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Greyhound vs Papillon vs Shetland Sheepdog – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

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Name Greyhound Papillon Shetland Sheepdog
OriginsUnited Kingdom Spain France Belgium Scotland
Group Hunting Dogs Companion Dogs Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs)
Popularity Rank1565324
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Other Names English Greyhound Butterfly Dog, Squirrel Dog, Phalène, Epagneul Nain, Phalène (Drop Ear Type), Continental Toy Spaniel, Epagneul Nain Continental Miniature Collie, Shetland Collie (obsolete), Dwarf Scotch Shepherd (obsolete), Toonie Dog (obsolete), Sheltie
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1885 as a Hound breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1915 as a Toy breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1911 as a Herding breed.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Sighthounds group, in the Short-haired Sighthounds section. Recognized by FCI in the Companion and Toy Dogs group, in the Continental Toy Spaniel and Russian Toy section. Recognized by FCI in the Sheepdogs and Cattledogs (except Swiss Cattledogs) group, in the Sheepdogs 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 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
Price $500-$800 $400-$600 $800-$1000

General Appearance - Greyhound vs Papillon vs Shetland Sheepdog

Size Giant Small Medium
Weight Male: 65-80 pounds (29-36 kg), Female: 60-70 pounds (27-31 kg) Male: 8-10 pounds (4-5 kg), Female: 7-9 pounds (3-4 kg) 14-27 pounds (6-12 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 72.5 pounds (32.5 kg), Female: 65 pounds (29 kg) Male: 9 pounds (4.5 kg), Female: 8 pounds (3.5 kg) 20.5 pounds (9 kg)
Height Male: 28-30 inches (71-76 cm), Female: 27-28 inches (68-71 cm) Male: 8-11 inches (20-28 cm), Female: 8-11 inches (20-28 cm) 13-16 inches (33-41 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 29 inches (73.5 cm), Female: 27.5 inches (69.5 cm) Male: 9.5 inches (24 cm), Female: 9.5 inches (24 cm) 14.5 inches (37 cm)

Hair & Care - Greyhound vs Papillon vs Shetland Sheepdog

Coat Fine Feathered Dense
Colors Gray White Blue Red Black White Red Tan Lemon Sable Black White Blue Merle Sable Tan Black
Grooming
Effortless: The Greyhound requires minimal grooming.
Average: The Papillon requires average grooming effort.
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Shedding Level
Greyhounds shed moderately.
Papillons shed none to minimal.
Shetland Sheepdogs shed moderately.

Characteristics - Greyhound vs Papillon vs Shetland Sheepdog

Temperament Intelligent Affectionate Outright Tempered Gentle Athletic Quiet Alert Friendly Energetic Happy Intelligent Affectionate Gentle Lively Responsive Friendly Intelligent Playful
Intelligent Rank
Average: Greyhound's has average obedience intelligence.
Outstanding: Papillon is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Outstanding: Shetland Sheepdog is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Trainability
Greyhounds are easy to train.
Papillons are easy to train.
Shetland Sheepdogs are quite easy to train.
Playfulness
Greyhounds, like any other dog breed, like playing.
The Papillon is a highly playful breed.
Shetland Sheepdogs, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Sensitivity Level
Greyhounds don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Papillons have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
Shetland Sheepdogs don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Affection Level
Greyhounds are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Papillons are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Shetland Sheepdogs are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Greyhounds need for social interaction is average.
Papillons need a lot of social interaction.
Shetland Sheepdogs are a social breed.
Barking
Low: The Greyhound barks none to minimal.
High: The Papillon is a very vocal breed.
High: The Shetland Sheepdog is a very vocal breed.
Watchdog Ability
Greyhounds are average watchdogs.
Papillons are average watchdogs.
Shetland Sheepdogs are good watchdogs.
Territorial
Greyhounds can't provide protection for their territory.
Papillons strongly protect their territory.
Shetland Sheepdogs are extremely protective guard dogs.
Biting Potential Low
The Greyhound has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Papillon has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Shetland Sheepdog has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Greyhounds have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Papillons have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Shetland Sheepdogs have a low tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Greyhounds have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
Papillons are not the biggest explorers.
Shetland Sheepdogs tend to escape less than other breeds.
Prey Drive
Greyhounds have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
Papillons have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
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.
Apartment Friendly
Greyhounds are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Papillons are not the best choice for an apartment lifestyle, but they don't mind being inside if you walk them several times every day.
Shetland Sheepdogs are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Adaptability
Greyhounds adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Papillons adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Shetland Sheepdogs adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
Papillons 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.
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 - Greyhound vs Papillon vs Shetland Sheepdog

Stranger Friendly
Greyhounds are very stranger friendly dogs.
Papillons are very stranger friendly dogs.
Shetland Sheepdogs are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Greyhounds are very kid-friendly dogs.
Papillons are kid-friendly dogs.
Shetland Sheepdogs are kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Greyhounds are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
Papillons are very cat-friendly dogs.
Shetland Sheepdogs are very cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Greyhounds are very dog-friendly dogs.
Papillons are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
Shetland Sheepdogs are dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
Greyhound is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Papillon is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Shetland Sheepdog is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Greyhounds are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Papillons are usually recommended for elderly people.
Shetland Sheepdogs are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Greyhounds usually don’t get on well with other pets.
Papillons are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Shetland Sheepdogs are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Good For First Time Owners No
Greyhounds are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Yes
Papillons are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
No
Shetland Sheepdogs are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used 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.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Yes
This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog 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.
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.
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) 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.
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.
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 Not really
Greyhound breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Papillon breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Shetland Sheepdog breed usually doesn't like 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 - Greyhound vs Papillon vs Shetland Sheepdog

Health Issues
The Greyhound is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
The Papillon is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
The Shetland Sheepdog is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems Allergies Alopecia Bloat Cancer Cataracts Cold Intolerance Heart Murmurs Hip Dysplasia Hypothyroidism Musculoskeletal Injuries Osteoarthritis Osteosarcoma Pannus Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Sensitivity To Anesthesia Vitreous Degeneration Collapsed Trachea Hypoglycemia Open Fontanel Patellar Luxation Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) 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
Life Expectancy 10-13 years 13-16 years 12-14 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
Greyhounds have a lower energy level than other dogs.
Papillons have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Shetland Sheepdogs have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Exercise Need
Greyhounds exercise need is minimal.
Papillons need a lot of exercises.
Shetland Sheepdogs have an average exercise need.
Sleeping Need
Greyhounds like sleeping so they do sleep a lot.
Papillons are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Shetland Sheepdogs are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Avg. daily food consumption Males: 2.5 to 4 cups; Females: 1.5 to 3 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 1/4 to 1 cup 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.
Weight Gain Potential
Average.
Average.
Average.
Weather & Climate Prefers average to warm weather conditions Prefers average to warm weather conditions 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.
Stinkiness Medium
The Greyhound has an average chance of bad smell.
Low
The Papillon has a low chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Shetland Sheepdog has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Greyhound is a perfect example for low drooling tendency.
The Papillon is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Shetland Sheepdog is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Greyhound vs Papillon vs Shetland Sheepdog

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 1-12 puppies 2-4 puppies 4-6 puppies

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