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Golden Retriever vs Basenji vs Boston Terrier Comparison - Dog breed selector: Yellow Retriever or Congo Dog or Boston Bull? Find the right dog for you

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Name Golden Retriever Basenji Boston Terrier
OriginsScotland Democratic Republic of the Congo United States
Group Gun Dog Hunting Dogs Companion Dogs
Popularity Rank38421
Reviews721
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Other Names Yellow Retriever, Golden Flat Coat Congo Dog, Congo Terrier, African Bush Dog, African Barkless Dog, Ango Angari, Zande Dog Boston Bull, Boston Bull Terrier, Boxwood, American Gentlemen
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1925 as a Sporting breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1944 as a Hound breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1893 as a Non-Sporting breed.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs group, in the Retrievers section. Recognized by FCI in the Spitz and primitive types group, in the Primitive type section. Recognized by FCI in the Companion and Toy Dogs group, in the Small Molossian type Dogs 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
No data available 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
Which is cheaper Golden Retriever or Basenji or Boston Terrier? Which is more expensive?
$1000-$2000 $1000-$1200 $600-$800

Golden Retriever vs Basenji vs Boston Terrier General Appearance & Basic Info Comparison

Size
Which is bigger Golden Retriever or Basenji or Boston Terrier?
Large Medium Small
Weight
Which is heavier Golden Retriever or Basenji or Basenji?
Male: 60-80 pounds (27-36 kg), Female: 55-70 pounds (25-32 kg) Male: 22-26 pounds (10-12 kg), Female: 20-25 pounds (9-11 kg) 10-25 pounds (6-11kg)
Avg. Weight
Which dog has a smaller / higher average weight?
Male: 70 pounds (31.5 kg), Female: 62.5 pounds (28.5 kg) Male: 24 pounds (11 kg), Female: 22.5 pounds (10 kg) 17.5 pounds (8.5 kg)
Height
Which is taller Golden Retriever or Basenji or Boston Terrier?
Male: 22-24 inches (56-61cm), Female: 20-22 inches (51-56 cm) Male: 16-17 inches (41-43 cm), Female: 15-16 inches (38-41 cm) 15-17 inches (38-43 cm)
Avg. Height
Which dog has a smaller / higher average height?
Male: 23 inches (58.5 cm), Female: 21 inches (53.5 cm) Male: 16.5 inches (42 cm), Female: 15.5 inches (39.5 cm) 16 inches (40.5 cm)

Golden Retriever vs Basenji vs Boston Terrier Hair & Care Comparison

Coat / Hair Types Silky
Wavy
Shiny
Straight
Fine Fine
Colors Golden
Light
White
Brindle
Tan
Red
Black
White
Brindle
Seal
Black
Grooming
Average: The Golden Retriever requires average grooming effort.
Effortless: The Basenji requires minimal grooming.
Effortless: The Boston Terrier requires minimal grooming.
Shedding Level
Golden Retrievers shed moderately.
Basenjis shed none to minimal.
Boston Terriers shed moderately.

Golden Retriever vs Basenji vs Boston Terrier Characteristics Comparison

Temperament Confident
Intelligent
Reliable
Friendly
Kind
Trustworthy
Affectionate
Curious
Playful
Alert
Energetic
Intelligent
Affectionate
Friendly
Intelligent
Playful
Aggressive
Gentle
Lively
Intelligent Rank
Outstanding: Golden Retriever is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Low: The Basenji if one of the dog breeds that have the lowest degree of obedience intelligence.
Átlagos: Átlagos intelligenciájú Boston Terrier.
Trainability
Golden Retrievers are easy to train.
Basenjis are easy to train.
Boston Terriers are quite easy to train.
Playfulness
The Golden Retriever is a highly playful breed.
Basenjis, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Boston Terriers, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Sensitivity Level
Golden Retrievers have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
Basenjis have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
Boston Terriers don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Affection Level
Golden Retrievers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Basenjis may seem unfriendly sometimes due to their independence.
Boston Terriers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Golden Retrievers need a lot of social interaction.
Basenjis are kinda antisocial.
Boston Terriers are a social breed.
Barking
Low to Average: The Golden Retriever rarely barks.
Low: The Basenji barks none to minimal.
Low to Average: The Boston Terrier rarely barks.
Watchdog Ability
Golden Retrievers are average watchdogs.
Basenjis are one of the best watchdogs.
Boston Terriers are average watchdogs.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Golden Retrievers are average defenders.
Basenjis are average defenders.
Boston Terriers are average defenders.
Biting Potential Moderate
The Golden Retriever has an average chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Basenji has a low chance of biting somebody.
Moderate
The Boston Terrier has an average chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Golden Retrievers have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Basenjis have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Boston Terriers have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Golden Retrievers tend to escape less than other breeds.
Basenjis have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
Boston Terriers have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
Prey Drive
Golden Retrievers 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.
Basenjis have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
Boston Terriers have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Apartment Friendly
Nem ajánlott lakásban tartani Golden Retriever kutyafajtát.
Nem ajánlott lakásban tartani Basenji kutyafajtát.
Kimondottan lakásbarát kutya Boston Terrier fajta.
Adaptability
Golden Retrievers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Basenjis adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Boston Terriers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Which dog can be left alone: Golden Retriever or Basenji or Boston Terrier?
Golden Retrievers tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Basenjis handle alone time quite well.
Boston Terriers 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.
Yes
In history, this breed was unfortunately used for combat dog.
Yes
In history, this breed was unfortunately used for combat dog.

Golden Retriever vs Basenji vs Boston Terrier Good With Comparison

Stranger Friendly
Golden Retrievers are very stranger friendly dogs.
Basenjis are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Boston Terriers are stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Golden Retrievers are very kid-friendly dogs.
Basenjis are kid-friendly dogs.
Boston Terriers are very kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Golden Retrievers are cat-friendly dogs.
Basenjis are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
Boston Terriers are very cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Golden Retrievers are very dog-friendly dogs.
Basenjis are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
Boston Terriers are very dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly
Which one fits better in the office?
Yes
Golden Retriever is one of the best dog breeds for office environment
No
Basenji is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Boston Terrier is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Which dog is good for elderly people?
Golden Retrievers are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Basenjis are usually recommended for elderly people.
Boston Terriers are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Which dog breeds get along well with other animals/pets?
Golden Retrievers are usually friendly towards other pets.
Basenjis usually don’t get on well with other pets.
Boston Terriers are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Good For First Time Owners
Which dog is good for the first-time owners: Golden Retriever vs Basenji vs Boston Terrier?
Yes
Golden Retrievers are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Yes
Basenjis are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
No
Boston Terriers are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog Yes
This breed makes good 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 Yes
This breed makes a perfect 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 Yes
Golden Retriever breed usually likes being on a boat.
Not really
Basenji breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Boston Terrier 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.

Golden Retriever vs Basenji vs Boston Terrier Health Factors Comparison

Health Issues
Golden Retrievers are commonly healthy dogs.
The Basenji is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
The Boston Terrier is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems Allergies
Bloat
Cataracts
Elbow Dysplasia
Epilepsy
Hemangiosarcoma
Hip Dysplasia
Hypothyroidism
Osteochondrosis Dissecans
Osteosarcoma
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Subvalvular Aortic Stenosis
Von Willebrand's Disease
No data available Allergies
Brain Tumors
Cataracts
Cherry Eye
Deafness
Heart Murmurs
Megaesophagus
Patellar Luxation
Reverse Sneezing
Life Expectancy 10-12 years 10-12 years 12-15 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
Golden Retrievers are high energy dogs.
Basenjis are high energy dogs.
Boston Terriers have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
Golden Retrievers need a lot of exercises.
Basenjis need quite a lot of exercise.
Boston Terriers have an average exercise need.
Sleeping Need
Golden Retrievers don't need too much sleep.
Basenjis don't need too much sleep.
Boston Terriers are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Avg. daily food consumption 3 to 4 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 3/4 to 1 cup of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 0.5 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
High: The Golden Retriever breed has a strong tendency to overweight.
Low to Average.
Average.
Weather & Climate Tolerates warm and cold weather. Prefers warm weather Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness Medium
The Golden Retriever has an average chance of bad smell.
Low
The Basenji has a low chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Boston Terrier has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Golden Retriever drools quite a lot, so if you dislike being covered by slobber spots on your clothes, you may want to choose another dog breed.
The Basenji is a perfect example for low drooling tendency.
The Boston Terrier is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Golden Retriever vs Basenji vs Boston Terrier Reproducibility Comparison

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 5-10 puppies 4-5 puppies 3-5 puppies

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