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Finnish Spitz vs Japanese Spitz vs Rough Collie – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Finnish Spitz vs Japanese Spitz vs Rough Collie" Compare Finnish Spitz and Japanese Spitz. Which is better: Finnish Spitz or Japanese Spitz or Rough Collie?
Name Finnish Spitz Japanese Spitz Rough Collie
OriginsFinland Japan Scotland
Group Companion Dogs Companion Dogs Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs)
Popularity Rank17722940
Reviews000
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Other Names Barking Bird Dog, Finnish Hunting Dog, Finnish Spets, Finsk Spets, Loulou Finois, Suomalainen Pystykorva, Suomenpystykorva Nihon Supittsu Collie, Scottish Collie, Long-Haired Collie, English Collie, Lassie Dog
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1991 as a Non-Sporting breed. Not recognized by the American Kennel Club. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1885 as a Herding breed.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Spitz and primitive types group, in the Nordic Hunting Dogs section. Recognized by FCI in the Spitz and primitive types group, in the Asian Spitz and related breeds section. Recognized by FCI in the Sheepdogs and Cattledogs (except Swiss Cattledogs) group, in the Sheepdogs section.
Breed Recognition American Kennel Club Federation Cynologique Internationale Kennel Club of Great Britain Australian National Kennel Council Continental Kennel Club National Kennel Club New Zealand Kennel Club American Canine Registry America's Pet Registry Dog Registry of America Inc. Federation Cynologique Internationale Kennel Club of Great Britain American Canine Association, Inc. Continental Kennel Club National 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 $500-$700 $500-$800 $400-$600

General Appearance - Finnish Spitz vs Japanese Spitz vs Rough Collie

Size Medium Small Large
Weight 31-35 pounds (14-16 kg) 11-20 pounds (5-10 kg) Male: 60-70 pounds (27-32 kg), Female: 53-65 pounds (24-29 kg)
Avg. Weight 33 pounds (15 kg) 15.5 pounds (7.5 kg) Male: 67.5 pounds (30.5 kg), Female: 57.5 pounds (26 kg)
Height 15-20 inches (38-51 cm) 12-15 inches (30-38 cm) Male: 24–26 inch (60–66 cm), Female: 22–24 inch (55–61 cm)
Avg. Height 17.5 inches (44.5 cm) 13.5 inches (34 cm) Male: 25 inches (62.5 cm), Female: 23 inches (58.5 cm)

Hair & Care - Finnish Spitz vs Japanese Spitz vs Rough Collie

Coat Dense Thick Double Thick Rough Soft Thick Straight Harsh Furry
Colors Red Gold White Black & White & Tan Blue & Merle Blue & Merle & White Sable Sable & White White White & Merle Merle
Grooming
Average: The Finnish Spitz requires average grooming effort.
Advanced: The Japanese Spitz requires a lot of grooming.
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Shedding Level
Finnish Spitzs shed moderately.
Japanese Spitzs shed moderately.
Rough Collies are heavy shedders.

Characteristics - Finnish Spitz vs Japanese Spitz vs Rough Collie

Temperament Happy Intelligent Playful Independent Loyal Vocal Affectionate Proud Intelligent Companionable Playful Loyal Friendly Gentle Intelligent Loyal Protective Responsive Social Hard working Docile Obedient Elegant Herding
Intelligent Rank
Average: Finnish Spitz's has average obedience intelligence.
Average: Japanese Spitz's has average obedience intelligence.
Very smart: Rough Collie is an excellent dog breed.
Trainability
Finnish Spitzs are easy to train.
Japanese Spitzs are quite easy to train.
Rough Collies are very easy to train.
Playfulness
The Finnish Spitz is a playful breed.
The Japanese Spitz is a highly playful breed.
The Rough Collie is a playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
Finnish Spitzs have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
Japanese Spitzs have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
Rough Collies don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Affection Level
Finnish Spitzs are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Japanese Spitzs 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.
Social Needs
Finnish Spitzs are a social breed.
Japanese Spitzs need a lot of social interaction.
Rough Collies need a lot of social interaction.
Barking
High: The Finnish Spitz is a very vocal breed.
High: The Japanese Spitz is a very vocal breed.
Low to Average: The Rough Collie rarely barks.
Watchdog Ability
Finnish Spitzs are average watchdogs.
Japanese Spitzs are average watchdogs.
Rough Collies are one of the best watchdogs.
Territorial
Finnish Spitzs are average defenders.
Japanese Spitzs are extremely protective guard dogs.
Rough Collies are extremely protective guard dogs.
Biting Potential Low
The Finnish Spitz has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Japanese Spitz has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Rough Collie has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Finnish Spitzs have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Japanese Spitzs have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Rough Collies have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Wanderlust potential of the Finnish Spitz is strong enough to escape from home.
Japanese Spitzs tend to escape less than other breeds.
Rough Collies are not the biggest explorers.
Prey Drive
Finnish Spitzs 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.
Japanese Spitzs have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Rough Collies have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Apartment Friendly
Finnish Spitzs are not apartment-friendly dogs.
Japanese Spitzs 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.
Adaptability
Finnish Spitzs adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Japanese Spitzs adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
Rough Collies adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Finnish Spitzs 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.
Japanese Spitzs tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Rough 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 - Finnish Spitz vs Japanese Spitz vs Rough Collie

Stranger Friendly
Finnish Spitzs are average friendly towards strangers.
Japanese Spitzs are average friendly towards strangers.
Rough Collies are stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Finnish Spitzs are kid-friendly dogs.
Japanese Spitzs are very kid-friendly dogs.
Rough Collies are very kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Finnish Spitzs are cat-friendly dogs.
Japanese Spitzs are cat-friendly dogs.
Rough Collies are very cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Finnish Spitzs are average friendly towards other dogs.
Japanese Spitzs are dog-friendly dogs.
Rough Collies are dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly Yes
Finnish Spitz is one of the best dog breeds for office environment
No
Japanese Spitz is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Rough Collie is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Finnish Spitzs are usually recommended for elderly people.
Japanese Spitzs are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Rough Collies are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Finnish Spitzs are usually friendly towards other pets.
Japanese Spitzs are usually friendly towards other pets.
Rough Collies are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Good For First Time Owners Yes
Finnish Spitzs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Yes
Japanese Spitzs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
No
Rough 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.
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.
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
Finnish Spitz breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Japanese Spitz breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Rough 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 - Finnish Spitz vs Japanese Spitz vs Rough Collie

Health Issues
Finnish Spitzs are commonly healthy dogs.
Egészségesek Japanese Spitz 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.
Health Problems Epilepsy Eye Problems Joint Problems Patellar Luxation Runny Eyes Collie Eye Anomaly Gray Collie Syndrome Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Drug Sensitivity Hip Dysplasia
Life Expectancy 12-15 years 10-16 years 14-16 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
Finnish Spitzs are high energy dogs.
Japanese Spitzs have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Rough 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
Finnish Spitzs need a lot of exercises.
Japanese Spitzs have an average exercise need.
Rough Collies need quite a lot of exercise.
Sleeping Need
Finnish Spitzs don't need too much sleep.
Japanese Spitzs sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Rough Collies sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Avg. daily food consumption 2 to 2.5 cups of a high-quality dog food daily, divided into two meals. 1/2 to 1 cup dry food a day. 2 to 3 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Average.
Low to Average.
Average.
Weather & Climate Prefers cold weather
The Finnish Spitz can adapt well to harsh weather conditions, and also can be a good mountain dog.
Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Japanese Spitz 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.
Stinkiness Medium
The Finnish Spitz has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Japanese Spitz has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Rough Collie has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Finnish Spitz is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Japanese Spitz is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Rough Collie is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Finnish Spitz vs Japanese Spitz vs Rough 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 3-6 puppies 1-6 puppies 4-8 puppies

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