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English Cocker Spaniel vs English Springer Spaniel vs Smooth Collie – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between English Cocker Spaniel vs English Springer Spaniel vs Smooth Collie" Compare English Cocker Spaniel and English Springer Spaniel. Which is better: English Cocker Spaniel or English Springer Spaniel or Smooth Collie?
Name English Cocker Spaniel English Springer Spaniel Smooth Collie
OriginsEngland England Scotland
Group Gun Dog Gun Dog Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs)
Popularity Rank5227354
Reviews120
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Other Names Cocker, Merry Cocker Woker Springer Spaniel Short-Haired Collie
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 1910 as a Sporting breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1885 as a Herding breed.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs group, in the Flushing Dogs section. Recognized by FCI in the Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs group, in the Flushing Dogs 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 Canadian Canine Registry American Canine Registry 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
Price $900-$1200 $700-$800 $400-$600

General Appearance - English Cocker Spaniel vs English Springer Spaniel vs Smooth Collie

Size Medium Medium Large
Weight Male: 28-34 pounds (13-16 kg), Female: 26-32 pounds (12-15 kg) Male: 45-55 pounds (20-25 kg), Female: 40-50 pounds (18-23 kg) Male: 60-70 pounds (27-32 kg), Female: 53-65 pounds (24-29 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 31 pounds (14.5 kg), Female: 29 pounds (13.5 kg) Male: 50 pounds (22.5 kg), Female: 45 pounds (20.5 kg) Male: 67.5 pounds (30.5 kg), Female: 57.5 pounds (26 kg)
Height Male: 15-17 inches (38-43 cm), Female: 14-16 inches (36-41 cm) Male: 19-21 inches (48-56 cm), Female:18-20 inches (46-51 cm) Male: 24–26 inch (60–66 cm), Female: 22–24 inch (55–61 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 16 inches (40.5 cm), Female: 15 inches (38.5 cm) Male: 20 inches (52 cm), Female:19 inches (48.5 cm) Male: 25 inches (62.5 cm), Female: 23 inches (58.5 cm)

Hair & Care - English Cocker Spaniel vs English Springer Spaniel vs Smooth Collie

Coat Feathered Feathered Dense Thick Flat
Colors Blue Roan Liver Tan Golden Black White Liver Tan Black Black & White & Tan Blue & Merle Blue & Merle & White Sable Sable & White White White & Merle Merle
Grooming
Average: The English Cocker Spaniel requires average grooming effort.
Advanced: The English Springer Spaniel requires a lot of grooming.
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Shedding Level
English Cocker Spaniels shed moderately.
English Springer Spaniels shed moderately.
Smooth Collies are heavy shedders.

Characteristics - English Cocker Spaniel vs English Springer Spaniel vs Smooth Collie

Temperament Affectionate Friendly Playful Trainable Faithful Intelligent Quiet Affectionate Cheerful Intelligent Social Alert Energetic Playful Friendly Gentle Intelligent Loyal Protective Responsive Social
Intelligent Rank
Very smart: English Cocker Spaniel is an excellent dog breed.
Very smart: English Springer Spaniel is an excellent dog breed.
Very smart: Smooth Collie is an excellent dog breed.
Trainability
English Cocker Spaniels are easy to train.
English Springer Spaniels are easy to train.
Smooth Collies are very easy to train.
Playfulness
The English Cocker Spaniel is a playful breed.
The English Springer Spaniel is a highly playful breed.
The Smooth Collie is a playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
English Cocker Spaniels don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Smooth Collies 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.
English Springer Spaniels are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Smooth Collies are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
English Cocker Spaniels are a social breed.
English Springer Spaniels are a social breed.
Smooth Collies need a lot of social interaction.
Barking
Average: The English Cocker Spaniel barks occasionally.
Average: The English Springer Spaniel barks occasionally.
Average to high: The Smooth Collie is a vocal breed.
Watchdog Ability
English Cocker Spaniels are good watchdogs.
English Springer Spaniels are average watchdogs.
Smooth Collies are one of the best watchdogs.
Territorial
English Cocker Spaniels are not the best to protect their territory.
English Springer Spaniels are average defenders.
Smooth Collies are extremely protective guard dogs.
Biting Potential Low
The English Cocker Spaniel has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The English Springer Spaniel has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Smooth Collie has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
English Cocker Spaniels have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
English Springer Spaniels have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Smooth Collies have a higher than 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.
Wanderlust potential of the English Springer Spaniel is strong enough to escape from home.
Smooth Collies are not the biggest explorers.
Prey Drive
English Cocker Spaniels have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
English Springer Spaniels have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
Smooth Collies have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Apartment Friendly
English Cocker Spaniels are very apartment-friendly dogs.
English Springer Spaniels are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Smooth Collies are not the best choice for an apartment lifestyle, but they don't mind being inside if you walk them several times every day.
Adaptability
English Cocker Spaniels adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
English Springer Spaniels adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Smooth Collies adapt well to lifestyle changes and different 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.
English Springer 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.
Smooth Collies 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.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With - English Cocker Spaniel vs English Springer Spaniel vs Smooth Collie

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

Health Issues
The English Cocker Spaniel is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
English Springer Spaniels are commonly healthy dogs.
The Smooth Collie 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 Ear Infections Ectropion Hip Dysplasia Phosphofructokinase deficiency (Tarui disease, PFK) Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Retinal Dysplasia Collie Eye Anomaly Drug Sensitivity Gray Collie Syndrome Hip Dysplasia Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Life Expectancy 12-14 years 10-14 years 14-16 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
English Cocker Spaniels are high energy dogs.
English Springer Spaniels are high energy dogs.
Smooth Collies have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Exercise Need
English Cocker Spaniels need quite a lot of exercise.
English Springer Spaniels need a lot of exercises.
Smooth Collies need quite a lot of exercise.
Sleeping Need
English Cocker Spaniels don't need too much sleep.
English Springer Spaniels don't need too much sleep.
Smooth Collies sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Avg. daily food consumption 1 to 2 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 3 to 4.5 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
High: The English Cocker Spaniel breed has a strong tendency to overweight.
Average.
Average.
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.
Tolerates warm and cold weather. Prefers average to warm weather conditions
Stinkiness High
The English Cocker Spaniel has a high chance of bad smell.
Medium
The English Springer Spaniel has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Smooth Collie has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The English Cocker Spaniel is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The English Springer Spaniel is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Smooth Collie is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - English Cocker Spaniel vs English Springer Spaniel vs Smooth Collie

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 4-10 puppies 4-8 puppies

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