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Golden Retriever vs Border Collie vs Australian Kelpie Comparison - Dog breed selector: Yellow Retriever or Scotch Sheep Dog or Australian Sheepdog? Find the right dog for you

"Find similarities and differences between Golden Retriever vs Border Collie vs Australian Kelpie" Compare Golden Retriever and Border Collie. Which is better: Golden Retriever or Border Collie or Australian Kelpie?
Name Golden Retriever Border Collie Australian Kelpie
OriginsScotland England Scotland Wales Australia
Group Gun Dog Pastoral / Herding Dogs Working Dogs
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Other Names
What other names do they have?
Yellow Retriever, Golden Flat Coat Scotch Sheep Dog, Sheepdog Australian Sheepdog, Australischer Kelpie, Kelpie, Barb
Breed Type
Which dog is purebred or crossbreed? Golden Retriever vs Border Collie vs Australian Kelpie breed type comparison:
Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group
Which dog is recognized by the AKC?
Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1925 as a Sporting breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1995 as a Herding breed. Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Which dog is recognized by the FCI?
Recognized by FCI in the Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs group, in the Retrievers section. Recognized by FCI in the Sheepdogs and Cattledogs (except Swiss Cattledogs) group, in the Sheepdogs section. Recognized by FCI in the Sheepdogs and Cattledogs (except Swiss Cattledogs) group, in the Sheepdogs section.
Breed Recognition
What other organizations and kennel clubs recognize these dog breeds?
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
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
America's Pet Registry
Canadian Kennel Club
Dog Registry of America Inc.
Federation Cynologique Internationale
Kennel Club of Great Britain
American Canine Association, Inc.
Australian National Kennel Council
Continental Kennel Club
National Kennel Club
New Zealand Kennel Club
United Kennel Club
Foundation Stock Service
Price
Which is cheaper, Golden Retriever or Border Collie or Australian Kelpie? Which is more expensive?
$1000-$2000 $600-$800 No data available
Availability
Very frequent
Very frequent
Rare

Golden Retriever vs Border Collie vs Australian Kelpie General Appearance & Basic Info Comparison

Size
Which is bigger, Golden Retriever or Border Collie or Australian Kelpie? Golden Retriever vs Border Collie vs Australian Kelpie size comparison:
Large Large Medium
Weight
Which is heavier, Golden Retriever or Border Collie or Border Collie? Golden Retriever vs Border Collie vs Australian Kelpie weight comparison:
Male: 60-80 pounds (27-36 kg), Female: 55-70 pounds (25-32 kg) Male: 30-45 pounds (14-20 kg), Female: 27-42 pounds (12-19 kg) 25-45 pounds (11-20 kg)
Avg. Weight
Which dog has a smaller / higher average weight?
Male: 70 pounds (31.5 kg), Female: 62.5 pounds (28.5 kg) Male: 37.5 pounds (17 kg), Female: 34.5 pounds (15.5 kg) 35 pounds (15.5 kg)
Height
Which is taller, Golden Retriever or Border Collie or Australian Kelpie? Golden Retriever vs Border Collie vs Australian Kelpie height comparison:
Male: 22-24 inches (56-61cm), Female: 20-22 inches (51-56 cm) Male: 19-22 inches (48-56 cm), Female: 18-21 inches (46-53 cm) 17-20 inches (43-51 cm)
Avg. Height
Which dog has a smaller / higher average height?
Male: 23 inches (58.5 cm), Female: 21 inches (53.5 cm) Male: 20.5 inches (52 cm), Female: 19.5 inches (49.5 cm) 18.5 inches (47 cm)

Golden Retriever vs Border Collie vs Australian Kelpie Hair & Care Comparison

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat/fur do they have? Golden Retriever vs Border Collie vs Australian Kelpie coat comparison:
Silky
Wavy
Shiny
Straight
Dense
Feathered
Straight
Short
Moderately Long
Double
Colors
What are the original Golden Retriever, Border Collie and Australian Kelpie color?
Golden
Light
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
Blue
Chocolate
Red
Tan
Brown
Fawn
Black
Grooming
Which is easy to maintain, Golden Retriever or Border Collie or Australian Kelpie? Golden Retriever vs Border Collie vs Australian Kelpie grooming comparison:
Average: The Golden Retriever requires average grooming effort.
Average: The Border Collie requires average grooming effort.
Effortless: The Australian Kelpie requires minimal grooming.
Shedding Level
Who sheds more Golden Retriever or Border Collie or Australian Kelpie? Golden Retriever or Border Collie or {name3 shedding:
Golden Retrievers shed moderately.
Border Collies shed moderately.
Australian Kelpies shed moderately.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
Which dog should be bathed more: Golden Retriever or Border Collie or Australian Kelpie?
2-3 weeks
Frequent.
6-8 weeks
Rarely.
3-4 weeks
More often than average.

Golden Retriever vs Border Collie vs Australian Kelpie Characteristics Comparison

Temperament
Which one has a better personality? Which is a better family dog, Golden Retriever or Border Collie or Australian Kelpie? Golden Retriever vs Border Collie vs Australian Kelpie behavior/temperament comparison:
Confident
Intelligent
Reliable
Friendly
Kind
Trustworthy
Intelligent
Alert
Tenacious
Protective
Energetic
Responsive
Loyal
Alert
Energetic
Intelligent
Robust
Eager
Friendly
Loyal
Intelligent Rank
Which is the smarter dog? Which is best? Golden Retriever vs Border Collie vs Australian Kelpie intelligence:
Outstanding: Golden Retriever is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Outstanding: Border Collie is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Átlagos: Átlagos intelligenciájú Australian Kelpie.
Trainability
Golden Retriever vs Border Collie vs Australian Kelpie trainability comparison.
Golden Retrievers are easy to train.
Border Collies are easy to train.
Australian Kelpies are very easy to train.
Playfulness
Golden Retriever vs Border Collie vs Australian Kelpie playfulness comparison:
The Golden Retriever is a highly playful breed.
The Border Collie is a highly playful breed.
The Australian Kelpie is a playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
Which dog is more sensitive? What's the difference?
Golden Retrievers 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.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Affection Level
Which is the more affectionate dog breed: Golden Retriever vs Border Collie vs Australian Kelpie?
Golden Retrievers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Border Collies are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Australian Kelpies are average dogs regarding their affection level.
Social Needs
Golden Retriever vs Border Collie vs Australian Kelpie social needs comparison:
Golden Retrievers need a lot of social interaction.
Border Collies need a lot of social interaction.
Australian Kelpies need for social interaction is average.
Barking
Which dog barks more/less: Golden Retriever vs Border Collie vs Australian Kelpie?
Low to Average: The Golden Retriever rarely barks.
Low to Average: The Border Collie rarely barks.
Low to Average: The Australian Kelpie rarely barks.
Watchdog Ability
Which is the better watchdog: Golden Retriever or Border Collie or Australian Kelpie?
Golden Retrievers are average watchdogs.
Border Collies are one of the best watchdogs.
Australian Kelpies are one of the best watchdogs.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Which dog is most likely to protect its owner? Which is the best dog to use for protection?
Golden Retrievers are average defenders.
Border Collies are extremely protective guard dogs.
Australian Kelpies are extremely protective guard dogs.
Biting Potential
Which breed of dog is most likely to bite? Biting potential comparison:
Moderate
The Golden Retriever has an average chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Border Collie has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Australian Kelpie has a low chance of biting somebody.
Bite Force
Which bite is stronger: Golden Retriever or Border Collie or Australian Kelpie?
Between 200 and 400 PSI
Ordinary: Average dogs have bite force between 200 and 400 PSI.
Between 200 and 400 PSI
Ordinary: Average dogs have bite force between 200 and 400 PSI.
Between 200 and 400 PSI
Ordinary: Average dogs have bite force between 200 and 400 PSI.
Mouthiness
Which is the better dog? Golden Retriever vs Border Collie vs Australian Kelpie mouthiness comparison:
Golden Retrievers 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.
Australian Kelpies have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Which dog has a greater roaming instinct?
Golden Retrievers tend to escape less than other breeds.
Border Collies have average wanderlust potential.
Wanderlust potential of the Australian Kelpie is strong enough to escape from home.
Prey Drive
Which dog has a higher prey drive? Which can be better for hunting?
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.
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.
Australian Kelpies have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Apartment Friendly
Which dog is more apartment friendly Golden Retriever or Border Collie or Australian Kelpie?
Nem ajánlott lakásban tartani Golden Retriever kutyafajtát.
Nem ajánlott lakásban tartani Border Collie kutyafajtát.
Nem ajánlott lakásban tartani Australian Kelpie kutyafajtát.
Adaptability
Which dog has a higher adaptability potential? Which is the better dog?
Golden Retrievers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Border Collies adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Australian Kelpies adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Which dog can be left alone: Golden Retriever or Border Collie or Australian Kelpie?
Golden Retrievers tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Border Collies tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
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.

Golden Retriever vs Border Collie vs Australian Kelpie Good With Comparison

Stranger Friendly
Which dog is more stranger friendly Golden Retriever or Border Collie or Australian Kelpie? Which dog is more friendly?
Golden Retrievers are very stranger friendly dogs.
Border Collies are average friendly towards strangers.
Australian Kelpies are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Which dog is more child/kid friendly Golden Retriever or Border Collie or Australian Kelpie?
Golden Retrievers are very kid-friendly dogs.
Border Collies are very kid-friendly dogs.
Australian Kelpies are kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Which dog is more cat friendly Golden Retriever or Border Collie or Australian Kelpie?
Golden Retrievers are cat-friendly dogs.
Border Collies are average friendly towards cats.
Australian Kelpies are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Which dog is more dog friendly Golden Retriever or Border Collie or Australian Kelpie?
Golden Retrievers are very dog-friendly dogs.
Border Collies are average friendly towards other dogs.
Australian Kelpies are average friendly towards other dogs.
Good For First Time Owners
Which dog is good for the first-time owners: Golden Retriever vs Border Collie vs Australian Kelpie?
Yes
Golden Retrievers 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.
No
Australian Kelpies are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog
Which one could be a service dog?
Yes
This breed makes good 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
Which one could be a therapy dog: Golden Retriever or Border Collie or Australian Kelpie? Which is better for autism?
Yes
This breed makes a perfect 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
Which one could be a detection/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.
Office Friendly
Which one fits better in the office?
Yes
Golden Retriever is one of the best dog breeds for office environment
No
Border Collie is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Australian Kelpie is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Which one could be a search and rescue dog?
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.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Which dog is good for elderly people?
Golden Retrievers are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Border Collies are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Australian Kelpies are usually recommended for elderly people.
Boat Dog
Which one could be a boat dog: Golden Retriever vs Border Collie vs Australian Kelpie?
Yes
Golden Retriever breed usually likes being on a boat.
Not really
Border Collie breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Australian Kelpie breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Pet Friendly
Which dog breeds get along well with other animals/pets?
Golden Retrievers are usually friendly towards other pets.
Border Collies are generally with other pets.
Australian Kelpies are generally with other pets.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Which one could be a 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 Border Collie vs Australian Kelpie Health Factors Comparison

Health Issues
Golden Retriever vs Border Collie vs Australian Kelpie health comparison. Which is the healthier: Golden Retriever vs Border Collie vs Australian Kelpie?
Golden Retrievers 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.
Australian Kelpies tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
Health Problems
Which one has more or less genetic/health problems: Golden Retriever vs Border Collie vs Australian Kelpie? What are the allergies, genetic diseases and concerns for them? Golden Retriever vs Border Collie vs Australian Kelpie health problems comparison:
Allergies
Bloat
Cataracts
Elbow Dysplasia
Epilepsy
Hemangiosarcoma
Hip Dysplasia
Hypothyroidism
Osteochondrosis Dissecans
Osteosarcoma
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Subvalvular Aortic Stenosis
Von Willebrand's Disease
Allergies
Collie Eye Anomaly
Epilepsy
Hip Dysplasia
Osteochondrosis Dissecans
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Cerebellar Abiotrophy
Collie Eye Anomaly
Hip Dysplasia
Osteoarthritis
Patellar Luxation
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Veterinarian Visits
Which one may need more or less veterinary visits?
Rare
The Golden Retriever should have a complete physical check-up at least every 12-18 months (but preferably once per year).
Average
The Border Collie should have a complete physical check-up at least once per year.
Frequent
The Australian Kelpie should have a complete physical check-up at least once (but preferably twice) per year.
Life Expectancy
Golden Retriever vs Border Collie vs Australian Kelpie lifespan comparison. How long do Golden Retriever, Border Collie and Australian Kelpie breeds live? Which one has a longer lifespan/life expectancy?
10-12 years 12-15 years 10-14 years
Hypoallergenic
Golden Retriever vs Border Collie vs Australian Kelpie hypoallergenic comparison. Which dog is hypoallergenic or not?
No No No
Energy Level
Who has more energy a Golden Retriever or Border Collie or Australian Kelpie? Golden Retriever vs Border Collie vs Australian Kelpie energy level comparison:
Golden Retrievers are high energy dogs.
Border Collies are high energy dogs.
Australian Kelpies are high energy dogs.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
Golden Retriever vs Border Collie vs Australian Kelpie exercise need comparison. Which dog needs more activity? Which dog needs the most exercise: Golden Retriever or Border Collie or Australian Kelpie? Which dog needs the most walking? Which dog is the laziest?
Golden Retrievers need a lot of exercises.
Border Collies need a lot of exercises.
Australian Kelpies need quite a lot of exercise.
Sleeping Need
Which one sleeps the least/most: Golden Retriever or Border Collie or Australian Kelpie?
Golden Retrievers don't need too much sleep.
Border Collies don't need too much sleep.
Australian Kelpies don't need too much sleep.
Avg. daily food consumption
Which dog eats more: Golden Retriever or Border Collie or Australian Kelpie?
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 to 2 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
Which dog breed is more prone to obesity? Golden Retriever vs Border Collie vs Australian Kelpie weight gain potential comparison:
High: The Golden Retriever breed has a strong tendency to overweight.
Average.
Low to Average.
Weather & Climate
Which dog is best for hot or cold weather: Golden Retriever vs Border Collie vs Australian Kelpie?
Tolerates warm and cold weather. 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.
Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness
Which dog breed smells least? Which dog smells most? Which is best, Golden Retriever vs Border Collie vs Australian Kelpie?
Medium
The Golden Retriever has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Border Collie has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Australian Kelpie has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
Which dog drools the most? Which dog drools the least?
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 Border Collie is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Australian Kelpie is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Golden Retriever vs Border Collie vs Australian Kelpie Reproducibility Comparison

Gestation Length 60-64 days 60-64 days 60-64 days
Litter Frequency 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
How many puppies can Golden Retriever and Border Collie and Australian Kelpie have?
5-10 puppies 4-8 puppies 4-7 puppies

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