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

"Find similarities and differences between Dalmatian vs Poodle vs Pointer" Compare Dalmatian and Poodle. Which is better: Dalmatian or Poodle or Pointer?
Name Dalmatian Poodle Pointer
OriginsCroatia Germany France England
Group Companion Dogs Companion Dogs Gun Dog
Popularity Rank637113
Reviews170
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Other Names Dal, Dally, Carriage Dog, Spotted Coach Dog, Firehouse Dog, Plum Pudding Dog French Poodle, Caniche, Barbone, Chien Canne, Grosse Pudel English Pointer
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 1887 as a Non-Sporting & Toy breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1878 as a Sporting breed.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Scent hounds and related breeds group, in the Related breeds section. Recognized by FCI in the Companion and Toy Dogs group, in the Poodle section. Not recognized by FCI.
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 No set
Price $500-$600 $1000-$1500 $400-$500

General Appearance - Dalmatian vs Poodle vs Pointer

Size Large Medium Medium
Weight about 55 pounds (25 kg) Male: 45-70 pounds (20-32 kg), Female: 45-60 pounds (20-27 kg) 44-66 pounds (20-30 kg)
Avg. Weight about 55 pounds (25 kg) Male: 57.5 pounds (26 kg), Female: 52.5 pounds (23.5 kg) 55 pounds (25 kg)
Height Male: 22 - 24 inches (50 – 60 cm), Female: 20 - 22 inches (50 - 55 cm) 15 inches (38 cm) or more Male: 22-24 inches (55-62 cm), Female: 21-24 inches (54-60 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 22 - 24 inches (50 – 60 cm), Female: 20 - 22 inches (50 - 55 cm) 15 inches (38 cm) or more Male: 23 inches (58.5 cm), Female: 22.5 inches (57 cm)

Hair & Care - Dalmatian vs Poodle vs Pointer

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

Characteristics - Dalmatian vs Poodle vs Pointer

Temperament Active Friendly Outgoing Sensitive Energetic Intelligent Playful Active Faithful Intelligent Alert Instinctual Trainable Active Amiable Kind Intelligent Affectionate Outright Tempered Loyal
Intelligent Rank
Smart: Dalmatian's has great intelligence.
Outstanding: Poodle is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Average: Pointer's has average obedience intelligence.
Trainability
Dalmatians are quite easy to train.
Poodles are easy to train.
Pointers are very easy to train.
Playfulness
The Dalmatian is a highly playful breed.
The Poodle is a playful breed.
The Pointer is a highly 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.
Pointers have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
Affection Level
Dalmatians 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.
Pointers are highly affectionate dogs.
Social Needs
Dalmatians need a lot of social interaction.
Poodles need a lot of social interaction.
Pointers need for social interaction is average.
Barking
Average: The Dalmatian barks occasionally.
Average to high: The Poodle is a vocal breed.
Average: The Pointer barks occasionally.
Watchdog Ability
Dalmatians are average watchdogs.
Poodles are good watchdogs.
Pointers are good watchdogs.
Territorial
Dalmatians are average defenders.
Poodles strongly protect their territory.
Pointers strongly protect their territory.
Biting Potential Low
The Dalmatian has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Poodle has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Pointer has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Dalmatians have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Poodles have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Pointers have a strong 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.
Poodles have average wanderlust potential.
Pointers have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
Prey Drive
Dalmatians have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Poodles have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Pointers have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
Apartment Friendly
Dalmatians are not apartment-friendly dogs.
Poodles are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Pointers are not apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Dalmatians adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Poodles adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Pointers 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.
Poodles 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.
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 Poodle vs Pointer

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

Health Issues
Dalmatians are commonly healthy dogs.
The Poodle is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Pointers tend to have a lot and frequent health issues.
Health Problems Allergies Deafness Hip Dysplasia Iris Sphincter Dysplasia Skin Allergies Urolithiasis 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 No set
Life Expectancy 12-14 years 12-15 years 12-15 years
Hypoallergenic No Yes No
Energy Level
Dalmatians are high energy dogs.
Poodles have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Pointers are high energy dogs.
Exercise Need
Dalmatians need a lot of exercises.
Poodles need quite a lot of exercise.
Pointers need a lot of exercises.
Sleeping Need
Dalmatians don't need too much sleep.
Poodles are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Pointers 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. 2 to 3 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.
Average to High.
Average.
Weather & Climate Tolerates warm and cold weather. Tolerates warm and cold weather. Prefers average to warm weather conditions
Stinkiness Low
The Dalmatian has a low chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Poodle has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Pointer has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Dalmatian is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Poodle is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Pointer is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Dalmatian vs Poodle vs Pointer

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 2-4 puppies 4-6 puppies

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