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Miniature Fox Terrier vs American Cocker Spaniel vs Shar-Pei – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Miniature Fox Terrier vs American Cocker Spaniel vs Shar-Pei" Compare Miniature Fox Terrier and American Cocker Spaniel. Which is better: Miniature Fox Terrier or American Cocker Spaniel or Shar-Pei?
Name Miniature Fox Terrier American Cocker Spaniel Shar-Pei
OriginsAustralia United States China
Group Hunting Dogs Gun Dog Companion Dogs
Popularity Rank2322964
Reviews604
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Other Names Mini Fox Terrier, Mini Foxi, Mini Foxie Cocker Spaniel, Cocker, Merry Cocker Chinese Fighting Dog
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Not recognized by the American Kennel Club. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1878 as a Sporting breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1992 as a Non-Sporting breed.
FCI Group Not recognized by FCI. Recognized by FCI in the Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs group, in the Flushing Dogs section. Not recognized by FCI.
Breed Recognition No set 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
Price $400-$600 $600-$800 $1000-$1200

General Appearance - Miniature Fox Terrier vs American Cocker Spaniel vs Shar-Pei

Size Small Medium Medium
Weight Male: 8-10 pounds (4-5 kg), Female: 7-9 pounds (3-4 kg) 15-30 pounds (7-14 kg) 40-55 pounds (18- 25 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 9 pounds (4.5 kg), Female: 8 pounds (3.5 kg) 22.5 pounds (10.5 kg) 47.5 pounds (18- 25 kg)
Height Male: 10-12 inches (25-30 cm), Female: 9-11 inches (23-28 cm) 15-16.5 inches (38-41 cm) 18-20 inches (46-51 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 11 inches (27.5 cm), Female: 10 inches (25.5 cm) 15-16.5 inches (39.5 cm) 19 inches (48.5 cm)

Hair & Care - Miniature Fox Terrier vs American Cocker Spaniel vs Shar-Pei

Coat Dense Feathered Dense
Colors Black & White
Black & Tan
Tricolor
Brown
Red
Tan
Buff
Silver
Black
Apricot
Blue
Cream
Red
Brown
Fawn
Black
Grooming
Effortless: The Miniature Fox Terrier requires minimal grooming.
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Average: The Shar-Pei requires average grooming effort.
Shedding Level
Miniature Fox Terriers shed moderately.
American Cocker Spaniels shed moderately.
Shar-Peis shed none to minimal.

Characteristics - Miniature Fox Terrier vs American Cocker Spaniel vs Shar-Pei

Temperament Alert
Intelligent
Fearless
Playful
Friendly
Outright
Tempered
Merry
Intelligent
Trusting
Joyful
Outgoing
Sociable
Affectionate
Independent
Reserved
Devoted
Loving
Suspicious
Intelligent Rank
Average: Miniature Fox Terrier's has average obedience intelligence.
Very smart: American Cocker Spaniel is an excellent dog breed.
Average: Shar-Pei's has average obedience intelligence.
Trainability
Miniature Fox Terriers are easy to train.
American Cocker Spaniels are quite easy to train.
Shar-Peis are quite easy to train.
Playfulness
The Miniature Fox Terrier is a highly playful breed.
The American Cocker Spaniel is a playful breed.
Shar-Peis, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Sensitivity Level
Miniature Fox Terriers have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
American Cocker Spaniels have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
Shar-Peis are less sensitive than other dog breeds.
Affection Level
Miniature Fox Terriers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
American Cocker Spaniels are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Shar-Peis may seem unfriendly sometimes due to their independence.
Social Needs
Miniature Fox Terriers need a lot of social interaction.
American Cocker Spaniels are a social breed.
Shar-Peis are kinda antisocial.
Barking
Average to high: The Miniature Fox Terrier is a vocal breed.
Average to high: The American Cocker Spaniel is a vocal breed.
Low: The Shar-Pei barks none to minimal.
Watchdog Ability
Miniature Fox Terriers are average watchdogs.
American Cocker Spaniels are average watchdogs.
Shar-Peis are average watchdogs.
Territorial
Miniature Fox Terriers strongly protect their territory.
American Cocker Spaniels are average defenders.
Shar-Peis are extremely protective guard dogs.
Biting Potential Low
The Miniature Fox Terrier has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The American Cocker Spaniel has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Shar-Pei has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Miniature Fox Terriers have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
American Cocker Spaniels have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Shar-Peis have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Wanderlust potential of the Miniature Fox Terrier is strong enough to escape from home.
Wanderlust potential of the American Cocker Spaniel is strong enough to escape from home.
Shar-Peis tend to escape less than other breeds.
Prey Drive
Miniature Fox Terriers have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
American Cocker Spaniels have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
Shar-Peis 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
Miniature Fox Terriers are not the best choice for an apartment lifestyle, but they don't mind being inside if you walk them several times every day.
American Cocker Spaniels are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Shar-Peis are apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Miniature Fox Terriers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
American Cocker Spaniels adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Shar-Peis adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Miniature Fox Terriers tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
American Cocker 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.
Shar-Peis handle alone time quite well.
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.
Yes
In history, this breed was unfortunately used for combat dog.

Good With - Miniature Fox Terrier vs American Cocker Spaniel vs Shar-Pei

Stranger Friendly
Miniature Fox Terriers are average friendly towards strangers.
American Cocker Spaniels are very stranger friendly dogs.
Shar-Peis are not stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Miniature Fox Terriers are kid-friendly dogs.
American Cocker Spaniels are very kid-friendly dogs.
Shar-Peis are not kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Miniature Fox Terriers are average friendly towards cats.
American Cocker Spaniels are average friendly towards cats.
Shar-Peis are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Miniature Fox Terriers are average friendly towards other dogs.
American Cocker Spaniels are dog-friendly dogs.
Shar-Peis are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
Miniature Fox Terrier is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Yes
American Cocker Spaniel is one of the best dog breeds for office environment
No
Shar-Pei is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Miniature Fox Terriers are usually recommended for elderly people.
American Cocker Spaniels are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Shar-Peis are not recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Miniature Fox Terriers are generally with other pets.
American Cocker Spaniels are generally with other pets.
Shar-Peis are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners Yes
Miniature Fox Terriers are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Yes
American Cocker Spaniels are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Yes
Shar-Peis are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
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 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 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.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR) 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.
Boat Dog Not really
Miniature Fox Terrier breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Yes
American Cocker Spaniel breed usually likes being on a boat.
Not really
Shar-Pei 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.
Yes
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.

Health Factors - Miniature Fox Terrier vs American Cocker Spaniel vs Shar-Pei

Health Issues
The Miniature Fox Terrier is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
American Cocker Spaniels are commonly healthy dogs.
Very healthy dog breed.
Health Problems No set Allergies
Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia
Cataracts
Glaucoma
Hip Dysplasia
Hypothyroidism
Idiopathic Epilepsy
Patellar Luxation
Primary Seborrhea
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Bloat
Cancer
Cutaneous Mucinosis
Demodectic Mange
Elbow Dysplasia
Entropion
Fever
Glaucoma
Hip Dysplasia
Hypothyroidism
Osteochondrosis Dissecans
Patellar Luxation
Pyoderma
Seborrhea
Life Expectancy 10-14 years 12-15 years 8-10 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
Miniature Fox Terriers are high energy dogs.
American Cocker Spaniels have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Shar-Peis have a lower energy level than other dogs.
Exercise Need
Miniature Fox Terriers need quite a lot of exercise.
American Cocker Spaniels need quite a lot of exercise.
Shar-Peis exercise need is minimal.
Sleeping Need
Miniature Fox Terriers don't need too much sleep.
American Cocker Spaniels are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Shar-Peis like sleeping so they do sleep a lot.
Avg. daily food consumption 1/4 to 1/2 cup of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 1.5 to 2.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day. 2 to 2.5 cups of a high-quality dog food daily, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Average to High.
Average to High.
Average to High.
Weather & Climate Prefers warm weather Tolerates warm and cold weather. Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness Medium
The Miniature Fox Terrier has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The American Cocker Spaniel has an average chance of bad smell.
High
The Shar-Pei has a high chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Miniature Fox Terrier is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The American Cocker Spaniel is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Shar-Pei is a big drooler, so if you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, you should choose a dog from another breed.

Reproducibility - Miniature Fox Terrier vs American Cocker Spaniel vs Shar-Pei

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 2-3 puppies 4-7 puppies 4-6 puppies

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