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Miniature Poodle vs Tibetan Spaniel vs Shetland Sheepdog – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Miniature Poodle vs Tibetan Spaniel vs Shetland Sheepdog" Compare Miniature Poodle and Tibetan Spaniel. Which is better: Miniature Poodle or Tibetan Spaniel or Shetland Sheepdog?
Name Miniature Poodle Tibetan Spaniel Shetland Sheepdog
OriginsGermany France Tibet Scotland
Group Companion Dogs Companion Dogs Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs)
Popularity Rank43512124
Reviews115
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Other Names Caniche, Barbone, Chien Canne, Carniche Moyen, Barboncino Miniatura, French Poodle, Pudle, Zwergpudel Tibbie, Simkhyi Miniature Collie, Shetland Collie (obsolete), Dwarf Scotch Shepherd (obsolete), Toonie Dog (obsolete), Sheltie
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Not recognized by the American Kennel Club. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1983 as a Non-Sporting breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1911 as a Herding breed.
FCI Group Not recognized by FCI. Recognized by FCI in the Companion and Toy Dogs group, in the Tibetan breeds 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 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 1000-1500 $800-$1000 $800-$1000

General Appearance - Miniature Poodle vs Tibetan Spaniel vs Shetland Sheepdog

Size Small Small Medium
Weight 15-17 pounds (7-8 kg) 9-15 pounds (4.1-6.8 kg) 14-27 pounds (6-12 kg)
Avg. Weight 16 pounds (7.5 kg) 12 pounds (4.1-6.8 kg) 20.5 pounds (9 kg)
Height 11-15 inches (28-38 cm) 10 inches (25 cm) 13-16 inches (33-41 cm)
Avg. Height 13 inches (33 cm) 10 inches (25 cm) 14.5 inches (37 cm)

Hair & Care - Miniature Poodle vs Tibetan Spaniel vs Shetland Sheepdog

Coat Dense Curly Thick Silky Dense
Colors Apricot Black Brown Gray Silver White Fawn Blue Cream Red Beige Cream Red Silver Sable Tan Gold White Black White Blue Merle Sable Tan Black
Grooming
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Average: The Tibetan Spaniel requires average grooming effort.
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Shedding Level
Miniature Poodles shed none to minimal.
Tibetan Spaniels shed none to minimal.
Shetland Sheepdogs shed moderately.

Characteristics - Miniature Poodle vs Tibetan Spaniel vs Shetland Sheepdog

Temperament Active Faithful Intelligent Alert Instinctual Trainable Intelligent Aloof Independent Assertive Happy Willful Affectionate Gentle Lively Responsive Friendly Intelligent Playful
Intelligent Rank
Outstanding: Miniature Poodle is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Average: Tibetan Spaniel's has average obedience intelligence.
Outstanding: Shetland Sheepdog is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Trainability
Miniature Poodles are very easy to train.
Tibetan Spaniels are easy to train.
Shetland Sheepdogs are quite easy to train.
Playfulness
The Miniature Poodle is a playful breed.
Tibetan Spaniels, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Shetland Sheepdogs, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Sensitivity Level
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Tibetan Spaniels don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Shetland Sheepdogs don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Affection Level
Miniature Poodles are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Tibetan Spaniels are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Shetland Sheepdogs are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Miniature Poodles need a lot of social interaction.
Tibetan Spaniels need a lot of social interaction.
Shetland Sheepdogs are a social breed.
Barking
Average to high: The Miniature Poodle is a vocal breed.
Low to Average: The Tibetan Spaniel rarely barks.
High: The Shetland Sheepdog is a very vocal breed.
Watchdog Ability
Miniature Poodles are good watchdogs.
Tibetan Spaniels are good watchdogs.
Shetland Sheepdogs are good watchdogs.
Territorial
Miniature Poodles are average defenders.
Tibetan Spaniels are not the best to protect their territory.
Shetland Sheepdogs are extremely protective guard dogs.
Biting Potential Low
The Miniature Poodle has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Tibetan Spaniel has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Shetland Sheepdog has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Miniature Poodles have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Tibetan Spaniels have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Shetland Sheepdogs have a low tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Miniature Poodles tend to escape less than other breeds.
Tibetan Spaniels have average wanderlust potential.
Shetland Sheepdogs tend to escape less than other breeds.
Prey Drive
Miniature Poodles have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Tibetan Spaniels 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.
Shetland Sheepdogs 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 Poodles are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Tibetan Spaniels are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Shetland Sheepdogs are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Adaptability
Miniature Poodles adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tibetan Spaniels adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Shetland Sheepdogs adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Miniature Poodles tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Tibetan Spaniels tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Shetland Sheepdogs 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.
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 - Miniature Poodle vs Tibetan Spaniel vs Shetland Sheepdog

Stranger Friendly
Miniature Poodles are stranger friendly dogs.
Tibetan Spaniels are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Shetland Sheepdogs are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Miniature Poodles are very kid-friendly dogs.
Tibetan Spaniels are kid-friendly dogs.
Shetland Sheepdogs are kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Miniature Poodles are cat-friendly dogs.
Tibetan Spaniels are very cat-friendly dogs.
Shetland Sheepdogs are very cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Miniature Poodles are dog-friendly dogs.
Tibetan Spaniels are very dog-friendly dogs.
Shetland Sheepdogs are dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
Miniature Poodle is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Tibetan Spaniel is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Shetland Sheepdog is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Miniature Poodles are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Tibetan Spaniels are usually recommended for elderly people.
Shetland Sheepdogs are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Miniature Poodles are usually friendly towards other pets.
Tibetan Spaniels are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Shetland Sheepdogs are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Good For First Time Owners No
Miniature Poodles are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Tibetan Spaniels are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Shetland Sheepdogs are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn 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 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 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 Poodle breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Tibetan Spaniel breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Shetland Sheepdog 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 - Miniature Poodle vs Tibetan Spaniel vs Shetland Sheepdog

Health Issues
The Miniature Poodle is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Tibetan Spaniels tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
The Shetland Sheepdog is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems Addison's Disease Bloat Epilepsy Hip Dysplasia No set Cancer Cataracts Collie Eye Anomaly Drug Sensitivity Elbow Dysplasia Epilepsy Haemophilia Heart Problems Hip Dysplasia Hypothyroidism Patellar Luxation Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Trichiasis Von Willebrand's Disease
Life Expectancy 14-16 years 12-15 years 12-14 years
Hypoallergenic Yes No No
Energy Level
Miniature Poodles have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Tibetan Spaniels have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Shetland Sheepdogs have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Exercise Need
Miniature Poodles need quite a lot of exercise.
Tibetan Spaniels exercise need is minimal.
Shetland Sheepdogs have an average exercise need.
Sleeping Need
Miniature Poodles are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Tibetan Spaniels sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Shetland Sheepdogs are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Avg. daily food consumption 0.5 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 1/2 to 1 cup dry food a day. 2 to 3 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Average to High.
Average.
Average.
Weather & Climate Prefers average to warm weather conditions Prefers warm weather Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Shetland Sheepdog can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness Low
The Miniature Poodle has a low chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Tibetan Spaniel has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Shetland Sheepdog has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Miniature Poodle is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Tibetan Spaniel is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Shetland Sheepdog is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Miniature Poodle vs Tibetan Spaniel vs Shetland Sheepdog

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 2-8 puppies, average 5 3-6 puppies 4-6 puppies

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