoallergenic or not?
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Energy Level
Who has more energy a Bearded Collie or Border Collie or German Shepherd? Bearded Collie vs Border Collie vs German Shepherd energy level comparison:
Bearded Collie dogs have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Border Collie dogs are high-energy dogs.
German Shepherd dogs are high-energy dogs.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
Bearded Collie vs Border Collie vs German Shepherd exercise need comparison. Which dog needs more activity? Which dog needs the most exercise: Bearded Collie or Border Collie or German Shepherd? Which dog needs the most walking? Which dog is the laziest?
Bearded Collie dogs have an average exercise need.
Border Collie dogs need a lot of exercises.
German Shepherd dogs need quite a lot of exercise.
Sleeping Need
Which one sleeps the least/most: Bearded Collie or Border Collie or German Shepherd?
Bearded Collie dogs are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend too much time with sleeping.
Border Collie dogs don't need too much sleep.
German Shepherd dogs don't need too much sleep.
Average daily food consumption
Which dog eats more: Bearded Collie or Border Collie or German Shepherd?
1.5 to 2 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two or three meals. 1.5 to 2 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two or three meals. 3 to 4 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
Which dog breed is more prone to obesity? Bearded Collie vs Border Collie vs German Shepherd weight gain potential comparison:
Average to High: If you don't pay attention to the Bearded Collie's weight, he can easily gain weight.
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Average: The Border Collie has an average risk for obesity.
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Low to Average: The German Shepherd has a low to the average risk for obesity.
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Weather and Climate
Which dog is best for hot or cold weather: Bearded Collie vs Border Collie vs German Shepherd?
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.
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Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Border Collie can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
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Tolerates warm and cold weather
Dogs that tolerate hot and cold weather are typically those that have a double coat of fur.
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Stinkiness
Which dog breed smells the least? Which dog smells the most? Which is best, Bearded Collie vs Border Collie vs German Shepherd?

Low 🔽

The Bearded Collie has a low chance of bad smell.

Medium

The Border Collie has an average chance of bad smell.

Medium

The German Shepherd has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling Tendency
Which dog drools the most? Which dog drools the least?
The Bearded Collie is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency.
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The Border Collie is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency.
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The German Shepherd is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency.
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Bearded Collie vs Border Collie vs German Shepherd As a Working Dog Comparison

Service Dog
Which one could be a service dog?

Not really

This breed generally not used as a service dog.
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Yes

This breed makes good as a service dog.
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Yes

This breed makes good as a service dog.
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Therapy Dog
Which one could be a therapy dog: Bearded Collie or Border Collie or German Shepherd? Which is better for autism?

Not really

This breed is generally not used as a therapy dog.
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Yes

This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
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Yes

This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
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Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Which one could be a detection/sniffer dog?

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases.

Yes

After proper training, they can excel at this kind of work.

Yes

After proper training, they can excel at this kind of work.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Which one could be a search and rescue dog?

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog.

Yes

This breed would make an excellent search and rescue dog.

Yes

This breed would make an excellent search and rescue dog.
Boat and Sailor Dog
Which one could be a boat dog: Bearded Collie vs Border Collie vs German Shepherd?

Not really

Bearded Collie breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
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Not really

Border Collie breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
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Not really

German Shepherd breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
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Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Which one could be a cart pulling or drafting dog?

Not really

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
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Not really

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
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Not really

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
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Fighting Dog / Military 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 dogs.

Bearded Collie vs Border Collie vs German Shepherd Reproducibility Comparison

Gestation Length 60-64 days See more. 60-64 days See more. 60-64 days See more.
Litter Frequency

Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy.
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Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy.
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Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy.
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Litter Size
How many puppies can Bearded Collie and Border Collie and German Shepherd have?
4-12 puppies 4-8 puppies 6-10 puppies

Bearded Collie vs Border Collie vs German Shepherd Recognition Comparison

AKC Group
Which dog is recognized by the AKC?
Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1976 as a Herding breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1995 as a Herding breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1908 as a Herding breed.
FCI Group
Which dog is recognized by the FCI?
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
What other organizations and kennel clubs recognize these dog breeds?
No data available American Canine Registry
American Kennel Club
America's Pet Registry
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
The American Int. Border Collie Registry
The American Border Collie Association
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

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