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Koolie vs German Shepherd vs Huntaway – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Koolie vs German Shepherd vs Huntaway" Compare Koolie and German Shepherd. Which is better: Koolie or German Shepherd or Huntaway?
Name Koolie German Shepherd Huntaway
OriginsAustralia Germany New Zealand
Group Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs) Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs) Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs)
Popularity Rank3292280
Reviews0122
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Other Names Australian Koolie, German Koolie, German Coolie Alsatian, Berger Allemand, Alsatian wolf dog (UK), Deutscher Schäferhund, Schäferhund New Zealand Sheepdog
New Zealand Huntaway, NZ Huntaway
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Not recognized by the American Kennel Club. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1908 as a Herding breed. Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group Not recognized by FCI. Recognized by FCI in the Sheepdogs and Cattledogs (except Swiss Cattledogs) group, in the Sheepdogs section. Not recognized by FCI.
Breed Recognition America's Pet Registry
Australian National Kennel Council
Dog Registry of America 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
German Shepherd Dog Club Of America
Dog Registry of America Inc.
New Zealand Kennel Club
Price $400-$600 $800-$2000 $300-$400

General Appearance - Koolie vs German Shepherd vs Huntaway

Size Large
Medium
Large Large
Weight 33-53 pounds (15-24 kg) Male: 66-88 pounds (30-40 kg), Female: 49-71 pounds (22-32 kg) 40-65 pounds (18-30 kg)
Avg. Weight 43 pounds (19.5 kg) Male: 77 pounds (35 kg), Female: 60 pounds (27 kg) 52.5 pounds (24 kg)
Height 13-23 inches (34-60 cm) Male: 24-26 inches (60-65 cm), Female: 22-24 inches (55-60 cm) 20-24 inches (51-61 cm)
Avg. Height 18 inches (47 cm) Male: 25 inches (62.5 cm), Female: 23 inches (57.5 cm) 22 inches (56 cm)

Hair & Care - Koolie vs German Shepherd vs Huntaway

Coat Smooth
Double
Rough
Fuzzy Smooth
Rough
Colors Chocolate
Blue
Merle
Tricolor
Red
Black
Silver
Tan
Red
Black
Black & Tan
Grooming
Easy to groom: The Koolie doesn't require a lot of grooming.
Average: The German Shepherd requires average grooming effort.
Average: The Huntaway requires average grooming effort.
Shedding Level
Koolies shed moderately.
German Shepherds are heavy shedders.
Huntaways shed moderately.

Characteristics - Koolie vs German Shepherd vs Huntaway

Temperament Dominant
Dedicated
Temperate
Diligent
Intelligent
Affectionate
Alert
Courageous
Intelligent
Obedient
Confident
Curious
Loyal
Watchful
Friendly
Energetic
Active
Intelligent
Trainable
Vocal
Intelligent Rank
Average: Koolie's has average obedience intelligence.
Outstanding: German Shepherd is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Smart: Huntaway's has great intelligence.
Trainability
Koolies are quite easy to train.
German Shepherds are easy to train.
Huntaways are easy to train.
Playfulness
Koolies, like any other dog breed, like playing.
German Shepherds, like any other dog breed, like playing.
The Huntaway is a highly playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
Koolies don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
German Shepherds don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Affection Level
Koolies are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
German Shepherds are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Huntaways are highly affectionate dogs.
Social Needs
Koolies are a social breed.
German Shepherds need for social interaction is average.
Huntaways are a social breed.
Barking
Average: The Koolie barks occasionally.
Low to Average: The German Shepherd rarely barks.
High: The Huntaway is a very vocal breed.
Watchdog Ability
Koolies are good watchdogs.
German Shepherds are one of the best watchdogs.
Huntaways are not the best watchdogs.
Territorial
Koolies are extremely protective guard dogs.
German Shepherds are extremely protective guard dogs.
Huntaways are not the best to protect their territory.
Biting Potential Low
The Koolie has a low chance of biting somebody.
High
The German Shepherd has a high chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Huntaway has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Koolies have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
German Shepherds have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Huntaways have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Koolies have average wanderlust potential.
German Shepherds are not the biggest explorers.
Huntaways are not the biggest explorers.
Prey Drive
Koolies 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.
German Shepherds have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Huntaways don't have an impulse to catch or chase small animals.
Apartment Friendly
Koolies are not the best choice for an apartment lifestyle, but they don't mind being inside if you walk them several times every day.
German Shepherds are not the best choice for an apartment lifestyle, but they don't mind being inside if you walk them several times every day.
Huntaways are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Adaptability
Koolies adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
German Shepherds adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Huntaways adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Koolies 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.
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
Huntaways 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 - Koolie vs German Shepherd vs Huntaway

Stranger Friendly
Koolies are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
German Shepherds are stranger friendly dogs.
Huntaways are very stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Koolies are kid-friendly dogs.
German Shepherds are very kid-friendly dogs.
Huntaways are very kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Koolies are average friendly towards cats.
German Shepherds are average friendly towards cats.
Huntaways are very cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Koolies are average friendly towards other dogs.
German Shepherds are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
Huntaways are dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
Koolie is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
German Shepherd is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Huntaway is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Koolies are usually recommended for elderly people.
German Shepherds are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Huntaways are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Koolies are generally with other pets.
German Shepherds are generally with other pets.
Huntaways are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Good For First Time Owners No
Koolies are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
German Shepherds are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Huntaways 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
Koolie breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
German Shepherd breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Huntaway 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 - Koolie vs German Shepherd vs Huntaway

Health Issues
The Koolie is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
German Shepherds are commonly healthy dogs.
Very healthy dog breed.
Health Problems Blindness
Deafness
Allergies
Blindness
Bloat
Cancer
Cataracts
Cherry Eye
Chronic Diarrhea
Cruciate Ligament Rupture
Cushing's Syndrome
Degenerative Myelopathy
Demodectic Mange
Diabetes
Digestive Problems
Elbow Dysplasia
Epilepsy
Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency
Heart Disease
Hemophilia A
Hemophilia B
Hip Dysplasia
Hypertrophic Osteodystrophy
Lens Luxation
Lupus
Megaesophagus
Myasthenia Gravis
Nail Bed Disease
Osteochondrosis
Pannus
Panosteitis
Paralysis
Perianal Fistula
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Retinal Dysplasia
Seborrhea
Vitiligo
Von Willebrand's Disease
Wobbler's Syndrome
No set
Life Expectancy 16-18 years 10-13 years 12-14 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
Koolies have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
German Shepherds are high energy dogs.
Huntaways are high energy dogs.
Exercise Need
Koolies need quite a lot of exercise.
German Shepherds need quite a lot of exercise.
Huntaways need a lot of exercises.
Sleeping Need
Koolies are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
German Shepherds don't need too much sleep.
Huntaways don't need too much sleep.
Avg. daily food consumption 1.5 to 2.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 3 to 4 cups 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.
Low to Average.
Average.
Weather & Climate Prefers warm weather Tolerates warm and cold weather. Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness Medium
The Koolie has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The German Shepherd has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Huntaway has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Koolie is a perfect example for low drooling tendency.
The German Shepherd is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Huntaway is an average drooler.

Reproducibility - Koolie vs German Shepherd vs Huntaway

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 4-6 puppies 6-10 puppies 5-7 puppies

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