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

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Name Golden Retriever Border Collie Vizsla
OriginsScotland England Scotland Wales Hungary
Group Gun Dog Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs) Gun Dog
Popularity Rank33830
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Other Names Yellow Retriever, Golden Flat Coat Scotch Sheep Dog, Sheepdog Hungarian Vizsla, Magyar Vizsla, Hungarian Pointer, Hungarian Short-Haired Pointer, Rövidszőrű Magyar Vizsla
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 1960 as a Sporting 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 Pointing Dogs group, in the Continental Pointing 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 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
Price $1000-$2000 $600-$800 $800-$1200

General Appearance - Golden Retriever vs Border Collie vs Vizsla

Size Large Large Large
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: 45-60 pounds (20-27 kg), Female: 40-55 pounds (18-25 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: 52.5 pounds (23.5 kg), Female: 47.5 pounds (21.5 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) Male: 22-26 inches (56-66 cm), Female: 20-24 inches (51-61 cm)
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) Male: 24 inches (61 cm), Female: 22 inches (56 cm)

Hair & Care - Golden Retriever vs Border Collie vs Vizsla

Coat Silky Wavy Shiny Straight Feathered Fine Dense Hard Coarse Short No Undercoat
Colors Golden Light Brindle Lilac Sable Blue Gold Red Black Golden Rust Russet Gold Dark Sandy Gold
Grooming
Average: The Golden Retriever requires average grooming effort.
Average: The Border Collie requires average grooming effort.
Effortless: The Vizsla requires minimal grooming.
Shedding Level
Golden Retrievers shed moderately.
Border Collies shed moderately.
Vizslas shed moderately.

Characteristics - Golden Retriever vs Border Collie vs Vizsla

Temperament Confident Intelligent Reliable Friendly Kind Trustworthy Intelligent Alert Tenacious Protective Energetic Responsive Loyal Affectionate Energetic Intelligent Protective Cheerful Gentle Playful Quiet Easygoing Companionable Lively Friendly Evenly Tempered Trainable Willing
Intelligent Rank
Outstanding: Golden Retriever is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Outstanding: Border Collie is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Very smart: Vizsla is an excellent dog breed.
Trainability
Golden Retrievers are easy to train.
Border Collies are easy to train.
Vizslas are easy to train.
Playfulness
The Golden Retriever is a highly playful breed.
The Border Collie is a highly playful breed.
The Vizsla is a highly playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
Golden Retrievers don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Border Collies don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Vizslas 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.
Border Collies are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Vizslas 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.
Vizslas are a social breed.
Barking
Low to Average: The Golden Retriever rarely barks.
High: The Border Collie is a very vocal breed.
Average: The Vizsla barks occasionally.
Watchdog Ability
Golden Retrievers are average watchdogs.
Border Collies are one of the best watchdogs.
Vizslas are average watchdogs.
Territorial
Golden Retrievers are average defenders.
Border Collies are extremely protective guard dogs.
Vizslas are average defenders.
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 Vizsla 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.
Vizslas 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.
Vizslas 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.
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.
Vizslas 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.
Vizslas are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
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.
Vizslas 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.
Vizslas 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.
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 Vizsla

Stranger Friendly
Golden Retrievers are very stranger friendly dogs.
Border Collies are average friendly towards strangers.
Vizslas are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Golden Retrievers are very kid-friendly dogs.
Border Collies are very kid-friendly dogs.
Vizslas are kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Golden Retrievers are cat-friendly dogs.
Border Collies are average friendly towards cats.
Vizslas are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Golden Retrievers are very dog-friendly dogs.
Border Collies are average friendly towards other dogs.
Vizslas are average friendly towards other dogs.
Office Friendly No
Golden Retriever is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Border Collie is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Vizsla 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.
Vizslas are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Golden Retrievers are usually friendly towards other pets.
Border Collies are generally with other pets.
Vizslas are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners No
Golden Retrievers are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Border Collies are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Vizslas 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.
Not really
This breed generally not used 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
Vizsla 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 Vizsla

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 Vizsla 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) Cancer Epilepsy Hip Dysplasia Sebaceous Adenitis
Life Expectancy 10-12 years 12-15 years 10-14 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
Golden Retrievers are high energy dogs.
Border Collies are high energy dogs.
Vizslas are high energy dogs.
Exercise Need
Golden Retrievers need a lot of exercises.
Border Collies need a lot of exercises.
Vizslas need a lot of exercises.
Sleeping Need
Golden Retrievers don't need too much sleep.
Border Collies don't need too much sleep.
Vizslas 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. 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.
Low to Average.
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.
Prefers average to warm weather conditions
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 Vizsla 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 Vizsla is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Golden Retriever vs Border Collie vs Vizsla

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 6-8 puppies

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