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German Shorthaired Pointer vs Border Collie vs Brittany – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between German Shorthaired Pointer vs Border Collie vs Brittany" Compare German Shorthaired Pointer and Border Collie. Which is better: German Shorthaired Pointer or Border Collie or Brittany?
Name German Shorthaired Pointer Border Collie Brittany
OriginsGermany England Scotland Wales France
Group Gun Dog Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs) Gun Dog
Popularity Rank103826
Reviews2102
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Other Names Deutsch Kurzhaar, Kurzhaar, GSP, DK, Deutscher Kurzhaariger Vorstehhund Scotch Sheep Dog, Sheepdog Epagneul Breton, Brittany Spaniel, American Brittany, Brittany Wiegref
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1930 as a Sporting breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1995 as a Herding breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1934 as a Sporting breed.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Pointing Dogs group, in the Continental Pointing 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 Continental Pointing Dogs section.
Breed Recognition American Kennel Club
Canadian Kennel Club
Federation Cynologique Internationale
Kennel Club of Great Britain
Australian National Kennel Council
New Zealand Kennel Club
United Kennel Club
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
The American Int. Border Collie Registry
The American Border Collie Association
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 $600-$800 $600-$800 $700-$800

General Appearance - German Shorthaired Pointer vs Border Collie vs Brittany

Size Large
Medium
Large Medium
Weight Male: 55-70 pounds (25-32 kg), Female: 45-60 pounds (20-27 kg) Male: 30-45 pounds (14-20 kg), Female: 27-42 pounds (12-19 kg) Male: 35-40 pounds (16-18 kg), Females: 30-40 pounds (14-18 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 62.5 pounds (28.5 kg), Female: 52.5 pounds (23.5 kg) Male: 37.5 pounds (17 kg), Female: 34.5 pounds (15.5 kg) Male: 37.5 pounds (17 kg), Females: 35 pounds (16 kg)
Height Male: 23-25 inches (59-64 cm), Female: 21-23 inches (53-58 cm) Male: 19-22 inches (48-56 cm), Female: 18-21 inches (46-53 cm) Male: 17-21 inches (43-53 cm), Female: 18-20 inches (46-51 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 24 inches (61.5 cm), Female: 22 inches (55.5 cm) Male: 20.5 inches (52 cm), Female: 19.5 inches (49.5 cm) Male: 19 inches (48 cm), Female: 19 inches (48.5 cm)

Hair & Care - German Shorthaired Pointer vs Border Collie vs Brittany

Coat Dense Dense
Feathered
Straight
Short
Moderately Long
Feathered
Colors Roan
Liver
White
Black
Black & White
Tricolor
Tan
Blue merle
Blue merle-tricolor
Slate merle
Red merle
Black
Brindle
Gold
Lilac
Red
Sable
Sable Merle
Saddleback Sable
White & Blue
White & Blue Merle
White & Red
White & Red Merle
White Ticked
Seal
Slate
White & Gold
White & Sable
White & Seal
Liver
White
Orange
Roan
Grooming
Effortless: The German Shorthaired Pointer requires minimal grooming.
Average: The Border Collie requires average grooming effort.
Easy to groom: The Brittany doesn't require a lot of grooming.
Shedding Level
German Shorthaired Pointers shed moderately.
Border Collies shed moderately.
Brittanys are low shedders.

Characteristics - German Shorthaired Pointer vs Border Collie vs Brittany

Temperament Affectionate
Bold
Intelligent
Boisterous
Cooperative
Trainable
Intelligent
Alert
Tenacious
Protective
Energetic
Responsive
Loyal
Alert
Intelligent
Social
Independent
Responsive
Intelligent Rank
Very smart: German Shorthaired Pointer is an excellent dog breed.
Outstanding: Border Collie is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Very smart: Brittany is an excellent dog breed.
Trainability
German Shorthaired Pointers are very easy to train.
Border Collies are easy to train.
Brittanys are easy to train.
Playfulness
The German Shorthaired Pointer is a highly playful breed.
The Border Collie is a highly playful breed.
The Brittany is a highly playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Border Collies don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Brittanys don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Affection Level
German Shorthaired Pointers are highly affectionate dogs.
Border Collies are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Brittanys are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
German Shorthaired Pointers need for social interaction is average.
Border Collies need a lot of social interaction.
Brittanys need a lot of social interaction.
Barking
Average: The German Shorthaired Pointer barks occasionally.
Low to Average: The Border Collie rarely barks.
Average: The Brittany barks occasionally.
Watchdog Ability
German Shorthaired Pointers are average watchdogs.
Border Collies are one of the best watchdogs.
Brittanys are average watchdogs.
Territorial
German Shorthaired Pointers are average defenders.
Border Collies are extremely protective guard dogs.
Brittanys are average defenders.
Biting Potential Low
The German Shorthaired Pointer has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Border Collie has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Brittany has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
German Shorthaired Pointers have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Border Collies have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Brittanys have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
German Shorthaired Pointers have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
Border Collies have average wanderlust potential.
Wanderlust potential of the Brittany is strong enough to escape from home.
Prey Drive
German Shorthaired Pointers have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
Border Collies 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.
Brittanys have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
Apartment Friendly
German Shorthaired Pointers are not apartment-friendly dogs.
Border Collies are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Brittanys 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 Shorthaired Pointers adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
Border Collies adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Brittanys adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all 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.
Border Collies tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Brittanys 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 - German Shorthaired Pointer vs Border Collie vs Brittany

Stranger Friendly
German Shorthaired Pointers are average friendly towards strangers.
Border Collies are average friendly towards strangers.
Brittanys are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
German Shorthaired Pointers are kid-friendly dogs.
Border Collies are very kid-friendly dogs.
Brittanys are very kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
German Shorthaired Pointers are not cat-friendly dogs.
Border Collies are average friendly towards cats.
Brittanys are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
German Shorthaired Pointers are dog-friendly dogs.
Border Collies are average friendly towards other dogs.
Brittanys are very dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
German Shorthaired Pointer is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Border Collie is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Brittany is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
German Shorthaired Pointers are usually recommended for elderly people.
Border Collies are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Brittanys are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
German Shorthaired Pointers do best when they’re the only pet at the family.
Border Collies are generally with other pets.
Brittanys are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners No
German Shorthaired Pointers are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Border Collies are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Brittanys 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 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.
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) 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 Shorthaired Pointer breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Border Collie breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Brittany 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 - German Shorthaired Pointer vs Border Collie vs Brittany

Health Issues
German Shorthaired Pointers are commonly healthy dogs.
The Border Collie is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
The Brittany is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems Gastric Torsion
Hypothyroidism
Canine Hip Dysplasia (CHD)
Osteochondrosis Dissecans
Von Willebrand's Disease
Entropion
Pannus
Lymphedema
Cardiomyopathy
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Allergies
Collie Eye Anomaly
Epilepsy
Hip Dysplasia
Osteochondrosis Dissecans
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Epilepsy
Hip Dysplasia
Hypothyroidism
Life Expectancy 12-14 years 12-15 years 12-15 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
German Shorthaired Pointers are high energy dogs.
Border Collies are high energy dogs.
Brittanys are high energy dogs.
Exercise Need
German Shorthaired Pointers need a lot of exercises.
Border Collies need a lot of exercises.
Brittanys need a lot of exercises.
Sleeping Need
German Shorthaired Pointers don't need too much sleep.
Border Collies don't need too much sleep.
Brittanys don't need too much sleep.
Avg. daily food consumption 3 to 4 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 1.5 to 2 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two or three meals. 1.5 to 2 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two or three meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Average.
Average.
Average.
Weather & Climate Prefers average to warm weather conditions Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Border 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 Brittany can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness Medium
The German Shorthaired Pointer has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Border Collie has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Brittany has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The German Shorthaired Pointer is a perfect example for low drooling tendency.
The Border Collie is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Brittany is a perfect example for low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - German Shorthaired Pointer vs Border Collie vs Brittany

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 7-12 puppies 4-8 puppies 1-11 puppies, average 6

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