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Boxer vs Golden Retriever vs English Cocker Spaniel – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Boxer vs Golden Retriever vs English Cocker Spaniel" Compare Boxer and Golden Retriever. Which is better: Boxer or Golden Retriever or English Cocker Spaniel?
Name Boxer Golden Retriever English Cocker Spaniel
OriginsGermany Scotland England
Group Working Dogs Gun Dog Gun Dog
Popularity Rank11352
Reviews131
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Other Names German Boxer, Deutscher Boxer Yellow Retriever, Golden Flat Coat Cocker, Merry Cocker Woker
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 1925 as a Sporting breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1946 as a Sporting 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 Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs group, in the Retrievers section. Recognized by FCI in the Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs group, in the Flushing Dogs 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 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 Canadian Canine Registry
Price $600-$1200 $1000-$2000 $900-$1200

General Appearance - Boxer vs Golden Retriever vs English Cocker Spaniel

Size Medium Large Medium
Weight Male: 60-70 pounds (27-32 kg), Female: 53-65 pounds (24-29 kg) Male: 60-80 pounds (27-36 kg), Female: 55-70 pounds (25-32 kg) Male: 28-34 pounds (13-16 kg), Female: 26-32 pounds (12-15 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 65 pounds (29.5 kg), Female: 59 pounds (26.5 kg) Male: 70 pounds (31.5 kg), Female: 62.5 pounds (28.5 kg) Male: 31 pounds (14.5 kg), Female: 29 pounds (13.5 kg)
Height Male: 22-25 inches (56-63 cm), Female: 21-24 inches (53-61 cm) Male: 22-24 inches (56-61cm), Female: 20-22 inches (51-56 cm) Male: 15-17 inches (38-43 cm), Female: 14-16 inches (36-41 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 23.5 inches (59.5 cm), Female: 22.5 inches (57 cm) Male: 23 inches (58.5 cm), Female: 21 inches (53.5 cm) Male: 16 inches (40.5 cm), Female: 15 inches (38.5 cm)

Hair & Care - Boxer vs Golden Retriever vs English Cocker Spaniel

Coat Waterproof Silky Wavy Shiny Straight Feathered
Colors Brindle White Fawn Golden Light Blue Roan Liver Tan Golden Black
Grooming
Effortless: The Boxer requires minimal grooming.
Average: The Golden Retriever requires average grooming effort.
Average: The English Cocker Spaniel requires average grooming effort.
Shedding Level
Boxers shed moderately.
Golden Retrievers shed moderately.
English Cocker Spaniels shed moderately.

Characteristics - Boxer vs Golden Retriever vs English Cocker Spaniel

Temperament Brave Confident Fearless Intelligent Playful Bright Energetic Friendly Loyal Confident Intelligent Reliable Friendly Kind Trustworthy Affectionate Friendly Playful Trainable Faithful Intelligent Quiet
Intelligent Rank
Average: Boxer's has average obedience intelligence.
Outstanding: Golden Retriever is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Very smart: English Cocker Spaniel is an excellent dog breed.
Trainability
Boxers are quite easy to train.
Golden Retrievers are easy to train.
English Cocker Spaniels are easy to train.
Playfulness
The Boxer is a playful breed.
The Golden Retriever is a highly playful breed.
The English Cocker Spaniel is a playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Golden Retrievers have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
English Cocker Spaniels 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.
Golden Retrievers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
English Cocker Spaniels are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Boxers need a lot of social interaction.
Golden Retrievers need a lot of social interaction.
English Cocker Spaniels are a social breed.
Barking
Low to Average: The Boxer rarely barks.
Low to Average: The Golden Retriever rarely barks.
Average: The English Cocker Spaniel barks occasionally.
Watchdog Ability
Boxers are one of the best watchdogs.
Golden Retrievers are average watchdogs.
English Cocker Spaniels are good watchdogs.
Territorial
Boxers are extremely protective guard dogs.
Golden Retrievers are average defenders.
English Cocker Spaniels are not the best to protect their territory.
Biting Potential Low
The Boxer has a low chance of biting somebody.
Moderate
The Golden Retriever has an average chance of biting somebody.
Low
The English Cocker Spaniel has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Boxers have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Golden Retrievers have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
English Cocker Spaniels have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Boxers have average wanderlust potential.
Golden Retrievers tend to escape less than other breeds.
Wanderlust potential of the English Cocker Spaniel is strong enough to escape from home.
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.
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.
English Cocker Spaniels have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
Apartment Friendly
Boxers are apartment-friendly dogs.
Golden Retrievers are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
English Cocker Spaniels are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Boxers adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
Golden Retrievers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
English Cocker Spaniels 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.
Golden Retrievers tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
English Cocker Spaniels 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 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 Golden Retriever vs English Cocker Spaniel

Stranger Friendly
Boxers are average friendly towards strangers.
Golden Retrievers are very stranger friendly dogs.
English Cocker Spaniels are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Boxers are kid-friendly dogs.
Golden Retrievers are very kid-friendly dogs.
English Cocker Spaniels are very kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Boxers are average friendly towards cats.
Golden Retrievers are cat-friendly dogs.
English Cocker Spaniels are cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Boxers are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
Golden Retrievers are very dog-friendly dogs.
English Cocker Spaniels are very dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
Boxer is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Yes
Golden Retriever is one of the best dog breeds for office environment
No
English Cocker Spaniel is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Boxers are usually recommended for elderly people.
Golden Retrievers are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
English Cocker Spaniels are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Boxers are generally with other pets.
Golden Retrievers are usually friendly towards other pets.
English Cocker Spaniels are usually friendly towards other pets.
Good For First Time Owners No
Boxers 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
English Cocker Spaniels 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.
Not really
This breed generally not used 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.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a 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.
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) 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.
Yes
Golden Retriever breed usually likes being on a boat.
Yes
English Cocker Spaniel breed usually likes 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 Golden Retriever vs English Cocker Spaniel

Health Issues
The Boxer 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 English Cocker Spaniel 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 Bloat Cataracts Elbow Dysplasia Epilepsy Hemangiosarcoma Hip Dysplasia Hypothyroidism Osteochondrosis Dissecans Osteosarcoma Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Subvalvular Aortic Stenosis Von Willebrand's Disease Cataracts Ear Infections Elbow Dysplasia Hip Dysplasia Renal Failure
Life Expectancy 10-12 years 10-12 years 12-14 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
Boxers are high energy dogs.
Golden Retrievers are high energy dogs.
English Cocker Spaniels are high energy dogs.
Exercise Need
Boxers need quite a lot of exercise.
Golden Retrievers need a lot of exercises.
English Cocker Spaniels need quite a lot of exercise.
Sleeping Need
Boxers don't need too much sleep.
Golden Retrievers don't need too much sleep.
English Cocker Spaniels 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. 3 to 4 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 1 to 2 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Average to High.
High: The Golden Retriever breed has a strong tendency to overweight.
High: The English Cocker Spaniel breed has a strong tendency to overweight.
Weather & Climate Prefers average to warm weather conditions Tolerates warm and cold weather. Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The English Cocker Spaniel 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 Golden Retriever has an average chance of bad smell.
High
The English Cocker Spaniel has a high chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Boxer is a perfect example for 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 English Cocker Spaniel is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Boxer vs Golden Retriever vs English Cocker Spaniel

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 5-10 puppies 6-8 puppies

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