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Japanese Spitz vs Golden Retriever vs English Cocker Spaniel – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Japanese Spitz vs Golden Retriever vs English Cocker Spaniel" Compare Japanese Spitz and Golden Retriever. Which is better: Japanese Spitz or Golden Retriever or English Cocker Spaniel?
Name Japanese Spitz Golden Retriever English Cocker Spaniel
OriginsJapan Scotland England
Group Companion Dogs Gun Dog Gun Dog
Popularity Rank229352
Reviews431
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Other Names Nihon Supittsu Yellow Retriever, Golden Flat Coat Cocker, Merry Cocker Woker
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Not recognized by the American Kennel Club. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1925 as a Sporting breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1946 as a Sporting breed.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Spitz and primitive types group, in the Asian Spitz and related breeds section. Recognized by FCI in the Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs group, in the Retrievers section. Recognized by FCI in the Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs group, in the Flushing Dogs section.
Breed Recognition American Canine Registry America's Pet Registry Continental Kennel Club Dog Registry of America Inc. Federation Cynologique Internationale Kennel Club of Great Britain National Kennel Club American Canine Association, Inc. 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 $1000-$2000 $900-$1200

General Appearance - Japanese Spitz vs Golden Retriever vs English Cocker Spaniel

Size Small Large Medium
Weight 11-20 pounds (5-10 kg) Male: 60-80 pounds (27-36 kg), Female: 55-70 pounds (25-32 kg) Male: 28-34 pounds (13-16 kg), Female: 26-32 pounds (12-15 kg)
Avg. Weight 15.5 pounds (7.5 kg) Male: 70 pounds (31.5 kg), Female: 62.5 pounds (28.5 kg) Male: 31 pounds (14.5 kg), Female: 29 pounds (13.5 kg)
Height 12-15 inches (30-38 cm) Male: 22-24 inches (56-61cm), Female: 20-22 inches (51-56 cm) Male: 15-17 inches (38-43 cm), Female: 14-16 inches (36-41 cm)
Avg. Height 13.5 inches (34 cm) Male: 23 inches (58.5 cm), Female: 21 inches (53.5 cm) Male: 16 inches (40.5 cm), Female: 15 inches (38.5 cm)

Hair & Care - Japanese Spitz vs Golden Retriever vs English Cocker Spaniel

Coat Thick Silky Wavy Shiny Straight Feathered
Colors White Golden Light Blue Roan Liver Tan Golden Black
Grooming
Advanced: The Japanese Spitz requires a lot of grooming.
Average: The Golden Retriever requires average grooming effort.
Average: The English Cocker Spaniel requires average grooming effort.
Shedding Level
Japanese Spitzs shed moderately.
Golden Retrievers shed moderately.
English Cocker Spaniels shed moderately.

Characteristics - Japanese Spitz vs Golden Retriever vs English Cocker Spaniel

Temperament Affectionate Proud Intelligent Companionable Playful Loyal Confident Intelligent Reliable Friendly Kind Trustworthy Affectionate Friendly Playful Trainable Faithful Intelligent Quiet
Intelligent Rank
Average: Japanese Spitz's has average obedience intelligence.
Outstanding: Golden Retriever is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Very smart: English Cocker Spaniel is an excellent dog breed.
Trainability
Japanese Spitzs are quite easy to train.
Golden Retrievers are easy to train.
English Cocker Spaniels are easy to train.
Playfulness
The Japanese Spitz is a highly playful breed.
The Golden Retriever is a highly playful breed.
The English Cocker Spaniel is a playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
Japanese Spitzs have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
Golden Retrievers have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
English Cocker Spaniels don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Affection Level
Japanese Spitzs are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Golden Retrievers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
English Cocker Spaniels are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Japanese Spitzs need a lot of social interaction.
Golden Retrievers need a lot of social interaction.
English Cocker Spaniels are a social breed.
Barking
High: The Japanese Spitz is a very vocal breed.
Low to Average: The Golden Retriever rarely barks.
Average: The English Cocker Spaniel barks occasionally.
Watchdog Ability
Japanese Spitzs are average watchdogs.
Golden Retrievers are average watchdogs.
English Cocker Spaniels are good watchdogs.
Territorial
Japanese Spitzs are extremely protective guard dogs.
Golden Retrievers are average defenders.
English Cocker Spaniels are not the best to protect their territory.
Biting Potential Low
The Japanese Spitz has a low chance of biting somebody.
Moderate
The Golden Retriever has an average chance of biting somebody.
Low
The English Cocker Spaniel has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Japanese Spitzs have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Golden Retrievers have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
English Cocker Spaniels have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Japanese Spitzs tend to escape less than other breeds.
Golden Retrievers tend to escape less than other breeds.
Wanderlust potential of the English Cocker Spaniel is strong enough to escape from home.
Prey Drive
Japanese Spitzs have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
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.
English Cocker Spaniels have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
Apartment Friendly
Japanese Spitzs are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Golden Retrievers are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
English Cocker Spaniels are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Japanese Spitzs adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
Golden Retrievers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
English Cocker Spaniels adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Japanese Spitzs tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Golden Retrievers tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
English Cocker 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.
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 - Japanese Spitz vs Golden Retriever vs English Cocker Spaniel

Stranger Friendly
Japanese Spitzs are average friendly towards strangers.
Golden Retrievers are very stranger friendly dogs.
English Cocker Spaniels are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Japanese Spitzs are very kid-friendly dogs.
Golden Retrievers are very kid-friendly dogs.
English Cocker Spaniels are very kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Japanese Spitzs are cat-friendly dogs.
Golden Retrievers are cat-friendly dogs.
English Cocker Spaniels are cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Japanese Spitzs are dog-friendly dogs.
Golden Retrievers are very dog-friendly dogs.
English Cocker Spaniels are very dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
Japanese Spitz is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Yes
Golden Retriever is one of the best dog breeds for office environment
No
English Cocker Spaniel is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Japanese Spitzs are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Golden Retrievers are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
English Cocker Spaniels are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Japanese Spitzs are usually friendly towards other pets.
Golden Retrievers are usually friendly towards other pets.
English Cocker Spaniels are usually friendly towards other pets.
Good For First Time Owners Yes
Japanese Spitzs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Yes
Golden Retrievers are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
No
English Cocker 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.
Yes
This breed makes good 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.
Yes
This breed makes a perfect 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.
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) 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.
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 Not really
Japanese Spitz breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Yes
Golden Retriever breed usually likes being on a boat.
Yes
English Cocker Spaniel 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 - Japanese Spitz vs Golden Retriever vs English Cocker Spaniel

Health Issues
The Japanese Spitz is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Golden Retrievers are commonly healthy dogs.
The English Cocker Spaniel is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems Patellar Luxation Runny Eyes Allergies Bloat Cataracts Elbow Dysplasia Epilepsy Hemangiosarcoma Hip Dysplasia Hypothyroidism Osteochondrosis Dissecans Osteosarcoma Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Subvalvular Aortic Stenosis Von Willebrand's Disease Cataracts Ear Infections Elbow Dysplasia Hip Dysplasia Renal Failure
Life Expectancy 10-16 years 10-12 years 12-14 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
Japanese Spitzs have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Golden Retrievers are high energy dogs.
English Cocker Spaniels are high energy dogs.
Exercise Need
Japanese Spitzs have an average exercise need.
Golden Retrievers need a lot of exercises.
English Cocker Spaniels need quite a lot of exercise.
Sleeping Need
Japanese Spitzs sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Golden Retrievers don't need too much sleep.
English Cocker Spaniels don't need too much sleep.
Avg. daily food consumption 1/2 to 1 cup dry food a day. 3 to 4 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.
Weight Gain Potential
Low to Average.
High: The Golden Retriever breed has a strong tendency to overweight.
High: The English Cocker Spaniel breed has a strong tendency to overweight.
Weather & Climate Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Japanese Spitz can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Tolerates warm and cold weather. Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The English Cocker Spaniel can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness Medium
The Japanese Spitz has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Golden Retriever has an average chance of bad smell.
High
The English Cocker Spaniel has a high chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Japanese Spitz is a perfect example for very low 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 English Cocker Spaniel is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Japanese Spitz vs Golden Retriever vs English Cocker 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 1-6 puppies 5-10 puppies 6-8 puppies

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