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Icelandic Sheepdog vs Kerry Blue Terrier vs Clumber Spaniel – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Icelandic Sheepdog vs Kerry Blue Terrier vs Clumber Spaniel" Compare Icelandic Sheepdog and Kerry Blue Terrier. Which is better: Icelandic Sheepdog or Kerry Blue Terrier or Clumber Spaniel?
Name Icelandic Sheepdog Kerry Blue Terrier Clumber Spaniel
OriginsIceland Ireland England
Group Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs) Hunting Dogs Gun Dog
Popularity Rank144129140
Reviews221
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Other Names Icelandic Spitz, Iceland Dog, Íslenskur Fjárhundur, Islandsk Farehond, Friaar Dog, Canis Islandicus Kerry, Irish Blue Terrier Retired Gentleman's Spaniel
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2010 as a Herding breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1922 as a Terrier breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1878 as a Sporting breed.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Spitz and primitive types group, in the Nordic Watchdogs and Herders section. Recognized by FCI in the Terriers group, in the Large and medium sized Terriers section. Recognized by FCI in the Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs group, in the Flushing Dogs section.
Breed Recognition American Canine Registry American Kennel Club Dog Registry of America Inc. Federation Cynologique Internationale North American Purebred Registry, Inc. American Canine Association, Inc. No set 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 $800-$1000 $500-$600 $800-$1200

General Appearance - Icelandic Sheepdog vs Kerry Blue Terrier vs Clumber Spaniel

Size Medium Medium Large
Weight 20-30 pounds (9-14 kg) 33-40 pounds (15-18 kg) 55-85 pounds (25-39 kg)
Avg. Weight 25 pounds (11.5 kg) 36.5 pounds (16.5 kg) 70 pounds (32 kg)
Height 12-16 inches (31-41 cm) Male: 18.5-20 inches (46-51 cm), Female: 17.5-19 inches (44-48 cm) 16-20 inches (41-51 cm)
Avg. Height 14 inches (36 cm) Male: 18.5-20 inches (48.5 cm), Female: 17.5-19 inches (46 cm) 18 inches (46 cm)

Hair & Care - Icelandic Sheepdog vs Kerry Blue Terrier vs Clumber Spaniel

Coat Dense Soft Wavy Thick Straight Curly Dense
Colors White Cream Gold Red Chocolate Fawn Gray Black Silver Blue Gray Black White
Grooming
Average: The Icelandic Sheepdog requires average grooming effort.
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Average: The Clumber Spaniel requires average grooming effort.
Shedding Level
Icelandic Sheepdogs shed moderately.
Kerry Blue Terriers shed none to minimal.
Clumber Spaniels are heavy shedders.

Characteristics - Icelandic Sheepdog vs Kerry Blue Terrier vs Clumber Spaniel

Temperament Agile Cheerful Alert Energetic Inquisitive Affectionate Gentle Spirited Intelligent Alert Loyal Strong Willed Gentle Affectionate Dignified Loyal Calm Hearted
Intelligent Rank
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
Smart: Kerry Blue Terrier's has great intelligence.
Smart: Clumber Spaniel's has great intelligence.
Trainability
Icelandic Sheepdogs are quite easy to train.
Kerry Blue Terriers are easy to train.
Clumber Spaniels are easy to train.
Playfulness
The Icelandic Sheepdog is a highly playful breed.
The Kerry Blue Terrier is a playful breed.
Clumber Spaniels, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Sensitivity Level
Icelandic Sheepdogs have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
Kerry Blue Terriers have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Affection Level
Icelandic Sheepdogs are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Kerry Blue Terriers are highly affectionate dogs.
Clumber Spaniels are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Icelandic Sheepdogs need a lot of social interaction.
Kerry Blue Terriers are a social breed.
Clumber Spaniels are a social breed.
Barking
High: The Icelandic Sheepdog is a very vocal breed.
Average to high: The Kerry Blue Terrier is a vocal breed.
Low: The Clumber Spaniel barks none to minimal.
Watchdog Ability
Icelandic Sheepdogs are average watchdogs.
Kerry Blue Terriers are one of the best watchdogs.
Clumber Spaniels are average watchdogs.
Territorial
Icelandic Sheepdogs are average defenders.
Kerry Blue Terriers are extremely protective guard dogs.
Clumber Spaniels are average defenders.
Biting Potential Low
The Icelandic Sheepdog has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Kerry Blue Terrier has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Clumber Spaniel has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Icelandic Sheepdogs have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Kerry Blue Terriers have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Clumber Spaniels have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Wanderlust potential of the Icelandic Sheepdog is strong enough to escape from home.
Kerry Blue Terriers have average wanderlust potential.
Wanderlust potential of the Clumber Spaniel is strong enough to escape from home.
Prey Drive
Icelandic Sheepdogs have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Kerry Blue 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.
Clumber Spaniels have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
Apartment Friendly
Icelandic Sheepdogs are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Kerry Blue Terriers are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Clumber Spaniels are not the best choice for an apartment lifestyle, but they don't mind being inside if you walk them several times every day.
Adaptability
Icelandic Sheepdogs adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Kerry Blue Terriers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Clumber Spaniels adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Icelandic Sheepdogs tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Kerry Blue Terriers 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.
Clumber Spaniels 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.
Yes
In history, this breed was unfortunately used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With - Icelandic Sheepdog vs Kerry Blue Terrier vs Clumber Spaniel

Stranger Friendly
Icelandic Sheepdogs are stranger friendly dogs.
Kerry Blue Terriers are average friendly towards strangers.
Clumber Spaniels are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Icelandic Sheepdogs are very kid-friendly dogs.
Kerry Blue Terriers are kid-friendly dogs.
Clumber Spaniels are kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Icelandic Sheepdogs are average friendly towards cats.
Kerry Blue Terriers are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
Clumber Spaniels are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Icelandic Sheepdogs are average friendly towards other dogs.
Kerry Blue Terriers are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
Clumber Spaniels are very dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly Yes
Icelandic Sheepdog is one of the best dog breeds for office environment
No
Kerry Blue Terrier is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Clumber Spaniel is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Icelandic Sheepdogs are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Kerry Blue Terriers are usually recommended for elderly people.
Clumber Spaniels are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Icelandic Sheepdogs are generally with other pets.
Kerry Blue Terriers usually don’t get on well with other pets.
Clumber Spaniels are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners Yes
Icelandic Sheepdogs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Yes
Kerry Blue Terriers are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
No
Clumber Spaniels 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 Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a 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
Icelandic Sheepdog breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Kerry Blue Terrier breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Clumber Spaniel 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 - Icelandic Sheepdog vs Kerry Blue Terrier vs Clumber Spaniel

Health Issues
Icelandic Sheepdogs tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
The Kerry Blue Terrier is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
The Clumber Spaniel is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems Eye Problems Hip Dysplasia Patellar Luxation No set Ear Infections Eye Problems Hip Dysplasia Hypothyroidism Intervertebral Disk Disease
Life Expectancy 12-15 years 12-15 years 10-12 years
Hypoallergenic No Yes No
Energy Level
Icelandic Sheepdogs have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Kerry Blue Terriers have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Clumber Spaniels have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Exercise Need
Icelandic Sheepdogs have an average exercise need.
Kerry Blue Terriers need quite a lot of exercise.
Clumber Spaniels need quite a lot of exercise.
Sleeping Need
Icelandic Sheepdogs are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Kerry Blue Terriers are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Clumber Spaniels sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Avg. daily food consumption 1 to 2 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 1 to 2 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 4 to 5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Average.
Average.
High: The Clumber Spaniel breed has a strong tendency to overweight.
Weather & Climate Prefers cold weather
The Icelandic Sheepdog can adapt well to harsh weather conditions, and also can be a good mountain dog.
Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Kerry Blue Terrier can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Prefers cold weather
The Clumber Spaniel can adapt well to harsh weather conditions, and also can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness Medium
The Icelandic Sheepdog has an average chance of bad smell.
Low
The Kerry Blue Terrier has a low chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Clumber Spaniel has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Icelandic Sheepdog is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Kerry Blue Terrier is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Clumber Spaniel is a big drooler, so if you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, you should choose a dog from another breed.

Reproducibility - Icelandic Sheepdog vs Kerry Blue Terrier vs Clumber Spaniel

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 4-8 puppies 4-8 puppies 2-8 puppies

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