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Dalmatian vs Golden Retriever vs Poodle – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Dalmatian vs Golden Retriever vs Poodle" Compare Dalmatian and Golden Retriever. Which is better: Dalmatian or Golden Retriever or Poodle?
Name Dalmatian Golden Retriever Poodle
OriginsCroatia Scotland Germany France
Group Companion Dogs Gun Dog Companion Dogs
Popularity Rank6337
Reviews147
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Other Names Dal, Dally, Carriage Dog, Spotted Coach Dog, Firehouse Dog, Plum Pudding Dog Yellow Retriever, Golden Flat Coat French Poodle, Caniche, Barbone, Chien Canne, Grosse Pudel
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1888 as a Non-Sporting breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1925 as a Sporting breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1887 as a Non-Sporting & Toy breed.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Scent hounds and related breeds group, in the Related breeds section. Recognized by FCI in the Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs group, in the Retrievers section. Recognized by FCI in the Companion and Toy Dogs group, in the Poodle 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 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 $500-$600 $1000-$2000 $1000-$1500

General Appearance - Dalmatian vs Golden Retriever vs Poodle

Size Large Large Medium
Weight about 55 pounds (25 kg) Male: 60-80 pounds (27-36 kg), Female: 55-70 pounds (25-32 kg) Male: 45-70 pounds (20-32 kg), Female: 45-60 pounds (20-27 kg)
Avg. Weight about 55 pounds (25 kg) Male: 70 pounds (31.5 kg), Female: 62.5 pounds (28.5 kg) Male: 57.5 pounds (26 kg), Female: 52.5 pounds (23.5 kg)
Height Male: 22 - 24 inches (50 – 60 cm), Female: 20 - 22 inches (50 - 55 cm) Male: 22-24 inches (56-61cm), Female: 20-22 inches (51-56 cm) 15 inches (38 cm) or more
Avg. Height Male: 22 - 24 inches (50 – 60 cm), Female: 20 - 22 inches (50 - 55 cm) Male: 23 inches (58.5 cm), Female: 21 inches (53.5 cm) 15 inches (38 cm) or more

Hair & Care - Dalmatian vs Golden Retriever vs Poodle

Coat Fine Silky Wavy Shiny Straight Curly
Colors White Liver Brown Black Golden Light Apricot Brown Gray Silver White Fawn Blue Cream Red Beige Black
Grooming
Effortless: The Dalmatian requires minimal grooming.
Average: The Golden Retriever requires average grooming effort.
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Shedding Level
Dalmatians are heavy shedders.
Golden Retrievers shed moderately.
Poodles shed none to minimal.

Characteristics - Dalmatian vs Golden Retriever vs Poodle

Temperament Active Friendly Outgoing Sensitive Energetic Intelligent Playful Confident Intelligent Reliable Friendly Kind Trustworthy Active Faithful Intelligent Alert Instinctual Trainable
Intelligent Rank
Smart: Dalmatian's has great intelligence.
Outstanding: Golden Retriever is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Outstanding: Poodle is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Trainability
Dalmatians are quite easy to train.
Golden Retrievers are easy to train.
Poodles are easy to train.
Playfulness
The Dalmatian is a highly playful breed.
The Golden Retriever is a highly playful breed.
The Poodle 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.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Affection Level
Dalmatians 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.
Poodles are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Dalmatians need a lot of social interaction.
Golden Retrievers need a lot of social interaction.
Poodles need a lot of social interaction.
Barking
Average: The Dalmatian barks occasionally.
Low to Average: The Golden Retriever rarely barks.
Average to high: The Poodle is a vocal breed.
Watchdog Ability
Dalmatians are average watchdogs.
Golden Retrievers are average watchdogs.
Poodles are good watchdogs.
Territorial
Dalmatians are average defenders.
Golden Retrievers are average defenders.
Poodles strongly protect their territory.
Biting Potential Low
The Dalmatian has a low chance of biting somebody.
Moderate
The Golden Retriever has an average chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Poodle has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Dalmatians 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.
Poodles have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Wanderlust potential of the Dalmatian is strong enough to escape from home.
Golden Retrievers tend to escape less than other breeds.
Poodles have average wanderlust potential.
Prey Drive
Dalmatians 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.
Poodles have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Apartment Friendly
Dalmatians are not apartment-friendly dogs.
Golden Retrievers are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Poodles are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Dalmatians adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Golden Retrievers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Poodles adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Dalmatians 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.
Poodles 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 - Dalmatian vs Golden Retriever vs Poodle

Stranger Friendly
Dalmatians are average friendly towards strangers.
Golden Retrievers are very stranger friendly dogs.
Poodles are stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Dalmatians are very kid-friendly dogs.
Golden Retrievers are very kid-friendly dogs.
Poodles are very kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Dalmatians are average friendly towards cats.
Golden Retrievers are cat-friendly dogs.
Poodles are cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Dalmatians are very dog-friendly dogs.
Golden Retrievers are very dog-friendly dogs.
Poodles are dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
Dalmatian is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Yes
Golden Retriever is one of the best dog breeds for office environment
No
Poodle is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Dalmatians are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Golden Retrievers are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Poodles are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Dalmatians are generally with other pets.
Golden Retrievers are usually friendly towards other pets.
Poodles are usually friendly towards other pets.
Good For First Time Owners No
Dalmatians 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
Poodles are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog Yes
This breed makes good as a service dog.
Yes
This breed makes good 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.
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
Dalmatian breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Yes
Golden Retriever breed usually likes being on a boat.
Yes
Poodle 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 - Dalmatian vs Golden Retriever vs Poodle

Health Issues
Dalmatians are commonly healthy dogs.
Golden Retrievers are commonly healthy dogs.
The Poodle is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems Allergies Deafness Hip Dysplasia Iris Sphincter Dysplasia Skin Allergies Urolithiasis Allergies Bloat Cataracts Elbow Dysplasia Epilepsy Hemangiosarcoma Hip Dysplasia Hypothyroidism Osteochondrosis Dissecans Osteosarcoma Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Subvalvular Aortic Stenosis Von Willebrand's Disease Addison's Disease Allergies Bloat Canine Atrial Septal Defect (asd) Cataracts Cushing's Syndrome Ear Infections Epilepsy Hip Dysplasia Hypothyroidism Legg-perthes Disease Neonatal Encephalopathy (news) Optic Nerve Hypoplasia Patellar Luxation Premature Graying Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Runny Eyes Sebaceous Adenitis Von Willebrand's Disease
Life Expectancy 12-14 years 10-12 years 12-15 years
Hypoallergenic No No Yes
Energy Level
Dalmatians are high energy dogs.
Golden Retrievers are high energy dogs.
Poodles have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Exercise Need
Dalmatians need a lot of exercises.
Golden Retrievers need a lot of exercises.
Poodles need quite a lot of exercise.
Sleeping Need
Dalmatians don't need too much sleep.
Golden Retrievers don't need too much sleep.
Poodles are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Avg. daily food consumption Recommended daily amount: 1.5 to 2 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. 2 to 3 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.
Average to High.
Weather & Climate Tolerates warm and cold weather. Tolerates warm and cold weather. Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness Low
The Dalmatian has a low chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Golden Retriever has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Poodle has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Dalmatian 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.
The Poodle is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Dalmatian vs Golden Retriever vs Poodle

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 6-9 puppies 5-10 puppies 2-4 puppies

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