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Border Collie vs Golden Retriever vs Vizsla – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Border Collie vs Golden Retriever vs Vizsla" Compare Border Collie and Golden Retriever. Which is better: Border Collie or Golden Retriever or Vizsla?
Name Border Collie Golden Retriever Vizsla
OriginsEngland Scotland Wales Scotland Hungary
Group Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs) Gun Dog Gun Dog
Popularity Rank38330
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Other Names Scotch Sheep Dog, Sheepdog Yellow Retriever, Golden Flat Coat Hungarian Vizsla, Magyar Vizsla, Hungarian Pointer, Hungarian Short-Haired Pointer, Rövidszőrű Magyar Vizsla
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 1925 as a Sporting breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1960 as a 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 Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs group, in the Retrievers section. Recognized by FCI in the Pointing Dogs group, in the Continental Pointing Dogs 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 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 $600-$800 $1000-$2000 $800-$1200

General Appearance - Border Collie vs Golden Retriever vs Vizsla

Size Large Large Large
Weight Male: 30-45 pounds (14-20 kg), Female: 27-42 pounds (12-19 kg) Male: 60-80 pounds (27-36 kg), Female: 55-70 pounds (25-32 kg) Male: 45-60 pounds (20-27 kg), Female: 40-55 pounds (18-25 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 37.5 pounds (17 kg), Female: 34.5 pounds (15.5 kg) Male: 70 pounds (31.5 kg), Female: 62.5 pounds (28.5 kg) Male: 52.5 pounds (23.5 kg), Female: 47.5 pounds (21.5 kg)
Height Male: 19-22 inches (48-56 cm), Female: 18-21 inches (46-53 cm) Male: 22-24 inches (56-61cm), Female: 20-22 inches (51-56 cm) Male: 22-26 inches (56-66 cm), Female: 20-24 inches (51-61 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 20.5 inches (52 cm), Female: 19.5 inches (49.5 cm) Male: 23 inches (58.5 cm), Female: 21 inches (53.5 cm) Male: 24 inches (61 cm), Female: 22 inches (56 cm)

Hair & Care - Border Collie vs Golden Retriever vs Vizsla

Coat Dense Feathered Straight Short Moderately Long Silky Wavy Shiny Straight Fine Dense Hard Coarse Short No Undercoat
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 Golden Light Golden Rust Russet Gold Dark Sandy Gold
Grooming
Average: The Border Collie requires average grooming effort.
Average: The Golden Retriever requires average grooming effort.
Effortless: The Vizsla requires minimal grooming.
Shedding Level
Border Collies shed moderately.
Golden Retrievers shed moderately.
Vizslas shed moderately.

Characteristics - Border Collie vs Golden Retriever vs Vizsla

Temperament Intelligent Alert Tenacious Protective Energetic Responsive Loyal Confident Intelligent Reliable Friendly Kind Trustworthy Affectionate Energetic Intelligent Protective Cheerful Gentle Playful Quiet Easygoing Companionable Lively Friendly Evenly Tempered Trainable Willing
Intelligent Rank
Outstanding: Border Collie is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Outstanding: Golden Retriever is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Very smart: Vizsla is an excellent dog breed.
Trainability
Border Collies are easy to train.
Golden Retrievers are easy to train.
Vizslas are easy to train.
Playfulness
The Border Collie is a highly playful breed.
The Golden Retriever is a highly playful breed.
The Vizsla is a highly playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
Border Collies don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Golden Retrievers have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
Vizslas 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.
Golden Retrievers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Vizslas are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Border Collies need a lot of social interaction.
Golden Retrievers need a lot of social interaction.
Vizslas are a social breed.
Barking
Low to Average: The Border Collie rarely barks.
Low to Average: The Golden Retriever rarely barks.
Average: The Vizsla barks occasionally.
Watchdog Ability
Border Collies are one of the best watchdogs.
Golden Retrievers are average watchdogs.
Vizslas are average watchdogs.
Territorial
Border Collies are extremely protective guard dogs.
Golden Retrievers are average defenders.
Vizslas are average defenders.
Biting Potential Low
The Border Collie has a low chance of biting somebody.
Moderate
The Golden Retriever has an average chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Vizsla has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Border Collies have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Golden Retrievers have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Vizslas have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Border Collies have average wanderlust potential.
Golden Retrievers tend to escape less than other breeds.
Vizslas have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
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.
Golden Retrievers 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.
Vizslas have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Apartment Friendly
Border Collies are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Golden Retrievers are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Vizslas are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Adaptability
Border Collies adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Golden Retrievers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Vizslas 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.
Golden Retrievers tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Vizslas 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.
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 - Border Collie vs Golden Retriever vs Vizsla

Stranger Friendly
Border Collies are average friendly towards strangers.
Golden Retrievers are very stranger friendly dogs.
Vizslas are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Border Collies are very kid-friendly dogs.
Golden Retrievers are very kid-friendly dogs.
Vizslas are kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Border Collies are average friendly towards cats.
Golden Retrievers are cat-friendly dogs.
Vizslas are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Border Collies are average friendly towards other dogs.
Golden Retrievers are very dog-friendly dogs.
Vizslas are average friendly towards other dogs.
Office Friendly No
Border Collie is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Yes
Golden Retriever is one of the best dog breeds for office environment
No
Vizsla is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Border Collies are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Golden Retrievers are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Vizslas are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Border Collies are generally with other pets.
Golden Retrievers are usually friendly towards other pets.
Vizslas 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
Golden Retrievers are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
No
Vizslas are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog Yes
This breed makes good as a service dog.
Yes
This breed makes good 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.
Yes
This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
Yes
This breed makes a perfect 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.
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) 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.
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.
Boat Dog Not really
Border Collie breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Yes
Golden Retriever breed usually likes being on a boat.
Yes
Vizsla breed usually likes 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 Golden Retriever vs Vizsla

Health Issues
The Border Collie is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Golden Retrievers are commonly healthy dogs.
The Vizsla is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems Allergies Collie Eye Anomaly Epilepsy Hip Dysplasia Osteochondrosis Dissecans Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Allergies Bloat Cataracts Elbow Dysplasia Epilepsy Hemangiosarcoma Hip Dysplasia Hypothyroidism Osteochondrosis Dissecans Osteosarcoma Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Subvalvular Aortic Stenosis Von Willebrand's Disease Cancer Epilepsy Hip Dysplasia Sebaceous Adenitis
Life Expectancy 12-15 years 10-12 years 10-14 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
Border Collies are high energy dogs.
Golden Retrievers are high energy dogs.
Vizslas are high energy dogs.
Exercise Need
Border Collies need a lot of exercises.
Golden Retrievers need a lot of exercises.
Vizslas need a lot of exercises.
Sleeping Need
Border Collies don't need too much sleep.
Golden Retrievers don't need too much sleep.
Vizslas 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. 3 to 4 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.
High: The Golden Retriever breed has a strong tendency to overweight.
Low to 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.
Tolerates warm and cold weather. Prefers average to warm weather conditions
Stinkiness Medium
The Border Collie has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Golden Retriever has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Vizsla has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Border Collie is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Golden Retriever drools quite a lot, so if you dislike being covered by slobber spots on your clothes, you may want to choose another dog breed.
The Vizsla is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Border Collie vs Golden Retriever vs Vizsla

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 5-10 puppies 6-8 puppies

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