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Miniature American Shepherd vs Goldendoodle vs Shih Tzu Comparison - Dog breed selector: North American Shepherd or Curly Golden or Chinese Lion Dog? Find the right dog for you

"Find similarities and differences between Miniature American Shepherd vs Goldendoodle vs Shih Tzu" Compare Miniature American Shepherd and Goldendoodle. Which is better: Miniature American Shepherd or Goldendoodle or Shih Tzu?
Name Miniature American Shepherd Goldendoodle Shih Tzu
OriginsUnited States United States Canada China
Group Working Dogs Companion Dogs Companion Dogs
Popularity Rank3544720
Reviews0711
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Other Names
What other names do they have?
North American Shepherd, Mini American, MAS, Ameri Curly Golden, Curly Retriever, Goldenpoo Chinese Lion Dog, Chrysanthemum Dog
Breed Type
Which dog is purebred or crossbreed? Miniature American Shepherd vs Goldendoodle vs Shih Tzu breed type comparison:
Purebred Cross Breed Purebred
AKC Group
Which dog is recognized by the AKC?
Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2015 as a Herding breed. Not recognized by the American Kennel Club. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1969 as a Toy breed.
FCI Group
Which dog is recognized by the FCI?
Not recognized by FCI. Not recognized by FCI. Recognized by FCI in the Companion and Toy Dogs group, in the Tibetan breeds section.
Breed Recognition
What other organizations and kennel clubs recognize these dog breeds?
No data available Dog Registry of America Inc.
American Canine Hybrid Club
Designer Breed Registry
Designer Dogs Kennel Club
International Designer Canine Registry
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
Price
Which is cheaper, Miniature American Shepherd or Goldendoodle or Shih Tzu? Which is more expensive?
$900-$1000 600-800 $800-$1200
Availability
Very frequent
Rare
Very frequent

Miniature American Shepherd vs Goldendoodle vs Shih Tzu General Appearance & Basic Info Comparison

Size
Which is bigger, Miniature American Shepherd or Goldendoodle or Shih Tzu? Miniature American Shepherd vs Goldendoodle vs Shih Tzu size comparison:
Small
Medium
Large Small
Weight
Which is heavier, Miniature American Shepherd or Goldendoodle or Goldendoodle? Miniature American Shepherd vs Goldendoodle vs Shih Tzu weight comparison:
15-35 pounds (6-16 kg) Miniature: 15-30 pounds (7-14 kg)Standard: 45-100 pounds (20-45 kg), Medium: 30-45 pounds (14-20 kg) 9–16 pounds (4-7 kg)
Avg. Weight
Which dog has a smaller / higher average weight?
25 pounds (11 kg) Miniature: 22.5 pounds (10.5 kg)Standard: 72.5 pounds (32.5 kg), Medium: 37.5 pounds (17 kg) 9–16 pounds (5.5 kg)
Height
Which is taller, Miniature American Shepherd or Goldendoodle or Shih Tzu? Miniature American Shepherd vs Goldendoodle vs Shih Tzu height comparison:
Male: 14–18 inches (36–46 cm), Female: 13–17 inches (33–43 cm) 13-24 inches (33-61 cm) 8-11 inches (20-28 cm)
Avg. Height
Which dog has a smaller / higher average height?
Male: 14–18 inches (36–46 cm), Female: 13–17 inches (33–43 cm) 18.5 inches (47 cm) 9.5 inches (24 cm)

Miniature American Shepherd vs Goldendoodle vs Shih Tzu Hair & Care Comparison

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat/fur do they have? Miniature American Shepherd vs Goldendoodle vs Shih Tzu coat comparison:
Smooth Curly
Wavy
Smooth
Straight
Dense
Colors
What are the original Miniature American Shepherd, Goldendoodle and Shih Tzu color?
Merle
Blue
White
Black
Black
Gray
White
Brown
Red
Yellow
Brindle
Liver
Silver
Blue
Gold
Red
Black
Grooming
Which is easy to maintain, Miniature American Shepherd or Goldendoodle or Shih Tzu? Miniature American Shepherd vs Goldendoodle vs Shih Tzu grooming comparison:
Easy to groom: The Miniature American Shepherd doesn't require a lot of grooming.
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Shedding Level
Who sheds more Miniature American Shepherd or Goldendoodle or Shih Tzu? Miniature American Shepherd or Goldendoodle or {name3 shedding:
Miniature American Shepherds shed moderately.
Goldendoodles shed moderately.
Shih Tzus shed none to minimal.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
Which dog should be bathed more: Miniature American Shepherd or Goldendoodle or Shih Tzu?
4-6 weeks
Average.
3-4 weeks
More often than average.
4-6 weeks
Average.

Miniature American Shepherd vs Goldendoodle vs Shih Tzu Characteristics Comparison

Temperament
Which one has a better personality? Which is a better family dog, Miniature American Shepherd or Goldendoodle or Shih Tzu? Miniature American Shepherd vs Goldendoodle vs Shih Tzu behavior/temperament comparison:
Devoted
Intelligent
Energetic
Loyal
Energetic
Intelligent
Friendly
Trainable
Active
Friendly
Happy
Lively
Playful
Courageous
Gentle
Intelligent
Outgoing
Intelligent Rank
Which is the smarter dog? Which is best? Miniature American Shepherd vs Goldendoodle vs Shih Tzu intelligence:
Átlagos: Átlagos intelligenciájú Miniature American Shepherd.
Átlagos: Átlagos intelligenciájú Goldendoodle.
Low: The Shih Tzu if one of the dog breeds that have the lowest degree of obedience intelligence.
Trainability
Miniature American Shepherd vs Goldendoodle vs Shih Tzu trainability comparison.
Miniature American Shepherds are very easy to train.
Goldendoodles are very easy to train.
Shih Tzus are quite easy to train.
Playfulness
Miniature American Shepherd vs Goldendoodle vs Shih Tzu playfulness comparison:
The Miniature American Shepherd is a highly playful breed.
The Goldendoodle is a playful breed.
Shih Tzus are not the most playful dog breed.
Sensitivity Level
Which dog is more sensitive? What's the difference?
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Shih Tzus have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
Affection Level
Which is the more affectionate dog breed: Miniature American Shepherd vs Goldendoodle vs Shih Tzu?
Miniature American Shepherds are highly affectionate dogs.
Goldendoodles are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Shih Tzus are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Miniature American Shepherd vs Goldendoodle vs Shih Tzu social needs comparison:
Miniature American Shepherds need for social interaction is average.
Goldendoodles need for social interaction is average.
Shih Tzus need a lot of social interaction.
Barking
Which dog barks more/less: Miniature American Shepherd vs Goldendoodle vs Shih Tzu?
Low to Average: The Miniature American Shepherd rarely barks.
Average: The Goldendoodle barks occasionally.
Nagyon sokat: Shih Tzu kimondottan hangos fajta.
Watchdog Ability
Which is the better watchdog: Miniature American Shepherd or Goldendoodle or Shih Tzu?
Miniature American Shepherds are average watchdogs.
Goldendoodles are average watchdogs.
Shih Tzus are average watchdogs.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Which dog is most likely to protect its owner? Which is the best dog to use for protection?
Miniature American Shepherds are average defenders.
Goldendoodles are not the best to protect their territory.
Shih Tzus strongly protect their territory.
Biting Potential
Which breed of dog is most likely to bite? Biting potential comparison:
Low
The Miniature American Shepherd has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Goldendoodle has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Shih Tzu has a low chance of biting somebody.
Bite Force
Which bite is stronger: Miniature American Shepherd or Goldendoodle or Shih Tzu?
Between 100 and 200 PSI
The weakest: Dogs that have the weakest bite force below 200 PSI.
Between 200 and 400 PSI
Ordinary: Average dogs have bite force between 200 and 400 PSI.
Between 100 and 200 PSI
The weakest: Dogs that have the weakest bite force below 200 PSI.
Mouthiness
Which is the better dog? Miniature American Shepherd vs Goldendoodle vs Shih Tzu mouthiness comparison:
Miniature American Shepherds have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Goldendoodles have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Shih Tzus have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Which dog has a greater roaming instinct?
Miniature American Shepherds have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
Goldendoodles have average wanderlust potential.
Shih Tzus tend to escape less than other breeds.
Prey Drive
Which dog has a higher prey drive? Which can be better for hunting?
Miniature American Shepherds have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Goldendoodles have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Shih Tzus have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Apartment Friendly
Which dog is more apartment friendly Miniature American Shepherd or Goldendoodle or Shih Tzu?
Nem a legjobb választás Miniature American Shepherd, ha lakásban szeretnéd tartani, ugyanakkor alapos lemozgatással, napi többszöri sétával tolerálják a benti körülményeket is, így megoldható Miniature American Shepherd tartása lakásban.
Kimondottan lakásbarát kutya Goldendoodle fajta.
Kimondottan lakásbarát kutya Shih Tzu fajta.
Adaptability
Which dog has a higher adaptability potential? Which is the better dog?
Miniature American Shepherds don't adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
Goldendoodles adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Shih Tzus adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Which dog can be left alone: Miniature American Shepherd or Goldendoodle or Shih Tzu?
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
Shih Tzus 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.

Miniature American Shepherd vs Goldendoodle vs Shih Tzu Good With Comparison

Stranger Friendly
Which dog is more stranger friendly Miniature American Shepherd or Goldendoodle or Shih Tzu? Which dog is more friendly?
Miniature American Shepherds are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Goldendoodles are very stranger friendly dogs.
Shih Tzus are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Which dog is more child/kid friendly Miniature American Shepherd or Goldendoodle or Shih Tzu?
Miniature American Shepherds are kid-friendly dogs.
Goldendoodles are very kid-friendly dogs.
Shih Tzus are not the most kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Which dog is more cat friendly Miniature American Shepherd or Goldendoodle or Shih Tzu?
Miniature American Shepherds are average friendly towards cats.
Goldendoodles are cat-friendly dogs.
Shih Tzus are very cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Which dog is more dog friendly Miniature American Shepherd or Goldendoodle or Shih Tzu?
Miniature American Shepherds are average friendly towards other dogs.
Goldendoodles are very dog-friendly dogs.
Shih Tzus are very dog-friendly dogs.
Good For First Time Owners
Which dog is good for the first-time owners: Miniature American Shepherd vs Goldendoodle vs Shih Tzu?
No
Miniature American Shepherds are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Goldendoodles are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Yes
Shih Tzus are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Service Dog
Which one could be a service dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Therapy Dog
Which one could be a therapy dog: Miniature American Shepherd or Goldendoodle or Shih Tzu? Which is better for autism?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Which one could be a detection/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.
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.
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.
Office Friendly
Which one fits better in the office?
No
Miniature American Shepherd is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Goldendoodle is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Shih Tzu is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Which one could be a search and rescue dog?
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.
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.
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.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Which dog is good for elderly people?
Miniature American Shepherds are usually recommended for elderly people.
Goldendoodles are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Shih Tzus are not the best breed for elderly people.
Boat Dog
Which one could be a boat dog: Miniature American Shepherd vs Goldendoodle vs Shih Tzu?
Not really
Miniature American Shepherd breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Goldendoodle breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Shih Tzu breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Pet Friendly
Which dog breeds get along well with other animals/pets?
Miniature American Shepherds are generally with other pets.
Goldendoodles are usually friendly towards other pets.
Shih Tzus are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Which one could be a 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.

Miniature American Shepherd vs Goldendoodle vs Shih Tzu Health Factors Comparison

Health Issues
Miniature American Shepherd vs Goldendoodle vs Shih Tzu health comparison. Which is the healthier: Miniature American Shepherd vs Goldendoodle vs Shih Tzu?
Miniature American Shepherds tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
Goldendoodles are commonly healthy dogs.
The Shih Tzu is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems
Which one has more or less genetic/health problems: Miniature American Shepherd vs Goldendoodle vs Shih Tzu? What are the allergies, genetic diseases and concerns for them? Miniature American Shepherd vs Goldendoodle vs Shih Tzu health problems comparison:
No data available Addison's Disease
Allergies
Bloat
Cataracts
Hip Dysplasia
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Subvalvular Aortic Stenosis
Von Willebrand's Disease
Allergies
Bladder Stones
Distichiasis
Dry Eye
Ear Infections
Ectopic Cilia
Hip Dysplasia
Juvenile Renal Dysplasia
Keratitis
Patellar Luxation
Portosystemic Liver Shunt
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Proptosis
Retained Baby Teeth
Reverse Sneezing
Snuffles
Umbilical Hernias
Veterinarian Visits
Which one may need more or less veterinary visits?
Frequent
The Miniature American Shepherd should have a complete physical check-up at least once (but preferably twice) per year.
Rare
The Goldendoodle should have a complete physical check-up at least every 12-18 months (but preferably once per year).
Average
The Shih Tzu should have a complete physical check-up at least once per year.
Life Expectancy
Miniature American Shepherd vs Goldendoodle vs Shih Tzu lifespan comparison. How long do Miniature American Shepherd, Goldendoodle and Shih Tzu breeds live? Which one has a longer lifespan/life expectancy?
13-15 years 10-15 years 10-16 years
Hypoallergenic
Miniature American Shepherd vs Goldendoodle vs Shih Tzu hypoallergenic comparison. Which dog is hypoallergenic or not?
No No Yes
Energy Level
Who has more energy a Miniature American Shepherd or Goldendoodle or Shih Tzu? Miniature American Shepherd vs Goldendoodle vs Shih Tzu energy level comparison:
Miniature American Shepherds are high energy dogs.
Goldendoodles have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Shih Tzus have a lower energy level than other dogs.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
Miniature American Shepherd vs Goldendoodle vs Shih Tzu exercise need comparison. Which dog needs more activity? Which dog needs the most exercise: Miniature American Shepherd or Goldendoodle or Shih Tzu? Which dog needs the most walking? Which dog is the laziest?
Miniature American Shepherds have an average exercise need.
Goldendoodles need quite a lot of exercise.
Shih Tzus exercise need is minimal.
Sleeping Need
Which one sleeps the least/most: Miniature American Shepherd or Goldendoodle or Shih Tzu?
Miniature American Shepherds don't need too much sleep.
Goldendoodles are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Shih Tzus like sleeping so they do sleep a lot.
Avg. daily food consumption
Which dog eats more: Miniature American Shepherd or Goldendoodle or Shih Tzu?
1 to 1.5 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. Recommended daily amount: 1/2 to 1 cup of high-quality dry food a day.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
Which dog breed is more prone to obesity? Miniature American Shepherd vs Goldendoodle vs Shih Tzu weight gain potential comparison:
Average.
Average.
Average to High.
Weather & Climate
Which dog is best for hot or cold weather: Miniature American Shepherd vs Goldendoodle vs Shih Tzu?
Tolerates warm and cold weather. Tolerates warm and cold weather. Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness
Which dog breed smells least? Which dog smells most? Which is best, Miniature American Shepherd vs Goldendoodle vs Shih Tzu?
Medium
The Miniature American Shepherd has an average chance of bad smell.
Low
The Goldendoodle has a low chance of bad smell.
Low
The Shih Tzu has a low chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
Which dog drools the most? Which dog drools the least?
The Miniature American Shepherd is a perfect example for low drooling tendency.
The Goldendoodle is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Shih Tzu is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Miniature American Shepherd vs Goldendoodle vs Shih Tzu Reproducibility Comparison

Gestation Length 60-64 days 60-64 days 60-64 days
Litter Frequency 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
How many puppies can Miniature American Shepherd and Goldendoodle and Shih Tzu have?
2-6 puppies 4-8 puppies 2-5 puppies

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