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Border Collie vs Puggle vs Great Dane – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Border Collie vs Puggle vs Great Dane" Compare Border Collie and Puggle. Which is better: Border Collie or Puggle or Great Dane?
Name Border Collie Puggle Great Dane
OriginsEngland Scotland Wales United States Germany
Group Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs) Designer Dogs Working Dogs
Popularity Rank3820714
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Other Names Scotch Sheep Dog, Sheepdog Beagle-Pug Dane, Gentle Giant, Deutsche Dogge, German Mastiff, Apollo of Dogs
Breed Type Purebred Cross Breed Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1995 as a Herding breed. Not recognized by the American Kennel Club. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1887 as a Working breed.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Sheepdogs and Cattledogs (except Swiss Cattledogs) group, in the Sheepdogs section. Not recognized by FCI. Recognized by FCI in the Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattledogs group, in the Molossian 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
Dog Registry of America Inc.
American Canine Hybrid Club
Designer Breed Registry
Designer Dogs Kennel Club
International Designer Canine Registry
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
Canadian Canine Registry
Price $600-$800 600-800 $800-$1200

General Appearance - Border Collie vs Puggle vs Great Dane

Size Large Small Giant
Weight Male: 30-45 pounds (14-20 kg), Female: 27-42 pounds (12-19 kg) 15-40 pounds (7-18 kg) Male: 120-200 pounds (54-90 kg), Female: 100-130 pounds (45-59 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 37.5 pounds (17 kg), Female: 34.5 pounds (15.5 kg) 27.5 pounds (12.5 kg) Male: 160 pounds (72 kg), Female: 115 pounds (52 kg)
Height Male: 19-22 inches (48-56 cm), Female: 18-21 inches (46-53 cm) 10-15 inches (25-38 cm) Male: 30-34 inches (76-86 cm), Female: 28-32 inches (71-81 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 20.5 inches (52 cm), Female: 19.5 inches (49.5 cm) 12.5 inches (31.5 cm) Male: 32 inches (81 cm), Female: 30 inches (76 cm)

Hair & Care - Border Collie vs Puggle vs Great Dane

Coat Dense
Feathered
Straight
Short
Moderately Long
Smooth
Straight
Dense
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
Black
Brown
White
Tan
Red
Blue
Fawn
White
Brindle
Merle
Black
Grooming
Average: The Border Collie requires average grooming effort.
Effortless: The Puggle requires minimal grooming.
Effortless: The Great Dane requires minimal grooming.
Shedding Level
Border Collies shed moderately.
Puggles are heavy shedders.
Great Danes shed moderately.

Characteristics - Border Collie vs Puggle vs Great Dane

Temperament Intelligent
Alert
Tenacious
Protective
Energetic
Responsive
Loyal
Affectionate
Friendly
Loyal
Social
Cheerful
Intelligent
Playful
Friendly
Devoted
Gentle
Reserved
Confident
Intelligent
Loving
Intelligent Rank
Outstanding: Border Collie is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
Smart: Great Dane's has great intelligence.
Trainability
Border Collies are easy to train.
Puggles aren't famous for their trainability.
Great Danes are quite easy to train.
Playfulness
The Border Collie is a highly playful breed.
The Puggle is a playful breed.
Great Danes are not the most playful dog breed.
Sensitivity Level
Border Collies don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Puggles have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
Great Danes 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.
Puggles are average dogs regarding their affection level.
Great Danes are average dogs regarding their affection level.
Social Needs
Border Collies need a lot of social interaction.
Puggles need for social interaction is average.
Great Danes are a social breed.
Barking
Low to Average: The Border Collie rarely barks.
Average: The Puggle barks occasionally.
Low to Average: The Great Dane rarely barks.
Watchdog Ability
Border Collies are one of the best watchdogs.
Puggles are average watchdogs.
Great Danes are one of the best watchdogs.
Territorial
Border Collies are extremely protective guard dogs.
Puggles are not the best to protect their territory.
Great Danes are extremely protective guard dogs.
Biting Potential Low
The Border Collie has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Puggle has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Great Dane has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Border Collies have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Puggles have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Great Danes 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.
Puggles have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
Great Danes have average wanderlust potential.
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.
Puggles have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Great Danes 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.
Apartment Friendly
Border Collies are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Puggles are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Great Danes are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Border Collies adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Puggles adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Great Danes adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
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.
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
Great Danes 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.
Yes
In history, this breed was unfortunately used for combat dog.

Good With - Border Collie vs Puggle vs Great Dane

Stranger Friendly
Border Collies are average friendly towards strangers.
Puggles are very stranger friendly dogs.
Great Danes are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Border Collies are very kid-friendly dogs.
Puggles are very kid-friendly dogs.
Great Danes are kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Border Collies are average friendly towards cats.
Puggles are average friendly towards cats.
Great Danes are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Border Collies are average friendly towards other dogs.
Puggles are very dog-friendly dogs.
Great Danes are average friendly towards other dogs.
Office Friendly No
Border Collie is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Yes
Puggle is one of the best dog breeds for office environment
No
Great Dane is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Border Collies are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Puggles are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Great Danes are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Border Collies are generally with other pets.
Puggles are generally with other pets.
Great Danes are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners No
Border Collies are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Puggles are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Great Danes 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.
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.
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
Puggle breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Great Dane 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.
Yes
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.

Health Factors - Border Collie vs Puggle vs Great Dane

Health Issues
The Border Collie is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Puggles are commonly healthy dogs.
Great Danes are commonly healthy dogs.
Health Problems Allergies
Collie Eye Anomaly
Epilepsy
Hip Dysplasia
Osteochondrosis Dissecans
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Cherry Eye
Distichiasis
Epilepsy
Hip Dysplasia
Legg-perthes Disease
Obesity
Patellar Luxation
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Bloat
Cancer
Dilated Cardiomyopathy
Hip Dysplasia
Mitral Valve Disease
Patent Ductus Arteriosis
Persistent Right Aortic Arch
Subvalvular Aortic Stenosis
Tricuspid Valve Dysplasia
Life Expectancy 12-15 years 10-15 years 7-10 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
Border Collies are high energy dogs.
Puggles have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Great Danes are high energy dogs.
Exercise Need
Border Collies need a lot of exercises.
Puggles have an average exercise need.
Great Danes exercise need is minimal.
Sleeping Need
Border Collies don't need too much sleep.
Puggles sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Great Danes 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. 1 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 8 to 10 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals
Weight Gain Potential
Average.
High: The Puggle 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.
Low
The Puggle has a low chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Great Dane has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Border Collie is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Puggle is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Great Dane 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 Puggle vs Great Dane

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 3-5 puppies 10-15 puppies

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