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Pomeranian vs Shetland Sheepdog vs Miniature Schnauzer Comparison - Dog breed selector: Deutsche Spitze or Dwarf Scotch Shepherd or Zwergschnauzer? Find the right dog for you

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Name Pomeranian Shetland Sheepdog Miniature Schnauzer
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Group Companion Dogs Pastoral / Herding Dogs Hunting Dogs
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Other Names
What other names do they have?
Deutsche Spitze
Pom Pom
Spitz Enano
Spitz Nain
Zwergspitz
Zwers
Pom
Dwarf Scotch Shepherd
Sheltie
Shetland Collie
Toonie Dog
Miniature Collie
Zwergschnauzer
Breed Type
Which dog is purebred or crossbreed? Pomeranian vs Shetland Sheepdog vs Miniature Schnauzer breed type comparison:
Purebred Purebred Purebred

Pomeranian vs Shetland Sheepdog vs Miniature Schnauzer Price and Availability Comparison

Price
Which is cheaper, Pomeranian or Shetland Sheepdog or Miniature Schnauzer? Which is more expensive?
$600-$800 $800-$1000 $600-$1000
Availability
Which is easier to get, Pomeranian or Shetland Sheepdog or Miniature Schnauzer?
Very frequent: The Pomeranian is quite easy to get.
Very frequent: The Shetland Sheepdog is quite easy to get.
Very frequent: The Miniature Schnauzer is quite easy to get.

Pomeranian vs Shetland Sheepdog vs Miniature Schnauzer Size Comparison

Size
Which is bigger, Pomeranian or Shetland Sheepdog or Miniature Schnauzer? Which is the smallest dog, Pomeranian or Shetland Sheepdog or Miniature Schnauzer?
Small Medium Small
Weight
Which is heavier, Pomeranian or Shetland Sheepdog or Shetland Sheepdog? Pomeranian vs Shetland Sheepdog vs Miniature Schnauzer weight comparison:
3-7 pounds (1-3 kg) 14-27 pounds (6-12 kg) Male: 11-18 pounds (5.0-8.2 kg), Female: 10-15 pounds (4.5-6.8 kg)
Average Weight
Which dog has a smaller / higher average weight?
5 pounds (2 kg) 20.5 pounds (9 kg) Male: 14.5 pounds (5.0-8.2 kg), Female: 12.5 pounds (4.5-6.8 kg)
Height
Which is taller, Pomeranian or Shetland Sheepdog or Miniature Schnauzer? Pomeranian vs Shetland Sheepdog vs Miniature Schnauzer height comparison:
7-12 inches (18-30 cm) 13-16 inches (33-41 cm) Male: 14 inches (35.6 cm), Female: 13 inches (33.0 cm)
Average Height
Which dog has a smaller / higher average height?
9.5 inches (24 cm) 14.5 inches (37 cm) Male: 14 inches (35.6 cm), Female: 13 inches (33.0 cm)

Pomeranian vs Shetland Sheepdog vs Miniature Schnauzer Grooming, Hair and Care Comparison

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat/fur do they have? Pomeranian vs Shetland Sheepdog vs Miniature Schnauzer coat comparison:
Fluffy Dense Wiry
Colors
What are the original Pomeranian, Shetland Sheepdog and Miniature Schnauzer color?
Black
Gray
Tan
Red
Blue
White
Brown
Orange
Black
Tan
Blue
White
Sable
Merle
Black
Silver
Pepper
Salt
Grooming
Which dog is easy to maintain, Pomeranian or Shetland Sheepdog or Miniature Schnauzer? Pomeranian vs Shetland Sheepdog vs Miniature Schnauzer grooming comparison:
Average: The Pomeranian requires average grooming effort.
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Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
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Advanced: The Miniature Schnauzer requires a lot of grooming.
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Shedding Level
Who sheds more Pomeranian or Shetland Sheepdog or Miniature Schnauzer? Pomeranian or Shetland Sheepdog or {name3 shedding:
Pomeranian dogs shed moderately.
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Shetland Sheepdog dogs shed moderately.
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Miniature Schnauzer dogs shed none to minimal.
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Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
Which dog should be bathed more: Pomeranian or Shetland Sheepdog or Miniature Schnauzer?
3-4 weeks
More often than average. These dog coats tend to be longer, softer, and oilier than short-haired breeds.
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4-6 weeks
Average. Experts recommended at least every 4-6 weeks for this family pup.
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8-12 weeks
Very rarely. Bathing your dog is beneficial to them in more ways than just one.
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Pomeranian vs Shetland Sheepdog vs Miniature Schnauzer Personality / Temperament Comparison

Temperament
Which one has a better personality? Which is a better family dog, Pomeranian or Shetland Sheepdog or Miniature Schnauzer? Pomeranian vs Shetland Sheepdog vs Miniature Schnauzer behavior/temperament comparison:
Active
Playful
Intelligent
Friendly
Docile
Lively
Sociable
Attentive
Trainable
Extroverted
Playful
Intelligent
Friendly
Responsive
Affectionate
Lively
Gentle
Alert
Intelligent
Friendly
Obedient
Fearless
Spirited
Intelligent Rank
Which is the smarter dog? Which is best? Pomeranian vs Shetland Sheepdog vs Miniature Schnauzer intelligence:
Very smart: Pomeranian is an excellent dog breed.
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Outstanding: Shetland Sheepdog is one of the brightest dog breeds.
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Very smart: Miniature Schnauzer is an excellent dog breed.
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Trainability
Pomeranian vs Shetland Sheepdog vs Miniature Schnauzer trainability comparison.
Pomeranian dogs are easy to train.
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Shetland Sheepdog dogs are quite easy to train.
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Miniature Schnauzer dogs are easy to train.
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Playfulness
Pomeranian vs Shetland Sheepdog vs Miniature Schnauzer playfulness comparison:
Average: Pomeranians, like any other dog breed, like playing.
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Average: Shetland Sheepdogs, like any other dog breed, like playing.
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Average: Miniature Schnauzers, like any other dog breed, like playing.
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Sensitivity Level
Which dog is more sensitive? What's the difference?
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
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Sensitive: Shetland Sheepdog dogs don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household, and frequent guest visits.
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They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
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Affection Level
Which is the more affectionate dog breed: Pomeranian vs Shetland Sheepdog vs Miniature Schnauzer?
High: Pomeranian dogs are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving, and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
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High: Shetland Sheepdog dogs are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving, and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
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High: Miniature Schnauzer dogs are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving, and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
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Social Needs
Pomeranian vs Shetland Sheepdog vs Miniature Schnauzer social needs comparison:
Pomeranian dogs need a lot of social interaction.
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Shetland Sheepdog dogs are a social breed.
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Miniature Schnauzer dogs are a social breed.
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Barking
Which dog barks more/less: Pomeranian vs Shetland Sheepdog vs Miniature Schnauzer?
Average to High: The Pomeranian is a vocal breed.
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A lot: Shetland Sheepdog is a particularly loud breed.
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Average: The Miniature Schnauzer barks occasionally.
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Watchdog Ability
Which is the better watchdog: Pomeranian or Shetland Sheepdog or Miniature Schnauzer?
Pomeranian dogs are average watchdogs.
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Shetland Sheepdog dogs are good watchdogs.
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Miniature Schnauzer dogs are one of the best watchdogs.
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Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Which is a better guard dog Pomeranian or Shetland Sheepdog or Miniature Schnauzer? Which dog is most likely to protect its owner? Which is the best dog to use for protection?
Pomeranian dogs strongly protect their territory.
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Shetland Sheepdog dogs are extremely protective guard dogs.
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Miniature Schnauzer dogs strongly protect their territory.
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Biting Potential
Which breed of dog is most likely to bite? Biting potential comparison:

Low 🔽

The Pomeranian has a low chance of biting somebody.

Low 🔽

The Shetland Sheepdog has a low chance of biting somebody.

Low 🔽

The Miniature Schnauzer has a low chance of biting somebody.
Bite Force
Which bite is stronger: Pomeranian or Shetland Sheepdog or Miniature Schnauzer?

Between 100 and 200 PSI 🔽

Pomeranian bite force: Weak.

Between 200 and 400 PSI

Shetland Sheepdog bite force: Ordinary.

Between 100 and 200 PSI 🔽

Miniature Schnauzer bite force: Weak.
Mouthiness
Which is the better dog? Pomeranian vs Shetland Sheepdog vs Miniature Schnauzer mouthiness comparison:
Pomeranian dogs have a lower than average tendency to nip, chew, playbite, or herd people.
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Shetland Sheepdog dogs have a low tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
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Miniature Schnauzer dogs have a lower than average tendency to nip, chew, playbite, or herd people.
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Impulse to Wander or Roam
Which dog has a greater roaming instinct?
Pomeranian dogs are not the biggest explorers.
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Shetland Sheepdog dogs tend to escape less than other breeds.
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Miniature Schnauzer dogs have average wanderlust potential.
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Prey Drive
Which dog has a higher prey drive? Which can be better for hunting?
Pomeranian dogs have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
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Shetland Sheepdog dogs 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.
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Miniature Schnauzer dogs have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
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Apartment Friendly
Which dog is more apartment friendly Pomeranian or Shetland Sheepdog or Miniature Schnauzer?
Very house-friendly dog the Pomeranian breed.
It is not recommended to keep the Shetland Sheepdog breed in the home.
It is not the best choice if you want to keep them indoors, however, with careful exercise and several walks a day, they will tolerate the indoor environment, so it is possible to keep Miniature Schnauzer indoors.
Adaptability
Which dog has a higher adaptability potential? Which is the better dog?
Pomeranian dogs adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Shetland Sheepdog dogs adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Miniature Schnauzer dogs adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Which dog can be left alone: Pomeranian or Shetland Sheepdog or Miniature Schnauzer?
Pomeranian dogs tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Shetland Sheepdog dogs 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.
Miniature Schnauzer dogs 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.

Pomeranian vs Shetland Sheepdog vs Miniature Schnauzer Good With Comparison

Stranger Friendly
Which dog is more stranger friendly Pomeranian or Shetland Sheepdog or Miniature Schnauzer? Which dog is more friendly?
Pomeranian dogs are not the most stranger-friendly dogs.
Shetland Sheepdog dogs are not the most stranger-friendly dogs.
Miniature Schnauzer dogs are average friendly towards strangers.
Pet Friendly
Which dog breeds get along well with other animals/pets?
Pomeranian dogs are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Shetland Sheepdog dogs are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Miniature Schnauzer dogs are generally with other pets.
Child Friendly
Which dog is more child/kid friendly Pomeranian or Shetland Sheepdog or Miniature Schnauzer?
Pomeranian dogs are not the most kid-friendly dogs.
Shetland Sheepdog dogs are kid-friendly dogs.
Miniature Schnauzer dogs are kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Which dog is more cat friendly Pomeranian or Shetland Sheepdog or Miniature Schnauzer?
Pomeranian dogs are very cat-friendly dogs.
Shetland Sheepdog dogs are very cat-friendly dogs.
Miniature Schnauzer dogs are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Which dog is more dog friendly Pomeranian or Shetland Sheepdog or Miniature Schnauzer?
Pomeranian dogs are average friendly towards other dogs.
Shetland Sheepdog dogs are dog-friendly dogs.
Miniature Schnauzer dogs are average friendly towards other dogs.
Good For First Time Owners
Which dog is good for the first-time owners: Pomeranian vs Shetland Sheepdog vs Miniature Schnauzer?
Yes
Pomeranian dogs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Yes
Shetland Sheepdog dogs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Yes
Miniature Schnauzer dogs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Office Friendly
Which one fits better in the office?
No
Pomeranian is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Shetland Sheepdog is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Miniature Schnauzer is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Which dog is good for elderly people?
Pomeranians are not the best breed for elderly people.
Shetland Sheepdogs are usually recommended for elderly people.
Miniature Schnauzers are usually recommended for elderly people.

Pomeranian vs Shetland Sheepdog vs Miniature Schnauzer Health Comparison

Health Issues
Pomeranian vs Shetland Sheepdog vs Miniature Schnauzer health comparison. Which is the healthier: Pomeranian vs Shetland Sheepdog vs Miniature Schnauzer?
The Pomeranian is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
The Shetland Sheepdog is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
The Miniature Schnauzer 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: Pomeranian vs Shetland Sheepdog vs Miniature Schnauzer? What are the allergies, genetic diseases and concerns for them? Pomeranian vs Shetland Sheepdog vs Miniature Schnauzer health problems comparison:
Cataracts
Collapsed Trachea
Hip Dysplasia
Legg-perthes Disease
Patellar Luxation
Patent Ductus Arteriosis
Allergies
Hypothyroidism
Epilepsy
Seizures
Dry Eye
Heatstroke
Heat Intolerance
Cataracts
Hip Dysplasia
Patellar Luxation
Cancer
Hypothyroidism
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Von Willebrand's Disease
Epilepsy
Heart Problems
Drug Sensitivity
Elbow Dysplasia
Collie Eye Anomaly
Haemophilia
Trichiasis
Cataracts
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Mycobacterium avium-intracellulare infection (MAI)
Veterinarian Visits
Which one may need more or less veterinary visits?
Average
The Pomeranian should have a complete physical check-up at least once per year.
Average
The Shetland Sheepdog should have a complete physical check-up at least once per year.
Average
The Miniature Schnauzer should have a complete physical check-up at least once per year.
Life Expectancy
Pomeranian vs Shetland Sheepdog vs Miniature Schnauzer lifespan comparison. How long do Pomeranian, Shetland Sheepdog and Miniature Schnauzer breeds live? Which one has a longer lifespan/life expectancy?
12-16 years
The average lifespan of Pomeranian: 14 years
12-14 years
The average lifespan of Shetland Sheepdog: 13 years
12-14 years
The average lifespan of Miniature Schnauzer: 13 years
Hypoallergenic
Pomeranian vs Shetland Sheepdog vs Miniature Schnauzer hypoallergenic comparison. Which dog is hypoallergenic or not?
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Energy Level
Who has more energy a Pomeranian or Shetland Sheepdog or Miniature Schnauzer? Pomeranian vs Shetland Sheepdog vs Miniature Schnauzer energy level comparison:
Pomeranian dogs have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Shetland Sheepdog dogs have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Miniature Schnauzer dogs are high-energy dogs.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
Pomeranian vs Shetland Sheepdog vs Miniature Schnauzer exercise need comparison. Which dog needs more activity? Which dog needs the most exercise: Pomeranian or Shetland Sheepdog or Miniature Schnauzer? Which dog needs the most walking? Which dog is the laziest?
Pomeranian dogs exercise need is minimal.
Shetland Sheepdog dogs have an average exercise need.
Miniature Schnauzer dogs have an average exercise need.
Sleeping Need
Which one sleeps the least/most: Pomeranian or Shetland Sheepdog or Miniature Schnauzer?
Pomeranian dogs sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered a lazy breed.
Shetland Sheepdog dogs are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend too much time with sleeping.
Miniature Schnauzer dogs don't need too much sleep.
Average daily food consumption
Which dog eats more: Pomeranian or Shetland Sheepdog or Miniature Schnauzer?
Recommended daily amount: 1/4 to 1/2 cup 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. 1/2 to 1 cup dry food a day.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
Which dog breed is more prone to obesity? Pomeranian vs Shetland Sheepdog vs Miniature Schnauzer weight gain potential comparison:
Average to High: If you don't pay attention to the Pomeranian's weight, he can easily gain weight.
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Average: The Shetland Sheepdog has an average risk for obesity.
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Average to High: If you don't pay attention to the Miniature Schnauzer's weight, he can easily gain weight.
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Weather and Climate
Which dog is best for hot or cold weather: Pomeranian vs Shetland Sheepdog vs Miniature Schnauzer?
Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Pomeranian can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
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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.
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Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Miniature Schnauzer can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
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Stinkiness
Which dog breed smells the least? Which dog smells the most? Which is best, Pomeranian vs Shetland Sheepdog vs Miniature Schnauzer?

Medium

The Pomeranian has an average chance of bad smell.

Medium

The Shetland Sheepdog has an average chance of bad smell.

Low 🔽

The Miniature Schnauzer has a low chance of bad smell.
Drooling Tendency
Which dog drools the most? Which dog drools the least?
The Pomeranian is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency.
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The Shetland Sheepdog is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency.
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The Miniature Schnauzer is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency.
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Pomeranian vs Shetland Sheepdog vs Miniature Schnauzer As a Working Dog Comparison

Service Dog
Which one could be a service dog?

Yes

This breed makes good as a service dog.
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Not really

This breed generally not used as a service dog.
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Not really

This breed generally not used as a service dog.
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Therapy Dog
Which one could be a therapy dog: Pomeranian or Shetland Sheepdog or Miniature Schnauzer? Which is better for autism?

Yes

This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
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Yes

This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
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Not really

This breed is generally not used as a therapy dog.
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Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Which one could be a detection/sniffer dog?

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases.

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases.

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Which one could be a search and rescue dog?

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog.

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog.

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog.
Boat and Sailor Dog
Which one could be a boat dog: Pomeranian vs Shetland Sheepdog vs Miniature Schnauzer?

Not really

Pomeranian breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
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Not really

Shetland Sheepdog breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
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Yes

Miniature Schnauzer breed usually likes being on a boat.
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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.
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Not really

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
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Not really

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
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Fighting Dog / Military 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.

Pomeranian vs Shetland Sheepdog vs Miniature Schnauzer Reproducibility Comparison

Gestation Length 60-64 days See more. 60-64 days See more. 60-64 days See more.
Litter Frequency

Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy.
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Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy.
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Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy.
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Litter Size
How many puppies can Pomeranian and Shetland Sheepdog and Miniature Schnauzer have?
2-5 puppies 4-6 puppies 3-6 puppies

Pomeranian vs Shetland Sheepdog vs Miniature Schnauzer Recognition Comparison

AKC Group
Which dog is recognized by the AKC?
Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1888 as a Toy breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1911 as a Herding breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1926 as a Terrier breed.
FCI Group
Which dog is recognized by the FCI?
Recognized by FCI in the Spitz and primitive types group, in the European Spitz section. Recognized by FCI in the Sheepdogs and Cattledogs (except Swiss Cattledogs) group, in the Sheepdogs section. Recognized by FCI in the Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattledogs group, in the Pinscher and Schnauzer type section.
Breed Recognition
What other organizations and kennel clubs recognize these dog breeds?
American Canine Registry
American Kennel Club
America's Pet Registry
Canadian Kennel Club
Dog Registry of America Inc.
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
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
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

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