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Name Dalmatian Labrador Retriever Irish Setter
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Other Names
What other names do they have?
Carriage Dog
Dally
Firehouse Dog
Plum Pudding Dog
Spotted Coach Dog
Dal
Lab
Labrador
Irish Red Setter
Red Setter
Breed Type
Which dog is purebred or crossbreed? Dalmatian vs Labrador Retriever vs Irish Setter breed type comparison:
Purebred Purebred Purebred

Dalmatian vs Labrador Retriever vs Irish Setter Price and Availability Comparison

Price
Which is cheaper, Dalmatian or Labrador Retriever or Irish Setter? Which is more expensive?
$500-$600 $1000-$2000 $800-$1000
Availability
Which is easier to get, Dalmatian or Labrador Retriever or Irish Setter?
Very frequent: The Dalmatian is quite easy to get.
Very frequent: The Labrador Retriever is quite easy to get.
Very frequent: The Irish Setter is quite easy to get.

Dalmatian vs Labrador Retriever vs Irish Setter Size Comparison

Size
Which is bigger, Dalmatian or Labrador Retriever or Irish Setter? Which is the smallest dog, Dalmatian or Labrador Retriever or Irish Setter?
Large Large Large
Weight
Which is heavier, Dalmatian or Labrador Retriever or Labrador Retriever? Dalmatian vs Labrador Retriever vs Irish Setter weight comparison:
about 55 pounds (25 kg) Male: 60-75 pounds (27-34kg), Female: 55-70 pounds (25-32 kg) Male: 65-75 pounds (29-34 kg), Female: 55-65 pounds (25-29 kg)
Average Weight
Which dog has a smaller / higher average weight?
about 55 pounds (25 kg) Male: 67.5 pounds (30.5 kg), Female: 62.5 pounds (28.5 kg) Male: 70 pounds (31.5 kg), Female: 60 pounds (27 kg)
Height
Which is taller, Dalmatian or Labrador Retriever or Irish Setter? Dalmatian vs Labrador Retriever vs Irish Setter height comparison:
Male: 22 - 24 inches (50 – 60 cm), Female: 20 - 22 inches (50 - 55 cm) Male: 22-24 inches (56-61cm), Female: 21-23 inches (53-58 cm) Male: 26-28 inches (66-71 cm), Female: 24-26 inches (61-66 cm)
Average Height
Which dog has a smaller / higher average height?
Male: 22 - 24 inches (50 – 60 cm), Female: 20 - 22 inches (50 - 55 cm) Male: 23 inches (58.5 cm), Female: 22 inches (55.5 cm) Male: 27 inches (68.5 cm), Female: 25 inches (63.5 cm)

Dalmatian vs Labrador Retriever vs Irish Setter Grooming, Hair and Care Comparison

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat/fur do they have? Dalmatian vs Labrador Retriever vs Irish Setter coat comparison:
Fine Dense
Waterproof
Hard
Short
Fine
Colors
What are the original Dalmatian, Labrador Retriever and Irish Setter color?
White
Liver
Brown
Black
Yellow
Chocolate
Black
Mahogany
Red
Grooming
Which dog is easy to maintain, Dalmatian or Labrador Retriever or Irish Setter? Dalmatian vs Labrador Retriever vs Irish Setter grooming comparison:
Effortless: The Dalmatian requires minimal grooming.
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Effortless: The Labrador Retriever requires minimal grooming.
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Advanced: The Irish Setter requires a lot of grooming.
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Shedding Level
Who sheds more Dalmatian or Labrador Retriever or Irish Setter? Dalmatian or Labrador Retriever or {name3 shedding:
Dalmatians are heavy shedders.
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Labrador Retrievers shed moderately.
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Irish Setters shed moderately.
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Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
Which dog should be bathed more: Dalmatian or Labrador Retriever or Irish Setter?
3-4 weeks
More often than average. These dog coats tend to be longer, softer, and oilier than short-haired breeds.
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3-4 weeks
More often than average. These dog coats tend to be longer, softer, and oilier than short-haired breeds.
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3-4 weeks
More often than average. These dog coats tend to be longer, softer, and oilier than short-haired breeds.
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Dalmatian vs Labrador Retriever vs Irish Setter Personality / Temperament Comparison

Temperament
Which one has a better personality? Which is a better family dog, Dalmatian or Labrador Retriever or Irish Setter? Dalmatian vs Labrador Retriever vs Irish Setter behavior/temperament comparison:
Active
Friendly
Outgoing
Sensitive
Energetic
Intelligent
Playful
Affectionate
Cheerful
Friendly
Intelligent
Loyal
Playful
Social
Alert
Energetic
Gentle
Loving
Going
Responsive
Affectionate
Energetic
Lively
Intelligent
Companionable
Independent
Playful
Intelligent Rank
Which is the smarter dog? Which is best? Dalmatian vs Labrador Retriever vs Irish Setter intelligence:
Smart: Dalmatian's has great intelligence.
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Outstanding: Labrador Retriever is one of the brightest dog breeds.
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Smart: Irish Setter's has great intelligence.
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Trainability
Dalmatian vs Labrador Retriever vs Irish Setter trainability comparison.
Dalmatians are quite easy to train.
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Labrador Retrievers are very easy to train.
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Irish Setters are very easy to train.
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Playfulness
Dalmatian vs Labrador Retriever vs Irish Setter playfulness comparison:
The Dalmatian is a highly playful breed.
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The Labrador Retriever is a highly playful breed.
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The Irish Setter is a highly playful breed.
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Sensitivity Level
Which dog is more sensitive? What's the difference?
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
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Sensitive: Labrador Retrievers don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household, and frequent guest visits.
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They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
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Affection Level
Which is the more affectionate dog breed: Dalmatian vs Labrador Retriever vs Irish Setter?
High: Dalmatians are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
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Slightly Below Average: Labrador Retrievers may seem unfriendly sometimes due to their independence.
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High: Irish Setters are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
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Social Needs
Dalmatian vs Labrador Retriever vs Irish Setter social needs comparison:
Dalmatians need a lot of social interaction.
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Labrador Retrievers need a lot of social interaction.
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Irish Setters need a lot of social interaction.
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Barking
Which dog barks more/less: Dalmatian vs Labrador Retriever vs Irish Setter?
Average: The Dalmatian barks occasionally.
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Average: The Labrador Retriever barks occasionally.
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Low: The Irish Setter barks none to minimal.
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Watchdog Ability
Which is the better watchdog: Dalmatian or Labrador Retriever or Irish Setter?
Dalmatians are average watchdogs.
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Labrador Retrievers are average watchdogs.
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Irish Setters are average watchdogs.
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Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Which is a better guard dog Dalmatian or Labrador Retriever or Irish Setter? Which dog is most likely to protect its owner? Which is the best dog to use for protection?
Dalmatians are average defenders.
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Labrador Retrievers are average defenders.
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Irish Setters are not the best to protect their territory.
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Biting Potential
Which breed of dog is most likely to bite? Biting potential comparison:

Low 🔽

The Dalmatian has a low chance of biting somebody.

Moderate

The Labrador Retriever has an average chance of biting somebody.

Low 🔽

The Irish Setter has a low chance of biting somebody.
Bite Force
Which bite is stronger: Dalmatian or Labrador Retriever or Irish Setter?

Between 200 and 400 PSI

Dalmatian bite force: Ordinary.

Between 200 and 400 PSI

Labrador Retriever bite force: Ordinary.

Between 200 and 400 PSI

Irish Setter bite force: Ordinary.
Mouthiness
Which is the better dog? Dalmatian vs Labrador Retriever vs Irish Setter mouthiness comparison:
Dalmatians have a lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
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Labrador Retrievers have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
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Irish Setters have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
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Impulse to Wander or Roam
Which dog has a greater roaming instinct?
The wanderlust potential of the Dalmatian is strong enough to escape from home.
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Labrador Retrievers have average wanderlust potential.
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Irish Setters have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
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Prey Drive
Which dog has a higher prey drive? Which can be better for hunting?
Dalmatians have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
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Labrador Retrievers have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
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Irish Setters have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
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Apartment Friendly
Which dog is more apartment friendly Dalmatian or Labrador Retriever or Irish Setter?
Not an apartment-friendly dog the Dalmatian breed.
It is not recommended to keep the Labrador Retriever breed in the home.
Not an apartment-friendly dog the Irish Setter breed.
Adaptability
Which dog has a higher adaptability potential? Which is the better dog?
Dalmatians adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Labrador Retrievers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Irish Setters adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Which dog can be left alone: Dalmatian or Labrador Retriever or Irish Setter?
Dalmatians tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Labrador Retrievers tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Irish Setters tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.

Dalmatian vs Labrador Retriever vs Irish Setter Good With Comparison

Stranger Friendly
Which dog is more stranger friendly Dalmatian or Labrador Retriever or Irish Setter? Which dog is more friendly?
Dalmatians are average friendly towards strangers.
Labrador Retrievers are very stranger-friendly dogs.
Irish Setters are very stranger-friendly dogs.
Pet Friendly
Which dog breeds get along well with other animals/pets?
Dalmatians are generally with other pets.
Labrador Retrievers are usually friendly towards other pets.
Irish Setters are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Child Friendly
Which dog is more child/kid friendly Dalmatian or Labrador Retriever or Irish Setter?
Dalmatians are very kid-friendly dogs.
Labrador Retrievers are very kid-friendly dogs.
Irish Setters are very kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Which dog is more cat friendly Dalmatian or Labrador Retriever or Irish Setter?
Dalmatians are average friendly towards cats.
Labrador Retrievers are cat-friendly dogs.
Irish Setters are very cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Which dog is more dog friendly Dalmatian or Labrador Retriever or Irish Setter?
Dalmatians are very dog-friendly dogs.
Labrador Retrievers are very dog-friendly dogs.
Irish Setters are very dog-friendly dogs.
Good For First Time Owners
Which dog is good for the first-time owners: Dalmatian vs Labrador Retriever vs Irish Setter?
Yes
Dalmatians are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Yes
Labrador Retrievers are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Yes
Irish Setters are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Office Friendly
Which one fits better in the office?
No
Dalmatian is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Labrador Retriever is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Irish Setter is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Which dog is good for elderly people?
Dalmatians are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Labrador Retrievers are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Irish Setters are one of the best breeds for elderly people.

Dalmatian vs Labrador Retriever vs Irish Setter Health Comparison

Health Issues
Dalmatian vs Labrador Retriever vs Irish Setter health comparison. Which is the healthier: Dalmatian vs Labrador Retriever vs Irish Setter?
Dalmatians are commonly healthy dogs.
The Labrador Retriever is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
The Irish Setter is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems
Which one has more or less genetic/health problems: Dalmatian vs Labrador Retriever vs Irish Setter? What are the allergies, genetic diseases and concerns for them? Dalmatian vs Labrador Retriever vs Irish Setter health problems comparison:
Allergies
Deafness
Hip Dysplasia
Iris Sphincter Dysplasia
Skin Allergies
Urolithiasis
Acute Moist Dermatitis
Bloat
Cataracts
Cold Tail
Ear Infections
Elbow Dysplasia
Epilepsy
Hip Dysplasia
Myopathy
Osteochondrosis Dissecans
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Tricuspid Valve Dysplasia
Bloat
Cancer
Canine Leukocyte
Epilepsy
Hip Dysplasia
Hypertrophic Osteodystrophy
Hypothyroidism
Osteochondrosis Dissecans
Panosteitis
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Veterinarian Visits
Which one may need more or less veterinary visits?
Rare
The Dalmatian should have a complete physical check-up at least every 12-18 months (but preferably once per year).
Average
The Labrador Retriever should have a complete physical check-up at least once per year.
Average
The Irish Setter should have a complete physical check-up at least once per year.
Life Expectancy
Dalmatian vs Labrador Retriever vs Irish Setter lifespan comparison. How long do Dalmatian, Labrador Retriever and Irish Setter breeds live? Which one has a longer lifespan/life expectancy?
12-14 years
The average lifespan of Dalmatian: 13 years
10-12 years
The average lifespan of Labrador Retriever: 11 years
12-14 years
The average lifespan of Irish Setter: 13 years
Hypoallergenic
Dalmatian vs Labrador Retriever vs Irish Setter hypoallergenic comparison. Which dog is hypoallergenic or not?
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Energy Level
Who has more energy a Dalmatian or Labrador Retriever or Irish Setter? Dalmatian vs Labrador Retriever vs Irish Setter energy level comparison:
Dalmatians are high-energy dogs.
Labrador Retrievers are high-energy dogs.
Irish Setters are high-energy dogs.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
Dalmatian vs Labrador Retriever vs Irish Setter exercise need comparison. Which dog needs more activity? Which dog needs the most exercise: Dalmatian or Labrador Retriever or Irish Setter? Which dog needs the most walking? Which dog is the laziest?
Dalmatians need a lot of exercises.
Labrador Retrievers need a lot of exercises.
Irish Setters need a lot of exercises.
Sleeping Need
Which one sleeps the least/most: Dalmatian or Labrador Retriever or Irish Setter?
Dalmatians don't need too much sleep.
Labrador Retrievers don't need too much sleep.
Irish Setters don't need too much sleep.
Average daily food consumption
Which dog eats more: Dalmatian or Labrador Retriever or Irish Setter?
Recommended daily amount: 1.5 to 2 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. Recommended daily amount: 2.5 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 / Prone to Obesity
Which dog breed is more prone to obesity? Dalmatian vs Labrador Retriever vs Irish Setter weight gain potential comparison:
Average to High: If you don't pay attention to the Dalmatian's weight, he can easily gain weight.
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High: The Labrador Retriever breed has a strong tendency to be overweight.
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Average: The Irish Setter has an average risk for obesity.
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Weather and Climate
Which dog is best for hot or cold weather: Dalmatian vs Labrador Retriever vs Irish Setter?
Tolerates warm and cold weather
Dogs that tolerate hot and cold weather are typically those that have a double coat of fur.
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Tolerates warm and cold weather
Dogs that tolerate hot and cold weather are typically those that have a double coat of fur.
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Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Irish Setter can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
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Stinkiness
Which dog breed smells the least? Which dog smells the most? Which is best, Dalmatian vs Labrador Retriever vs Irish Setter?

Low 🔽

The Dalmatian has a low chance of bad smell.

High 🔼

The Labrador Retriever has a high chance of bad smell.

High 🔼

The Irish Setter has a high chance of bad smell.
Drooling Tendency
Which dog drools the most? Which dog drools the least?
The Dalmatian is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency.
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The Labrador Retriever is an average drooler.
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The Irish Setter is a perfect example of a low drooling tendency.
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Dalmatian vs Labrador Retriever vs Irish Setter As a Working Dog Comparison

Service Dog
Which one could be a service dog?

Yes

This breed makes good as a service dog.
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Yes

This breed makes good as a service dog.
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Not really

This breed generally not used as a service dog.
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Therapy Dog
Which one could be a therapy dog: Dalmatian or Labrador Retriever or Irish Setter? Which is better for autism?

Yes

This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
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Yes

This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
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Yes

This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
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Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Which one could be a detection/sniffer dog?

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases.

Yes

After proper training, they can excel at this kind of work.

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Which one could be a search and rescue dog?

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog.

Yes

This breed would make an excellent search and rescue dog.

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog.
Boat and Sailor Dog
Which one could be a boat dog: Dalmatian vs Labrador Retriever vs Irish Setter?

Not really

Dalmatian breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
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Yes

Labrador Retriever breed usually likes being on a boat.
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Yes

Irish Setter breed usually likes being on a boat.
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Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Which one could be a cart pulling or drafting dog?

Not really

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
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Not really

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
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Not really

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
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Fighting Dog / Military 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.

Dalmatian vs Labrador Retriever vs Irish Setter Reproducibility Comparison

Gestation Length 60-64 days See more. 60-64 days See more. 60-64 days See more.
Litter Frequency

Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy.
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Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy.
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Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy.
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Litter Size
How many puppies can Dalmatian and Labrador Retriever and Irish Setter have?
6-9 puppies 5-10 puppies 7-10 puppies

Dalmatian vs Labrador Retriever vs Irish Setter Recognition Comparison

AKC Group
Which dog is recognized by the AKC?
Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1888 as a Non-Sporting breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1917 as a Sporting breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1878 as a Sporting breed.
FCI Group
Which dog is recognized by the FCI?
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 Pointing Dogs group, in the British and Irish Pointers and Setters section.
Breed Recognition
What other organizations and kennel clubs recognize these dog breeds?
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
Canadian Canine Registry

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