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English Cocker Spaniel vs Rough Collie vs Gordon Setter – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between English Cocker Spaniel vs Rough Collie vs Gordon Setter" Compare English Cocker Spaniel and Rough Collie. Which is better: English Cocker Spaniel or Rough Collie or Gordon Setter?
Name English Cocker Spaniel Rough Collie Gordon Setter
OriginsEngland Scotland Scotland
Group Gun Dog Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs) Gun Dog
Popularity Rank5240104
Reviews100
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Other Names Cocker, Merry Cocker Woker Collie, Scottish Collie, Long-Haired Collie, English Collie, Lassie Dog Gordon Castle Setters
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 1885 as a Herding breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1878 as a Sporting 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 Pointing Dogs group, in the British and Irish Pointers and Setters 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 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
Price $900-$1200 $400-$600 $800-$1000

General Appearance - English Cocker Spaniel vs Rough Collie vs Gordon Setter

Size Medium Large Large
Weight Male: 28-34 pounds (13-16 kg), Female: 26-32 pounds (12-15 kg) Male: 60-70 pounds (27-32 kg), Female: 53-65 pounds (24-29 kg) Male: 55-80 pounds (25-36 kg), Female: 45-70 pounds (20-32 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 31 pounds (14.5 kg), Female: 29 pounds (13.5 kg) Male: 67.5 pounds (30.5 kg), Female: 57.5 pounds (26 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: 24–26 inch (60–66 cm), Female: 22–24 inch (55–61 cm) Male: 24-27 inches (61-69 cm), Female: 23-26 inches (58-66 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 16 inches (40.5 cm), Female: 15 inches (38.5 cm) Male: 25 inches (62.5 cm), Female: 23 inches (58.5 cm) Male: 25.5 inches (65 cm), Female: 24.5 inches (62 cm)

Hair & Care - English Cocker Spaniel vs Rough Collie vs Gordon Setter

Coat Feathered Rough Soft Thick Straight Harsh Furry Soft Wavy Shiny Straight
Colors Blue Roan Liver Tan Golden Black Black & White & Tan Blue & Merle Blue & Merle & White Sable Sable & White White White & Merle Merle Tan Red Black
Grooming
Average: The English Cocker Spaniel requires average grooming effort.
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Advanced: The Gordon Setter requires a lot of grooming.
Shedding Level
English Cocker Spaniels shed moderately.
Rough Collies are heavy shedders.
Gordon Setters shed moderately.

Characteristics - English Cocker Spaniel vs Rough Collie vs Gordon Setter

Temperament Affectionate Friendly Playful Trainable Faithful Intelligent Quiet Friendly Gentle Intelligent Loyal Protective Responsive Social Hard working Docile Obedient Elegant Herding Alert Eager Intelligent Confident Fearless Loyal
Intelligent Rank
Very smart: English Cocker Spaniel is an excellent dog breed.
Very smart: Rough Collie is an excellent dog breed.
Smart: Gordon Setter's has great intelligence.
Trainability
English Cocker Spaniels are easy to train.
Rough Collies are very easy to train.
Gordon Setters are easy to train.
Playfulness
The English Cocker Spaniel is a playful breed.
The Rough Collie is a playful breed.
The Gordon Setter is a highly playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
English Cocker Spaniels don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Rough Collies don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Affection Level
English Cocker Spaniels are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Rough Collies are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Gordon Setters are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
English Cocker Spaniels are a social breed.
Rough Collies need a lot of social interaction.
Gordon Setters need for social interaction is average.
Barking
Average: The English Cocker Spaniel barks occasionally.
Low to Average: The Rough Collie rarely barks.
Average: The Gordon Setter barks occasionally.
Watchdog Ability
English Cocker Spaniels are good watchdogs.
Rough Collies are one of the best watchdogs.
Gordon Setters are good watchdogs.
Territorial
English Cocker Spaniels are not the best to protect their territory.
Rough Collies are extremely protective guard dogs.
Gordon Setters are average defenders.
Biting Potential Low
The English Cocker Spaniel has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Rough Collie has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Gordon Setter has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
English Cocker Spaniels have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Rough Collies have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Gordon Setters 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.
Rough Collies are not the biggest explorers.
Wanderlust potential of the Gordon Setter is strong enough to escape from home.
Prey Drive
English Cocker Spaniels have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
Rough Collies have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Gordon Setters have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Apartment Friendly
English Cocker Spaniels are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Rough 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.
Gordon Setters are not apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
English Cocker Spaniels adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Rough Collies adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
Gordon Setters 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.
Rough 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 Rough Collie vs Gordon Setter

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

Health Issues
Egészségesek English Cocker Spaniel fajták, de vannak bizonyos egészségügyi problémáik, amelyeket rendszeresen ellenőrizned kell az állatorvossal.
Egészségesek Rough Collie fajták, de vannak bizonyos egészségügyi problémáik, amelyeket rendszeresen ellenőrizned kell az állatorvossal.
Egészségesek Gordon Setter fajták, de vannak bizonyos egészségügyi problémáik, amelyeket rendszeresen ellenőrizned kell az állatorvossal.
Health Problems Cataracts Ear Infections Elbow Dysplasia Hip Dysplasia Renal Failure Collie Eye Anomaly Gray Collie Syndrome Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Drug Sensitivity Hip Dysplasia No set
Life Expectancy 12-14 years 14-16 years 10-12 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
English Cocker Spaniels are high energy dogs.
Rough Collies have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Gordon Setters are high energy dogs.
Exercise Need
English Cocker Spaniels need quite a lot of exercise.
Rough Collies need quite a lot of exercise.
Gordon Setters need a lot of exercises.
Sleeping Need
English Cocker Spaniels don't need too much sleep.
Rough Collies sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Gordon Setters 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. 2 to 3 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 3 to 5 cups of a high-quality dog food daily, 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.
Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Rough Collie can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Gordon Setter can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness High
The English Cocker Spaniel has a high chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Rough Collie has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Gordon Setter has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The English Cocker Spaniel is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Rough Collie is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Gordon Setter is an average drooler.

Reproducibility - English Cocker Spaniel vs Rough Collie vs Gordon Setter

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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