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Catahoula Leopard Dog vs English Shepherd vs Golden Retriever – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Catahoula Leopard Dog vs English Shepherd vs Golden Retriever" Compare Catahoula Leopard Dog and English Shepherd. Which is better: Catahoula Leopard Dog or English Shepherd or Golden Retriever?
Name Catahoula Leopard Dog English Shepherd Golden Retriever
OriginsUnited States England Scotland
Group Working Dogs Working Dogs Gun Dog
Popularity Rank3932983
Reviews304
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Other Names Catahoula Hog Dog, Catahoula Cur, Catahoula Hound Farm Collie (This name is also used for the Scotch Collie) Yellow Retriever, Golden Flat Coat
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Not recognized by the American Kennel Club. Not recognized by the American Kennel Club. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1925 as a Sporting breed.
FCI Group Not recognized by FCI. Not recognized by FCI. Recognized by FCI in the Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs group, in the Retrievers section.
Breed Recognition American Canine Registry
America's Pet Registry
Dog Registry of America Inc.
North American Purebred Registry, Inc.
American Canine Association, Inc.
United Kennel Club
Animal Research Foundation
American Rare Breed Association
Foundation Stock Service
American Canine Registry
America's Pet Registry
Dog Registry of America Inc.
American Canine Association, Inc.
Continental Kennel Club
National Kennel Club
United Kennel Club
Animal Research Foundation
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 $300-$500 $800-$1000 $1000-$2000

General Appearance - Catahoula Leopard Dog vs English Shepherd vs Golden Retriever

Size Large
Medium
Medium Large
Weight 55-80 pounds (16-37 kg) Male: 45-60 pounds (21-28 kg), Female: 40-50 pounds (18-23 kg) Male: 60-80 pounds (27-36 kg), Female: 55-70 pounds (25-32 kg)
Avg. Weight 67.5 pounds (26.5 kg) Male: 52.5 pounds (24.5 kg), Female: 45 pounds (20.5 kg) Male: 70 pounds (31.5 kg), Female: 62.5 pounds (28.5 kg)
Height Male: 22-26 inches (56-58 cm), Female: 20-24 inches (51-61 cm) 18-23 inches (46-58 cm) Male: 22-24 inches (56-61cm), Female: 20-22 inches (51-56 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 24 inches (57 cm), Female: 22 inches (56 cm) 20.5 inches (52 cm) Male: 23 inches (58.5 cm), Female: 21 inches (53.5 cm)

Hair & Care - Catahoula Leopard Dog vs English Shepherd vs Golden Retriever

Coat Smooth Fluffy
Silky
Silky
Wavy
Shiny
Straight
Colors Blue
Brown
Red
Tricolor
Tan
Brindle
Gray
Silver
Black
Tan
Brown
Tricolor
White
Brindle
Sable
Yellow
Black
Golden
Light
Grooming
Effortless: The Catahoula Leopard Dog requires minimal grooming.
Easy to groom: The English Shepherd doesn't require a lot of grooming.
Average: The Golden Retriever requires average grooming effort.
Shedding Level
Catahoula Leopard Dogs are low shedders.
English Shepherds shed moderately.
Golden Retrievers shed moderately.

Characteristics - Catahoula Leopard Dog vs English Shepherd vs Golden Retriever

Temperament Alert
Energetic
Independent
Loving
Protective
Courageous
Gentle
Intelligent
Loyal
Adaptable
Courageous
Friendly
Intelligent
Responsive
Alert
Energetic
Independent
Playful
Confident
Intelligent
Reliable
Friendly
Kind
Trustworthy
Intelligent Rank
Average: Catahoula Leopard Dog's has average obedience intelligence.
Average: English Shepherd's has average obedience intelligence.
Outstanding: Golden Retriever is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Trainability
Catahoula Leopard Dogs are quite easy to train.
English Shepherds are easy to train.
Golden Retrievers are easy to train.
Playfulness
Catahoula Leopard Dogs, like any other dog breed, like playing.
English Shepherds, like any other dog breed, like playing.
The Golden Retriever is a highly playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
Catahoula Leopard Dogs are less sensitive than other dog breeds.
English Shepherds don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Golden Retrievers have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
Affection Level
Catahoula Leopard Dogs are highly affectionate dogs.
English Shepherds 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.
Social Needs
Catahoula Leopard Dogs need for social interaction is average.
English Shepherds need a lot of social interaction.
Golden Retrievers need a lot of social interaction.
Barking
Low to Average: The Catahoula Leopard Dog rarely barks.
Low to Average: The English Shepherd rarely barks.
Low to Average: The Golden Retriever rarely barks.
Watchdog Ability
Catahoula Leopard Dogs are one of the best watchdogs.
English Shepherds are good watchdogs.
Golden Retrievers are average watchdogs.
Territorial
Catahoula Leopard Dogs are extremely protective guard dogs.
English Shepherds are extremely protective guard dogs.
Golden Retrievers are average defenders.
Biting Potential Low
The Catahoula Leopard Dog has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The English Shepherd has a low chance of biting somebody.
Moderate
The Golden Retriever has an average chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Catahoula Leopard Dogs have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
English Shepherds have a higher 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.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Catahoula Leopard Dogs have average wanderlust potential.
English Shepherds have average wanderlust potential.
Golden Retrievers tend to escape less than other breeds.
Prey Drive
Catahoula Leopard Dogs don't have an impulse to catch or chase small animals.
English Shepherds have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
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.
Apartment Friendly
Catahoula Leopard Dogs are not apartment-friendly dogs.
English Shepherds are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Golden Retrievers are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Adaptability
Catahoula Leopard Dogs adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
English Shepherds adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
Golden Retrievers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
English Shepherds 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.
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 - Catahoula Leopard Dog vs English Shepherd vs Golden Retriever

Stranger Friendly
Catahoula Leopard Dogs are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
English Shepherds are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Golden Retrievers are very stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Catahoula Leopard Dogs are kid-friendly dogs.
English Shepherds are kid-friendly dogs.
Golden Retrievers are very kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Catahoula Leopard Dogs are average friendly towards cats.
English Shepherds are cat-friendly dogs.
Golden Retrievers are cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Catahoula Leopard Dogs are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
English Shepherds are dog-friendly dogs.
Golden Retrievers are very dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
Catahoula Leopard Dog is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
English Shepherd is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Yes
Golden Retriever is one of the best dog breeds for office environment
Senior Citizens Friendly
Catahoula Leopard Dogs are usually recommended for elderly people.
English Shepherds are usually recommended for elderly people.
Golden Retrievers are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Catahoula Leopard Dogs are generally with other pets.
English Shepherds are usually friendly towards other pets.
Golden Retrievers are usually friendly towards other pets.
Good For First Time Owners Yes
Catahoula Leopard Dogs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
No
English Shepherds 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.
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
Catahoula Leopard Dog breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
English Shepherd breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Yes
Golden Retriever breed usually likes 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 - Catahoula Leopard Dog vs English Shepherd vs Golden Retriever

Health Issues
The Catahoula Leopard Dog is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
English Shepherds tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
Golden Retrievers are commonly healthy dogs.
Health Problems Bloat
Deafness
Hip Dysplasia
Collie Eye Anomaly
Drug Sensitivity
Hip Dysplasia
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Allergies
Bloat
Cataracts
Elbow Dysplasia
Epilepsy
Hemangiosarcoma
Hip Dysplasia
Hypothyroidism
Osteochondrosis Dissecans
Osteosarcoma
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Subvalvular Aortic Stenosis
Von Willebrand's Disease
Life Expectancy 11-13 years 12-15 years 10-12 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
Catahoula Leopard Dogs have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
English Shepherds are high energy dogs.
Golden Retrievers are high energy dogs.
Exercise Need
Catahoula Leopard Dogs need a lot of exercises.
English Shepherds need a lot of exercises.
Golden Retrievers need a lot of exercises.
Sleeping Need
Catahoula Leopard Dogs are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
English Shepherds don't need too much sleep.
Golden Retrievers don't need too much sleep.
Avg. daily food consumption 3 to 4.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 3 to 4.5 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.
Weight Gain Potential
Average.
Average to High.
High: The Golden Retriever breed has a strong tendency to overweight.
Weather & Climate Tolerates warm and cold weather. Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The English Shepherd can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness Medium
The Catahoula Leopard Dog has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The English Shepherd has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Golden Retriever has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Catahoula Leopard Dog is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The English Shepherd 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 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.

Reproducibility - Catahoula Leopard Dog vs English Shepherd vs Golden Retriever

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 8-12 puppies 5-8 puppies, average 6 5-10 puppies

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