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Name German Shepherd Golden Retriever English Cocker Spaniel
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Group Pastoral / Herding Dogs Gun Dog Gun Dog
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Other Names
What other names do they have?
Alsatian wolf dog
Berger Allemand
Deutscher Schäferhund
Schäferhund
Alsatian
Golden Flat Coat
Yellow Retriever
Merry Cocker Woker
Cocker
Breed Type
Which dog is purebred or crossbreed? German Shepherd vs Golden Retriever vs English Cocker Spaniel breed type comparison:
Purebred Purebred Purebred

German Shepherd vs Golden Retriever vs English Cocker Spaniel Price and Availability Comparison

Price
Which is cheaper, German Shepherd or Golden Retriever or English Cocker Spaniel? Which is more expensive?
$800-$2000 $1000-$2000 $900-$1200
Availability
Which is easier to get, German Shepherd or Golden Retriever or English Cocker Spaniel?
Very frequent: The German Shepherd is quite easy to get.
Very frequent: The Golden Retriever is quite easy to get.
Very frequent: The English Cocker Spaniel is quite easy to get.

German Shepherd vs Golden Retriever vs English Cocker Spaniel Size Comparison

Size
Which is bigger, German Shepherd or Golden Retriever or English Cocker Spaniel? Which is the smallest dog, German Shepherd or Golden Retriever or English Cocker Spaniel?
Large Large Medium
Weight
Which is heavier, German Shepherd or Golden Retriever or Golden Retriever? German Shepherd vs Golden Retriever vs English Cocker Spaniel weight comparison:
Male: 66-88 pounds (30-40 kg), Female: 49-71 pounds (22-32 kg) Male: 60-80 pounds (27-36 kg), Female: 55-70 pounds (25-32 kg) Male: 28-34 pounds (13-16 kg), Female: 26-32 pounds (12-15 kg)
Average Weight
Which dog has a smaller / higher average weight?
Male: 77 pounds (35 kg), Female: 60 pounds (27 kg) Male: 70 pounds (31.5 kg), Female: 62.5 pounds (28.5 kg) Male: 31 pounds (14.5 kg), Female: 29 pounds (13.5 kg)
Height
Which is taller, German Shepherd or Golden Retriever or English Cocker Spaniel? German Shepherd vs Golden Retriever vs English Cocker Spaniel height comparison:
Male: 24-26 inches (60-65 cm), Female: 22-24 inches (55-60 cm) Male: 22-24 inches (56-61cm), Female: 20-22 inches (51-56 cm) Male: 15-17 inches (38-43 cm), Female: 14-16 inches (36-41 cm)
Average Height
Which dog has a smaller / higher average height?
Male: 25 inches (62.5 cm), Female: 23 inches (57.5 cm) Male: 23 inches (58.5 cm), Female: 21 inches (53.5 cm) Male: 16 inches (40.5 cm), Female: 15 inches (38.5 cm)

German Shepherd vs Golden Retriever vs English Cocker Spaniel Grooming, Hair and Care Comparison

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat/fur do they have? German Shepherd vs Golden Retriever vs English Cocker Spaniel coat comparison:
Fuzzy Silky
Wavy
Shiny
Straight
Feathered
Colors
What are the original German Shepherd, Golden Retriever and English Cocker Spaniel color?
Silver
Tan
Red
Black
Golden
Light
Blue
Roan
Liver
Tan
Golden
Black
Grooming
Which dog is easy to maintain, German Shepherd or Golden Retriever or English Cocker Spaniel? German Shepherd vs Golden Retriever vs English Cocker Spaniel grooming comparison:
Average: The German Shepherd requires average grooming effort.
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Average: The Golden Retriever requires average grooming effort.
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Average: The English Cocker Spaniel requires average grooming effort.
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Shedding Level
Who sheds more German Shepherd or Golden Retriever or English Cocker Spaniel? German Shepherd or Golden Retriever or {name3 shedding:
German Shepherd dogs are heavy shedders.
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Golden Retriever dogs shed moderately.
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English Cocker Spaniel dogs shed moderately.
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Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
Which dog should be bathed more: German Shepherd or Golden Retriever or English Cocker Spaniel?
8-12 weeks
Very rarely. Bathing your dog is beneficial to them in more ways than just one.
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2-3 weeks
Frequent. This breed has high-maintenance hair and may require a bath every 2-3 weeks.
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6-8 weeks
Rarely. Bathing your dog is beneficial to them in more ways than just one.
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German Shepherd vs Golden Retriever vs English Cocker Spaniel Personality / Temperament Comparison

Temperament
Which one has a better personality? Which is a better family dog, German Shepherd or Golden Retriever or English Cocker Spaniel? German Shepherd vs Golden Retriever vs English Cocker Spaniel behavior/temperament comparison:
Alert
Courageous
Intelligent
Obedient
Confident
Curious
Loyal
Watchful
Confident
Intelligent
Reliable
Friendly
Kind
Trustworthy
Affectionate
Friendly
Playful
Trainable
Faithful
Intelligent
Quiet
Intelligent Rank
Which is the smarter dog? Which is best? German Shepherd vs Golden Retriever vs English Cocker Spaniel intelligence:
Outstanding: German Shepherd is one of the brightest dog breeds.
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Outstanding: Golden Retriever is one of the brightest dog breeds.
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Very smart: English Cocker Spaniel is an excellent dog breed.
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Trainability
German Shepherd vs Golden Retriever vs English Cocker Spaniel trainability comparison.
German Shepherd dogs are easy to train.
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Golden Retriever dogs are easy to train.
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English Cocker Spaniel dogs are easy to train.
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Playfulness
German Shepherd vs Golden Retriever vs English Cocker Spaniel playfulness comparison:
Average: German Shepherds, like any other dog breed, like playing.
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The Golden Retriever is a highly playful breed.
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The English Cocker Spaniel is a playful breed.
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Sensitivity Level
Which dog is more sensitive? What's the difference?
Sensitive: German Shepherd dogs don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household, and frequent guest visits.
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Golden Retriever dogs have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
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Sensitive: English Cocker Spaniel dogs don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household, and frequent guest visits.
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Affection Level
Which is the more affectionate dog breed: German Shepherd vs Golden Retriever vs English Cocker Spaniel?
High: German Shepherd dogs are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving, and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
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High: Golden Retriever dogs are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving, and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
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High: English Cocker Spaniel dogs are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving, and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
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Social Needs
German Shepherd vs Golden Retriever vs English Cocker Spaniel social needs comparison:
German Shepherd dogs need for social interaction is average.
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Golden Retriever dogs need a lot of social interaction.
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English Cocker Spaniel dogs are a social breed.
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Barking
Which dog barks more/less: German Shepherd vs Golden Retriever vs English Cocker Spaniel?
Low to Average: The German Shepherd rarely barks.
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Low to Average: The Golden Retriever rarely barks.
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Average: The English Cocker Spaniel barks occasionally.
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Watchdog Ability
Which is the better watchdog: German Shepherd or Golden Retriever or English Cocker Spaniel?
German Shepherd dogs are one of the best watchdogs.
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Golden Retriever dogs are average watchdogs.
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English Cocker Spaniel dogs are good watchdogs.
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Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Which is a better guard dog German Shepherd or Golden Retriever or English Cocker Spaniel? Which dog is most likely to protect its owner? Which is the best dog to use for protection?
German Shepherd dogs are extremely protective guard dogs.
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Golden Retriever dogs are average defenders.
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English Cocker Spaniel dogs are not the best to protect their territory.
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Biting Potential
Which breed of dog is most likely to bite? Biting potential comparison:

High 🔼

The German Shepherd has a high chance of biting somebody.

Moderate

The Golden Retriever has an average chance of biting somebody.

Low 🔽

The English Cocker Spaniel has a low chance of biting somebody.
Bite Force
Which bite is stronger: German Shepherd or Golden Retriever or English Cocker Spaniel?

Between 200 and 400 PSI

German Shepherd bite force: Ordinary.

Between 200 and 400 PSI

Golden Retriever bite force: Ordinary.

Between 200 and 400 PSI

English Cocker Spaniel bite force: Ordinary.
Mouthiness
Which is the better dog? German Shepherd vs Golden Retriever vs English Cocker Spaniel mouthiness comparison:
German Shepherd dogs have a strong tendency to nip, chew, playbite, or herd people.
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Golden Retriever dogs have a strong tendency to nip, chew, playbite, or herd people.
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English Cocker Spaniel dogs have an average tendency to nip, chew, playbite, or herd people.
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Impulse to Wander or Roam
Which dog has a greater roaming instinct?
German Shepherd dogs are not the biggest explorers.
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Golden Retriever dogs tend to escape less than other breeds.
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The wanderlust potential of the English Cocker Spaniel is strong enough to escape from home.
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Prey Drive
Which dog has a higher prey drive? Which can be better for hunting?
German Shepherd dogs have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
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Golden Retriever dogs 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.
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English Cocker Spaniel dogs have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
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Apartment Friendly
Which dog is more apartment friendly German Shepherd or Golden Retriever or English Cocker Spaniel?
It is not the best choice if you want to keep them indoors, however, with careful exercise and several walks a day, they will tolerate the indoor environment, so it is possible to keep German Shepherd indoors.
It is not recommended to keep the Golden Retriever breed in the home.
Very house-friendly dog the English Cocker Spaniel breed.
Adaptability
Which dog has a higher adaptability potential? Which is the better dog?
German Shepherd dogs adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Golden Retriever dogs adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
English Cocker Spaniel dogs adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Which dog can be left alone: German Shepherd or Golden Retriever or English Cocker Spaniel?
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
Golden Retrievers tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
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.

German Shepherd vs Golden Retriever vs English Cocker Spaniel Good With Comparison

Stranger Friendly
Which dog is more stranger friendly German Shepherd or Golden Retriever or English Cocker Spaniel? Which dog is more friendly?
German Shepherd dogs are stranger-friendly dogs.
Golden Retriever dogs are very stranger-friendly dogs.
English Cocker Spaniel dogs are average friendly towards strangers.
Pet Friendly
Which dog breeds get along well with other animals/pets?
German Shepherds are generally with other pets.
Golden Retrievers are usually friendly towards other pets.
English Cocker Spaniels are usually friendly towards other pets.
Child Friendly
Which dog is more child/kid friendly German Shepherd or Golden Retriever or English Cocker Spaniel?
German Shepherd dogs are very kid-friendly dogs.
Golden Retriever dogs are very kid-friendly dogs.
English Cocker Spaniel dogs are very kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Which dog is more cat friendly German Shepherd or Golden Retriever or English Cocker Spaniel?
German Shepherd dogs are average friendly towards cats.
Golden Retriever dogs are cat-friendly dogs.
English Cocker Spaniel dogs are cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Which dog is more dog friendly German Shepherd or Golden Retriever or English Cocker Spaniel?
German Shepherd dogs are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
Golden Retriever dogs are very dog-friendly dogs.
English Cocker Spaniel dogs are very dog-friendly dogs.
Good For First Time Owners
Which dog is good for the first-time owners: German Shepherd vs Golden Retriever vs English Cocker Spaniel?
Yes
German Shepherds are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Yes
Golden Retrievers are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Yes
English Cocker Spaniels are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Office Friendly
Which one fits better in the office?
No
German Shepherd is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Yes
Golden Retriever is one of the best dog breeds for office environment
No
English Cocker Spaniel is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Which dog is good for elderly people?
German Shepherds are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Golden Retrievers are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
English Cocker Spaniels are one of the best breeds for elderly people.

German Shepherd vs Golden Retriever vs English Cocker Spaniel Health Comparison

Health Issues
German Shepherd vs Golden Retriever vs English Cocker Spaniel health comparison. Which is the healthier: German Shepherd vs Golden Retriever vs English Cocker Spaniel?
German Shepherds are commonly healthy dogs.
Golden Retrievers are commonly healthy dogs.
The English Cocker Spaniel is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems
Which one has more or less genetic/health problems: German Shepherd vs Golden Retriever vs English Cocker Spaniel? What are the allergies, genetic diseases and concerns for them? German Shepherd vs Golden Retriever vs English Cocker Spaniel health problems comparison:
Allergies
Blindness
Bloat
Cancer
Cataracts
Cherry Eye
Chronic Diarrhea
Cruciate Ligament Rupture
Cushing's Syndrome
Degenerative Myelopathy
Demodectic Mange
Diabetes
Digestive Problems
Elbow Dysplasia
Epilepsy
Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency
Heart Disease
Hemophilia A
Hemophilia B
Hip Dysplasia
Hypertrophic Osteodystrophy
Lens Luxation
Lupus
Megaesophagus
Myasthenia Gravis
Nail Bed Disease
Osteochondrosis
Pannus
Panosteitis
Paralysis
Perianal Fistula
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Retinal Dysplasia
Seborrhea
Vitiligo
Von Willebrand's Disease
Wobbler's Syndrome
Allergies
Bloat
Cataracts
Elbow Dysplasia
Epilepsy
Hemangiosarcoma
Hip Dysplasia
Hypothyroidism
Osteochondrosis Dissecans
Osteosarcoma
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Subvalvular Aortic Stenosis
Von Willebrand's Disease
Cataracts
Ear Infections
Elbow Dysplasia
Hip Dysplasia
Renal Failure
Veterinarian Visits
Which one may need more or less veterinary visits?
Rare
The German Shepherd should have a complete physical check-up at least every 12-18 months (but preferably once per year).
Rare
The Golden Retriever should have a complete physical check-up at least every 12-18 months (but preferably once per year).
Average
The English Cocker Spaniel should have a complete physical check-up at least once per year.
Life Expectancy
German Shepherd vs Golden Retriever vs English Cocker Spaniel lifespan comparison. How long do German Shepherd, Golden Retriever and English Cocker Spaniel breeds live? Which one has a longer lifespan/life expectancy?
9-13 years
The average lifespan of German Shepherd: 11 years
10-12 years
The average lifespan of Golden Retriever: 11 years
12-14 years
The average lifespan of English Cocker Spaniel: 13 years
Hypoallergenic
German Shepherd vs Golden Retriever vs English Cocker Spaniel hypoallergenic comparison. Which dog is hypoallergenic or not?
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Energy Level
Who has more energy a German Shepherd or Golden Retriever or English Cocker Spaniel? German Shepherd vs Golden Retriever vs English Cocker Spaniel energy level comparison:
German Shepherd dogs are high-energy dogs.
Golden Retriever dogs are high-energy dogs.
English Cocker Spaniel dogs are high-energy dogs.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
German Shepherd vs Golden Retriever vs English Cocker Spaniel exercise need comparison. Which dog needs more activity? Which dog needs the most exercise: German Shepherd or Golden Retriever or English Cocker Spaniel? Which dog needs the most walking? Which dog is the laziest?
German Shepherd dogs need quite a lot of exercise.
Golden Retriever dogs need a lot of exercises.
English Cocker Spaniel dogs need quite a lot of exercise.
Sleeping Need
Which one sleeps the least/most: German Shepherd or Golden Retriever or English Cocker Spaniel?
German Shepherd dogs don't need too much sleep.
Golden Retriever dogs don't need too much sleep.
English Cocker Spaniel dogs don't need too much sleep.
Average daily food consumption
Which dog eats more: German Shepherd or Golden Retriever or English Cocker Spaniel?
3 to 4 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 3 to 4 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 1 to 2 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
Which dog breed is more prone to obesity? German Shepherd vs Golden Retriever vs English Cocker Spaniel weight gain potential comparison:
Low to Average: The German Shepherd has a low to the average risk for obesity.
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High: The Golden Retriever breed has a strong tendency to be overweight.
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High: The English Cocker Spaniel breed has a strong tendency to be overweight.
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Weather and Climate
Which dog is best for hot or cold weather: German Shepherd vs Golden Retriever vs English Cocker Spaniel?
Tolerates warm and cold weather
Dogs that tolerate hot and cold weather are typically those that have a double coat of fur.
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Tolerates warm and cold weather
Dogs that tolerate hot and cold weather are typically those that have a double coat of fur.
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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.
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Stinkiness
Which dog breed smells the least? Which dog smells the most? Which is best, German Shepherd vs Golden Retriever vs English Cocker Spaniel?

Medium

The German Shepherd has an average chance of bad smell.

Medium

The Golden Retriever has an average chance of bad smell.

High 🔼

The English Cocker Spaniel has a high chance of bad smell.
Drooling Tendency
Which dog drools the most? Which dog drools the least?
The German Shepherd is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency.
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The Golden Retriever drools quite a lot, so if you dislike being covered by slobber spots on your clothes, you may want to choose another dog breed.
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The English Cocker Spaniel is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency.
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German Shepherd vs Golden Retriever vs English Cocker Spaniel As a Working Dog Comparison

Service Dog
Which one could be a service dog?

Yes

This breed makes good as a service dog.
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Yes

This breed makes good as a service dog.
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Not really

This breed generally not used as a service dog.
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Therapy Dog
Which one could be a therapy dog: German Shepherd or Golden Retriever or English Cocker Spaniel? Which is better for autism?

Yes

This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
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Yes

This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
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Not really

This breed is generally not used as a therapy dog.
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Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Which one could be a detection/sniffer dog?

Yes

After proper training, they can excel at this kind of work.

Yes

After proper training, they can excel at this kind of work.

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Which one could be a search and rescue dog?

Yes

This breed would make an excellent search and rescue dog.

Yes

This breed would make an excellent search and rescue dog.

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog.
Boat and Sailor Dog
Which one could be a boat dog: German Shepherd vs Golden Retriever vs English Cocker Spaniel?

Not really

German Shepherd breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
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Yes

Golden Retriever breed usually likes being on a boat.
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Yes

English Cocker Spaniel breed usually likes being on a boat.
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Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Which one could be a cart pulling or drafting dog?

Not really

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
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Not really

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
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Not really

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
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Fighting Dog / Military Dog

Yes

In history, this breed was unfortunately used for combat dogs.

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.

German Shepherd vs Golden Retriever vs English Cocker Spaniel Reproducibility Comparison

Gestation Length 60-64 days See more. 60-64 days See more. 60-64 days See more.
Litter Frequency

Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy.
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Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy.
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Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy.
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Litter Size
How many puppies can German Shepherd and Golden Retriever and English Cocker Spaniel have?
6-10 puppies 5-10 puppies 6-8 puppies

German Shepherd vs Golden Retriever vs English Cocker Spaniel Recognition Comparison

AKC Group
Which dog is recognized by the AKC?
Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1908 as a Herding breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1925 as a Sporting breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1946 as a Sporting breed.
FCI Group
Which dog is recognized by the FCI?
Recognized by FCI in the Sheepdogs and Cattledogs (except Swiss Cattledogs) group, in the Sheepdogs section. Recognized by FCI in the Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs group, in the Retrievers section. Recognized by FCI in the Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs group, in the Flushing Dogs section.
Breed Recognition
What other organizations and kennel clubs recognize these dog breeds?
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
German Shepherd Dog Club Of America
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
Australian National Kennel Council
Canadian Canine Registry
Canadian Kennel Club
Continental Kennel Club
Dog Registry of America Inc.
Federation Cynologique Internationale
Kennel Club of Great Britain
National Kennel Club
New Zealand Kennel Club
North American Purebred Registry, Inc.
United Kennel Club
American Canine Association, Inc.

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