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Labrador Retriever vs English Springer Spaniel vs Border Collie Comparison - Dog breed selector: Labrador or Springer Spaniel or Scotch Sheep Dog? Find the right dog for you

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Name Labrador Retriever English Springer Spaniel Border Collie
OriginsEngland Canada England England Scotland Wales
Group Gun Dog Gun Dog Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs)
Popularity Rank12738
Reviews3210
User Ratings

Other Names Labrador, Lab Springer Spaniel Scotch Sheep Dog, Sheepdog
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 1910 as a Sporting breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1995 as a Herding breed.
FCI Group 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. Recognized by FCI in the Sheepdogs and Cattledogs (except Swiss Cattledogs) group, in the Sheepdogs 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
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
Price $1000-$2000 $700-$800 $600-$800

Labrador Retriever vs English Springer Spaniel vs Border Collie General Appearance Comparison

Size Large Medium Large
Weight Male: 60-75 pounds (27-34kg), Female: 55-70 pounds (25-32 kg) Male: 45-55 pounds (20-25 kg), Female: 40-50 pounds (18-23 kg) Male: 30-45 pounds (14-20 kg), Female: 27-42 pounds (12-19 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 67.5 pounds (30.5 kg), Female: 62.5 pounds (28.5 kg) Male: 50 pounds (22.5 kg), Female: 45 pounds (20.5 kg) Male: 37.5 pounds (17 kg), Female: 34.5 pounds (15.5 kg)
Height Male: 22-24 inches (56-61cm), Female: 21-23 inches (53-58 cm) Male: 19-21 inches (48-56 cm), Female:18-20 inches (46-51 cm) Male: 19-22 inches (48-56 cm), Female: 18-21 inches (46-53 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 23 inches (58.5 cm), Female: 22 inches (55.5 cm) Male: 20 inches (52 cm), Female:19 inches (48.5 cm) Male: 20.5 inches (52 cm), Female: 19.5 inches (49.5 cm)

Labrador Retriever vs English Springer Spaniel vs Border Collie Hair & Care Comparison

Coat Dense
Waterproof
Hard
Short
Feathered Dense
Feathered
Straight
Short
Moderately Long
Colors Yellow
Chocolate
Black
White
Liver
Tan
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
Grooming
Effortless: The Labrador Retriever requires minimal grooming.
Advanced: The English Springer Spaniel requires a lot of grooming.
Average: The Border Collie requires average grooming effort.
Shedding Level
Labrador Retrievers shed moderately.
English Springer Spaniels shed moderately.
Border Collies shed moderately.

Labrador Retriever vs English Springer Spaniel vs Border Collie Characteristics Comparison

Temperament Affectionate
Cheerful
Friendly
Intelligent
Loyal
Playful
Social
Alert
Energetic
Gentle
Loving
Going
Responsive
Affectionate
Cheerful
Intelligent
Social
Alert
Energetic
Playful
Intelligent
Alert
Tenacious
Protective
Energetic
Responsive
Loyal
Intelligent Rank
Outstanding: Labrador Retriever is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Very smart: English Springer Spaniel is an excellent dog breed.
Outstanding: Border Collie is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Trainability
Labrador Retrievers are very easy to train.
English Springer Spaniels are easy to train.
Border Collies are easy to train.
Playfulness
The Labrador Retriever is a highly playful breed.
The English Springer Spaniel is a highly playful breed.
The Border Collie is a highly playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
Labrador Retrievers don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Border Collies 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.
English Springer Spaniels are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Border Collies are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Labrador Retrievers need a lot of social interaction.
English Springer Spaniels are a social breed.
Border Collies need a lot of social interaction.
Barking
Average: The Labrador Retriever barks occasionally.
Average: The English Springer Spaniel barks occasionally.
Low to Average: The Border Collie rarely barks.
Watchdog Ability
Labrador Retrievers are average watchdogs.
English Springer Spaniels are average watchdogs.
Border Collies are one of the best watchdogs.
Territorial
Labrador Retrievers are average defenders.
English Springer Spaniels are average defenders.
Border Collies are extremely protective guard dogs.
Biting Potential Moderate
The Labrador Retriever has an average chance of biting somebody.
Low
The English Springer Spaniel has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Border Collie has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Labrador Retrievers have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
English Springer Spaniels have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Border Collies have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Labrador Retrievers have average wanderlust potential.
Wanderlust potential of the English Springer Spaniel is strong enough to escape from home.
Border Collies have average wanderlust potential.
Prey Drive
Labrador Retrievers have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
English Springer Spaniels have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
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.
Apartment Friendly
Labrador Retrievers are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
English Springer Spaniels are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Border Collies are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Adaptability
Labrador Retrievers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
English Springer Spaniels adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Border Collies 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.
English Springer 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.
Border 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.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Labrador Retriever vs English Springer Spaniel vs Border Collie Good With Comparison

Stranger Friendly
Labrador Retrievers are very stranger friendly dogs.
English Springer Spaniels are very stranger friendly dogs.
Border Collies are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Labrador Retrievers are very kid-friendly dogs.
English Springer Spaniels are kid-friendly dogs.
Border Collies are very kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Labrador Retrievers are cat-friendly dogs.
English Springer Spaniels are average friendly towards cats.
Border Collies are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Labrador Retrievers are very dog-friendly dogs.
English Springer Spaniels are very dog-friendly dogs.
Border Collies are average friendly towards other dogs.
Office Friendly No
Labrador Retriever is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
English Springer Spaniel is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Border Collie is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Labrador Retrievers are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
English Springer Spaniels are usually recommended for elderly people.
Border Collies are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Labrador Retrievers are usually friendly towards other pets.
English Springer Spaniels are generally with other pets.
Border Collies 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
English Springer Spaniels 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.
Service Dog Yes
This breed makes good as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Yes
This breed makes good as a service dog.
Therapy Dog Yes
This breed makes a perfect 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 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.
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) 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.
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.
Boat Dog Yes
Labrador Retriever breed usually likes being on a boat.
Not really
English Springer Spaniel breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Border 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.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.

Labrador Retriever vs English Springer Spaniel vs Border Collie Health Factors Comparison

Health Issues
The Labrador Retriever is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
English Springer Spaniels are commonly healthy dogs.
The Border Collie 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
Ear Infections
Ectropion
Hip Dysplasia
Phosphofructokinase deficiency (Tarui disease, PFK)
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Retinal Dysplasia
Allergies
Collie Eye Anomaly
Epilepsy
Hip Dysplasia
Osteochondrosis Dissecans
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Life Expectancy 10-12 years 10-14 years 12-15 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
Labrador Retrievers are high energy dogs.
English Springer Spaniels are high energy dogs.
Border Collies are high energy dogs.
Exercise Need
Labrador Retrievers need a lot of exercises.
English Springer Spaniels need a lot of exercises.
Border Collies need a lot of exercises.
Sleeping Need
Labrador Retrievers don't need too much sleep.
English Springer Spaniels don't need too much sleep.
Border Collies 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. 3 to 4.5 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.
Weight Gain Potential
High: The Labrador Retriever breed has a strong tendency to overweight.
Average.
Average.
Weather & Climate Tolerates warm and cold weather. 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.
Stinkiness High
The Labrador Retriever has a high chance of bad smell.
Medium
The English Springer Spaniel has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Border Collie has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Labrador Retriever is an average drooler.
The English Springer Spaniel is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Border Collie is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Labrador Retriever vs English Springer Spaniel vs Border Collie Reproducibility Comparison

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 4-10 puppies 4-8 puppies

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