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English Cocker Spaniel vs Border Collie vs Afghan Hound – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between English Cocker Spaniel vs Border Collie vs Afghan Hound" Compare English Cocker Spaniel and Border Collie. Which is better: English Cocker Spaniel or Border Collie or Afghan Hound?
Name English Cocker Spaniel Border Collie Afghan Hound
OriginsEngland England Scotland Wales Afghanistan
Group Gun Dog Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs) Hunting Dogs
Popularity Rank523893
Reviews280
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Other Names Cocker, Merry Cocker Woker Scotch Sheep Dog, Sheepdog Baluchi Hound, Tazi, Tazhi Spay, Da Kochyano Spay, Sage Balochi, Ogar Afgan, Eastern Greyhound / Persian Greyhound
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1946 as a Sporting breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1995 as a Herding breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1926 as a Hound breed.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs group, in the Flushing Dogs section. Recognized by FCI in the Sheepdogs and Cattledogs (except Swiss Cattledogs) group, in the Sheepdogs section. Recognized by FCI in the Sighthounds group, in the Long-haired or fringed Sighthounds 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 Canadian Canine Registry American Canine Registry American Kennel Club America's Pet Registry 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 The American Int. Border Collie Registry The American Border Collie Association 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
Price $900-$1200 $600-$800 $2000-$2500

General Appearance - English Cocker Spaniel vs Border Collie vs Afghan Hound

Size Medium Large Large
Weight Male: 28-34 pounds (13-16 kg), Female: 26-32 pounds (12-15 kg) Male: 30-45 pounds (14-20 kg), Female: 27-42 pounds (12-19 kg) Male: 50-60 pounds (23-27 kg), Female: 40-55 pounds (18-25 kg) 50-64 pounds (22-34 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 31 pounds (14.5 kg), Female: 29 pounds (13.5 kg) Male: 37.5 pounds (17 kg), Female: 34.5 pounds (15.5 kg) 57 pounds (28 kg)
Height Male: 15-17 inches (38-43 cm), Female: 14-16 inches (36-41 cm) Male: 19-22 inches (48-56 cm), Female: 18-21 inches (46-53 cm) 27-29 inches (69-74 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 16 inches (40.5 cm), Female: 15 inches (38.5 cm) Male: 20.5 inches (52 cm), Female: 19.5 inches (49.5 cm) 28 inches (71.5 cm)

Hair & Care - English Cocker Spaniel vs Border Collie vs Afghan Hound

Coat Feathered Dense Feathered Straight Short Moderately Long Fine
Colors Blue Roan Liver Tan Golden Black Black & White Tricolor Tan Blue merle Blue merle-tricolor Slate merle Red merle Black Brindle Gold Lilac Red Sable Sable Merle Saddleback Sable White & Blue White & Blue Merle White & Red White & Red Merle White Ticked Seal Slate White & Gold White & Sable White & Seal Tan Blue Cream Red White Silver Black
Grooming
Average: The English Cocker Spaniel requires average grooming effort.
Average: The Border Collie requires average grooming effort.
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Shedding Level
English Cocker Spaniels shed moderately.
Border Collies shed moderately.
Afghan Hounds shed moderately.

Characteristics - English Cocker Spaniel vs Border Collie vs Afghan Hound

Temperament Affectionate Friendly Playful Trainable Faithful Intelligent Quiet Intelligent Alert Tenacious Protective Energetic Responsive Loyal Aloof Dignified Independent Clownish Happy
Intelligent Rank
Very smart: English Cocker Spaniel is an excellent dog breed.
Outstanding: Border Collie is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Low: The Afghan Hound if one of the dog breeds that have the lowest degree of obedience intelligence.
Trainability
English Cocker Spaniels are easy to train.
Border Collies are easy to train.
Afghan Hounds are quite easy to train.
Playfulness
The English Cocker Spaniel is a playful breed.
The Border Collie is a highly playful breed.
Afghan Hounds, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Sensitivity Level
English Cocker Spaniels don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Border Collies don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Afghan Hounds don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Affection Level
English Cocker Spaniels are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Border Collies are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Afghan Hounds are average dogs regarding their affection level.
Social Needs
English Cocker Spaniels are a social breed.
Border Collies need a lot of social interaction.
Afghan Hounds need for social interaction is average.
Barking
Average: The English Cocker Spaniel barks occasionally.
Low to Average: The Border Collie rarely barks.
Low: The Afghan Hound barks none to minimal.
Watchdog Ability
English Cocker Spaniels are good watchdogs.
Border Collies are one of the best watchdogs.
Afghan Hounds are not the best choice if you want a good watchdog.
Territorial
English Cocker Spaniels are not the best to protect their territory.
Border Collies are extremely protective guard dogs.
Afghan Hounds can't provide protection for their territory.
Biting Potential Low
The English Cocker Spaniel has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Border Collie has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Afghan Hound has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
English Cocker Spaniels have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Border Collies have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Afghan Hounds have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Wanderlust potential of the English Cocker Spaniel is strong enough to escape from home.
Border Collies have average wanderlust potential.
Afghan Hounds have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
Prey Drive
English Cocker Spaniels have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
Border Collies 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.
Afghan Hounds have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
Apartment Friendly
English Cocker Spaniels are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Border Collies are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Afghan Hounds are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
English Cocker Spaniels adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Border Collies adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Afghan Hounds adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
English Cocker Spaniels 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.
Border Collies 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 - English Cocker Spaniel vs Border Collie vs Afghan Hound

Stranger Friendly
English Cocker Spaniels are average friendly towards strangers.
Border Collies are average friendly towards strangers.
Afghan Hounds are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
English Cocker Spaniels are very kid-friendly dogs.
Border Collies are very kid-friendly dogs.
Afghan Hounds are kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
English Cocker Spaniels are cat-friendly dogs.
Border Collies are average friendly towards cats.
Afghan Hounds are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
English Cocker Spaniels are very dog-friendly dogs.
Border Collies are average friendly towards other dogs.
Afghan Hounds are average friendly towards other dogs.
Office Friendly No
English Cocker Spaniel is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Border Collie is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Afghan Hound is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
English Cocker Spaniels are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Border Collies are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Afghan Hounds are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
English Cocker Spaniels are usually friendly towards other pets.
Border Collies are generally with other pets.
Afghan Hounds usually don’t get on well with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners No
English Cocker Spaniels are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Border Collies are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Afghan Hounds are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog Not really
This breed generally not used 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 Not really
This breed generally not used as a 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.
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 Yes
English Cocker Spaniel breed usually likes being on a boat.
Not really
Border Collie breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Afghan Hound 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 - English Cocker Spaniel vs Border Collie vs Afghan Hound

Health Issues
The English Cocker Spaniel is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
The Border Collie is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
The Afghan Hound is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems Cataracts Ear Infections Elbow Dysplasia Hip Dysplasia Renal Failure Allergies Collie Eye Anomaly Epilepsy Hip Dysplasia Osteochondrosis Dissecans Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Allergies Cancer Cataracts Hypothyroidism
Life Expectancy 12-14 years 12-15 years 12-14 years
Hypoallergenic No No Yes
Energy Level
English Cocker Spaniels are high energy dogs.
Border Collies are high energy dogs.
Afghan Hounds are high energy dogs.
Exercise Need
English Cocker Spaniels need quite a lot of exercise.
Border Collies need a lot of exercises.
Afghan Hounds need quite a lot of exercise.
Sleeping Need
English Cocker Spaniels don't need too much sleep.
Border Collies don't need too much sleep.
Afghan Hounds don't need too much sleep.
Avg. daily food consumption 1 to 2 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 1.5 to 2 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two or three meals. 2 to 2.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals
Weight Gain Potential
High: The English Cocker Spaniel breed has a strong tendency to overweight.
Average.
Low.
Weather & Climate Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The English Cocker Spaniel can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Border Collie can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Prefers cold weather
The Afghan Hound can adapt well to harsh weather conditions, and also can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness High
The English Cocker Spaniel has a high chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Border Collie has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Afghan Hound has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The English Cocker Spaniel is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Border Collie is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Afghan Hound is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - English Cocker Spaniel vs Border Collie vs Afghan Hound

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 6-8 puppies 4-8 puppies 6-8 puppies

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  • cocker spaniel

    Aug 17, 2020, 2:42:01 AM:

    very good dog