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Golden Retriever vs Border Collie vs Poodle – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Golden Retriever vs Border Collie vs Poodle" Compare Golden Retriever and Border Collie. Which is better: Golden Retriever or Border Collie or Poodle?
Name Golden Retriever Border Collie Poodle
OriginsScotland England Scotland Wales Germany France
Group Gun Dog Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs) Companion Dogs
Popularity Rank3387
Reviews247
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Other Names Yellow Retriever, Golden Flat Coat Scotch Sheep Dog, Sheepdog French Poodle, Caniche, Barbone, Chien Canne, Grosse Pudel
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 1995 as a Herding breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1887 as a Non-Sporting & Toy breed.
FCI Group 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 Companion and Toy Dogs group, in the Poodle 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 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 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 Canadian Canine Registry
Price $1000-$2000 $600-$800 $1000-$1500

General Appearance - Golden Retriever vs Border Collie vs Poodle

Size Large Large Medium
Weight 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) Male: 45-70 pounds (20-32 kg), Female: 45-60 pounds (20-27 kg)
Avg. 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) Male: 57.5 pounds (26 kg), Female: 52.5 pounds (23.5 kg)
Height 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) 15 inches (38 cm) or more
Avg. 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) 15 inches (38 cm) or more

Hair & Care - Golden Retriever vs Border Collie vs Poodle

Coat Silky Wavy Shiny Straight Dense Feathered Straight Short Moderately Long Curly
Colors 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 Apricot Brown Gray Silver White Fawn Blue Cream Red Beige Black
Grooming
Average: The Golden Retriever requires average grooming effort.
Average: The Border Collie requires average grooming effort.
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Shedding Level
Golden Retrievers shed moderately.
Border Collies shed moderately.
Poodles shed none to minimal.

Characteristics - Golden Retriever vs Border Collie vs Poodle

Temperament Confident Intelligent Reliable Friendly Kind Trustworthy Intelligent Alert Tenacious Protective Energetic Responsive Loyal Active Faithful Intelligent Alert Instinctual Trainable
Intelligent Rank
Outstanding: Golden Retriever is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Outstanding: Border Collie is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Outstanding: Poodle is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Trainability
Golden Retrievers are easy to train.
Border Collies are easy to train.
Poodles are easy to train.
Playfulness
The Golden Retriever is a highly playful breed.
The Border Collie is a highly playful breed.
The Poodle is a playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
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
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.
Poodles are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Golden Retrievers need a lot of social interaction.
Border Collies need a lot of social interaction.
Poodles need a lot of social interaction.
Barking
Low to Average: The Golden Retriever rarely barks.
Low to Average: The Border Collie rarely barks.
Average to high: The Poodle is a vocal breed.
Watchdog Ability
Golden Retrievers are average watchdogs.
Border Collies are one of the best watchdogs.
Poodles are good watchdogs.
Territorial
Golden Retrievers are average defenders.
Border Collies are extremely protective guard dogs.
Poodles strongly protect their territory.
Biting Potential Moderate
The Golden Retriever has an average chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Border Collie has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Poodle has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
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.
Poodles have a higher 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.
Border Collies have average wanderlust potential.
Poodles have average wanderlust potential.
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.
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.
Poodles have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Apartment Friendly
Golden Retrievers are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Border Collies are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Poodles are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
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.
Poodles adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
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.
Poodles 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 - Golden Retriever vs Border Collie vs Poodle

Stranger Friendly
Golden Retrievers are very stranger friendly dogs.
Border Collies are average friendly towards strangers.
Poodles are stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Golden Retrievers are very kid-friendly dogs.
Border Collies are very kid-friendly dogs.
Poodles are very kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Golden Retrievers are cat-friendly dogs.
Border Collies are average friendly towards cats.
Poodles are cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Golden Retrievers are very dog-friendly dogs.
Border Collies are average friendly towards other dogs.
Poodles are dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly 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
Poodle is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Golden Retrievers are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Border Collies are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Poodles are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Golden Retrievers are usually friendly towards other pets.
Border Collies are generally with other pets.
Poodles are usually friendly towards other pets.
Good For First Time Owners 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
Poodles are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog Yes
This breed makes good as a service dog.
Yes
This breed makes good as a service dog.
Yes
This breed makes good as a service dog.
Therapy Dog Yes
This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
Yes
This breed makes a perfect 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.
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.
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.
Boat Dog Yes
Golden Retriever breed usually likes being on a boat.
Not really
Border Collie breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Yes
Poodle 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 - Golden Retriever vs Border Collie vs Poodle

Health Issues
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.
The Poodle 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 Allergies Collie Eye Anomaly Epilepsy Hip Dysplasia Osteochondrosis Dissecans Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Addison's Disease Allergies Bloat Canine Atrial Septal Defect (asd) Cataracts Cushing's Syndrome Ear Infections Epilepsy Hip Dysplasia Hypothyroidism Legg-perthes Disease Neonatal Encephalopathy (news) Optic Nerve Hypoplasia Patellar Luxation Premature Graying Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Runny Eyes Sebaceous Adenitis Von Willebrand's Disease
Life Expectancy 10-12 years 12-15 years 12-15 years
Hypoallergenic No No Yes
Energy Level
Golden Retrievers are high energy dogs.
Border Collies are high energy dogs.
Poodles have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Exercise Need
Golden Retrievers need a lot of exercises.
Border Collies need a lot of exercises.
Poodles need quite a lot of exercise.
Sleeping Need
Golden Retrievers don't need too much sleep.
Border Collies don't need too much sleep.
Poodles 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. 1.5 to 2 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two or three meals. 2 to 3 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
High: The Golden Retriever breed has a strong tendency to overweight.
Average.
Average to High.
Weather & Climate 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 Medium
The Golden Retriever has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Border Collie has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Poodle 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 Border Collie is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Poodle is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Golden Retriever vs Border Collie vs Poodle

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 4-8 puppies 2-4 puppies

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