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German Shepherd vs Newfoundland vs Rough Collie – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between German Shepherd vs Newfoundland vs Rough Collie" Compare German Shepherd and Newfoundland. Which is better: German Shepherd or Newfoundland or Rough Collie?
Name German Shepherd Newfoundland Rough Collie
OriginsGermany Canada Scotland
Group Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs) Working Dogs Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs)
Popularity Rank23640
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Other Names Alsatian, Berger Allemand, Alsatian wolf dog (UK), Deutscher Schäferhund, Schäferhund Newf, Newfie, The Gentle Giant, Blackbear Collie, Scottish Collie, Long-Haired Collie, English Collie, Lassie Dog
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1908 as a Herding breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1886 as a Working breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1885 as a Herding breed.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Sheepdogs and Cattledogs (except Swiss Cattledogs) group, in the Sheepdogs section. Recognized by FCI in the Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattledogs group, in the Molossian type section. Recognized by FCI in the Sheepdogs and Cattledogs (except Swiss Cattledogs) group, in the Sheepdogs 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 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 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 $800-$2000 $1500-$2000 $400-$600

General Appearance - German Shepherd vs Newfoundland vs Rough Collie

Size Large Giant Large
Weight Male: 66-88 pounds (30-40 kg), Female: 49-71 pounds (22-32 kg) Male: 130-150 pounds (59-68 kg), Female: 100-120 pounds (45-54 kg) Male: 60-70 pounds (27-32 kg), Female: 53-65 pounds (24-29 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 77 pounds (35 kg), Female: 60 pounds (27 kg) Male: 140 pounds (63.5 kg), Female: 110 pounds (49.5 kg) Male: 67.5 pounds (30.5 kg), Female: 57.5 pounds (26 kg)
Height Male: 24-26 inches (60-65 cm), Female: 22-24 inches (55-60 cm) Male: 27-29 inches (69-74 cm), Female: 25-27 inches (63-69 cm) Male: 24–26 inch (60–66 cm), Female: 22–24 inch (55–61 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 25 inches (62.5 cm), Female: 23 inches (57.5 cm) Male: 28 inches (71.5 cm), Female: 26 inches (66 cm) Male: 25 inches (62.5 cm), Female: 23 inches (58.5 cm)

Hair & Care - German Shepherd vs Newfoundland vs Rough Collie

Coat Fuzzy Fluffy Waterproof Thick Rough Soft Thick Straight Harsh Furry
Colors Silver Tan Red Black Gray Brown White Black Black & White & Tan Blue & Merle Blue & Merle & White Sable Sable & White White White & Merle Merle
Grooming
Average: The German Shepherd requires average grooming effort.
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Shedding Level
German Shepherds are heavy shedders.
Newfoundlands are heavy shedders.
Rough Collies are heavy shedders.

Characteristics - German Shepherd vs Newfoundland vs Rough Collie

Temperament Alert Courageous Intelligent Obedient Confident Curious Loyal Watchful Cheerful Intelligent Social Gentle Courageous Loyal Sweet Friendly Gentle Intelligent Loyal Protective Responsive Social Hard working Docile Obedient Elegant Herding
Intelligent Rank
Outstanding: German Shepherd is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Smart: Newfoundland's has great intelligence.
Very smart: Rough Collie is an excellent dog breed.
Trainability
German Shepherds are easy to train.
Newfoundlands are easy to train.
Rough Collies are very easy to train.
Playfulness
German Shepherds, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Newfoundlands, like any other dog breed, like playing.
The Rough Collie is a playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
German Shepherds don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Rough Collies don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Affection Level
German Shepherds are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Newfoundlands are highly affectionate dogs.
Rough Collies are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
German Shepherds need for social interaction is average.
Newfoundlands are a social breed.
Rough Collies need a lot of social interaction.
Barking
Low to Average: The German Shepherd rarely barks.
Low to Average: The Newfoundland rarely barks.
Low to Average: The Rough Collie rarely barks.
Watchdog Ability
German Shepherds are one of the best watchdogs.
Newfoundlands are one of the best watchdogs.
Rough Collies are one of the best watchdogs.
Territorial
German Shepherds are extremely protective guard dogs.
Newfoundlands are extremely protective guard dogs.
Rough Collies are extremely protective guard dogs.
Biting Potential High
The German Shepherd has a high chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Newfoundland has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Rough Collie has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
German Shepherds have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Newfoundlands 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.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
German Shepherds are not the biggest explorers.
Newfoundlands have average wanderlust potential.
Rough Collies are not the biggest explorers.
Prey Drive
German Shepherds have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Newfoundlands have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Rough Collies have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Apartment Friendly
German Shepherds are not the best choice for an apartment lifestyle, but they don't mind being inside if you walk them several times every day.
Newfoundlands are not the best choice for an apartment lifestyle, but they don't mind being inside if you walk them several times every day.
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
German Shepherds adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Newfoundlands adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
Rough Collies adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
Newfoundlands 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.
Fighting 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.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With - German Shepherd vs Newfoundland vs Rough Collie

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

Health Issues
German Shepherds are commonly healthy dogs.
Nagyon egészséges kutyafajta Newfoundland.
Egészségesek Rough Collie fajták, de vannak bizonyos egészségügyi problémáik, amelyeket rendszeresen ellenőrizned kell az állatorvossal.
Health Problems 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 Addison's Disease Bloat Cancer Cataracts Cherry Eye Cystinuria Elbow Dysplasia Epilepsy Hip Dysplasia Hypothyroidism Subvalvular Aortic Stenosis Collie Eye Anomaly Gray Collie Syndrome Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Drug Sensitivity Hip Dysplasia
Life Expectancy 10-13 years 9-12 years 14-16 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
German Shepherds are high energy dogs.
Newfoundlands 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
German Shepherds need quite a lot of exercise.
Newfoundlands have an average exercise need.
Rough Collies need quite a lot of exercise.
Sleeping Need
German Shepherds don't need too much sleep.
Newfoundlands 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 3 to 4 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 5 to 6 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
Low to Average.
Average to High.
Average.
Weather & Climate Tolerates warm and cold weather. Prefers cold weather
The Newfoundland can adapt well to harsh weather conditions, and also 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 German Shepherd has an average chance of bad smell.
High
The Newfoundland has a high chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Rough Collie has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The German Shepherd is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Newfoundland is a big drooler, so if you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, you should choose a dog from another breed.
The Rough Collie is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - German Shepherd vs Newfoundland 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 6-10 puppies 4-12 puppies 4-8 puppies

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