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

"Find similarities and differences between Bearded Collie vs Rough Collie vs Dalmatian" Compare Bearded Collie and Rough Collie. Which is better: Bearded Collie or Rough Collie or Dalmatian?
Name Bearded Collie Rough Collie Dalmatian
OriginsScotland Scotland Croatia
Group Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs) Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs) Companion Dogs
Popularity Rank1254063
Reviews141
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Other Names Highland Collie, Mountain Collie, Argle Bargle, Hairy Mou39;ed Collie, Beardie Collie, Scottish Collie, Long-Haired Collie, English Collie, Lassie Dog Dal, Dally, Carriage Dog, Spotted Coach Dog, Firehouse Dog, Plum Pudding Dog
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1976 as a Herding breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1885 as a Herding breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1888 as a Non-Sporting 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 Scent hounds and related breeds group, in the Related breeds section.
Breed Recognition No set 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
Price $1200-$1400 $400-$600 $500-$600

General Appearance - Bearded Collie vs Rough Collie vs Dalmatian

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

Hair & Care - Bearded Collie vs Rough Collie vs Dalmatian

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

Characteristics - Bearded Collie vs Rough Collie vs Dalmatian

Temperament Active
Lively
Alert
Intelligent
Assertive
Confident
Friendly
Gentle
Intelligent
Loyal
Protective
Responsive
Social
Hard working
Docile
Obedient
Elegant
Herding
Active
Friendly
Outgoing
Sensitive
Energetic
Intelligent
Playful
Intelligent Rank
Smart: Bearded Collie's has great intelligence.
Very smart: Rough Collie is an excellent dog breed.
Smart: Dalmatian's has great intelligence.
Trainability
Bearded Collies are easy to train.
Rough Collies are very easy to train.
Dalmatians are quite easy to train.
Playfulness
The Bearded Collie is a highly playful breed.
The Rough Collie is a playful breed.
The Dalmatian is a highly playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
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.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Affection Level
Bearded Collies are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Rough Collies are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Dalmatians are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Bearded Collies are a social breed.
Rough Collies need a lot of social interaction.
Dalmatians need a lot of social interaction.
Barking
Average to high: The Bearded Collie is a vocal breed.
Low to Average: The Rough Collie rarely barks.
Average: The Dalmatian barks occasionally.
Watchdog Ability
Bearded Collies are good watchdogs.
Rough Collies are one of the best watchdogs.
Dalmatians are average watchdogs.
Territorial
Bearded Collies are extremely protective guard dogs.
Rough Collies are extremely protective guard dogs.
Dalmatians are average defenders.
Biting Potential Low
The Bearded Collie has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Rough Collie has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Dalmatian has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Bearded Collies have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Rough Collies have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Dalmatians have lower than 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.
Rough Collies are not the biggest explorers.
Wanderlust potential of the Dalmatian is strong enough to escape from home.
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.
Rough Collies have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Dalmatians have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Apartment Friendly
Bearded Collies 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.
Dalmatians are not apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Bearded Collies adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Rough Collies adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
Dalmatians adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all 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.
Rough Collies tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Dalmatians 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 Rough Collie vs Dalmatian

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

Health Issues
The Bearded Collie is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
The Rough Collie is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Dalmatians are commonly healthy dogs.
Health Problems Addison's Disease
Allergies
Arthritis
Cancer
Eye Diseases
Hip Dysplasia
Hypothyroidism
Collie Eye Anomaly
Gray Collie Syndrome
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Drug Sensitivity
Hip Dysplasia
Allergies
Deafness
Hip Dysplasia
Iris Sphincter Dysplasia
Skin Allergies
Urolithiasis
Life Expectancy 12-14 years 14-16 years 12-14 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
Bearded Collies have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Rough Collies have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Dalmatians are high energy dogs.
Exercise Need
Bearded Collies have an average exercise need.
Rough Collies need quite a lot of exercise.
Dalmatians need a lot of exercises.
Sleeping Need
Bearded Collies are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Rough Collies sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Dalmatians don't need too much sleep.
Avg. daily food consumption 1.5 to 2 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two or three meals. 2 to 3 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. Recommended daily amount: 1.5 to 2 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Average to High.
Average.
Average to High.
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.
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.
Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness Low
The Bearded Collie has a low chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Rough Collie has an average chance of bad smell.
Low
The Dalmatian has a low chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Bearded Collie is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Rough Collie is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Dalmatian is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Bearded Collie vs Rough Collie vs Dalmatian

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 4-8 puppies 6-9 puppies

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