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

"Find similarities and differences between Boxer vs Border Collie vs Rough Collie" Compare Boxer and Border Collie. Which is better: Boxer or Border Collie or Rough Collie?
Name Boxer Border Collie Rough Collie
OriginsGermany England Scotland Wales Scotland
Group Working Dogs Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs) Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs)
Popularity Rank113840
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Other Names German Boxer, Deutscher Boxer Scotch Sheep Dog, Sheepdog Collie, Scottish Collie, Long-Haired Collie, English Collie, Lassie Dog
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 1995 as a Herding breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1885 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. 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
Price $600-$1200 $600-$800 $400-$600

General Appearance - Boxer vs Border Collie vs Rough Collie

Size Medium Large Large
Weight Male: 60-70 pounds (27-32 kg), Female: 53-65 pounds (24-29 kg) Male: 30-45 pounds (14-20 kg), Female: 27-42 pounds (12-19 kg) Male: 60-70 pounds (27-32 kg), Female: 53-65 pounds (24-29 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 65 pounds (29.5 kg), Female: 59 pounds (26.5 kg) Male: 37.5 pounds (17 kg), Female: 34.5 pounds (15.5 kg) Male: 67.5 pounds (30.5 kg), Female: 57.5 pounds (26 kg)
Height Male: 22-25 inches (56-63 cm), Female: 21-24 inches (53-61 cm) Male: 19-22 inches (48-56 cm), Female: 18-21 inches (46-53 cm) Male: 24–26 inch (60–66 cm), Female: 22–24 inch (55–61 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 23.5 inches (59.5 cm), Female: 22.5 inches (57 cm) Male: 20.5 inches (52 cm), Female: 19.5 inches (49.5 cm) Male: 25 inches (62.5 cm), Female: 23 inches (58.5 cm)

Hair & Care - Boxer vs Border Collie vs Rough Collie

Coat Waterproof Dense Feathered Straight Short Moderately Long Rough Soft Thick Straight Harsh Furry
Colors Brindle White Fawn 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 & White & Tan Blue & Merle Blue & Merle & White Sable Sable & White White White & Merle Merle
Grooming
Effortless: The Boxer requires minimal grooming.
Average: The Border Collie requires average grooming effort.
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Shedding Level
Boxers shed moderately.
Border Collies shed moderately.
Rough Collies are heavy shedders.

Characteristics - Boxer vs Border Collie vs Rough Collie

Temperament Brave Confident Fearless Intelligent Playful Bright Energetic Friendly Loyal Intelligent Alert Tenacious Protective Energetic Responsive Loyal Friendly Gentle Intelligent Loyal Protective Responsive Social Hard working Docile Obedient Elegant Herding
Intelligent Rank
Average: Boxer's has average obedience intelligence.
Outstanding: Border Collie is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Very smart: Rough Collie is an excellent dog breed.
Trainability
Boxers are quite easy to train.
Border Collies are easy to train.
Rough Collies are very easy to train.
Playfulness
The Boxer is a playful breed.
The Border Collie is a highly playful breed.
The Rough Collie is a playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Border Collies don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Rough 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.
Border 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.
Social Needs
Boxers need a lot of social interaction.
Border Collies need a lot of social interaction.
Rough Collies need a lot of social interaction.
Barking
Low to Average: The Boxer rarely barks.
Low to Average: The Border Collie rarely barks.
Low to Average: The Rough Collie rarely barks.
Watchdog Ability
Boxers are one of the best watchdogs.
Border Collies are one of the best watchdogs.
Rough Collies are one of the best watchdogs.
Territorial
Boxers are extremely protective guard dogs.
Border Collies are extremely protective guard dogs.
Rough Collies are extremely protective guard dogs.
Biting Potential Low
The Boxer has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Border Collie has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Rough Collie has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Boxers have lower 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.
Rough Collies have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Boxers have average wanderlust potential.
Border Collies have average wanderlust potential.
Rough Collies are not the biggest explorers.
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.
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.
Rough Collies have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Apartment Friendly
Boxers are apartment-friendly dogs.
Border 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.
Adaptability
Boxers adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
Border Collies adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Rough Collies adapt well to lifestyle changes and different 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.
Border Collies tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Rough 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 Border Collie vs Rough Collie

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

Health Issues
The Boxer 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.
The Rough 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 Collie Eye Anomaly Epilepsy Hip Dysplasia Osteochondrosis Dissecans Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Collie Eye Anomaly Gray Collie Syndrome Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Drug Sensitivity Hip Dysplasia
Life Expectancy 10-12 years 12-15 years 14-16 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
Boxers are high energy dogs.
Border Collies are high energy dogs.
Rough Collies have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Exercise Need
Boxers need quite a lot of exercise.
Border Collies need a lot of exercises.
Rough Collies need quite a lot of exercise.
Sleeping Need
Boxers don't need too much sleep.
Border Collies don't need too much sleep.
Rough Collies sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
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 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.
Weight Gain Potential
Average to High.
Average.
Average.
Weather & Climate Prefers average to warm weather conditions 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 Rough 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 Border Collie has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Rough Collie has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Boxer is a perfect example for low drooling tendency.
The Border Collie is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Rough Collie is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Boxer vs Border Collie vs Rough 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 4-8 puppies 4-8 puppies

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