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English Cocker Spaniel vs Shar-Pei vs Whippet – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

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Name English Cocker Spaniel Shar-Pei Whippet
OriginsEngland China England
Group Gun Dog Companion Dogs Hunting Dogs
Popularity Rank526461
Reviews541
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Other Names Cocker, Merry Cocker Woker Chinese Fighting Dog English Whippet, Snap Dog
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 1992 as a Non-Sporting breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1888 as a Hound breed.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs group, in the Flushing Dogs section. Not recognized by FCI. Recognized by FCI in the Sighthounds group, in the Short-haired 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
American Canine Registry
American Kennel Club
Canadian Kennel Club
Dog Registry of America Inc.
Federation Cynologique Internationale
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
Price $900-$1200 $1000-$1200 $800-$1200

General Appearance - English Cocker Spaniel vs Shar-Pei vs Whippet

Size Medium Medium Medium
Weight Male: 28-34 pounds (13-16 kg), Female: 26-32 pounds (12-15 kg) 40-55 pounds (18- 25 kg) 25 - 45 pounds (11 - 21 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 31 pounds (14.5 kg), Female: 29 pounds (13.5 kg) 47.5 pounds (18- 25 kg) 25 - 45 pounds (11 - 21 kg)
Height Male: 15-17 inches (38-43 cm), Female: 14-16 inches (36-41 cm) 18-20 inches (46-51 cm) Male: 18.5-20 inches (46-51 cm), Female: 17.5-19 inches (44-48 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 16 inches (40.5 cm), Female: 15 inches (38.5 cm) 19 inches (48.5 cm) Male: 19 inches (48.5 cm), Female: 18 inches (45.5 cm)

Hair & Care - English Cocker Spaniel vs Shar-Pei vs Whippet

Coat Feathered Dense Fine
Short
Close in texture
Colors Blue
Roan
Liver
Tan
Golden
Black
Apricot
Blue
Cream
Red
Brown
Fawn
Black
Cream
Red
Blue
Fawn
White
Black
Grooming
Average: The English Cocker Spaniel requires average grooming effort.
Average: The Shar-Pei requires average grooming effort.
Effortless: The Whippet requires minimal grooming.
Shedding Level
English Cocker Spaniels shed moderately.
Shar-Peis shed none to minimal.
Whippets are low shedders.

Characteristics - English Cocker Spaniel vs Shar-Pei vs Whippet

Temperament Affectionate
Friendly
Playful
Trainable
Faithful
Intelligent
Quiet
Affectionate
Independent
Reserved
Devoted
Loving
Suspicious
Affectionate
Gentle
Lively
Friendly
Intelligent
Quiet
Outright
Adaptable
Companionable
Intelligent Rank
Very smart: English Cocker Spaniel is an excellent dog breed.
Average: Shar-Pei's has average obedience intelligence.
Average: Whippet's has average obedience intelligence.
Trainability
English Cocker Spaniels are easy to train.
Shar-Peis are quite easy to train.
Whippets are easy to train.
Playfulness
The English Cocker Spaniel is a playful breed.
Shar-Peis, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Whippets, 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.
Shar-Peis are less sensitive than other dog breeds.
Whippets 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.
Shar-Peis may seem unfriendly sometimes due to their independence.
Whippets are average dogs regarding their affection level.
Social Needs
English Cocker Spaniels are a social breed.
Shar-Peis are kinda antisocial.
Whippets need for social interaction is average.
Barking
Average: The English Cocker Spaniel barks occasionally.
Low: The Shar-Pei barks none to minimal.
Low: The Whippet barks none to minimal.
Watchdog Ability
English Cocker Spaniels are good watchdogs.
Shar-Peis are average watchdogs.
Whippets are average watchdogs.
Territorial
English Cocker Spaniels are not the best to protect their territory.
Shar-Peis are extremely protective guard dogs.
Whippets can't provide protection for their territory.
Biting Potential Low
The English Cocker Spaniel has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Shar-Pei has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Whippet has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
English Cocker Spaniels have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Shar-Peis have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Whippets 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.
Shar-Peis tend to escape less than other breeds.
Wanderlust potential of the Whippet is strong enough to escape from home.
Prey Drive
English Cocker Spaniels have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
Shar-Peis 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.
Whippets have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
Apartment Friendly
English Cocker Spaniels are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Shar-Peis are apartment-friendly dogs.
Whippets are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
English Cocker Spaniels adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Shar-Peis adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Whippets 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.
Shar-Peis handle alone time quite well.
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.
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 - English Cocker Spaniel vs Shar-Pei vs Whippet

Stranger Friendly
English Cocker Spaniels are average friendly towards strangers.
Shar-Peis are not stranger friendly dogs.
Whippets are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
English Cocker Spaniels are very kid-friendly dogs.
Shar-Peis are not kid-friendly dogs.
Whippets are kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
English Cocker Spaniels are cat-friendly dogs.
Shar-Peis are average friendly towards cats.
Whippets are not cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
English Cocker Spaniels are very dog-friendly dogs.
Shar-Peis are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
Whippets are average friendly towards other dogs.
Office Friendly No
English Cocker Spaniel is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Shar-Pei is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Whippet is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
English Cocker Spaniels are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Shar-Peis are not recommended for elderly people.
Whippets are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
English Cocker Spaniels are usually friendly towards other pets.
Shar-Peis are generally with other pets.
Whippets do best when they’re the only pet at the family.
Good For First Time Owners No
English Cocker Spaniels are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Yes
Shar-Peis are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
No
Whippets 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.
Not really
This breed generally not used 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.
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 Yes
English Cocker Spaniel breed usually likes being on a boat.
Not really
Shar-Pei breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Whippet 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.
Yes
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 Shar-Pei vs Whippet

Health Issues
The English Cocker Spaniel is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Very healthy dog breed.
The Whippet 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
Bloat
Cancer
Cutaneous Mucinosis
Demodectic Mange
Elbow Dysplasia
Entropion
Fever
Glaucoma
Hip Dysplasia
Hypothyroidism
Osteochondrosis Dissecans
Patellar Luxation
Pyoderma
Seborrhea
Addison's Disease
Arthritis
Deafness
Drug Sensitivity
Heart Murmurs
Heart Problems
Hypothyroidism
Kidney Issues
Vaccination Sensitivity
Von Willebrand's Disease
Life Expectancy 12-14 years 8-10 years 12-15 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
English Cocker Spaniels are high energy dogs.
Shar-Peis have a lower energy level than other dogs.
Whippets are high energy dogs.
Exercise Need
English Cocker Spaniels need quite a lot of exercise.
Shar-Peis exercise need is minimal.
Whippets have an average exercise need.
Sleeping Need
English Cocker Spaniels don't need too much sleep.
Shar-Peis like sleeping so they do sleep a lot.
Whippets 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 2.5 cups of a high-quality dog food daily, divided into two meals. 1 to 2 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 to High.
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.
Tolerates warm and cold weather. Prefers warm weather
Stinkiness High
The English Cocker Spaniel has a high chance of bad smell.
High
The Shar-Pei has a high chance of bad smell.
Low
The Whippet has a low chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The English Cocker Spaniel is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Shar-Pei is a big drooler, so if you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, you should choose a dog from another breed.
The Whippet is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - English Cocker Spaniel vs Shar-Pei vs Whippet

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 4-6 puppies 4-8 puppies

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