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Brittany vs Miniature American Shepherd vs Australian Cattle Dog – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Brittany vs Miniature American Shepherd vs Australian Cattle Dog" Compare Brittany and Miniature American Shepherd. Which is better: Brittany or Miniature American Shepherd or Australian Cattle Dog?
Name Brittany Miniature American Shepherd Australian Cattle Dog
OriginsFrance United States Australia
Group Gun Dog Working Dogs Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs)
Popularity Rank263556
Reviews204
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Other Names Epagneul Breton, Brittany Spaniel, American Brittany, Brittany Wiegref North American Shepherd, Mini American, MAS, Ameri Queensland Heeler, Blue Heeler, Hall39;s Heeler, ACD, Cattle Dog, Red Heeler
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1934 as a Sporting breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2015 as a Herding breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1980 as a Herding breed.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Pointing Dogs group, in the Continental Pointing Dogs section. Not recognized by FCI. Recognized by FCI in the Sheepdogs and Cattledogs (except Swiss Cattledogs) group, in the Cattledogs (except Swiss Cattledogs) 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
No set 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 $700-$800 $900-$1000 $500-$700

General Appearance - Brittany vs Miniature American Shepherd vs Australian Cattle Dog

Size Medium Small
Medium
Medium
Weight Male: 35-40 pounds (16-18 kg), Females: 30-40 pounds (14-18 kg) 15-35 pounds (6-16 kg) 30-62 pounds (13-28 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 37.5 pounds (17 kg), Females: 35 pounds (16 kg) 25 pounds (11 kg) 46 pounds (20.5 kg)
Height Male: 17-21 inches (43-53 cm), Female: 18-20 inches (46-51 cm) Male: 14–18 inches (36–46 cm), Female: 13–17 inches (33–43 cm) Male: 17-20 inches (43-51 cm), Female: 17-19 inches (43-48 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 19 inches (48 cm), Female: 19 inches (48.5 cm) Male: 14–18 inches (36–46 cm), Female: 13–17 inches (33–43 cm) Male: 18.5 inches (47 cm), Female: 18 inches (45.5 cm)

Hair & Care - Brittany vs Miniature American Shepherd vs Australian Cattle Dog

Coat Feathered Smooth Dense
Colors Liver
White
Orange
Roan
Merle
Blue
White
Black
Blue
Speckled
Red
Mottled
Grooming
Easy to groom: The Brittany doesn't require a lot of grooming.
Easy to groom: The Miniature American Shepherd doesn't require a lot of grooming.
Effortless: The Australian Cattle Dog requires minimal grooming.
Shedding Level
Brittanys are low shedders.
Miniature American Shepherds shed moderately.
Australian Cattle Dogs shed moderately.

Characteristics - Brittany vs Miniature American Shepherd vs Australian Cattle Dog

Temperament Alert
Intelligent
Social
Independent
Responsive
Devoted
Intelligent
Energetic
Loyal
Aggressive
Energetic
Loyal
Responsive
Alert
Intelligent
Protective
Intelligent Rank
Very smart: Brittany is an excellent dog breed.
Average: Miniature American Shepherd's has average obedience intelligence.
Outstanding: Australian Cattle Dog is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Trainability
Brittanys are easy to train.
Miniature American Shepherds are very easy to train.
Australian Cattle Dogs are easy to train.
Playfulness
The Brittany is a highly playful breed.
The Miniature American Shepherd is a highly playful breed.
The Australian Cattle Dog is a highly playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
Brittanys don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Affection Level
Brittanys are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Miniature American Shepherds are highly affectionate dogs.
Australian Cattle Dogs are average dogs regarding their affection level.
Social Needs
Brittanys need a lot of social interaction.
Miniature American Shepherds need for social interaction is average.
Australian Cattle Dogs need for social interaction is average.
Barking
Average: The Brittany barks occasionally.
Low to Average: The Miniature American Shepherd rarely barks.
Low to Average: The Australian Cattle Dog rarely barks.
Watchdog Ability
Brittanys are average watchdogs.
Miniature American Shepherds are average watchdogs.
Australian Cattle Dogs are one of the best watchdogs.
Territorial
Brittanys are average defenders.
Miniature American Shepherds are average defenders.
Australian Cattle Dogs are extremely protective guard dogs.
Biting Potential Low
The Brittany has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Miniature American Shepherd has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Australian Cattle Dog has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Brittanys have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Miniature American Shepherds have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Australian Cattle Dogs have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Wanderlust potential of the Brittany is strong enough to escape from home.
Miniature American Shepherds have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
Wanderlust potential of the Australian Cattle Dog is strong enough to escape from home.
Prey Drive
Brittanys have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
Miniature American Shepherds have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Australian Cattle Dogs have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Apartment Friendly
Brittanys are not the best choice for an apartment lifestyle, but they don't mind being inside if you walk them several times every day.
Miniature American 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.
Australian Cattle Dogs are not apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Brittanys adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Miniature American Shepherds don't adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
Australian Cattle Dogs adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Brittanys 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.
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
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 - Brittany vs Miniature American Shepherd vs Australian Cattle Dog

Stranger Friendly
Brittanys are average friendly towards strangers.
Miniature American Shepherds are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Australian Cattle Dogs are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Brittanys are very kid-friendly dogs.
Miniature American Shepherds are kid-friendly dogs.
Australian Cattle Dogs are very kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Brittanys are average friendly towards cats.
Miniature American Shepherds are average friendly towards cats.
Australian Cattle Dogs are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Brittanys are very dog-friendly dogs.
Miniature American Shepherds are average friendly towards other dogs.
Australian Cattle Dogs are average friendly towards other dogs.
Office Friendly No
Brittany is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Miniature American Shepherd is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Australian Cattle Dog is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Brittanys are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Miniature American Shepherds are usually recommended for elderly people.
Australian Cattle Dogs are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Brittanys are generally with other pets.
Miniature American Shepherds are generally with other pets.
Australian Cattle Dogs are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners No
Brittanys are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Miniature American Shepherds are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Australian Cattle Dogs 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.
Not really
This breed generally not used 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.
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.
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) 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.
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
Brittany breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Miniature American Shepherd breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Australian Cattle Dog 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.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.

Health Factors - Brittany vs Miniature American Shepherd vs Australian Cattle Dog

Health Issues
The Brittany is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Miniature American Shepherds tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
The Australian Cattle Dog is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems Epilepsy
Hip Dysplasia
Hypothyroidism
No set Deafness
Hip Dysplasia
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Life Expectancy 12-15 years 13-15 years 12-15 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
Brittanys are high energy dogs.
Miniature American Shepherds are high energy dogs.
Australian Cattle Dogs are high energy dogs.
Exercise Need
Brittanys need a lot of exercises.
Miniature American Shepherds have an average exercise need.
Australian Cattle Dogs need a lot of exercises.
Sleeping Need
Brittanys don't need too much sleep.
Miniature American Shepherds don't need too much sleep.
Australian Cattle Dogs 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. 1.5 to 2.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Average.
Average.
Average to High.
Weather & Climate Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Brittany 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 cold weather conditions
The Australian Cattle Dog can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness Medium
The Brittany has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Miniature American Shepherd has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Australian Cattle Dog has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Brittany is a perfect example for low drooling tendency.
The Miniature American Shepherd is a perfect example for low drooling tendency.
The Australian Cattle Dog is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Brittany vs Miniature American Shepherd vs Australian Cattle Dog

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 1-11 puppies, average 6 2-6 puppies 1-7 puppies, average 5

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