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Parson Russell Terrier vs Border Collie vs Bearded Collie – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Parson Russell Terrier vs Border Collie vs Bearded Collie" Compare Parson Russell Terrier and Border Collie. Which is better: Parson Russell Terrier or Border Collie or Bearded Collie?
Name Parson Russell Terrier Border Collie Bearded Collie
OriginsEngland England Scotland Wales Scotland
Group Hunting Dogs Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs) Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs)
Popularity Rank11938125
Reviews0101
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Other Names Jack Russell Terrier, Parson, Parson Jack Russell Terrier Scotch Sheep Dog, Sheepdog Highland Collie, Mountain Collie, Argle Bargle, Hairy Mou39;ed Collie, Beardie
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1997 as a Terrier breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1995 as a Herding breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1976 as a Herding breed.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Terriers group, in the Large and medium sized Terriers section. Recognized by FCI in the Sheepdogs and Cattledogs (except Swiss Cattledogs) group, in the Sheepdogs section. Recognized by FCI in the Sheepdogs and Cattledogs (except Swiss Cattledogs) group, in the Sheepdogs section.
Breed Recognition 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
No set
Price $400-$600 $600-$800 $1200-$1400

General Appearance - Parson Russell Terrier vs Border Collie vs Bearded Collie

Size Medium Large Large
Medium
Weight 14-18 pounds (6-8 kg) Male: 30-45 pounds (14-20 kg), Female: 27-42 pounds (12-19 kg) 40-60 pounds (18-27 kg)
Avg. Weight 16 pounds (7 kg) Male: 37.5 pounds (17 kg), Female: 34.5 pounds (15.5 kg) 50 pounds (22.5 kg)
Height 12-14 inches (31-36 cm) Male: 19-22 inches (48-56 cm), Female: 18-21 inches (46-53 cm) 20-22 inches (51-56 cm)
Avg. Height 13 inches (33.5 cm) Male: 20.5 inches (52 cm), Female: 19.5 inches (49.5 cm) 21 inches (53.5 cm)

Hair & Care - Parson Russell Terrier vs Border Collie vs Bearded Collie

Coat Rough Dense
Feathered
Straight
Short
Moderately Long
Feathered
Colors Tan
White
Brown
Black
Black & White
Tricolor
Tan
Blue merle
Blue merle-tricolor
Slate merle
Red merle
Black
Brindle
Gold
Lilac
Red
Sable
Sable Merle
Saddleback Sable
White & Blue
White & Blue Merle
White & Red
White & Red Merle
White Ticked
Seal
Slate
White & Gold
White & Sable
White & Seal
Brown
Blue
Fawn
Black
Grooming
Easy to groom: The Parson Russell Terrier doesn't require a lot of grooming.
Average: The Border Collie requires average grooming effort.
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Shedding Level
Parson Russell Terriers shed moderately.
Border Collies shed moderately.
Bearded Collies shed above average.

Characteristics - Parson Russell Terrier vs Border Collie vs Bearded Collie

Temperament Energetic
Eager
Intelligent
Bold
Happy
Obedient
Intelligent
Alert
Tenacious
Protective
Energetic
Responsive
Loyal
Active
Lively
Alert
Intelligent
Assertive
Confident
Intelligent Rank
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
Outstanding: Border Collie is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Smart: Bearded Collie's has great intelligence.
Trainability
Parson Russell Terriers are quite easy to train.
Border Collies are easy to train.
Bearded Collies are easy to train.
Playfulness
The Parson Russell Terrier is a highly playful breed.
The Border Collie is a highly playful breed.
The Bearded Collie is a highly playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
Parson Russell Terriers have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
Border Collies don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Affection Level
Parson Russell Terriers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Border Collies are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Bearded Collies are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Parson Russell Terriers need for social interaction is average.
Border Collies need a lot of social interaction.
Bearded Collies are a social breed.
Barking
High: The Parson Russell Terrier is a very vocal breed.
Low to Average: The Border Collie rarely barks.
Average to high: The Bearded Collie is a vocal breed.
Watchdog Ability
Parson Russell Terriers are average watchdogs.
Border Collies are one of the best watchdogs.
Bearded Collies are good watchdogs.
Territorial
Parson Russell Terriers are extremely protective guard dogs.
Border Collies are extremely protective guard dogs.
Bearded Collies are extremely protective guard dogs.
Biting Potential Low
The Parson Russell Terrier has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Border Collie has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Bearded Collie has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Parson Russell Terriers have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Border Collies have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Bearded Collies have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Wanderlust potential of the Parson Russell Terrier is strong enough to escape from home.
Border Collies have average wanderlust potential.
Bearded Collies have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
Prey Drive
Parson Russell Terriers 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.
Bearded 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
Parson Russell 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.
Border Collies are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Bearded Collies are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Adaptability
Parson Russell Terriers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Border Collies adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Bearded Collies adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
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.
Bearded Collies 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 - Parson Russell Terrier vs Border Collie vs Bearded Collie

Stranger Friendly
Parson Russell Terriers are average friendly towards strangers.
Border Collies are average friendly towards strangers.
Bearded Collies are stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Parson Russell Terriers are kid-friendly dogs.
Border Collies are very kid-friendly dogs.
Bearded Collies are kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Parson Russell Terriers are not cat-friendly dogs.
Border Collies are average friendly towards cats.
Bearded Collies are cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Parson Russell Terriers are not dog-friendly.
Border Collies are average friendly towards other dogs.
Bearded Collies are dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
Parson Russell Terrier is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Border Collie is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Bearded Collie is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Parson Russell Terriers are usually recommended for elderly people.
Border Collies are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Bearded Collies are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Parson Russell Terriers do best when they’re the only pet at the family.
Border Collies are generally with other pets.
Bearded Collies are usually friendly towards other pets.
Good For First Time Owners Yes
Parson Russell Terriers are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
No
Border Collies are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Bearded Collies are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Yes
This breed makes good 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.
Yes
This breed makes a perfect 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.
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.
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.
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.
Boat Dog Not really
Parson Russell Terrier breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Border Collie breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Bearded 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 - Parson Russell Terrier vs Border Collie vs Bearded Collie

Health Issues
The Parson Russell Terrier is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
The Border Collie is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
The Bearded Collie is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems No set Allergies
Collie Eye Anomaly
Epilepsy
Hip Dysplasia
Osteochondrosis Dissecans
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Addison's Disease
Allergies
Arthritis
Cancer
Eye Diseases
Hip Dysplasia
Hypothyroidism
Life Expectancy 13-15 years 12-15 years 12-14 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
Parson Russell Terriers are high energy dogs.
Border Collies are high energy dogs.
Bearded Collies have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Exercise Need
Parson Russell Terriers need a lot of exercises.
Border Collies need a lot of exercises.
Bearded Collies have an average exercise need.
Sleeping Need
Parson Russell Terriers don't need too much sleep.
Border Collies don't need too much sleep.
Bearded Collies are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Avg. daily food consumption 1/2 to 1 cup dry food a day. 1.5 to 2 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two or three meals. 1.5 to 2 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two or three meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Low.
Average.
Average to High.
Weather & Climate Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Parson Russell Terrier 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.
Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Bearded Collie can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness Medium
The Parson Russell Terrier has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Border Collie has an average chance of bad smell.
Low
The Bearded Collie has a low chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Parson Russell Terrier is a perfect example for low drooling tendency.
The Border Collie is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Bearded Collie is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Parson Russell Terrier vs Border Collie vs Bearded 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 4-8 puppies 4-8 puppies 4-12 puppies

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