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Cavalier King Charles Spaniel vs Shetland Sheepdog vs Golden Retriever – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

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Name Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Shetland Sheepdog Golden Retriever
OriginsEngland Scotland Scotland
Group Companion Dogs Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs) Gun Dog
Popularity Rank19243
Reviews354
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Other Names Cav, Cavalier, Cavie Miniature Collie, Shetland Collie (obsolete), Dwarf Scotch Shepherd (obsolete), Toonie Dog (obsolete), Sheltie Yellow Retriever, Golden Flat Coat
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1995 as a Toy breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1911 as a Herding breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1925 as a Sporting breed.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Companion and Toy Dogs group, in the English Toy Spaniels section. Recognized by FCI in the Sheepdogs and Cattledogs (except Swiss Cattledogs) group, in the Sheepdogs section. Recognized by FCI in the Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs group, in the Retrievers 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
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
Price $1200-$1500 $800-$1000 $1000-$2000

General Appearance - Cavalier King Charles Spaniel vs Shetland Sheepdog vs Golden Retriever

Size Small Medium Large
Weight 10-18 pounds (5-8 kg) 14-27 pounds (6-12 kg) Male: 60-80 pounds (27-36 kg), Female: 55-70 pounds (25-32 kg)
Avg. Weight 14 pounds (6.5 kg) 20.5 pounds (9 kg) Male: 70 pounds (31.5 kg), Female: 62.5 pounds (28.5 kg)
Height 12-13 inches (30-33 cm) 13-16 inches (33-41 cm) Male: 22-24 inches (56-61cm), Female: 20-22 inches (51-56 cm)
Avg. Height 12.5 inches (31.5 cm) 14.5 inches (37 cm) Male: 23 inches (58.5 cm), Female: 21 inches (53.5 cm)

Hair & Care - Cavalier King Charles Spaniel vs Shetland Sheepdog vs Golden Retriever

Coat Feathered Dense Silky
Wavy
Shiny
Straight
Colors Tan
Blenheim
Tricolor
Ruby
White
Blue
Merle
Sable
Tan
Black
Golden
Light
Grooming
Average: The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel requires average grooming effort.
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Average: The Golden Retriever requires average grooming effort.
Shedding Level
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels shed above average.
Shetland Sheepdogs shed moderately.
Golden Retrievers shed moderately.

Characteristics - Cavalier King Charles Spaniel vs Shetland Sheepdog vs Golden Retriever

Temperament Affectionate
Courageous
Intelligent
Cheerful
Gentle
Social
Polite
Quiet
Active
Graceful
Fearless
Friendly
Nonaggressive
Sporty
No tendency towards nervousness
Affectionate
Gentle
Lively
Responsive
Friendly
Intelligent
Playful
Confident
Intelligent
Reliable
Friendly
Kind
Trustworthy
Intelligent Rank
Average: Cavalier King Charles Spaniel's has average obedience intelligence.
Outstanding: Shetland Sheepdog is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Outstanding: Golden Retriever is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Trainability
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are quite easy to train.
Shetland Sheepdogs are quite easy to train.
Golden Retrievers are easy to train.
Playfulness
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Shetland Sheepdogs, like any other dog breed, like playing.
The Golden Retriever is a highly playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Shetland Sheepdogs 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
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Shetland Sheepdogs 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
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels need a lot of social interaction.
Shetland Sheepdogs are a social breed.
Golden Retrievers need a lot of social interaction.
Barking
Average: The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel barks occasionally.
High: The Shetland Sheepdog is a very vocal breed.
Low to Average: The Golden Retriever rarely barks.
Watchdog Ability
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are not the best watchdogs.
Shetland Sheepdogs are good watchdogs.
Golden Retrievers are average watchdogs.
Territorial
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are not the best to protect their territory.
Shetland Sheepdogs are extremely protective guard dogs.
Golden Retrievers are average defenders.
Biting Potential Low
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Shetland Sheepdog has a low chance of biting somebody.
Moderate
The Golden Retriever has an average chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Shetland Sheepdogs have a low 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
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels tend to escape less than other breeds.
Shetland Sheepdogs tend to escape less than other breeds.
Golden Retrievers 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.
Shetland Sheepdogs 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.
Apartment Friendly
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Shetland Sheepdogs are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Golden Retrievers are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Adaptability
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Shetland Sheepdogs adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Golden Retrievers 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.
Shetland Sheepdogs 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.
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 - Cavalier King Charles Spaniel vs Shetland Sheepdog vs Golden Retriever

Stranger Friendly
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are very stranger friendly dogs.
Shetland Sheepdogs are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Golden Retrievers are very stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are very kid-friendly dogs.
Shetland Sheepdogs are kid-friendly dogs.
Golden Retrievers are very kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are average friendly towards cats.
Shetland Sheepdogs are very cat-friendly dogs.
Golden Retrievers are cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are very dog-friendly dogs.
Shetland Sheepdogs are dog-friendly dogs.
Golden Retrievers are very dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Shetland Sheepdog 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
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Shetland Sheepdogs are usually recommended for elderly people.
Golden Retrievers are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are generally with other pets.
Shetland Sheepdogs are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Golden Retrievers are usually friendly towards other pets.
Good For First Time Owners No
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Shetland Sheepdogs 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 Yes
This breed makes a perfect 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.
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
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Shetland Sheepdog 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 - Cavalier King Charles Spaniel vs Shetland Sheepdog vs Golden Retriever

Health Issues
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
The Shetland Sheepdog is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Golden Retrievers are commonly healthy dogs.
Health Problems Dry Eye
Episodic Falling Syndrome
Hip Dysplasia
Mitral Valve Disease
Patellar Luxation
Syringomyelia
Cancer
Cataracts
Collie Eye Anomaly
Drug Sensitivity
Elbow Dysplasia
Epilepsy
Haemophilia
Heart Problems
Hip Dysplasia
Hypothyroidism
Patellar Luxation
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Trichiasis
Von Willebrand's Disease
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 10-14 years 12-14 years 10-12 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
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.
Shetland Sheepdogs have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Golden Retrievers are high energy dogs.
Exercise Need
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels have an average exercise need.
Shetland Sheepdogs have an average exercise need.
Golden Retrievers need a lot of exercises.
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.
Shetland Sheepdogs are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Golden Retrievers don't need too much sleep.
Avg. daily food consumption 1 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 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.
Weight Gain Potential
Average to High.
Average.
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 Shetland Sheepdog 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 Shetland Sheepdog has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Golden Retriever has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Shetland Sheepdog is a perfect example for very 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.

Reproducibility - Cavalier King Charles Spaniel vs Shetland Sheepdog 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 3-5 puppies 4-6 puppies 5-10 puppies

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