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Dalmatian vs Rhodesian Ridgeback vs Ariege Pointer – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Dalmatian vs Rhodesian Ridgeback vs Ariege Pointer" Compare Dalmatian and Rhodesian Ridgeback. Which is better: Dalmatian or Rhodesian Ridgeback or Ariege Pointer?
Name Dalmatian Rhodesian Ridgeback Ariege Pointer
OriginsCroatia Zimbabwe France
Group Companion Dogs Hunting Dogs Gun Dog
Popularity Rank6341414
Reviews150
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Other Names Dal, Dally, Carriage Dog, Spotted Coach Dog, Firehouse Dog, Plum Pudding Dog African Lion Dog, African Lion Hound Braque de l’Ariège, Ariege Pointing Dog
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 1955 as a Hound breed. Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Scent hounds and related breeds group, in the Related breeds section. Recognized by FCI in the Scent hounds and related breeds group, in the Related breeds 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 Rhodesian Ridgeback Club Of The US No set
Price $500-$600 $900-$1200 $600-$800

General Appearance - Dalmatian vs Rhodesian Ridgeback vs Ariege Pointer

Size Large Large Large
Weight about 55 pounds (25 kg) Male: 80-90 pounds (36-41 kg), Female: 65-75 pounds (29-34 kg) 25–30 kg
Avg. Weight about 55 pounds (25 kg) Male: 85 pounds (38.5 kg), Female: 70 pounds (31.5 kg) 25–30 kg
Height Male: 22 - 24 inches (50 – 60 cm), Female: 20 - 22 inches (50 - 55 cm) Male: 25-27 inches (63-69 cm), Female: 24-26 inches (61-66 cm) Male: 24–26 inches (60–67 cm), Female: 22–26 inches (56–65 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 22 - 24 inches (50 – 60 cm), Female: 20 - 22 inches (50 - 55 cm) Male: 26 inches (66 cm), Female: 25 inches (63.5 cm) Male: 24–26 inches (60–67 cm), Female: 22–26 inches (56–65 cm)

Hair & Care - Dalmatian vs Rhodesian Ridgeback vs Ariege Pointer

Coat Fine Dense Fine
Colors White Liver Brown Black Golden Red White Gray Wheaten Brown White Orange Fawn ticked Fawn Brown ticked
Grooming
Effortless: The Dalmatian requires minimal grooming.
Effortless: The Rhodesian Ridgeback requires minimal grooming.
Effortless: The Ariege Pointer requires minimal grooming.
Shedding Level
Dalmatians are heavy shedders.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks shed none to minimal.
Ariege Pointers are low shedders.

Characteristics - Dalmatian vs Rhodesian Ridgeback vs Ariege Pointer

Temperament Active Friendly Outgoing Sensitive Energetic Intelligent Playful Dignified Loyal Sensitive Intelligent Mischievous Strong Willed Docile Independent Robust Energetic Quick Trainable
Intelligent Rank
Smart: Dalmatian's has great intelligence.
Average: Rhodesian Ridgeback's has average obedience intelligence.
Very smart: Ariege Pointer is an excellent dog breed.
Trainability
Dalmatians are quite easy to train.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are quite easy to train.
Ariege Pointers are very easy to train.
Playfulness
The Dalmatian is a highly playful breed.
The Rhodesian Ridgeback is a playful breed.
The Ariege 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.
Ariege 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.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Ariege Pointers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Dalmatians need a lot of social interaction.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are a social breed.
Ariege Pointers are a social breed.
Barking
Average: The Dalmatian barks occasionally.
Low to Average: The Rhodesian Ridgeback rarely barks.
High: The Ariege Pointer is a very vocal breed.
Watchdog Ability
Dalmatians are average watchdogs.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are average watchdogs.
Ariege Pointers are good watchdogs.
Territorial
Dalmatians are average defenders.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks strongly protect their territory.
Ariege Pointers are average defenders.
Biting Potential Low
The Dalmatian has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Rhodesian Ridgeback has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Ariege Pointer has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Dalmatians have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Ariege 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.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
Ariege Pointers 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.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
Ariege Pointers have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
Apartment Friendly
Dalmatians are not apartment-friendly dogs.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are not the best choice for an apartment lifestyle, but they don't mind being inside if you walk them several times every day.
Ariege Pointers are not apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Dalmatians adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
Ariege Pointers don't 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.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks 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.
Ariege Pointers 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.
Fighting 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.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With - Dalmatian vs Rhodesian Ridgeback vs Ariege Pointer

Stranger Friendly
Dalmatians are average friendly towards strangers.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Ariege Pointers are stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Dalmatians are very kid-friendly dogs.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are very kid-friendly dogs.
Ariege Pointers are very kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Dalmatians are average friendly towards cats.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
Ariege Pointers are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Dalmatians are very dog-friendly dogs.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
Ariege Pointers are very dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
Dalmatian is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Rhodesian Ridgeback is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Yes
Ariege Pointer is one of the best dog breeds for office environment
Senior Citizens Friendly
Dalmatians are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Ariege Pointers are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Dalmatians are generally with other pets.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks usually don’t get on well with other pets.
Ariege Pointers are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners No
Dalmatians are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Ariege Pointers 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.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a 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
Rhodesian Ridgeback breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Ariege 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 Rhodesian Ridgeback vs Ariege Pointer

Health Issues
Dalmatians are commonly healthy dogs.
The Rhodesian Ridgeback is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
The Ariege Pointer 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 Dermoid Sinus Elbow Dysplasia Hip Dysplasia No set
Life Expectancy 12-14 years 10-12 years 10-13 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
Dalmatians are high energy dogs.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Ariege Pointers are high energy dogs.
Exercise Need
Dalmatians need a lot of exercises.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks need quite a lot of exercise.
Ariege Pointers need a lot of exercises.
Sleeping Need
Dalmatians don't need too much sleep.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Ariege Pointers 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. Recommended daily amount: 2 3/4 to 4 3/8 cups of a high-quality daily, 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.
Average.
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 Rhodesian Ridgeback has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Ariege Pointer has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Dalmatian is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Rhodesian Ridgeback is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Ariege Pointer is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Dalmatian vs Rhodesian Ridgeback vs Ariege 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 6-8 puppies 3-5 puppies

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