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Name Golden Retriever Shetland Sheepdog Australian Shepherd
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Other Names
What other names do they have?
Golden Flat Coat
Yellow Retriever
Dwarf Scotch Shepherd
Sheltie
Shetland Collie
Toonie Dog
Miniature Collie
Little Blue Dog
Aussie
Breed Type
Which dog is purebred or crossbreed? Golden Retriever vs Shetland Sheepdog vs Australian Shepherd breed type comparison:
Purebred Purebred Purebred

Golden Retriever vs Shetland Sheepdog vs Australian Shepherd Price and Availability Comparison

Price
Which is cheaper, Golden Retriever or Shetland Sheepdog or Australian Shepherd? Which is more expensive?
$1000-$2000 $800-$1000 $600-$800
Availability
Which is easier to get, Golden Retriever or Shetland Sheepdog or Australian Shepherd?
Very frequent: The Golden Retriever is quite easy to get.
Very frequent: The Shetland Sheepdog is quite easy to get.
Very frequent: The Australian Shepherd is quite easy to get.

Golden Retriever vs Shetland Sheepdog vs Australian Shepherd Size Comparison

Size
Which is bigger, Golden Retriever or Shetland Sheepdog or Australian Shepherd? Which is the smallest dog, Golden Retriever or Shetland Sheepdog or Australian Shepherd?
Large Medium Large
Weight
Which is heavier, Golden Retriever or Shetland Sheepdog or Shetland Sheepdog? Golden Retriever vs Shetland Sheepdog vs Australian Shepherd weight comparison:
Male: 60-80 pounds (27-36 kg), Female: 55-70 pounds (25-32 kg) 14-27 pounds (6-12 kg) Male: 50-65 pounds (25-29 kg), Female: 40-55 pounds (18-25 kg)
Average Weight
Which dog has a smaller / higher average weight?
Male: 70 pounds (31.5 kg), Female: 62.5 pounds (28.5 kg) 20.5 pounds (9 kg) Male: 57.5 pounds (27 kg), Female: 47.5 pounds (21.5 kg)
Height
Which is taller, Golden Retriever or Shetland Sheepdog or Australian Shepherd? Golden Retriever vs Shetland Sheepdog vs Australian Shepherd height comparison:
Male: 22-24 inches (56-61cm), Female: 20-22 inches (51-56 cm) 13-16 inches (33-41 cm) Male: 20-23 inches (52-58cm), Female: 18-21 inches (46–53 cm)
Average Height
Which dog has a smaller / higher average height?
Male: 23 inches (58.5 cm), Female: 21 inches (53.5 cm) 14.5 inches (37 cm) Male: 21.5 inches (55 cm), Female: 19.5 inches (46–53 cm)

Golden Retriever vs Shetland Sheepdog vs Australian Shepherd Grooming, Hair and Care Comparison

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat/fur do they have? Golden Retriever vs Shetland Sheepdog vs Australian Shepherd coat comparison:
Silky
Wavy
Shiny
Straight
Dense Feathered
Colors
What are the original Golden Retriever, Shetland Sheepdog and Australian Shepherd color?
Golden
Light
White
Blue
Merle
Sable
Tan
Black
Red
Blue
Merle
Black
Grooming
Which dog is easy to maintain, Golden Retriever or Shetland Sheepdog or Australian Shepherd? Golden Retriever vs Shetland Sheepdog vs Australian Shepherd grooming comparison:
Average: The Golden Retriever requires average grooming effort.
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Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
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Average: The Australian Shepherd requires average grooming effort.
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Shedding Level
Who sheds more Golden Retriever or Shetland Sheepdog or Australian Shepherd? Golden Retriever or Shetland Sheepdog or {name3 shedding:
Golden Retrievers shed moderately.
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Shetland Sheepdogs shed moderately.
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Australian Shepherds shed moderately.
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Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
Which dog should be bathed more: Golden Retriever or Shetland Sheepdog or Australian Shepherd?
2-3 weeks
Frequent. This breed has high-maintenance hair and may require a bath every 2-3 weeks.
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4-6 weeks
Average. Experts recommended at least every 4-6 weeks for this family pup.
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6-8 weeks
Rarely. Bathing your dog is beneficial to them in more ways than just one.
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Golden Retriever vs Shetland Sheepdog vs Australian Shepherd Personality / Temperament Comparison

Temperament
Which one has a better personality? Which is a better family dog, Golden Retriever or Shetland Sheepdog or Australian Shepherd? Golden Retriever vs Shetland Sheepdog vs Australian Shepherd behavior/temperament comparison:
Confident
Intelligent
Reliable
Friendly
Kind
Trustworthy
Affectionate
Gentle
Lively
Responsive
Friendly
Intelligent
Playful
Active
Friendly
Intelligent
Loving
Affectionate
Good-natured
Protective
Intelligent Rank
Which is the smarter dog? Which is best? Golden Retriever vs Shetland Sheepdog vs Australian Shepherd intelligence:
Outstanding: Golden Retriever is one of the brightest dog breeds.
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Outstanding: Shetland Sheepdog is one of the brightest dog breeds.
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Smart: Australian Shepherd's has great intelligence.
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Trainability
Golden Retriever vs Shetland Sheepdog vs Australian Shepherd trainability comparison.
Golden Retrievers are easy to train.
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Shetland Sheepdogs are quite easy to train.
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Australian Shepherds are very easy to train.
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Playfulness
Golden Retriever vs Shetland Sheepdog vs Australian Shepherd playfulness comparison:
The Golden Retriever is a highly playful breed.
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Average: Shetland Sheepdogs, like any other dog breed, like playing.
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The Australian Shepherd is a highly playful breed.
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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.
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Sensitive: Shetland Sheepdogs don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household, and frequent guest visits.
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Sensitive: Australian Shepherds don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household, and frequent guest visits.
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Affection Level
Which is the more affectionate dog breed: Golden Retriever vs Shetland Sheepdog vs Australian Shepherd?
High: Golden Retrievers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
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High: Shetland Sheepdogs are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
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Average to High: Australian Shepherds are highly affectionate dogs.
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Social Needs
Golden Retriever vs Shetland Sheepdog vs Australian Shepherd social needs comparison:
Golden Retrievers need a lot of social interaction.
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Shetland Sheepdogs are a social breed.
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Australian Shepherds are a social breed.
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Barking
Which dog barks more/less: Golden Retriever vs Shetland Sheepdog vs Australian Shepherd?
Low to Average: The Golden Retriever rarely barks.
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A lot: Shetland Sheepdog is a particularly loud breed.
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Low to Average: The Australian Shepherd rarely barks.
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Watchdog Ability
Which is the better watchdog: Golden Retriever or Shetland Sheepdog or Australian Shepherd?
Golden Retrievers are average watchdogs.
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Shetland Sheepdogs are good watchdogs.
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Australian Shepherds are one of the best watchdogs.
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Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Which is a better guard dog Golden Retriever or Shetland Sheepdog or Australian Shepherd? Which dog is most likely to protect its owner? Which is the best dog to use for protection?
Golden Retrievers are average defenders.
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Shetland Sheepdogs are extremely protective guard dogs.
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Australian Shepherds are extremely protective guard dogs.
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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 Shetland Sheepdog has a low chance of biting somebody.

Low 🔽

The Australian Shepherd has a low chance of biting somebody.
Bite Force
Which bite is stronger: Golden Retriever or Shetland Sheepdog or Australian Shepherd?

Between 200 and 400 PSI

Golden Retriever bite force: Ordinary.

Between 200 and 400 PSI

Shetland Sheepdog bite force: Ordinary.

Between 200 and 400 PSI

Australian Shepherd bite force: Ordinary.
Mouthiness
Which is the better dog? Golden Retriever vs Shetland Sheepdog vs Australian Shepherd mouthiness comparison:
Golden Retrievers have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
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Shetland Sheepdogs have a low tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
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Australian Shepherds have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
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Impulse to Wander or Roam
Which dog has a greater roaming instinct?
Golden Retrievers tend to escape less than other breeds.
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Shetland Sheepdogs tend to escape less than other breeds.
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Australian Shepherds are not the biggest explorers.
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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.
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Shetland Sheepdogs 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.
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Australian Shepherds have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
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Apartment Friendly
Which dog is more apartment friendly Golden Retriever or Shetland Sheepdog or Australian Shepherd?
It is not recommended to keep the Golden Retriever breed in the home.
It is not recommended to keep the Shetland Sheepdog breed in the home.
It is not the best choice if you want to keep them indoors, however, with careful exercise and several walks a day, they will tolerate the indoor environment, so it is possible to keep Australian Shepherd indoors.
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.
Shetland Sheepdogs adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Australian Shepherds adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Which dog can be left alone: Golden Retriever or Shetland Sheepdog or Australian Shepherd?
Golden Retrievers tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Shetland Sheepdogs 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.
Australian Shepherds 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.

Golden Retriever vs Shetland Sheepdog vs Australian Shepherd Good With Comparison

Stranger Friendly
Which dog is more stranger friendly Golden Retriever or Shetland Sheepdog or Australian Shepherd? Which dog is more friendly?
Golden Retrievers are very stranger-friendly dogs.
Shetland Sheepdogs are not the most stranger-friendly dogs.
Australian Shepherds are not the most stranger-friendly dogs.
Pet Friendly
Which dog breeds get along well with other animals/pets?
Golden Retrievers are usually friendly towards other pets.
Shetland Sheepdogs are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Australian Shepherds are generally with other pets.
Child Friendly
Which dog is more child/kid friendly Golden Retriever or Shetland Sheepdog or Australian Shepherd?
Golden Retrievers are very kid-friendly dogs.
Shetland Sheepdogs are kid-friendly dogs.
Australian Shepherds are very kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Which dog is more cat friendly Golden Retriever or Shetland Sheepdog or Australian Shepherd?
Golden Retrievers are cat-friendly dogs.
Shetland Sheepdogs are very cat-friendly dogs.
Australian Shepherds are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Which dog is more dog friendly Golden Retriever or Shetland Sheepdog or Australian Shepherd?
Golden Retrievers are very dog-friendly dogs.
Shetland Sheepdogs are dog-friendly dogs.
Australian Shepherds are average friendly towards other dogs.
Good For First Time Owners
Which dog is good for the first-time owners: Golden Retriever vs Shetland Sheepdog vs Australian Shepherd?
Yes
Golden Retrievers are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Yes
Shetland Sheepdogs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Yes
Australian Shepherds are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Office Friendly
Which one fits better in the office?
Yes
Golden Retriever is one of the best dog breeds for office environment
No
Shetland Sheepdog is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Australian Shepherd 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.
Shetland Sheepdogs are usually recommended for elderly people.
Australian Shepherds are one of the best breeds for elderly people.

Golden Retriever vs Shetland Sheepdog vs Australian Shepherd Health Comparison

Health Issues
Golden Retriever vs Shetland Sheepdog vs Australian Shepherd health comparison. Which is the healthier: Golden Retriever vs Shetland Sheepdog vs Australian Shepherd?
Golden Retrievers are commonly healthy dogs.
The Shetland Sheepdog is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
The Australian Shepherd is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems
Which one has more or less genetic/health problems: Golden Retriever vs Shetland Sheepdog vs Australian Shepherd? What are the allergies, genetic diseases and concerns for them? Golden Retriever vs Shetland Sheepdog vs Australian Shepherd 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
Cancer
Cataracts
Collie Eye Anomaly
Drug Sensitivity
Elbow Dysplasia
Epilepsy
Haemophilia
Heart Problems
Hip Dysplasia
Hypothyroidism
Patellar Luxation
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Trichiasis
Von Willebrand's Disease
Allergies
Cancer
Cataracts
Collie Eye Anomaly
Deafness
Detached Retina
Distichiasis
Drug Sensitivity
Elbow Dysplasia
Epilepsy
Hip Dysplasia
Hypothyroidism
Nasal Solar Dermatitis
Osteochondrosis Dissecans
Persistent Pupillary Membranes
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 Shetland Sheepdog should have a complete physical check-up at least once per year.
Average
The Australian Shepherd should have a complete physical check-up at least once per year.
Life Expectancy
Golden Retriever vs Shetland Sheepdog vs Australian Shepherd lifespan comparison. How long do Golden Retriever, Shetland Sheepdog and Australian Shepherd breeds live? Which one has a longer lifespan/life expectancy?
10-12 years
The average lifespan of Golden Retriever: 11 years
12-14 years
The average lifespan of Shetland Sheepdog: 13 years
11-15 years
The average lifespan of Australian Shepherd: 13 years
Hypoallergenic
Golden Retriever vs Shetland Sheepdog vs Australian Shepherd hypoallergenic comparison. Which dog is hypoallergenic or not?
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Energy Level
Who has more energy a Golden Retriever or Shetland Sheepdog or Australian Shepherd? Golden Retriever vs Shetland Sheepdog vs Australian Shepherd energy level comparison:
Golden Retrievers are high-energy dogs.
Shetland Sheepdogs have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Australian Shepherds are high-energy dogs.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
Golden Retriever vs Shetland Sheepdog vs Australian Shepherd exercise need comparison. Which dog needs more activity? Which dog needs the most exercise: Golden Retriever or Shetland Sheepdog or Australian Shepherd? Which dog needs the most walking? Which dog is the laziest?
Golden Retrievers need a lot of exercises.
Shetland Sheepdogs have an average exercise need.
Australian Shepherds need a lot of exercises.
Sleeping Need
Which one sleeps the least/most: Golden Retriever or Shetland Sheepdog or Australian Shepherd?
Golden Retrievers don't need too much sleep.
Shetland Sheepdogs are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend too much time with sleeping.
Australian Shepherds don't need too much sleep.
Average daily food consumption
Which dog eats more: Golden Retriever or Shetland Sheepdog or Australian Shepherd?
3 to 4 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. 1.5 to 2.5 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 Shetland Sheepdog vs Australian Shepherd weight gain potential comparison:
High: The Golden Retriever breed has a strong tendency to be overweight.
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Average: The Shetland Sheepdog has an average risk for obesity.
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Average to High: If you don't pay attention to the Australian Shepherd's weight, he can easily gain weight.
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Weather and Climate
Which dog is best for hot or cold weather: Golden Retriever vs Shetland Sheepdog vs Australian Shepherd?
Tolerates warm and cold weather
Dogs that tolerate hot and cold weather are typically those that have a double coat of fur.
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Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Shetland Sheepdog can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
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Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Australian Shepherd can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
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Stinkiness
Which dog breed smells the least? Which dog smells the most? Which is best, Golden Retriever vs Shetland Sheepdog vs Australian Shepherd?

Medium

The Golden Retriever has an average chance of bad smell.

Medium

The Shetland Sheepdog has an average chance of bad smell.

Medium

The Australian Shepherd 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.
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The Shetland Sheepdog is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency.
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The Australian Shepherd is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency.
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Golden Retriever vs Shetland Sheepdog vs Australian Shepherd As a Working Dog Comparison

Service Dog
Which one could be a service dog?

Yes

This breed makes good as a service dog.
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Not really

This breed generally not used as a service dog.
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Not really

This breed generally not used as a service dog.
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Therapy Dog
Which one could be a therapy dog: Golden Retriever or Shetland Sheepdog or Australian Shepherd? Which is better for autism?

Yes

This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
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Yes

This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
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Not really

This breed is generally not used as a therapy dog.
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Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Which one could be a detection/sniffer dog?

Yes

After proper training, they can excel at this kind of work.

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases.

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Which one could be a search and rescue dog?

Yes

This breed would make an excellent search and rescue dog.

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog.

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog.
Boat and Sailor Dog
Which one could be a boat dog: Golden Retriever vs Shetland Sheepdog vs Australian Shepherd?

Yes

Golden Retriever breed usually likes being on a boat.
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Not really

Shetland Sheepdog breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
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Not really

Australian Shepherd breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
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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.
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Not really

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
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Not really

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
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Fighting Dog / Military 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 Shetland Sheepdog vs Australian Shepherd Reproducibility Comparison

Gestation Length 60-64 days See more. 60-64 days See more. 60-64 days See more.
Litter Frequency

Once a year.

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Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy.
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Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy.
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Litter Size
How many puppies can Golden Retriever and Shetland Sheepdog and Australian Shepherd have?
5-10 puppies 4-6 puppies 6-9 puppies, average 7

Golden Retriever vs Shetland Sheepdog vs Australian Shepherd Recognition Comparison

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 1911 as a Herding breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1991 as a Herding breed.
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
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
American Canine Registry
American Kennel Club
America's Pet Registry
Dog Registry of America Inc.
North American Purebred Registry, Inc.
American Canine Association, Inc.
Continental Kennel Club
National Kennel Club
New Zealand Kennel Club
United Kennel Club
Australian Shepherd Club Of America

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