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Glen of Imaal Terrier vs Norwegian Buhund vs Irish Water Spaniel – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Glen of Imaal Terrier vs Norwegian Buhund vs Irish Water Spaniel" Compare Glen of Imaal Terrier and Norwegian Buhund. Which is better: Glen of Imaal Terrier or Norwegian Buhund or Irish Water Spaniel?
Name Glen of Imaal Terrier Norwegian Buhund Irish Water Spaniel
OriginsIreland Norway Ireland
Group Hunting Dogs Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs) Gun Dog
Popularity Rank158170164
Reviews000
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Other Names Glen, Glennie, Irish Glen Of Imaal Terrier Norsk Buhund, Norwegian Sheepdog Whiptail, Shannon Spaniel, Rat Tail Spaniel, Bog Dog
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2004 as a Terrier breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2009 as a Herding breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1878 as a Sporting breed.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Terriers group, in the Large and medium sized Terriers section. Recognized by FCI in the Spitz and primitive types group, in the Nordic Watchdogs and Herders section. Recognized by FCI in the Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs group, in the Water Dogs section.
Breed Recognition No set No set No set
Price $800-$1000 $800-$1000 $800-$1000

General Appearance - Glen of Imaal Terrier vs Norwegian Buhund vs Irish Water Spaniel

Size Medium Medium Medium
Weight 34-36 pounds (15.5-16.5 kg) Male: 31-40 pounds (14-18 kg), Female: 26½-35½ pounds (12-16 kg) 45-65 pounds (20-30 kg)
Avg. Weight 35 pounds (15.5-16.5 kg) Male: 35.5 pounds (16 kg), Female: 26.5-35.5 pounds (14 kg) 55 pounds (25 kg)
Height 14 inches (35.5-36.5 cm) Male: 17-18.5 inches (43-47 cm), Female: 16-17.5 inches (41-45 cm) 20-23 inches (51-58 cm)
Avg. Height 14 inches (35.5-36.5 cm) Male: 17-18½ inches (45 cm), Female: 16-17½ inches (43 cm) 21.5 inches (54.5 cm)

Hair & Care - Glen of Imaal Terrier vs Norwegian Buhund vs Irish Water Spaniel

Coat Dense Dense Dense Tight Curly
Colors Brown Blue Black Wheaten Black Brown
Grooming
Easy to groom: The Glen of Imaal Terrier doesn't require a lot of grooming.
Effortless: The Norwegian Buhund requires minimal grooming.
Advanced: The Irish Water Spaniel requires a lot of grooming.
Shedding Level
Glen of Imaal Terriers shed none to minimal.
Norwegian Buhunds shed moderately.
Irish Water Spaniels shed none to minimal.

Characteristics - Glen of Imaal Terrier vs Norwegian Buhund vs Irish Water Spaniel

Temperament Active Courageous Loyal Agile Gentle Spirited Agile Energetic Funny Loving Courageous Friendly Active Clownish Intelligent Alert Inquisitive Quick
Intelligent Rank
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
Very smart: Irish Water Spaniel is an excellent dog breed.
Trainability
Glen of Imaal Terriers are easy to train.
Norwegian Buhunds are quite easy to train.
Irish Water Spaniels are easy to train.
Playfulness
The Glen of Imaal Terrier is a playful breed.
The Norwegian Buhund is a highly playful breed.
The Irish Water Spaniel is a playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
Glen of Imaal Terriers have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
Norwegian Buhunds have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Affection Level
Glen of Imaal Terriers are highly affectionate dogs.
Norwegian Buhunds are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Irish Water Spaniels are highly affectionate dogs.
Social Needs
Glen of Imaal Terriers need for social interaction is average.
Norwegian Buhunds need for social interaction is average.
Irish Water Spaniels need for social interaction is average.
Barking
Low: The Glen of Imaal Terrier barks none to minimal.
High: The Norwegian Buhund is a very vocal breed.
Average: The Irish Water Spaniel barks occasionally.
Watchdog Ability
Glen of Imaal Terriers are average watchdogs.
Norwegian Buhunds are good watchdogs.
Irish Water Spaniels are good watchdogs.
Territorial
Glen of Imaal Terriers are extremely protective guard dogs.
Norwegian Buhunds are average defenders.
Irish Water Spaniels are average defenders.
Biting Potential Low
The Glen of Imaal Terrier has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Norwegian Buhund has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Irish Water Spaniel has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Glen of Imaal Terriers have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Norwegian Buhunds have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Irish Water Spaniels have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Glen of Imaal Terriers have average wanderlust potential.
Wanderlust potential of the Norwegian Buhund is strong enough to escape from home.
Irish Water Spaniels have average wanderlust potential.
Prey Drive
Glen of Imaal Terriers have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
Norwegian Buhunds have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Irish Water Spaniels have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
Apartment Friendly
Glen of Imaal Terriers are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Norwegian Buhunds are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Irish Water Spaniels are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Adaptability
Glen of Imaal Terriers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Norwegian Buhunds adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Irish Water Spaniels 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.
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.
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 - Glen of Imaal Terrier vs Norwegian Buhund vs Irish Water Spaniel

Stranger Friendly
Glen of Imaal Terriers are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Norwegian Buhunds are average friendly towards strangers.
Irish Water Spaniels are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Glen of Imaal Terriers are kid-friendly dogs.
Norwegian Buhunds are very kid-friendly dogs.
Irish Water Spaniels are very kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Glen of Imaal Terriers are not cat-friendly dogs.
Norwegian Buhunds are very cat-friendly dogs.
Irish Water Spaniels are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Glen of Imaal Terriers are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
Norwegian Buhunds are average friendly towards other dogs.
Irish Water Spaniels are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
Glen of Imaal Terrier is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Yes
Norwegian Buhund is one of the best dog breeds for office environment
No
Irish Water Spaniel is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Glen of Imaal Terriers are usually recommended for elderly people.
Norwegian Buhunds are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Irish Water Spaniels are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Glen of Imaal Terriers do best when they’re the only pet at the family.
Norwegian Buhunds are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Irish Water Spaniels usually don’t get on well with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners Yes
Glen of Imaal Terriers are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Yes
Norwegian Buhunds are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
No
Irish Water Spaniels 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 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.
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) 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.
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
Glen of Imaal Terrier breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Norwegian Buhund breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Yes
Irish Water Spaniel breed usually likes 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 - Glen of Imaal Terrier vs Norwegian Buhund vs Irish Water Spaniel

Health Issues
The Glen of Imaal Terrier is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Norwegian Buhunds tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
Irish Water Spaniels are commonly healthy dogs.
Health Problems Allergies Eye Problems Hip Dysplasia Hypothyroidism Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Skin Irritation Thrombopathia Eye Problems Hip Dysplasia Von Willebrand's Disease No set
Life Expectancy 12-14 years 13-15 years 10-12 years
Hypoallergenic No No Yes
Energy Level
Glen of Imaal Terriers have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Norwegian Buhunds have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Irish Water Spaniels are high energy dogs.
Exercise Need
Glen of Imaal Terriers need quite a lot of exercise.
Norwegian Buhunds need a lot of exercises.
Irish Water Spaniels need a lot of exercises.
Sleeping Need
Glen of Imaal Terriers are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Norwegian Buhunds are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Irish Water Spaniels don't need too much sleep.
Avg. daily food consumption 1 to 2 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. 2 to 3 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Average.
Average.
Average.
Weather & Climate Tolerates warm and cold weather. Prefers cold weather
The Norwegian Buhund can adapt well to harsh weather conditions, and also can be a good mountain dog.
Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Irish Water Spaniel can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness Medium
The Glen of Imaal Terrier has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Norwegian Buhund has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Irish Water Spaniel has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Glen of Imaal Terrier is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Norwegian Buhund is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Irish Water Spaniel is a perfect example for low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Glen of Imaal Terrier vs Norwegian Buhund vs Irish Water Spaniel

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 3-5 puppies 4-8 puppies 4-12 puppies

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