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Labrador Retriever vs Border Collie vs Brittany – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Labrador Retriever vs Border Collie vs Brittany" Compare Labrador Retriever and Border Collie. Which is better: Labrador Retriever or Border Collie or Brittany?
Name Labrador Retriever Border Collie Brittany
OriginsEngland Canada England Scotland Wales France
Group Gun Dog Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs) Gun Dog
Popularity Rank13826
Reviews381
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Other Names Labrador, Lab Scotch Sheep Dog, Sheepdog Epagneul Breton, Brittany Spaniel, American Brittany, Brittany Wiegref
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1917 as a Sporting breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1995 as a Herding breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1934 as a Sporting breed.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs group, in the Retrievers section. Recognized by FCI in the Sheepdogs and Cattledogs (except Swiss Cattledogs) group, in the Sheepdogs section. Recognized by FCI in the Pointing Dogs group, in the Continental Pointing Dogs 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 Canadian Canine Registry American Canine Registry American Kennel Club America's Pet Registry 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 The American Int. Border Collie Registry The American Border Collie Association 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 $1000-$2000 $600-$800 $700-$800

General Appearance - Labrador Retriever vs Border Collie vs Brittany

Size Large Large Medium
Weight Male: 60-75 pounds (27-34kg), Female: 55-70 pounds (25-32 kg) Male: 30-45 pounds (14-20 kg), Female: 27-42 pounds (12-19 kg) Male: 35-40 pounds (16-18 kg), Females: 30-40 pounds (14-18 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 67.5 pounds (30.5 kg), Female: 62.5 pounds (28.5 kg) Male: 37.5 pounds (17 kg), Female: 34.5 pounds (15.5 kg) Male: 37.5 pounds (17 kg), Females: 35 pounds (16 kg)
Height Male: 22-24 inches (56-61cm), Female: 21-23 inches (53-58 cm) Male: 19-22 inches (48-56 cm), Female: 18-21 inches (46-53 cm) Male: 17-21 inches (43-53 cm), Female: 18-20 inches (46-51 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 23 inches (58.5 cm), Female: 22 inches (55.5 cm) Male: 20.5 inches (52 cm), Female: 19.5 inches (49.5 cm) Male: 19 inches (48 cm), Female: 19 inches (48.5 cm)

Hair & Care - Labrador Retriever vs Border Collie vs Brittany

Coat Dense Waterproof Hard Short Dense Feathered Straight Short Moderately Long Feathered
Colors Yellow Chocolate Black Black & White Tricolor Tan Blue merle Blue merle-tricolor Slate merle Red merle Black Brindle Gold Lilac Red Sable Sable Merle Saddleback Sable White & Blue White & Blue Merle White & Red White & Red Merle White Ticked Seal Slate White & Gold White & Sable White & Seal Liver White Orange Roan
Grooming
Effortless: The Labrador Retriever requires minimal grooming.
Average: The Border Collie requires average grooming effort.
Easy to groom: The Brittany doesn't require a lot of grooming.
Shedding Level
Labrador Retrievers shed moderately.
Border Collies shed moderately.
Brittanys are low shedders.

Characteristics - Labrador Retriever vs Border Collie vs Brittany

Temperament Affectionate Cheerful Friendly Intelligent Loyal Playful Social Alert Energetic Gentle Loving Going Responsive Intelligent Alert Tenacious Protective Energetic Responsive Loyal Alert Intelligent Social Independent Responsive
Intelligent Rank
Outstanding: Labrador Retriever is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Outstanding: Border Collie is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Very smart: Brittany is an excellent dog breed.
Trainability
Labrador Retrievers are very easy to train.
Border Collies are easy to train.
Brittanys are easy to train.
Playfulness
The Labrador Retriever is a highly playful breed.
The Border Collie is a highly playful breed.
The Brittany is a highly playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
Labrador Retrievers don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Border Collies don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Brittanys don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Affection Level
Labrador Retrievers may seem unfriendly sometimes due to their independence.
Border Collies are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Brittanys are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Labrador Retrievers need a lot of social interaction.
Border Collies need a lot of social interaction.
Brittanys need a lot of social interaction.
Barking
Average: The Labrador Retriever barks occasionally.
Low to Average: The Border Collie rarely barks.
Average: The Brittany barks occasionally.
Watchdog Ability
Labrador Retrievers are average watchdogs.
Border Collies are one of the best watchdogs.
Brittanys are average watchdogs.
Territorial
Labrador Retrievers are average defenders.
Border Collies are extremely protective guard dogs.
Brittanys are average defenders.
Biting Potential Moderate
The Labrador Retriever has an average chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Border Collie has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Brittany has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Labrador Retrievers have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Border Collies have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Brittanys have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Labrador Retrievers have average wanderlust potential.
Border Collies have average wanderlust potential.
Wanderlust potential of the Brittany is strong enough to escape from home.
Prey Drive
Labrador Retrievers have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Border Collies 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.
Brittanys have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
Apartment Friendly
Labrador Retrievers are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Border Collies are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Brittanys 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
Labrador Retrievers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Border Collies adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Brittanys adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Labrador Retrievers tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Border Collies tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Brittanys 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.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With - Labrador Retriever vs Border Collie vs Brittany

Stranger Friendly
Labrador Retrievers are very stranger friendly dogs.
Border Collies are average friendly towards strangers.
Brittanys are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Labrador Retrievers are very kid-friendly dogs.
Border Collies are very kid-friendly dogs.
Brittanys are very kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Labrador Retrievers are cat-friendly dogs.
Border Collies are average friendly towards cats.
Brittanys are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Labrador Retrievers are very dog-friendly dogs.
Border Collies are average friendly towards other dogs.
Brittanys are very dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
Labrador Retriever is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Border Collie is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Brittany is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Labrador Retrievers are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Border Collies are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Brittanys are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Labrador Retrievers are usually friendly towards other pets.
Border Collies are generally with other pets.
Brittanys are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners No
Labrador Retrievers are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Border Collies are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Brittanys are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog Yes
This breed makes good 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 Yes
This breed makes a perfect 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 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.
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) 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.
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 Yes
Labrador Retriever breed usually likes being on a boat.
Not really
Border Collie breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Brittany 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 - Labrador Retriever vs Border Collie vs Brittany

Health Issues
The Labrador Retriever is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
The Border Collie is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
The Brittany is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems Acute Moist Dermatitis Bloat Cataracts Cold Tail Ear Infections Elbow Dysplasia Epilepsy Hip Dysplasia Myopathy Osteochondrosis Dissecans Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Tricuspid Valve Dysplasia Allergies Collie Eye Anomaly Epilepsy Hip Dysplasia Osteochondrosis Dissecans Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Epilepsy Hip Dysplasia Hypothyroidism
Life Expectancy 10-12 years 12-15 years 12-15 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
Labrador Retrievers are high energy dogs.
Border Collies are high energy dogs.
Brittanys are high energy dogs.
Exercise Need
Labrador Retrievers need a lot of exercises.
Border Collies need a lot of exercises.
Brittanys need a lot of exercises.
Sleeping Need
Labrador Retrievers don't need too much sleep.
Border Collies don't need too much sleep.
Brittanys don't need too much sleep.
Avg. daily food consumption Recommended daily amount: 2.5 to 3 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 1.5 to 2 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two or three meals. 1.5 to 2 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two or three meals.
Weight Gain Potential
High: The Labrador Retriever breed has a strong tendency to overweight.
Average.
Average.
Weather & Climate Tolerates warm and cold weather. Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Border Collie can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Brittany can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness High
The Labrador Retriever has a high chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Border Collie has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Brittany has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Labrador Retriever is an average drooler.
The Border Collie is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Brittany is a perfect example for low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Labrador Retriever vs Border Collie vs Brittany

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 5-10 puppies 4-8 puppies 1-11 puppies, average 6

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