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Japanese Spitz vs Rough Collie – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

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Name Japanese Spitz Rough Collie
OriginsJapan Scotland
Group Companion Dogs Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs)
Popularity Rank22940
Reviews43
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Other Names Nihon Supittsu Collie, Scottish Collie, Long-Haired Collie, English Collie, Lassie Dog
Breed Type Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Not recognized by the American Kennel Club. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1885 as a Herding 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 Sheepdogs and Cattledogs (except Swiss Cattledogs) group, in the Sheepdogs 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
Price $500-$800 $400-$600

General Appearance - Japanese Spitz vs Rough Collie

Size Small Large
Weight 11-20 pounds (5-10 kg) Male: 60-70 pounds (27-32 kg), Female: 53-65 pounds (24-29 kg)
Avg. Weight 15.5 pounds (7.5 kg) Male: 67.5 pounds (30.5 kg), Female: 57.5 pounds (26 kg)
Height 12-15 inches (30-38 cm) Male: 24–26 inch (60–66 cm), Female: 22–24 inch (55–61 cm)
Avg. Height 13.5 inches (34 cm) Male: 25 inches (62.5 cm), Female: 23 inches (58.5 cm)

Hair & Care - Japanese Spitz vs Rough Collie

Coat Thick Rough Soft Thick Straight Harsh Furry
Colors White Black & White & Tan Blue & Merle Blue & Merle & White Sable Sable & White White White & Merle Merle
Grooming
Advanced: The Japanese Spitz requires a lot of grooming.
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Shedding Level
Japanese Spitzs shed moderately.
Rough Collies are heavy shedders.

Characteristics - Japanese Spitz vs Rough Collie

Temperament Affectionate Proud Intelligent Companionable Playful Loyal Friendly Gentle Intelligent Loyal Protective Responsive Social Hard working Docile Obedient Elegant Herding
Intelligent Rank
Average: Japanese Spitz's has average obedience intelligence.
Very smart: Rough Collie is an excellent dog breed.
Trainability
Japanese Spitzs are quite easy to train.
Rough Collies are very easy to train.
Playfulness
The Japanese Spitz is a highly playful breed.
The Rough Collie is a playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
Japanese Spitzs have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
Rough Collies 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.
Rough Collies are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Japanese Spitzs need a lot of social interaction.
Rough Collies need a lot of social interaction.
Barking
High: The Japanese Spitz is a very vocal breed.
Low to Average: The Rough Collie rarely barks.
Watchdog Ability
Japanese Spitzs are average watchdogs.
Rough Collies are one of the best watchdogs.
Territorial
Japanese Spitzs are extremely protective guard dogs.
Rough Collies are extremely protective guard dogs.
Biting Potential Low
The Japanese Spitz has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Rough Collie has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Japanese Spitzs have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Rough Collies 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.
Rough Collies are not the biggest explorers.
Prey Drive
Japanese Spitzs have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Rough Collies have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Apartment Friendly
Japanese Spitzs are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Rough Collies 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
Japanese Spitzs adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
Rough Collies adapt well to lifestyle changes and different 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.
Rough Collies tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
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.

Good With - Japanese Spitz vs Rough Collie

Stranger Friendly
Japanese Spitzs are average friendly towards strangers.
Rough Collies are stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Japanese Spitzs are very kid-friendly dogs.
Rough Collies are very kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Japanese Spitzs are cat-friendly dogs.
Rough Collies are very cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Japanese Spitzs are dog-friendly dogs.
Rough Collies are dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
Japanese Spitz is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Rough Collie is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Japanese Spitzs are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Rough Collies are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Japanese Spitzs are usually friendly towards other pets.
Rough Collies are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Good For First Time Owners Yes
Japanese Spitzs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
No
Rough Collies 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.
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.
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.
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.
Boat Dog Not really
Japanese Spitz breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Rough Collie 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.

Health Factors - Japanese Spitz vs Rough Collie

Health Issues
The Japanese Spitz is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
The Rough Collie is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems Patellar Luxation Runny Eyes Collie Eye Anomaly Gray Collie Syndrome Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Drug Sensitivity Hip Dysplasia
Life Expectancy 10-16 years 14-16 years
Hypoallergenic 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.
Rough Collies have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Exercise Need
Japanese Spitzs have an average exercise need.
Rough Collies 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.
Rough Collies sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Avg. daily food consumption 1/2 to 1 cup dry food a day. 2 to 3 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Low to Average.
Average.
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.
Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Rough Collie 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 Rough Collie has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Japanese Spitz is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Rough Collie is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Japanese Spitz vs Rough Collie

Gestation Length 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.
Litter Size 1-6 puppies 4-8 puppies

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