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Boxer vs Australian Shepherd vs Border Collie – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Boxer vs Australian Shepherd vs Border Collie" Compare Boxer and Australian Shepherd. Which is better: Boxer or Australian Shepherd or Border Collie?
Name Boxer Australian Shepherd Border Collie
OriginsGermany United States England Scotland Wales
Group Working Dogs Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs) Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs)
Popularity Rank111738
Reviews125
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Other Names German Boxer, Deutscher Boxer Aussie, Little Blue Dog Scotch Sheep Dog, Sheepdog
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1904 as a Working breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1991 as a Herding breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1995 as a Herding breed.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattledogs group, in the Molossian type 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 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 American Canine Registry American Kennel Club America's Pet Registry Dog Registry of America Inc. North American Purebred Registry, Inc. American Canine Association, Inc. Continental Kennel Club National Kennel Club New Zealand Kennel Club United Kennel Club Australian Shepherd Club Of America 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
Price $600-$1200 $600-$800 $600-$800

General Appearance - Boxer vs Australian Shepherd vs Border Collie

Size Medium Large Large
Weight Male: 60-70 pounds (27-32 kg), Female: 53-65 pounds (24-29 kg) Male: 50-65 pounds (25-29 kg), Female: 40-55 pounds (18-25 kg) Male: 30-45 pounds (14-20 kg), Female: 27-42 pounds (12-19 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 65 pounds (29.5 kg), Female: 59 pounds (26.5 kg) Male: 57.5 pounds (27 kg), Female: 47.5 pounds (21.5 kg) Male: 37.5 pounds (17 kg), Female: 34.5 pounds (15.5 kg)
Height Male: 22-25 inches (56-63 cm), Female: 21-24 inches (53-61 cm) Male: 20-23 inches (52-58cm), Female: 18-21 inches (46–53 cm) Male: 19-22 inches (48-56 cm), Female: 18-21 inches (46-53 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 23.5 inches (59.5 cm), Female: 22.5 inches (57 cm) Male: 21.5 inches (55 cm), Female: 19.5 inches (46–53 cm) Male: 20.5 inches (52 cm), Female: 19.5 inches (49.5 cm)

Hair & Care - Boxer vs Australian Shepherd vs Border Collie

Coat Waterproof Feathered Dense Feathered Straight Short Moderately Long
Colors Brindle White Fawn Red Blue Merle 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
Grooming
Effortless: The Boxer requires minimal grooming.
Average: The Australian Shepherd requires average grooming effort.
Average: The Border Collie requires average grooming effort.
Shedding Level
Boxers shed moderately.
Australian Shepherds shed moderately.
Border Collies shed moderately.

Characteristics - Boxer vs Australian Shepherd vs Border Collie

Temperament Brave Confident Fearless Intelligent Playful Bright Energetic Friendly Loyal Active Friendly Intelligent Loving Affectionate Good-natured Protective Intelligent Alert Tenacious Protective Energetic Responsive Loyal
Intelligent Rank
Average: Boxer's has average obedience intelligence.
Smart: Australian Shepherd's has great intelligence.
Outstanding: Border Collie is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Trainability
Boxers are quite easy to train.
Australian Shepherds are very easy to train.
Border Collies are easy to train.
Playfulness
The Boxer is a playful breed.
The Australian Shepherd is a highly playful breed.
The Border Collie is a highly playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Australian Shepherds don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Border Collies don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Affection Level
Boxers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Australian Shepherds are highly affectionate dogs.
Border Collies are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Boxers need a lot of social interaction.
Australian Shepherds are a social breed.
Border Collies need a lot of social interaction.
Barking
Low to Average: The Boxer rarely barks.
Low to Average: The Australian Shepherd rarely barks.
Low to Average: The Border Collie rarely barks.
Watchdog Ability
Boxers are one of the best watchdogs.
Australian Shepherds are one of the best watchdogs.
Border Collies are one of the best watchdogs.
Territorial
Boxers are extremely protective guard dogs.
Australian Shepherds are extremely protective guard dogs.
Border Collies are extremely protective guard dogs.
Biting Potential Low
The Boxer has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Australian Shepherd has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Border Collie has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Boxers have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Australian Shepherds have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Border Collies have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Boxers have average wanderlust potential.
Australian Shepherds are not the biggest explorers.
Border Collies have average wanderlust potential.
Prey Drive
Boxers 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.
Australian Shepherds have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
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.
Apartment Friendly
Boxers are apartment-friendly dogs.
Australian Shepherds are not the best choice for an apartment lifestyle, but they don't mind being inside if you walk them several times every day.
Border Collies are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Adaptability
Boxers adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
Australian Shepherds adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Border Collies adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Boxers tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Australian Shepherds 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.
Fighting Dog Yes
In history, this breed was unfortunately 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 - Boxer vs Australian Shepherd vs Border Collie

Stranger Friendly
Boxers are average friendly towards strangers.
Australian Shepherds are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Border Collies are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Boxers are kid-friendly dogs.
Australian Shepherds are very kid-friendly dogs.
Border Collies are very kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Boxers are average friendly towards cats.
Australian Shepherds are average friendly towards cats.
Border Collies are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Boxers are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
Australian Shepherds are average friendly towards other dogs.
Border Collies are average friendly towards other dogs.
Office Friendly No
Boxer is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Australian Shepherd is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Border Collie is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Boxers are usually recommended for elderly people.
Australian Shepherds are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Border Collies are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Boxers are generally with other pets.
Australian Shepherds are generally with other pets.
Border Collies are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners No
Boxers are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Australian Shepherds are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Border Collies are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used 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.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a 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.
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.
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.
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.
Boat Dog Not really
Boxer breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Australian Shepherd breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Border Collie breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog Yes
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 - Boxer vs Australian Shepherd vs Border Collie

Health Issues
The Boxer is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
The Australian Shepherd 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.
Health Problems Allergies Aortic Stenosis Bloat Boxer Cardiomyopathy Cancer Corneal Dystrophy Deafness Demodectic Mange Hip Dysplasia Hypothyroidism Allergies Cancer Cataracts Collie Eye Anomaly Deafness Detached Retina Distichiasis Drug Sensitivity Elbow Dysplasia Epilepsy Hip Dysplasia Hypothyroidism Nasal Solar Dermatitis Osteochondrosis Dissecans Persistent Pupillary Membranes Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Allergies Collie Eye Anomaly Epilepsy Hip Dysplasia Osteochondrosis Dissecans Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Life Expectancy 10-12 years 12-15 years 12-15 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
Boxers are high energy dogs.
Australian Shepherds are high energy dogs.
Border Collies are high energy dogs.
Exercise Need
Boxers need quite a lot of exercise.
Australian Shepherds need a lot of exercises.
Border Collies need a lot of exercises.
Sleeping Need
Boxers don't need too much sleep.
Australian Shepherds don't need too much sleep.
Border Collies don't need too much sleep.
Avg. daily food consumption Recommended daily amount: 2 to 3 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 1.5 to 2.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 1.5 to 2 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two or three meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Average to High.
Average to High.
Average.
Weather & Climate Prefers average to warm weather conditions Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Australian Shepherd can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
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.
Stinkiness High
The Boxer has a high chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Australian Shepherd has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Border Collie has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Boxer is a perfect example for low drooling tendency.
The Australian Shepherd is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Border Collie is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Boxer vs Australian Shepherd vs Border Collie

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 2-10 puppies, average 6 6-9 puppies, average 7 4-8 puppies

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