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

"Find similarities and differences between German Shorthaired Pointer vs English Pointer vs Border Collie" Compare German Shorthaired Pointer and English Pointer. Which is better: German Shorthaired Pointer or English Pointer or Border Collie?
Name German Shorthaired Pointer English Pointer Border Collie
OriginsGermany England England Scotland Wales
Group Gun Dog Gun Dog Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs)
Popularity Rank1011338
Reviews2010
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Other Names Deutsch Kurzhaar, Kurzhaar, GSP, DK, Deutscher Kurzhaariger Vorstehhund English Pointer Scotch Sheep Dog, Sheepdog
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 1878 as a Sporting breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1995 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.
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
Price $600-$800 $400-$500 $600-$800

General Appearance - German Shorthaired Pointer vs English Pointer vs Border Collie

Size Large
Medium
Medium Large
Weight Male: 55-70 pounds (25-32 kg), Female: 45-60 pounds (20-27 kg) 44-66 pounds (20-30 kg) Male: 30-45 pounds (14-20 kg), Female: 27-42 pounds (12-19 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 62.5 pounds (28.5 kg), Female: 52.5 pounds (23.5 kg) 55 pounds (25 kg) Male: 37.5 pounds (17 kg), Female: 34.5 pounds (15.5 kg)
Height Male: 23-25 inches (59-64 cm), Female: 21-23 inches (53-58 cm) Male: 22-24 inches (55-62 cm), Female: 21-24 inches (54-60 cm) Male: 19-22 inches (48-56 cm), Female: 18-21 inches (46-53 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 24 inches (61.5 cm), Female: 22 inches (55.5 cm) Male: 23 inches (58.5 cm), Female: 22.5 inches (57 cm) Male: 20.5 inches (52 cm), Female: 19.5 inches (49.5 cm)

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

Coat Dense Dense Dense
Feathered
Straight
Short
Moderately Long
Colors Roan
Liver
White
Black
White
Brown
Yellow
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
Grooming
Effortless: The German Shorthaired Pointer requires minimal grooming.
Effortless: The English Pointer requires minimal grooming.
Average: The Border Collie requires average grooming effort.
Shedding Level
German Shorthaired Pointers shed moderately.
English Pointers shed none to minimal.
Border Collies shed moderately.

Characteristics - German Shorthaired Pointer vs English Pointer vs Border Collie

Temperament Affectionate
Bold
Intelligent
Boisterous
Cooperative
Trainable
Active
Amiable
Kind
Intelligent
Affectionate
Outright
Tempered
Loyal
Intelligent
Alert
Tenacious
Protective
Energetic
Responsive
Loyal
Intelligent Rank
Very smart: German Shorthaired Pointer is an excellent dog breed.
Average: English Pointer's has average obedience intelligence.
Outstanding: Border Collie is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Trainability
German Shorthaired Pointers are very easy to train.
English Pointers are very easy to train.
Border Collies are easy to train.
Playfulness
The German Shorthaired Pointer is a highly playful breed.
The English Pointer is a highly playful breed.
The Border Collie is a highly playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
English Pointers have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
Border Collies don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Affection Level
German Shorthaired Pointers are highly affectionate dogs.
English Pointers are highly affectionate dogs.
Border Collies are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
German Shorthaired Pointers need for social interaction is average.
English Pointers need for social interaction is average.
Border Collies need a lot of social interaction.
Barking
Average: The German Shorthaired Pointer barks occasionally.
Average: The English Pointer barks occasionally.
Low to Average: The Border Collie rarely barks.
Watchdog Ability
German Shorthaired Pointers are average watchdogs.
English Pointers are good watchdogs.
Border Collies are one of the best watchdogs.
Territorial
German Shorthaired Pointers are average defenders.
English Pointers strongly protect their territory.
Border Collies are extremely protective guard dogs.
Biting Potential Low
The German Shorthaired Pointer has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The English Pointer has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Border Collie 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.
English Pointers have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Border Collies have a strong 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.
English Pointers have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
Border Collies have average wanderlust potential.
Prey Drive
German Shorthaired Pointers have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
English 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.
Apartment Friendly
German Shorthaired Pointers are not apartment-friendly dogs.
English Pointers are not apartment-friendly dogs.
Border Collies are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Adaptability
German Shorthaired Pointers adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
English Pointers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Border Collies 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.
Border 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 - German Shorthaired Pointer vs English Pointer vs Border Collie

Stranger Friendly
German Shorthaired Pointers are average friendly towards strangers.
English Pointers are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Border Collies are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
German Shorthaired Pointers are kid-friendly dogs.
English Pointers are very kid-friendly dogs.
Border Collies are very kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
German Shorthaired Pointers are not cat-friendly dogs.
English Pointers are not cat-friendly dogs.
Border Collies are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
German Shorthaired Pointers are dog-friendly dogs.
English Pointers are very dog-friendly dogs.
Border Collies are average friendly towards other dogs.
Office Friendly No
German Shorthaired Pointer is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
English Pointer is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Border Collie is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
German Shorthaired Pointers are usually recommended for elderly people.
English Pointers are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Border Collies 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.
English Pointers do best when they’re the only pet at the family.
Border Collies 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.
Yes
English Pointers are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
No
Border 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 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.
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.
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.
Boat Dog Not really
German Shorthaired Pointer breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
English Pointer breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Border 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 - German Shorthaired Pointer vs English Pointer vs Border Collie

Health Issues
German Shorthaired Pointers are commonly healthy dogs.
English Pointers tend to have a lot and frequent health issues.
The Border Collie 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
Collie Eye Anomaly
Epilepsy
Hip Dysplasia
Osteochondrosis Dissecans
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Life Expectancy 12-14 years 12-15 years 12-15 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
German Shorthaired Pointers are high energy dogs.
English Pointers are high energy dogs.
Border Collies are high energy dogs.
Exercise Need
German Shorthaired Pointers need a lot of exercises.
English Pointers need a lot of exercises.
Border Collies need a lot of exercises.
Sleeping Need
German Shorthaired Pointers don't need too much sleep.
English Pointers don't need too much sleep.
Border Collies 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. 2 to 3 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.
Weight Gain Potential
Average.
Average.
Average.
Weather & Climate Prefers average to warm weather conditions 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.
Stinkiness Medium
The German Shorthaired Pointer has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The English Pointer has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Border Collie has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The German Shorthaired Pointer is a perfect example for low drooling tendency.
The English Pointer is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Border Collie is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - German Shorthaired Pointer vs English Pointer vs Border 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 7-12 puppies 4-6 puppies 4-8 puppies

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