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Cavalier King Charles Spaniel vs Border Terrier vs Havanese – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Cavalier King Charles Spaniel vs Border Terrier vs Havanese" Compare Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and Border Terrier. Which is better: Cavalier King Charles Spaniel or Border Terrier or Havanese?
Name Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Border Terrier Havanese
OriginsEngland England Scotland Cuba
Group Companion Dogs Hunting Dogs Companion Dogs
Popularity Rank199223
Reviews304
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Other Names Cav, Cavalier, Cavie Russian Bear Schnauzer, Munich Schnauzer, Munchener, Riesenschnauzer Bichon Havanese, Bichon Habanero, Havanese Cuban Bichon, Bichon Havanais, Bichon Havanês, Havaneser, Havanezer
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1995 as a Toy breed. Not recognized by the American Kennel Club. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1996 as a Toy breed.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Companion and Toy Dogs group, in the English Toy Spaniels section. Recognized by FCI in the Terriers group, in the Large and medium sized Terriers section. Recognized by FCI in the Companion and Toy Dogs group, in the Bichons and related breeds 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 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 Border Terrier Club Of America, Inc. Club Espanol De Terriers 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 United Kennel Club Havanese Club of America
Price $1200-$1500 $1200-$1400 $900-$1200

General Appearance - Cavalier King Charles Spaniel vs Border Terrier vs Havanese

Size Small Small Small
Weight 10-18 pounds (5-8 kg) Males 13-16 pounds (6-7 kg), Female: 11-14 pounds (5-6 kg) 7-13 pounds (3-6 kg)
Avg. Weight 14 pounds (6.5 kg) Males 14.5 pounds (6.5 kg), Female: 12.5 pounds (5.5 kg) 10 pounds (4.5 kg)
Height 12-13 inches (30-33 cm) Male: 13-16 inches (33-41 cm), Female: 11-14 inches (28-36 cm) 8-11 inches (21-29 cm)
Avg. Height 12.5 inches (31.5 cm) Male: 14.5 inches (37 cm), Female: 12.5 inches (32 cm) 10 inches (25 cm)

Hair & Care - Cavalier King Charles Spaniel vs Border Terrier vs Havanese

Coat Feathered Rough Soft Wavy Woolly Flat Long
Colors Tan Blenheim Tricolor Ruby Blue Tan Red Grizzle Wheaten Black Reddish-Brown Fawn White Havana Brown Tobacco
Grooming
Average: The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel requires average grooming effort.
Average: The Border Terrier requires average grooming effort.
Average: The Havanese requires average grooming effort.
Shedding Level
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels shed above average.
Border Terriers shed none to minimal.
Havaneses shed none to minimal.

Characteristics - Cavalier King Charles Spaniel vs Border Terrier vs Havanese

Temperament Affectionate Courageous Intelligent Cheerful Gentle Social Polite Quiet Active Graceful Fearless Friendly Nonaggressive Sporty No tendency towards nervousness Affectionate Outright Tempered Intelligent Alert Fearless Obedient Affectionate Gentle Playful Companionable Intelligent Responsive Sturdy Lively Amiable Charming
Intelligent Rank
Average: Cavalier King Charles Spaniel's has average obedience intelligence.
Smart: Border Terrier's has great intelligence.
Average: Havanese's has average obedience intelligence.
Trainability
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are quite easy to train.
Border Terriers are easy to train.
Havaneses are very easy to train.
Playfulness
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Border Terriers, like any other dog breed, like playing.
The Havanese is a highly playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Border Terriers have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Affection Level
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Border Terriers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Havaneses are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels need a lot of social interaction.
Border Terriers need for social interaction is average.
Havaneses need a lot of social interaction.
Barking
Average: The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel barks occasionally.
Average to high: The Border Terrier is a vocal breed.
Low to Average: The Havanese rarely barks.
Watchdog Ability
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are not the best watchdogs.
Border Terriers are good watchdogs.
Havaneses are good watchdogs.
Territorial
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are not the best to protect their territory.
Border Terriers are extremely protective guard dogs.
Havaneses strongly protect their territory.
Biting Potential Low
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Border Terrier has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Havanese has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Border Terriers have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Havaneses have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels tend to escape less than other breeds.
Wanderlust potential of the Border Terrier is strong enough to escape from home.
Havaneses tend to escape less than other breeds.
Prey Drive
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels 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 Terriers have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
Havaneses have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Apartment Friendly
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Border Terriers are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Havaneses are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Border Terriers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Havaneses adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels 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.
Havaneses 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 - Cavalier King Charles Spaniel vs Border Terrier vs Havanese

Stranger Friendly
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are very stranger friendly dogs.
Border Terriers are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Havaneses are stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are very kid-friendly dogs.
Border Terriers are very kid-friendly dogs.
Havaneses are very kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are average friendly towards cats.
Border Terriers are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
Havaneses are very cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are very dog-friendly dogs.
Border Terriers are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
Havaneses are very dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Border Terrier is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Havanese is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Border Terriers are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Havaneses are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are generally with other pets.
Border Terriers usually don’t get on well with other pets.
Havaneses are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Good For First Time Owners No
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Yes
Border Terriers are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
No
Havaneses 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 Yes
This breed makes a perfect 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
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Border Terrier breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Havanese 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 - Cavalier King Charles Spaniel vs Border Terrier vs Havanese

Health Issues
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
The Border Terrier is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
The Havanese is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems Dry Eye Episodic Falling Syndrome Hip Dysplasia Mitral Valve Disease Patellar Luxation Syringomyelia Cryptorchidism Heart Murmurs Hip Dysplasia Hypothyroidism Malocclusions Patellar Luxation Pulmonic Stenosis Seizures Cataracts Chondrodysplasia Deafness Elbow Dysplasia Heart Murmurs Hip Dysplasia Legg-perthes Disease Mitral Valve Disease Patellar Luxation Portosystemic Liver Shunt
Life Expectancy 10-14 years 12-15 years 14-16 years
Hypoallergenic No Yes Yes
Energy Level
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Border Terriers have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Havaneses have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Exercise Need
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels have an average exercise need.
Border Terriers have an average exercise need.
Havaneses exercise need is very minimal.
Sleeping Need
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Border Terriers are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Havaneses sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Avg. daily food consumption 1 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 1 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 1/2 to 1 cup dry food a day.
Weight Gain Potential
Average to High.
High: The Border Terrier breed has a strong tendency to overweight.
Average to High.
Weather & Climate Tolerates warm and cold weather. Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Border Terrier can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness High
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel has a high chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Border Terrier has an average chance of bad smell.
Low
The Havanese has a low chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Border Terrier is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Havanese is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Cavalier King Charles Spaniel vs Border Terrier vs Havanese

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 3-5 puppies 2-8 puppies 1-9 puppies, average 4

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