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Papillon vs Doberman Pinscher vs Shetland Sheepdog – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Papillon vs Doberman Pinscher vs Shetland Sheepdog" Compare Papillon and Doberman Pinscher. Which is better: Papillon or Doberman Pinscher or Shetland Sheepdog?
Name Papillon Doberman Pinscher Shetland Sheepdog
OriginsSpain France Belgium Germany Scotland
Group Companion Dogs Working Dogs Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs)
Popularity Rank531624
Reviews135
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Other Names Butterfly Dog, Squirrel Dog, Phalène, Epagneul Nain, Phalène (Drop Ear Type), Continental Toy Spaniel, Epagneul Nain Continental Dobie, Dobermann, Dobynm, Doberman Miniature Collie, Shetland Collie (obsolete), Dwarf Scotch Shepherd (obsolete), Toonie Dog (obsolete), Sheltie
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1915 as a Toy breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1908 as a Working breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1911 as a Herding breed.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Companion and Toy Dogs group, in the Continental Toy Spaniel and Russian Toy section. Recognized by FCI in the Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattledogs group, in the Pinscher and Schnauzer type 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 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 New Zealand Kennel Club United Kennel Club Canadian 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 $400-$600 $800-$1000 $800-$1000

General Appearance - Papillon vs Doberman Pinscher vs Shetland Sheepdog

Size Small Medium Medium
Weight Male: 8-10 pounds (4-5 kg), Female: 7-9 pounds (3-4 kg) Male: 88-99 pounds (40-45 kg), Female: 71-77 pounds (32-35 kg) 14-27 pounds (6-12 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 9 pounds (4.5 kg), Female: 8 pounds (3.5 kg) Male: 93.5 pounds (42.5 kg), Female: 74 pounds (33.5 kg) 20.5 pounds (9 kg)
Height Male: 8-11 inches (20-28 cm), Female: 8-11 inches (20-28 cm) Male: 26-28 inches (66-71cm), Female: 24-26 inches (61-66 cm) 13-16 inches (33-41 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 9.5 inches (24 cm), Female: 9.5 inches (24 cm) Male: 27 inches (68.5 cm), Female: 25 inches (63.5 cm) 14.5 inches (37 cm)

Hair & Care - Papillon vs Doberman Pinscher vs Shetland Sheepdog

Coat Feathered Fine Dense
Colors White Red Tan Lemon Sable Black Blue Red Tan Brown White Black White Blue Merle Sable Tan Black
Grooming
Average: The Papillon requires average grooming effort.
Easy to groom: The Doberman Pinscher doesn't require a lot of grooming.
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Shedding Level
Papillons shed none to minimal.
Doberman Pinschers shed moderately.
Shetland Sheepdogs shed moderately.

Characteristics - Papillon vs Doberman Pinscher vs Shetland Sheepdog

Temperament Alert Friendly Energetic Happy Intelligent Alert Fearless Loyal Energetic Intelligent Obedient Affectionate Gentle Lively Responsive Friendly Intelligent Playful
Intelligent Rank
Outstanding: Papillon is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Outstanding: Doberman Pinscher is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Outstanding: Shetland Sheepdog is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Trainability
Papillons are easy to train.
Doberman Pinschers are quite easy to train.
Shetland Sheepdogs are quite easy to train.
Playfulness
The Papillon is a highly playful breed.
Doberman Pinschers, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Shetland Sheepdogs, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Sensitivity Level
Papillons have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
Doberman Pinschers 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
Papillons are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Doberman Pinschers 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
Papillons need a lot of social interaction.
Doberman Pinschers need for social interaction is average.
Shetland Sheepdogs are a social breed.
Barking
High: The Papillon is a very vocal breed.
Low to Average: The Doberman Pinscher rarely barks.
High: The Shetland Sheepdog is a very vocal breed.
Watchdog Ability
Papillons are average watchdogs.
Doberman Pinschers are one of the best watchdogs.
Shetland Sheepdogs are good watchdogs.
Territorial
Papillons strongly protect their territory.
Doberman Pinschers are extremely protective guard dogs.
Shetland Sheepdogs are extremely protective guard dogs.
Biting Potential Low
The Papillon has a low chance of biting somebody.
Moderate
The Doberman Pinscher has an average chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Shetland Sheepdog has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Papillons have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Doberman Pinschers have lower than 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
Papillons are not the biggest explorers.
Doberman Pinschers tend to escape less than other breeds.
Shetland Sheepdogs tend to escape less than other breeds.
Prey Drive
Papillons have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Doberman Pinschers don't have an impulse to catch or chase small animals.
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
Papillons are not the best choice for an apartment lifestyle, but they don't mind being inside if you walk them several times every day.
Doberman Pinschers are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Shetland Sheepdogs are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Adaptability
Papillons adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Doberman Pinschers 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
Papillons 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.
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.
Yes
In history, this breed was unfortunately used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With - Papillon vs Doberman Pinscher vs Shetland Sheepdog

Stranger Friendly
Papillons are very stranger friendly dogs.
Doberman Pinschers are not stranger friendly dogs.
Shetland Sheepdogs are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Papillons are kid-friendly dogs.
Doberman Pinschers are average friendly dogs towards children.
Shetland Sheepdogs are kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Papillons are very cat-friendly dogs.
Doberman Pinschers are average friendly towards cats.
Shetland Sheepdogs are very cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Papillons are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
Doberman Pinschers are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
Shetland Sheepdogs are dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
Papillon is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Doberman Pinscher is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Shetland Sheepdog is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Papillons are usually recommended for elderly people.
Doberman Pinschers are commonly okay with elderly people.
Shetland Sheepdogs are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Papillons are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Doberman Pinschers are generally with other pets.
Shetland Sheepdogs are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Good For First Time Owners Yes
Papillons are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
No
Doberman Pinschers 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 Not really
This breed generally not used as a 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
Papillon breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Doberman Pinscher 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 - Papillon vs Doberman Pinscher vs Shetland Sheepdog

Health Issues
The Papillon is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Doberman Pinschers are commonly healthy dogs.
The Shetland Sheepdog is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems Collapsed Trachea Hypoglycemia Open Fontanel Patellar Luxation Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Cardiomyopathy Hip Dysplasia Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Von Willebrand's Disease Wobbler's Syndrome 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 13-16 years 10-12 years 12-14 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
Papillons have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Doberman Pinschers have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Shetland Sheepdogs have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Exercise Need
Papillons need a lot of exercises.
Doberman Pinschers need quite a lot of exercise.
Shetland Sheepdogs have an average exercise need.
Sleeping Need
Papillons are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Doberman Pinschers 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 1/4 to 1 cup of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 5 to 6 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.
Weight Gain Potential
Average.
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 Papillon has a low chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Doberman Pinscher has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Shetland Sheepdog has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Papillon is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Doberman Pinscher drools quite a lot, so if you dislike being covered by slobber spots on your clothes, you may want to choose another dog breed.
The Shetland Sheepdog is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Papillon vs Doberman Pinscher 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 2-4 puppies 6-10 puppies 4-6 puppies

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