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Labrador Retriever vs German Shorthaired Pointer vs Beagle – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Labrador Retriever vs German Shorthaired Pointer vs Beagle" Compare Labrador Retriever and German Shorthaired Pointer. Which is better: Labrador Retriever or German Shorthaired Pointer or Beagle?
Name Labrador Retriever German Shorthaired Pointer Beagle
OriginsEngland Canada Germany England
Group Gun Dog Gun Dog Hunting Dogs
Popularity Rank1106
Reviews324
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Other Names Labrador, Lab Deutsch Kurzhaar, Kurzhaar, GSP, DK, Deutscher Kurzhaariger Vorstehhund English Beagle
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 1930 as a Sporting breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1885 as a Hound breed.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs group, in the Retrievers section. Recognized by FCI in the Pointing Dogs group, in the Continental Pointing Dogs section. Recognized by FCI in the Scent hounds and related breeds group, in the Scent hounds 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 Kennel Club Canadian Kennel Club Federation Cynologique Internationale Kennel Club of Great Britain Australian National Kennel Council 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
Price $1000-$2000 $600-$800 $500-$800

General Appearance - Labrador Retriever vs German Shorthaired Pointer vs Beagle

Size Large Large Medium Small
Weight Male: 60-75 pounds (27-34kg), Female: 55-70 pounds (25-32 kg) Male: 55-70 pounds (25-32 kg), Female: 45-60 pounds (20-27 kg) Male: 22-25 pounds (10-11 kg), Female: 20-23 pounds (9-10 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 67.5 pounds (30.5 kg), Female: 62.5 pounds (28.5 kg) Male: 62.5 pounds (28.5 kg), Female: 52.5 pounds (23.5 kg) Male: 23.5 pounds (10.5 kg), Female: 21.5 pounds (9.5 kg)
Height Male: 22-24 inches (56-61cm), Female: 21-23 inches (53-58 cm) Male: 23-25 inches (59-64 cm), Female: 21-23 inches (53-58 cm) Male: 14-16 inches (36-41 cm), Female: 13-15 inches (33-38 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 23 inches (58.5 cm), Female: 22 inches (55.5 cm) Male: 24 inches (61.5 cm), Female: 22 inches (55.5 cm) Male: 15 inches (38.5 cm), Female: 14 inches (35.5 cm)

Hair & Care - Labrador Retriever vs German Shorthaired Pointer vs Beagle

Coat Dense Waterproof Hard Short Dense Dense
Colors Yellow Chocolate Black Roan Liver White Black Tan Red Tricolor White Black
Grooming
Effortless: The Labrador Retriever requires minimal grooming.
Effortless: The German Shorthaired Pointer requires minimal grooming.
Effortless: The Beagle requires minimal grooming.
Shedding Level
Labrador Retrievers shed moderately.
German Shorthaired Pointers shed moderately.
Beagles shed moderately.

Characteristics - Labrador Retriever vs German Shorthaired Pointer vs Beagle

Temperament Affectionate Cheerful Friendly Intelligent Loyal Playful Social Alert Energetic Gentle Loving Going Responsive Affectionate Bold Intelligent Boisterous Cooperative Trainable Friendly Independent Lively Sweet Gentle Intelligent Loving
Intelligent Rank
Outstanding: Labrador Retriever is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Very smart: German Shorthaired Pointer is an excellent dog breed.
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
Trainability
Labrador Retrievers are very easy to train.
German Shorthaired Pointers are very easy to train.
Beagles are easy to train.
Playfulness
The Labrador Retriever is a highly playful breed.
The German Shorthaired Pointer is a highly playful breed.
The Beagle 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.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Affection Level
Labrador Retrievers may seem unfriendly sometimes due to their independence.
German Shorthaired Pointers are highly affectionate dogs.
Beagles are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Labrador Retrievers need a lot of social interaction.
German Shorthaired Pointers need for social interaction is average.
Beagles need a lot of social interaction.
Barking
Average: The Labrador Retriever barks occasionally.
Average: The German Shorthaired Pointer barks occasionally.
High: The Beagle is a very vocal breed.
Watchdog Ability
Labrador Retrievers are average watchdogs.
German Shorthaired Pointers are average watchdogs.
Beagles are not the best choice if you want a good watchdog.
Territorial
Labrador Retrievers are average defenders.
German Shorthaired Pointers are average defenders.
Beagles can't provide protection for their territory.
Biting Potential Moderate
The Labrador Retriever has an average chance of biting somebody.
Low
The German Shorthaired Pointer has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Beagle has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Labrador Retrievers have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
German Shorthaired Pointers have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Beagles have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Labrador Retrievers have average wanderlust potential.
German Shorthaired Pointers have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
Beagles have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
Prey Drive
Labrador Retrievers have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
German Shorthaired Pointers have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
Beagles have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
Apartment Friendly
Labrador Retrievers are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
German Shorthaired Pointers are not apartment-friendly dogs.
Beagles are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Adaptability
Labrador Retrievers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
German Shorthaired Pointers adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
Beagles 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.
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
Beagles 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 German Shorthaired Pointer vs Beagle

Stranger Friendly
Labrador Retrievers are very stranger friendly dogs.
German Shorthaired Pointers are average friendly towards strangers.
Beagles are stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Labrador Retrievers are very kid-friendly dogs.
German Shorthaired Pointers are kid-friendly dogs.
Beagles are very kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Labrador Retrievers are cat-friendly dogs.
German Shorthaired Pointers are not cat-friendly dogs.
Beagles are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Labrador Retrievers are very dog-friendly dogs.
German Shorthaired Pointers are dog-friendly dogs.
Beagles are very dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
Labrador Retriever is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
German Shorthaired Pointer is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Beagle is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Labrador Retrievers are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
German Shorthaired Pointers are usually recommended for elderly people.
Beagles are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Labrador Retrievers are usually friendly towards other pets.
German Shorthaired Pointers do best when they’re the only pet at the family.
Beagles 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
German Shorthaired Pointers are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Beagles 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
German Shorthaired Pointer breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Yes
Beagle 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 - Labrador Retriever vs German Shorthaired Pointer vs Beagle

Health Issues
The Labrador Retriever is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
German Shorthaired Pointers are commonly healthy dogs.
The Beagle 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 Gastric Torsion Hypothyroidism Canine Hip Dysplasia (CHD) Osteochondrosis Dissecans Von Willebrand's Disease Entropion Pannus Lymphedema Cardiomyopathy Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Beagle Dwarfism Cherry Eye Chinese Beagle Syndrome Distichiasis Epilepsy Glaucoma Hip Dysplasia Hypothyroidism Intervertebral Disk Disease Patellar Luxation Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Life Expectancy 10-12 years 12-14 years 12-15 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
Labrador Retrievers are high energy dogs.
German Shorthaired Pointers are high energy dogs.
Beagles have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Exercise Need
Labrador Retrievers need a lot of exercises.
German Shorthaired Pointers need a lot of exercises.
Beagles need quite a lot of exercise.
Sleeping Need
Labrador Retrievers don't need too much sleep.
German Shorthaired Pointers don't need too much sleep.
Beagles are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
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 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 0.5 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
High: The Labrador Retriever breed has a strong tendency to overweight.
Average.
High: The Beagle breed has a strong tendency to overweight.
Weather & Climate Tolerates warm and cold weather. Prefers average to warm weather conditions Prefers average to warm weather conditions
Stinkiness High
The Labrador Retriever has a high chance of bad smell.
Medium
The German Shorthaired Pointer has an average chance of bad smell.
High
The Beagle has a high chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Labrador Retriever is an average drooler.
The German Shorthaired Pointer is a perfect example for low drooling tendency.
The Beagle is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Labrador Retriever vs German Shorthaired Pointer vs Beagle

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 7-12 puppies 2-14 puppies, average 7

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