Goldendoodle vs Portuguese Water Dog vs Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Comparison - Dog breed selector: Curly Retriever or Cao De Agua or Irish Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier? Find the right dog for you

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Name Goldendoodle Portuguese Water Dog Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier
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Other Names
What other names do they have?
Curly Retriever
Goldenpoo
Curly Golden
Cao De Agua
Portie
Water Dog
Irish Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier
Wheatie
Breed Type
Which dog is purebred or crossbreed? Goldendoodle vs Portuguese Water Dog vs Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier breed type comparison:
Cross Breed Purebred Purebred

Goldendoodle vs Portuguese Water Dog vs Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Price and Availability Comparison

Price
Which is cheaper, Goldendoodle or Portuguese Water Dog or Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier? Which is more expensive?
$600-$800 $2500-$2800 $800-$1000
Availability
Which is easier to get, Goldendoodle or Portuguese Water Dog or Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier?
Rare: You may rarely see each other in everyday life, but you might catch a glimpse of each other at dog shows.
Very frequent: The Portuguese Water Dog is quite easy to get.
Very frequent: The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier is quite easy to get.

Goldendoodle vs Portuguese Water Dog vs Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Size Comparison

Size
Which is bigger, Goldendoodle or Portuguese Water Dog or Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier? Which is the smallest dog, Goldendoodle or Portuguese Water Dog or Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier?
Large Medium Medium
Weight
Which is heavier, Goldendoodle or Portuguese Water Dog or Portuguese Water Dog? Goldendoodle vs Portuguese Water Dog vs Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier weight comparison:
Miniature: 15-30 pounds (7-14 kg)Standard: 45-100 pounds (20-45 kg), Medium: 30-45 pounds (14-20 kg) Male: 42-55 pounds (19-25 kg), Female: 35-49 pounds (16-22 kg) Male: 35-45 pounds (16-20 kg), Female: 30-40 pounds (14-18 kg)
Average Weight
Which dog has a smaller / higher average weight?
Miniature: 22.5 pounds (10.5 kg)Standard: 72.5 pounds (32.5 kg), Medium: 37.5 pounds (17 kg) Male: 48.5 pounds (22 kg), Female: 42 pounds (19 kg) Male: 40 pounds (18 kg), Female: 35 pounds (16 kg)
Height
Which is taller, Goldendoodle or Portuguese Water Dog or Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier? Goldendoodle vs Portuguese Water Dog vs Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier height comparison:
13-24 inches (33-61 cm) Male: 20-22 inches (50-57 cm), Female: 17-20 inches (43-52 cm) Male: 18-20 inches (46-51 cm), Female: 17-19 inches (43-48 cm)
Average Height
Which dog has a smaller / higher average height?
18.5 inches (47 cm) Male: 21 inches (53.5 cm), Female: 18.5 inches (47.5 cm) Male: 19 inches (48.5 cm), Female: 18 inches (45.5 cm)

Goldendoodle vs Portuguese Water Dog vs Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Grooming, Hair and Care Comparison

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat/fur do they have? Goldendoodle vs Portuguese Water Dog vs Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier coat comparison:
Curly
Wavy
Smooth
Straight
Curly Curly
Colors
What are the original Goldendoodle, Portuguese Water Dog and Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier color?
Black
Gray
White
Brown
Red
Yellow
White
Brown
Black
Wheaten
Grooming
Which dog is easy to maintain, Goldendoodle or Portuguese Water Dog or Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier? Goldendoodle vs Portuguese Water Dog vs Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier grooming comparison:
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
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Average: The Portuguese Water Dog 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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Shedding Level
Who sheds more Goldendoodle or Portuguese Water Dog or Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier? Goldendoodle or Portuguese Water Dog or {name3 shedding:
Goldendoodles shed moderately.
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Portuguese Water Dogs shed none to minimal.
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Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers are low shedders.
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Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
Which dog should be bathed more: Goldendoodle or Portuguese Water Dog or Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier?
3-4 weeks
More often than average. These dog coats tend to be longer, softer, and oilier than short-haired breeds.
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3-4 weeks
More often than average. These dog coats tend to be longer, softer, and oilier than short-haired breeds.
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3-4 weeks
More often than average. These dog coats tend to be longer, softer, and oilier than short-haired breeds.
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Goldendoodle vs Portuguese Water Dog vs Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Personality / Temperament Comparison

Temperament
Which one has a better personality? Which is a better family dog, Goldendoodle or Portuguese Water Dog or Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier? Goldendoodle vs Portuguese Water Dog vs Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier behavior/temperament comparison:
Energetic
Intelligent
Friendly
Trainable
Brave
Impetuous
Obedient
Docile
Intelligent
Quarrelsome
Affectionate
Faithful
Playful
Energetic
Intelligent
Spirited
Intelligent Rank
Which is the smarter dog? Which is best? Goldendoodle vs Portuguese Water Dog vs Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier intelligence:
Average: It takes patience to teach this breed any tricks or commands, but the effort is worth it.
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Smart: Portuguese Water Dog's has great intelligence.
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Average: It takes patience to teach this breed any tricks or commands, but the effort is worth it.
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Trainability
Goldendoodle vs Portuguese Water Dog vs Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier trainability comparison.
Goldendoodles are very easy to train.
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Portuguese Water Dogs are easy to train.
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Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers are quite easy to train.
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Playfulness
Goldendoodle vs Portuguese Water Dog vs Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier playfulness comparison:
The Goldendoodle is a playful breed.
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The Portuguese Water Dog is a playful breed.
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The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier is a playful breed.
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Sensitivity Level
Which dog is more sensitive? What's the difference?
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
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They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
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They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
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Affection Level
Which is the more affectionate dog breed: Goldendoodle vs Portuguese Water Dog vs Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier?
High: Goldendoodles are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
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High: Portuguese Water Dogs are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
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High: Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
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Social Needs
Goldendoodle vs Portuguese Water Dog vs Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier social needs comparison:
Goldendoodles need for social interaction is average.
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Portuguese Water Dogs need a lot of social interaction.
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Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers need a lot of social interaction.
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Barking
Which dog barks more/less: Goldendoodle vs Portuguese Water Dog vs Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier?
Average: The Goldendoodle barks occasionally.
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Low to Average: The Portuguese Water Dog rarely barks.
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Average: The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier barks occasionally.
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Watchdog Ability
Which is the better watchdog: Goldendoodle or Portuguese Water Dog or Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier?
Goldendoodles are average watchdogs.
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Portuguese Water Dogs are good watchdogs.
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Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers are good watchdogs.
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Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Which is a better guard dog Goldendoodle or Portuguese Water Dog or Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier? Which dog is most likely to protect its owner? Which is the best dog to use for protection?
Goldendoodles are not the best to protect their territory.
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Portuguese Water Dogs are average defenders.
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Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers are extremely protective guard dogs.
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Biting Potential
Which breed of dog is most likely to bite? Biting potential comparison:

Low 🔽

The Goldendoodle has a low chance of biting somebody.

Low 🔽

The Portuguese Water Dog has a low chance of biting somebody.

Low 🔽

The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier has a low chance of biting somebody.
Bite Force
Which bite is stronger: Goldendoodle or Portuguese Water Dog or Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier?

Between 200 and 400 PSI

Goldendoodle bite force: Ordinary.

Between 200 and 400 PSI

Portuguese Water Dog bite force: Ordinary.

Between 200 and 400 PSI

Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier bite force: Ordinary.
Mouthiness
Which is the better dog? Goldendoodle vs Portuguese Water Dog vs Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier mouthiness comparison:
Goldendoodles have a lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
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Portuguese Water Dogs have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
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Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers have a lower 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?
Goldendoodles have average wanderlust potential.
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Portuguese Water Dogs have average wanderlust potential.
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The wanderlust potential of the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier is strong enough to escape from home.
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Prey Drive
Which dog has a higher prey drive? Which can be better for hunting?
Goldendoodles have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
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Portuguese Water Dogs 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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Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers 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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Apartment Friendly
Which dog is more apartment friendly Goldendoodle or Portuguese Water Dog or Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier?
Very house-friendly dog the Goldendoodle breed.
Apartment-friendly dog the Portuguese Water Dog breed.
Apartment-friendly dog the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier breed.
Adaptability
Which dog has a higher adaptability potential? Which is the better dog?
Goldendoodles adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Portuguese Water Dogs adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Which dog can be left alone: Goldendoodle or Portuguese Water Dog or Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier?
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
Portuguese Water Dogs tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.

Goldendoodle vs Portuguese Water Dog vs Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Good With Comparison

Stranger Friendly
Which dog is more stranger friendly Goldendoodle or Portuguese Water Dog or Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier? Which dog is more friendly?
Goldendoodles are very stranger-friendly dogs.
Portuguese Water Dogs are average friendly towards strangers.
Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers are stranger-friendly dogs.
Pet Friendly
Which dog breeds get along well with other animals/pets?
Goldendoodles are usually friendly towards other pets.
Portuguese Water Dogs are usually friendly towards other pets.
Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers do best when they’re the only pet at the family.
Child Friendly
Which dog is more child/kid friendly Goldendoodle or Portuguese Water Dog or Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier?
Goldendoodles are very kid-friendly dogs.
Portuguese Water Dogs are kid-friendly dogs.
Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers are kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Which dog is more cat friendly Goldendoodle or Portuguese Water Dog or Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier?
Goldendoodles are cat-friendly dogs.
Portuguese Water Dogs are cat-friendly dogs.
Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers are not cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Which dog is more dog friendly Goldendoodle or Portuguese Water Dog or Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier?
Goldendoodles are very dog-friendly dogs.
Portuguese Water Dogs are dog-friendly dogs.
Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers are dog-friendly dogs.
Good For First Time Owners
Which dog is good for the first-time owners: Goldendoodle vs Portuguese Water Dog vs Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier?
Yes
Goldendoodles are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Yes
Portuguese Water Dogs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Yes
Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Office Friendly
Which one fits better in the office?
No
Goldendoodle is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Portuguese Water Dog is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Which dog is good for elderly people?
Goldendoodles are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Portuguese Water Dogs are usually recommended for elderly people.
Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers are usually recommended for elderly people.

Goldendoodle vs Portuguese Water Dog vs Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Health Comparison

Health Issues
Goldendoodle vs Portuguese Water Dog vs Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier health comparison. Which is the healthier: Goldendoodle vs Portuguese Water Dog vs Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier?
Goldendoodles are commonly healthy dogs.
The Portuguese Water Dog is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier 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: Goldendoodle vs Portuguese Water Dog vs Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier? What are the allergies, genetic diseases and concerns for them? Goldendoodle vs Portuguese Water Dog vs Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier health problems comparison:
Addison's Disease
Allergies
Bloat
Cataracts
Hip Dysplasia
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Subvalvular Aortic Stenosis
Von Willebrand's Disease
Hip Dysplasia
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Persistent Pupillary Membranes
Entropion
Ectropion
Distichiasis
Cataracts
Abnormally Small Eyes
GM-1 Storage Disease
Juvenile Dilated Cardiomyopathy
Gastrointestinal Diseases
Irritable Bowel Disease (ibd)
Colitis
Megaesophagus
Hemorrhagic Gastroenteritis
Lymphangiectasia
Addison's Disease
Addison's Disease
Allergies
Cancer
Renal Dysplasia
Veterinarian Visits
Which one may need more or less veterinary visits?
Rare
The Goldendoodle should have a complete physical check-up at least every 12-18 months (but preferably once per year).
Average
The Portuguese Water Dog should have a complete physical check-up at least once per year.
Average
The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier should have a complete physical check-up at least once per year.
Life Expectancy
Goldendoodle vs Portuguese Water Dog vs Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier lifespan comparison. How long do Goldendoodle, Portuguese Water Dog and Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier breeds live? Which one has a longer lifespan/life expectancy?
9-15 years
The average lifespan of Goldendoodle: 12 years
10-14 years
The average lifespan of Portuguese Water Dog: 12 years
11-15 years
The average lifespan of Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier: 13 years
Hypoallergenic
Goldendoodle vs Portuguese Water Dog vs Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier hypoallergenic comparison. Which dog is hypoallergenic or not?
No See more. Yes See more. Yes See more.
Energy Level
Who has more energy a Goldendoodle or Portuguese Water Dog or Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier? Goldendoodle vs Portuguese Water Dog vs Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier energy level comparison:
Goldendoodles have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Portuguese Water Dogs are high-energy dogs.
Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
Goldendoodle vs Portuguese Water Dog vs Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier exercise need comparison. Which dog needs more activity? Which dog needs the most exercise: Goldendoodle or Portuguese Water Dog or Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier? Which dog needs the most walking? Which dog is the laziest?
Goldendoodles need quite a lot of exercise.
Portuguese Water Dogs need quite a lot of exercise.
Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers need quite a lot of exercise.
Sleeping Need
Which one sleeps the least/most: Goldendoodle or Portuguese Water Dog or Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier?
Goldendoodles are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend too much time with sleeping.
Portuguese Water Dogs don't need too much sleep.
Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend too much time with sleeping.
Average daily food consumption
Which dog eats more: Goldendoodle or Portuguese Water Dog or Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier?
1.5 to 2 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two or three meals. 2 to 2.5 cup of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. Recommended daily amount: 1.5 to 2 cups of a high-quality daily, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
Which dog breed is more prone to obesity? Goldendoodle vs Portuguese Water Dog vs Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier weight gain potential comparison:
Average: The Goldendoodle has an average risk for obesity.
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Average: The Portuguese Water Dog has an average risk for obesity.
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Average: The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier has an average risk for obesity.
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Weather and Climate
Which dog is best for hot or cold weather: Goldendoodle vs Portuguese Water Dog vs Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier?
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 Portuguese Water Dog can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
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Prefers average to warm weather conditions
Different dogs have different preferences when it comes to weather conditions.
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Stinkiness
Which dog breed smells the least? Which dog smells the most? Which is best, Goldendoodle vs Portuguese Water Dog vs Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier?

Low 🔽

The Goldendoodle has a low chance of bad smell.

Low 🔽

The Portuguese Water Dog has a low chance of bad smell.

Medium

The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling Tendency
Which dog drools the most? Which dog drools the least?
The Goldendoodle is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency.
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The Portuguese Water Dog is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency.
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The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency.
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Goldendoodle vs Portuguese Water Dog vs Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier As a Working Dog Comparison

Service Dog
Which one could be a service dog?

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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Not really

This breed generally not used as a service dog.
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Therapy Dog
Which one could be a therapy dog: Goldendoodle or Portuguese Water Dog or Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier? Which is better for autism?

Not really

This breed is generally not used as a therapy dog.
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Not really

This breed is generally not used as a 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?

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.

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?

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.

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: Goldendoodle vs Portuguese Water Dog vs Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier?

Not really

Goldendoodle breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
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Yes

Portuguese Water Dog breed usually likes being on a boat.
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Not really

Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier 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.

Goldendoodle vs Portuguese Water Dog vs Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Reproducibility Comparison

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

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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Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy.
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Litter Size
How many puppies can Goldendoodle and Portuguese Water Dog and Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier have?
4-8 puppies 4-8 puppies 5-8 puppies

Goldendoodle vs Portuguese Water Dog vs Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Recognition Comparison

AKC Group
Which dog is recognized by the AKC?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1983 as a Hound breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1973 as a Terrier breed.
FCI Group
Which dog is recognized by the FCI?
Not recognized by FCI. Recognized by FCI in the Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs group, in the Water Dogs section. Not recognized by FCI.
Breed Recognition
What other organizations and kennel clubs recognize these dog breeds?
Dog Registry of America Inc.
American Canine Hybrid Club
Designer Breed Registry
Designer Dogs Kennel Club
International Designer Canine Registry
American Kennel Club
Canadian Kennel Club
Federation Cynologique Internationale
Australian National Kennel Council
New Zealand Kennel Club
United Kennel Club
The 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
Irish Kennel Club
Canadian Canine Registry
Club Espanol De Terriers

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