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Dalmatian vs Miniature Poodle vs Boxer – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

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Name Dalmatian Miniature Poodle Boxer
OriginsCroatia Germany France Germany
Group Companion Dogs Companion Dogs Working Dogs
Popularity Rank6343511
Reviews111
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Other Names Dal, Dally, Carriage Dog, Spotted Coach Dog, Firehouse Dog, Plum Pudding Dog Caniche, Barbone, Chien Canne, Carniche Moyen, Barboncino Miniatura, French Poodle, Pudle, Zwergpudel German Boxer, Deutscher Boxer
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1888 as a Non-Sporting breed. Not recognized by the American Kennel Club. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1904 as a Working breed.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Scent hounds and related breeds group, in the Related breeds section. Not recognized by FCI. Recognized by FCI in the Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattledogs group, in the Molossian type 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 Canadian Canine Registry
Price $500-$600 1000-1500 $600-$1200

General Appearance - Dalmatian vs Miniature Poodle vs Boxer

Size Large Small Medium
Weight about 55 pounds (25 kg) 15-17 pounds (7-8 kg) Male: 60-70 pounds (27-32 kg), Female: 53-65 pounds (24-29 kg)
Avg. Weight about 55 pounds (25 kg) 16 pounds (7.5 kg) Male: 65 pounds (29.5 kg), Female: 59 pounds (26.5 kg)
Height Male: 22 - 24 inches (50 – 60 cm), Female: 20 - 22 inches (50 - 55 cm) 11-15 inches (28-38 cm) Male: 22-25 inches (56-63 cm), Female: 21-24 inches (53-61 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 22 - 24 inches (50 – 60 cm), Female: 20 - 22 inches (50 - 55 cm) 13 inches (33 cm) Male: 23.5 inches (59.5 cm), Female: 22.5 inches (57 cm)

Hair & Care - Dalmatian vs Miniature Poodle vs Boxer

Coat Fine Dense Curly Thick Waterproof
Colors White Liver Brown Black Apricot Black Brown Gray Silver White Fawn Blue Cream Red Beige Brindle White Fawn
Grooming
Effortless: The Dalmatian requires minimal grooming.
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Effortless: The Boxer requires minimal grooming.
Shedding Level
Dalmatians are heavy shedders.
Miniature Poodles shed none to minimal.
Boxers shed moderately.

Characteristics - Dalmatian vs Miniature Poodle vs Boxer

Temperament Active Friendly Outgoing Sensitive Energetic Intelligent Playful Active Faithful Intelligent Alert Instinctual Trainable Brave Confident Fearless Intelligent Playful Bright Energetic Friendly Loyal
Intelligent Rank
Smart: Dalmatian's has great intelligence.
Outstanding: Miniature Poodle is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Average: Boxer's has average obedience intelligence.
Trainability
Dalmatians are quite easy to train.
Miniature Poodles are very easy to train.
Boxers are quite easy to train.
Playfulness
The Dalmatian is a highly playful breed.
The Miniature Poodle is a playful breed.
The Boxer is a playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
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.
Miniature Poodles are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Boxers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Dalmatians need a lot of social interaction.
Miniature Poodles need a lot of social interaction.
Boxers need a lot of social interaction.
Barking
Average: The Dalmatian barks occasionally.
Average to high: The Miniature Poodle is a vocal breed.
Low to Average: The Boxer rarely barks.
Watchdog Ability
Dalmatians are average watchdogs.
Miniature Poodles are good watchdogs.
Boxers are one of the best watchdogs.
Territorial
Dalmatians are average defenders.
Miniature Poodles are average defenders.
Boxers are extremely protective guard dogs.
Biting Potential Low
The Dalmatian has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Miniature Poodle has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Boxer has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Dalmatians have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Miniature Poodles have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Boxers have lower 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.
Miniature Poodles tend to escape less than other breeds.
Boxers 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.
Miniature Poodles have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Boxers 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
Dalmatians are not apartment-friendly dogs.
Miniature Poodles are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Boxers are apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Dalmatians adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Miniature Poodles adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Boxers adapt well to lifestyle changes and different 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.
Miniature Poodles tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Boxers 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.
Yes
In history, this breed was unfortunately used for combat dog.

Good With - Dalmatian vs Miniature Poodle vs Boxer

Stranger Friendly
Dalmatians are average friendly towards strangers.
Miniature Poodles are stranger friendly dogs.
Boxers are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Dalmatians are very kid-friendly dogs.
Miniature Poodles are very kid-friendly dogs.
Boxers are kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Dalmatians are average friendly towards cats.
Miniature Poodles are cat-friendly dogs.
Boxers are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Dalmatians are very dog-friendly dogs.
Miniature Poodles are dog-friendly dogs.
Boxers are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
Dalmatian is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Miniature Poodle is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Boxer is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Dalmatians are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Miniature Poodles are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Boxers are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Dalmatians are generally with other pets.
Miniature Poodles are usually friendly towards other pets.
Boxers are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners No
Dalmatians are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Miniature Poodles are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Boxers are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog Yes
This breed makes good 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.
Yes
This breed makes a perfect 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
Dalmatian breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Miniature Poodle breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Boxer 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.
Yes
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.

Health Factors - Dalmatian vs Miniature Poodle vs Boxer

Health Issues
Dalmatians are commonly healthy dogs.
The Miniature Poodle is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
The Boxer 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 Addison's Disease Bloat Epilepsy Hip Dysplasia Allergies Aortic Stenosis Bloat Boxer Cardiomyopathy Cancer Corneal Dystrophy Deafness Demodectic Mange Hip Dysplasia Hypothyroidism
Life Expectancy 12-14 years 14-16 years 10-12 years
Hypoallergenic No Yes No
Energy Level
Dalmatians are high energy dogs.
Miniature Poodles have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Boxers are high energy dogs.
Exercise Need
Dalmatians need a lot of exercises.
Miniature Poodles need quite a lot of exercise.
Boxers need quite a lot of exercise.
Sleeping Need
Dalmatians don't need too much sleep.
Miniature Poodles are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Boxers don't need too much sleep.
Avg. daily food consumption Recommended daily amount: 1.5 to 2 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 0.5 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. Recommended daily amount: 2 to 3 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Average to High.
Average to High.
Average to High.
Weather & Climate Tolerates warm and cold weather. Prefers average to warm weather conditions Prefers average to warm weather conditions
Stinkiness Low
The Dalmatian has a low chance of bad smell.
Low
The Miniature Poodle has a low chance of bad smell.
High
The Boxer has a high chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Dalmatian is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Miniature Poodle is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Boxer is a perfect example for low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Dalmatian vs Miniature Poodle vs Boxer

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 2-8 puppies, average 5 2-10 puppies, average 6

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