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

"Find similarities and differences between Labrador Retriever vs Irish Water Spaniel vs Border Collie" Compare Labrador Retriever and Irish Water Spaniel. Which is better: Labrador Retriever or Irish Water Spaniel or Border Collie?
Name Labrador Retriever Irish Water Spaniel Border Collie
OriginsEngland Canada Ireland England Scotland Wales
Group Gun Dog Gun Dog Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs)
Popularity Rank116438
Reviews100
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Other Names Labrador, Lab Whiptail, Shannon Spaniel, Rat Tail Spaniel, Bog Dog 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 1878 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 Water 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 No set 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 $800-$1000 $600-$800

General Appearance - Labrador Retriever vs Irish Water Spaniel vs Border Collie

Size Medium Medium Large
Weight Male: 60-75 pounds (27-34kg), Female: 55-70 pounds (25-32 kg) 45-65 pounds (20-30 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) 55 pounds (25 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) 20-23 inches (51-58 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) 21.5 inches (54.5 cm) Male: 20.5 inches (52 cm), Female: 19.5 inches (49.5 cm)

Hair & Care - Labrador Retriever vs Irish Water Spaniel vs Border Collie

Coat Dense Waterproof Hard Dense Tight Curly Feathered
Colors Yellow Chocolate Black Brown Brindle Lilac Sable Blue Gold Red Black
Grooming
Effortless: The Labrador Retriever requires minimal grooming.
Advanced: The Irish Water Spaniel requires a lot of grooming.
Average: The Border Collie requires average grooming effort.
Shedding Level
Labrador Retrievers shed moderately.
Irish Water Spaniels shed none to minimal.
Border Collies shed moderately.

Characteristics - Labrador Retriever vs Irish Water Spaniel vs Border Collie

Temperament Affectionate Cheerful Friendly Intelligent Loyal Playful Social Alert Energetic Gentle Loving Going Responsive Active Clownish Intelligent Alert Inquisitive Quick Intelligent Alert Tenacious Protective Energetic Responsive Loyal
Intelligent Rank
Outstanding: Labrador Retriever is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Very smart: Irish Water Spaniel is an excellent dog breed.
Outstanding: Border Collie is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Trainability
Labrador Retrievers are very easy to train.
Irish Water Spaniels are easy to train.
Border Collies are easy to train.
Playfulness
The Labrador Retriever is a highly playful breed.
The Irish Water Spaniel is a 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.
Irish Water Spaniels are highly affectionate dogs.
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.
Irish Water Spaniels need for social interaction is average.
Border Collies need a lot of social interaction.
Barking
Average: The Labrador Retriever barks occasionally.
Average: The Irish Water Spaniel barks occasionally.
High: The Border Collie is a very vocal breed.
Watchdog Ability
Labrador Retrievers are average watchdogs.
Irish Water Spaniels are good watchdogs.
Border Collies are one of the best watchdogs.
Territorial
Labrador Retrievers are average defenders.
Irish Water 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 Irish Water 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.
Irish Water 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.
Irish Water Spaniels have average wanderlust potential.
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.
Irish Water 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.
Irish Water Spaniels are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Border Collies are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Adaptability
Labrador Retrievers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Irish Water Spaniels adapt well to lifestyle changes and different 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.
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
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.

Good With - Labrador Retriever vs Irish Water Spaniel vs Border Collie

Stranger Friendly
Labrador Retrievers are very stranger friendly dogs.
Irish Water Spaniels are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Border Collies are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Labrador Retrievers are very kid-friendly dogs.
Irish Water Spaniels are very kid-friendly dogs.
Border Collies are very kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Labrador Retrievers are cat-friendly dogs.
Irish Water Spaniels are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
Border Collies are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Labrador Retrievers are very dog-friendly dogs.
Irish Water Spaniels are not the most 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
Irish Water 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.
Irish Water Spaniels are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Border Collies are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Labrador Retrievers are usually friendly towards other pets.
Irish Water Spaniels usually don’t get on well 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
Irish Water 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.
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) 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.
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.
Yes
Irish Water Spaniel breed usually likes 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.

Health Factors - Labrador Retriever vs Irish Water Spaniel vs Border Collie

Health Issues
Egészségesek Labrador Retriever fajták, de vannak bizonyos egészségügyi problémáik, amelyeket rendszeresen ellenőrizned kell az állatorvossal.
Irish Water Spaniels are commonly healthy dogs.
Egészségesek Border Collie fajták, de vannak bizonyos egészségügyi problémáik, amelyeket rendszeresen ellenőrizned kell az állatorvossal.
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 No set Allergies Collie Eye Anomaly Epilepsy Hip Dysplasia Osteochondrosis Dissecans Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Life Expectancy 10-12 years 10-12 years 12-15 years
Hypoallergenic No Yes No
Energy Level
Labrador Retrievers are high energy dogs.
Irish Water Spaniels are high energy dogs.
Border Collies are high energy dogs.
Exercise Need
Labrador Retrievers need a lot of exercises.
Irish Water Spaniels need a lot of exercises.
Border Collies need a lot of exercises.
Sleeping Need
Labrador Retrievers don't need too much sleep.
Irish Water 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. 2 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.
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 Irish Water Spaniel can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
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 Irish Water 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 Irish Water Spaniel is a perfect example for low drooling tendency.
The Border Collie is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Labrador Retriever vs Irish Water Spaniel vs Border Collie

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 4-12 puppies 4-8 puppies

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