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Border Collie vs Cairn Terrier vs Doberman Pinscher – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Border Collie vs Cairn Terrier vs Doberman Pinscher" Compare Border Collie and Cairn Terrier. Which is better: Border Collie or Cairn Terrier or Doberman Pinscher?
Name Border Collie Cairn Terrier Doberman Pinscher
OriginsEngland Scotland Wales Scotland Germany
Group Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs) Hunting Dogs Working Dogs
Popularity Rank386916
Reviews10312
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Other Names Scotch Sheep Dog, Sheepdog Cairn, Toto Dog Dobie, Dobermann, Dobynm, Doberman
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1995 as a Herding breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1913 as a Terrier breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1908 as a Working breed.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Sheepdogs and Cattledogs (except Swiss Cattledogs) group, in the Sheepdogs section. Recognized by FCI in the Terriers group, in the Small sized Terriers section. Recognized by FCI in the Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattledogs group, in the Pinscher and Schnauzer type section.
Breed Recognition 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
Club Espanol De Terriers
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
New Zealand Kennel Club
United Kennel Club
Canadian Canine Registry
Price $600-$800 $700-$1000 $800-$1000

General Appearance - Border Collie vs Cairn Terrier vs Doberman Pinscher

Size Large Small Medium
Weight Male: 30-45 pounds (14-20 kg), Female: 27-42 pounds (12-19 kg) Male: 14-18 pounds (6-8 kg), Female: 13-17 pounds (6-8 kg) Male: 88-99 pounds (40-45 kg), Female: 71-77 pounds (32-35 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 37.5 pounds (17 kg), Female: 34.5 pounds (15.5 kg) Male: 16 pounds (7 kg), Female: 15 pounds (7 kg) Male: 93.5 pounds (42.5 kg), Female: 74 pounds (33.5 kg)
Height Male: 19-22 inches (48-56 cm), Female: 18-21 inches (46-53 cm) Male: 10-13 inches (25-33 cm), Female: 9-12 inches (23-30 cm) Male: 26-28 inches (66-71cm), Female: 24-26 inches (61-66 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 20.5 inches (52 cm), Female: 19.5 inches (49.5 cm) Male: 11.5 inches (29 cm), Female: 10.5 inches (26.5 cm) Male: 27 inches (68.5 cm), Female: 25 inches (63.5 cm)

Hair & Care - Border Collie vs Cairn Terrier vs Doberman Pinscher

Coat Dense
Feathered
Straight
Short
Moderately Long
Waterproof Fine
Colors 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
Cream
Red
Wheaten
Brindle
Gray
Silver
Black
Blue
Red
Tan
Brown
White
Black
Grooming
Average: The Border Collie requires average grooming effort.
Average: The Cairn Terrier requires average grooming effort.
Easy to groom: The Doberman Pinscher doesn't require a lot of grooming.
Shedding Level
Border Collies shed moderately.
Cairn Terriers shed moderately.
Doberman Pinschers shed moderately.

Characteristics - Border Collie vs Cairn Terrier vs Doberman Pinscher

Temperament Intelligent
Alert
Tenacious
Protective
Energetic
Responsive
Loyal
Active
Courageous
Intelligent
Assertive
Fearless
Alert
Fearless
Loyal
Energetic
Intelligent
Obedient
Intelligent Rank
Outstanding: Border Collie is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Smart: Cairn Terrier's has great intelligence.
Outstanding: Doberman Pinscher is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Trainability
Border Collies are easy to train.
Cairn Terriers are easy to train.
Doberman Pinschers are quite easy to train.
Playfulness
The Border Collie is a highly playful breed.
The Cairn Terrier is a playful breed.
Doberman Pinschers, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Sensitivity Level
Border Collies don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Cairn Terriers have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
Doberman Pinschers don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Affection Level
Border Collies 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.
Doberman Pinschers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Border Collies need a lot of social interaction.
Cairn Terriers need a lot of social interaction.
Doberman Pinschers need for social interaction is average.
Barking
Low to Average: The Border Collie rarely barks.
High: The Cairn Terrier is a very vocal breed.
Low to Average: The Doberman Pinscher rarely barks.
Watchdog Ability
Border Collies are one of the best watchdogs.
Cairn Terriers are good watchdogs.
Doberman Pinschers are one of the best watchdogs.
Territorial
Border Collies are extremely protective guard dogs.
Cairn Terriers are average defenders.
Doberman Pinschers are extremely protective guard dogs.
Biting Potential Low
The Border Collie has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Cairn Terrier has a low chance of biting somebody.
Moderate
The Doberman Pinscher has an average chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Border Collies have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Cairn Terriers have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Doberman Pinschers have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Border Collies have average wanderlust potential.
Cairn Terriers have average wanderlust potential.
Doberman Pinschers tend to escape less than other breeds.
Prey Drive
Border 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.
Cairn Terriers have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Doberman Pinschers don't have an impulse to catch or chase small animals.
Apartment Friendly
Border Collies 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.
Doberman Pinschers are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Border Collies adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Cairn Terriers adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Doberman Pinschers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Border Collies 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.
Yes
In history, this breed was unfortunately used for combat dog.

Good With - Border Collie vs Cairn Terrier vs Doberman Pinscher

Stranger Friendly
Border Collies are average friendly towards strangers.
Cairn Terriers are average friendly towards strangers.
Doberman Pinschers are not stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Border Collies are very kid-friendly dogs.
Cairn Terriers are kid-friendly dogs.
Doberman Pinschers are average friendly dogs towards children.
Cat Friendly
Border Collies are average friendly towards cats.
Cairn Terriers are average friendly towards cats.
Doberman Pinschers are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Border Collies are average friendly towards other dogs.
Cairn Terriers are average friendly towards other dogs.
Doberman Pinschers are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
Border Collie is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Yes
Cairn Terrier is one of the best dog breeds for office environment
No
Doberman Pinscher is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Border Collies are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Cairn Terriers are usually recommended for elderly people.
Doberman Pinschers are commonly okay with elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Border Collies are generally with other pets.
Cairn Terriers are generally with other pets.
Doberman Pinschers are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners No
Border Collies 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
Doberman Pinschers 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 Not really
Border Collie breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Cairn Terrier breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Doberman Pinscher 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 - Border Collie vs Cairn Terrier vs Doberman Pinscher

Health Issues
The Border Collie 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.
Doberman Pinschers are commonly healthy dogs.
Health Problems Allergies
Collie Eye Anomaly
Epilepsy
Hip Dysplasia
Osteochondrosis Dissecans
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)
Cardiomyopathy
Hip Dysplasia
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Von Willebrand's Disease
Wobbler's Syndrome
Life Expectancy 12-15 years 12-15 years 10-12 years
Hypoallergenic No Yes No
Energy Level
Border Collies are high energy dogs.
Cairn Terriers are high energy dogs.
Doberman Pinschers have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Exercise Need
Border Collies need a lot of exercises.
Cairn Terriers need quite a lot of exercise.
Doberman Pinschers need quite a lot of exercise.
Sleeping Need
Border Collies don't need too much sleep.
Cairn Terriers don't need too much sleep.
Doberman Pinschers 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. 0.5 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 5 to 6 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Average.
Average.
Average.
Weather & Climate 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.
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 warm weather
Stinkiness Medium
The Border Collie has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Cairn Terrier has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Doberman Pinscher has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Border Collie is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Cairn Terrier is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Doberman Pinscher drools quite a lot, so if you dislike being covered by slobber spots on your clothes, you may want to choose another dog breed.

Reproducibility - Border Collie vs Cairn Terrier vs Doberman Pinscher

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 4-8 puppies 2-10 puppies 6-10 puppies

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