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German Shorthaired Pointer vs Miniature American Shepherd vs Australian Shepherd – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between German Shorthaired Pointer vs Miniature American Shepherd vs Australian Shepherd" Compare German Shorthaired Pointer and Miniature American Shepherd. Which is better: German Shorthaired Pointer or Miniature American Shepherd or Australian Shepherd?
Name German Shorthaired Pointer Miniature American Shepherd Australian Shepherd
OriginsGermany United States United States
Group Gun Dog Working Dogs Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs)
Popularity Rank103517
Reviews202
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Other Names Deutsch Kurzhaar, Kurzhaar, GSP, DK, Deutscher Kurzhaariger Vorstehhund North American Shepherd, Mini American, MAS, Ameri Aussie, Little Blue Dog
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 2015 as a Herding breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1991 as a Herding breed.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Pointing Dogs group, in the Continental Pointing Dogs section. Not recognized by FCI. Recognized by FCI in the Sheepdogs and Cattledogs (except Swiss Cattledogs) group, in the Sheepdogs 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 No set American Canine Registry American Kennel Club America's Pet Registry Dog Registry of America Inc. North American Purebred Registry, Inc. American Canine Association, Inc. Continental Kennel Club National Kennel Club New Zealand Kennel Club United Kennel Club Australian Shepherd Club Of America
Price $600-$800 $900-$1000 $600-$800

General Appearance - German Shorthaired Pointer vs Miniature American Shepherd vs Australian Shepherd

Size Large Medium Small Medium Large
Weight Male: 55-70 pounds (25-32 kg), Female: 45-60 pounds (20-27 kg) 15-35 pounds (6-16 kg) Male: 50-65 pounds (25-29 kg), Female: 40-55 pounds (18-25 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 62.5 pounds (28.5 kg), Female: 52.5 pounds (23.5 kg) 25 pounds (11 kg) Male: 57.5 pounds (27 kg), Female: 47.5 pounds (21.5 kg)
Height Male: 23-25 inches (59-64 cm), Female: 21-23 inches (53-58 cm) Male: 14–18 inches (36–46 cm), Female: 13–17 inches (33–43 cm) Male: 20-23 inches (52-58cm), Female: 18-21 inches (46–53 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 24 inches (61.5 cm), Female: 22 inches (55.5 cm) Male: 14–18 inches (36–46 cm), Female: 13–17 inches (33–43 cm) Male: 21.5 inches (55 cm), Female: 19.5 inches (46–53 cm)

Hair & Care - German Shorthaired Pointer vs Miniature American Shepherd vs Australian Shepherd

Coat Dense Smooth Feathered
Colors Roan Liver White Black Merle Blue White Black Red Blue Merle Black
Grooming
Effortless: The German Shorthaired Pointer requires minimal grooming.
Easy to groom: The Miniature American Shepherd doesn't require a lot of grooming.
Average: The Australian Shepherd requires average grooming effort.
Shedding Level
German Shorthaired Pointers shed moderately.
Miniature American Shepherds shed moderately.
Australian Shepherds shed moderately.

Characteristics - German Shorthaired Pointer vs Miniature American Shepherd vs Australian Shepherd

Temperament Affectionate Bold Intelligent Boisterous Cooperative Trainable Devoted Intelligent Energetic Loyal Active Friendly Intelligent Loving Affectionate Good-natured Protective
Intelligent Rank
Very smart: German Shorthaired Pointer is an excellent dog breed.
Average: Miniature American Shepherd's has average obedience intelligence.
Smart: Australian Shepherd's has great intelligence.
Trainability
German Shorthaired Pointers are very easy to train.
Miniature American Shepherds are very easy to train.
Australian Shepherds are very easy to train.
Playfulness
The German Shorthaired Pointer is a highly playful breed.
The Miniature American Shepherd is a highly playful breed.
The Australian Shepherd is a highly playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Australian Shepherds don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Affection Level
German Shorthaired Pointers are highly affectionate dogs.
Miniature American Shepherds are highly affectionate dogs.
Australian Shepherds are highly affectionate dogs.
Social Needs
German Shorthaired Pointers need for social interaction is average.
Miniature American Shepherds need for social interaction is average.
Australian Shepherds are a social breed.
Barking
Average: The German Shorthaired Pointer barks occasionally.
Low to Average: The Miniature American Shepherd rarely barks.
Low to Average: The Australian Shepherd rarely barks.
Watchdog Ability
German Shorthaired Pointers are average watchdogs.
Miniature American Shepherds are average watchdogs.
Australian Shepherds are one of the best watchdogs.
Territorial
German Shorthaired Pointers are average defenders.
Miniature American Shepherds are average defenders.
Australian Shepherds are extremely protective guard dogs.
Biting Potential Low
The German Shorthaired Pointer has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Miniature American Shepherd has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Australian Shepherd 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.
Miniature American Shepherds have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Australian Shepherds have a higher than 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.
Miniature American Shepherds have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
Australian Shepherds are not the biggest explorers.
Prey Drive
German Shorthaired Pointers have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
Miniature American Shepherds have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Australian Shepherds have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Apartment Friendly
German Shorthaired Pointers are not apartment-friendly dogs.
Miniature American 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.
Australian 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.
Adaptability
German Shorthaired Pointers adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
Miniature American Shepherds don't adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
Australian Shepherds 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.
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
Australian Shepherds 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.
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 Miniature American Shepherd vs Australian Shepherd

Stranger Friendly
German Shorthaired Pointers are average friendly towards strangers.
Miniature American Shepherds are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Australian Shepherds are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
German Shorthaired Pointers are kid-friendly dogs.
Miniature American Shepherds are kid-friendly dogs.
Australian Shepherds are very kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
German Shorthaired Pointers are not cat-friendly dogs.
Miniature American Shepherds are average friendly towards cats.
Australian Shepherds are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
German Shorthaired Pointers are dog-friendly dogs.
Miniature American Shepherds are average friendly towards other dogs.
Australian Shepherds are average friendly towards other dogs.
Office Friendly No
German Shorthaired Pointer is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Miniature American Shepherd is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Australian Shepherd is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
German Shorthaired Pointers are usually recommended for elderly people.
Miniature American Shepherds are usually recommended for elderly people.
Australian Shepherds 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.
Miniature American Shepherds are generally with other pets.
Australian Shepherds 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
Miniature American Shepherds are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Australian Shepherds 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 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.
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.
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
German Shorthaired Pointer breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Miniature American Shepherd breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Australian Shepherd 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 Miniature American Shepherd vs Australian Shepherd

Health Issues
German Shorthaired Pointers are commonly healthy dogs.
Miniature American Shepherds tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
The Australian Shepherd 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) No set Allergies Cancer Cataracts Collie Eye Anomaly Deafness Detached Retina Distichiasis Drug Sensitivity Elbow Dysplasia Epilepsy Hip Dysplasia Hypothyroidism Nasal Solar Dermatitis Osteochondrosis Dissecans Persistent Pupillary Membranes Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Life Expectancy 12-14 years 13-15 years 12-15 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
German Shorthaired Pointers are high energy dogs.
Miniature American Shepherds are high energy dogs.
Australian Shepherds are high energy dogs.
Exercise Need
German Shorthaired Pointers need a lot of exercises.
Miniature American Shepherds have an average exercise need.
Australian Shepherds need a lot of exercises.
Sleeping Need
German Shorthaired Pointers don't need too much sleep.
Miniature American Shepherds don't need too much sleep.
Australian Shepherds 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 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 1.5 to 2.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Average.
Average.
Average to High.
Weather & Climate Prefers average to warm weather conditions Tolerates warm and cold weather. Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Australian Shepherd 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 Miniature American Shepherd has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Australian Shepherd has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The German Shorthaired Pointer is a perfect example for low drooling tendency.
The Miniature American Shepherd is a perfect example for low drooling tendency.
The Australian Shepherd is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - German Shorthaired Pointer vs Miniature American Shepherd vs Australian Shepherd

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 2-6 puppies 6-9 puppies, average 7

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