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Poodle vs Australian Shepherd vs Portuguese Water Dog – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Poodle vs Australian Shepherd vs Portuguese Water Dog" Compare Poodle and Australian Shepherd. Which is better: Poodle or Australian Shepherd or Portuguese Water Dog?
Name Poodle Australian Shepherd Portuguese Water Dog
OriginsGermany France United States Portugal
Group Companion Dogs Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs) Working Dogs
Popularity Rank71754
Reviews725
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Other Names French Poodle, Caniche, Barbone, Chien Canne, Grosse Pudel Aussie, Little Blue Dog Water Dog, Portie, PWD, Cao De Agua
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1887 as a Non-Sporting & Toy breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1991 as a Herding breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1983 as a Hound breed.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Companion and Toy Dogs group, in the Poodle section. Recognized by FCI in the Sheepdogs and Cattledogs (except Swiss Cattledogs) group, in the Sheepdogs section. Recognized by FCI in the Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs group, in the Water Dogs 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
American Canine Registry
American Kennel Club
America's Pet Registry
Dog Registry of America Inc.
North American Purebred Registry, Inc.
American Canine Association, Inc.
Continental Kennel Club
National Kennel Club
New Zealand Kennel Club
United Kennel Club
Australian Shepherd Club Of America
American Kennel Club
Canadian Kennel Club
Federation Cynologique Internationale
Australian National Kennel Council
New Zealand Kennel Club
United Kennel Club
The Kennel Club
Price $1000-$1500 $600-$800 $2500-$2800

General Appearance - Poodle vs Australian Shepherd vs Portuguese Water Dog

Size Medium Large Medium
Weight Male: 45-70 pounds (20-32 kg), Female: 45-60 pounds (20-27 kg) Male: 50-65 pounds (25-29 kg), Female: 40-55 pounds (18-25 kg) Male: 42-55 pounds (19-25 kg), Female: 35-49 pounds (16-22 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 57.5 pounds (26 kg), Female: 52.5 pounds (23.5 kg) Male: 57.5 pounds (27 kg), Female: 47.5 pounds (21.5 kg) Male: 48.5 pounds (22 kg), Female: 42 pounds (19 kg)
Height 15 inches (38 cm) or more Male: 20-23 inches (52-58cm), Female: 18-21 inches (46–53 cm) Male: 20-22 inches (50-57 cm), Female: 17-20 inches (43-52 cm)
Avg. Height 15 inches (38 cm) or more Male: 21.5 inches (55 cm), Female: 19.5 inches (46–53 cm) Male: 21 inches (53.5 cm), Female: 18.5 inches (47.5 cm)

Hair & Care - Poodle vs Australian Shepherd vs Portuguese Water Dog

Coat Curly Feathered Curly
Colors Apricot
Brown
Gray
Silver
White
Fawn
Blue
Cream
Red
Beige
Black
Red
Blue
Merle
Black
White
Brown
Black
Grooming
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Average: The Australian Shepherd requires average grooming effort.
Average: The Portuguese Water Dog requires average grooming effort.
Shedding Level
Poodles shed none to minimal.
Australian Shepherds shed moderately.
Portuguese Water Dogs shed none to minimal.

Characteristics - Poodle vs Australian Shepherd vs Portuguese Water Dog

Temperament Active
Faithful
Intelligent
Alert
Instinctual
Trainable
Active
Friendly
Intelligent
Loving
Affectionate
Good-natured
Protective
Brave
Impetuous
Obedient
Docile
Intelligent
Quarrelsome
Intelligent Rank
Outstanding: Poodle is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Smart: Australian Shepherd's has great intelligence.
Smart: Portuguese Water Dog's has great intelligence.
Trainability
Poodles are easy to train.
Australian Shepherds are very easy to train.
Portuguese Water Dogs are easy to train.
Playfulness
The Poodle is a playful breed.
The Australian Shepherd is a highly playful breed.
The Portuguese Water Dog is a playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Australian Shepherds 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
Poodles are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Australian Shepherds are highly affectionate dogs.
Portuguese Water Dogs are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Poodles need a lot of social interaction.
Australian Shepherds are a social breed.
Portuguese Water Dogs need a lot of social interaction.
Barking
Average to high: The Poodle is a vocal breed.
Low to Average: The Australian Shepherd rarely barks.
Low to Average: The Portuguese Water Dog rarely barks.
Watchdog Ability
Poodles are good watchdogs.
Australian Shepherds are one of the best watchdogs.
Portuguese Water Dogs are good watchdogs.
Territorial
Poodles strongly protect their territory.
Australian Shepherds are extremely protective guard dogs.
Portuguese Water Dogs are average defenders.
Biting Potential Low
The Poodle has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Australian Shepherd has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Portuguese Water Dog has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Poodles have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Australian Shepherds have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Portuguese Water Dogs have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Poodles have average wanderlust potential.
Australian Shepherds are not the biggest explorers.
Portuguese Water Dogs have average wanderlust potential.
Prey Drive
Poodles have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Australian Shepherds have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Portuguese Water 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.
Apartment Friendly
Poodles are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Australian Shepherds are not the best choice for an apartment lifestyle, but they don't mind being inside if you walk them several times every day.
Portuguese Water Dogs are apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Poodles adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Australian Shepherds adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Portuguese Water Dogs adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Poodles tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Australian Shepherds 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.
Portuguese Water Dogs tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
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 - Poodle vs Australian Shepherd vs Portuguese Water Dog

Stranger Friendly
Poodles are stranger friendly dogs.
Australian Shepherds are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Portuguese Water Dogs are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Poodles are very kid-friendly dogs.
Australian Shepherds are very kid-friendly dogs.
Portuguese Water Dogs are kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Poodles are cat-friendly dogs.
Australian Shepherds are average friendly towards cats.
Portuguese Water Dogs are cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Poodles are dog-friendly dogs.
Australian Shepherds are average friendly towards other dogs.
Portuguese Water Dogs are dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
Poodle is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Australian Shepherd is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Portuguese Water Dog is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Poodles are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Australian Shepherds are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Portuguese Water Dogs are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Poodles are usually friendly towards other pets.
Australian Shepherds are generally with other pets.
Portuguese Water Dogs are usually friendly towards other pets.
Good For First Time Owners No
Poodles are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Australian Shepherds are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Portuguese Water Dogs are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog Yes
This breed makes good 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.
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 Yes
Poodle breed usually likes being on a boat.
Not really
Australian Shepherd breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Yes
Portuguese Water Dog breed usually likes 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 - Poodle vs Australian Shepherd vs Portuguese Water Dog

Health Issues
The Poodle is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
The Australian Shepherd is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
The Portuguese Water Dog is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems Addison's Disease
Allergies
Bloat
Canine Atrial Septal Defect (asd)
Cataracts
Cushing's Syndrome
Ear Infections
Epilepsy
Hip Dysplasia
Hypothyroidism
Legg-perthes Disease
Neonatal Encephalopathy (news)
Optic Nerve Hypoplasia
Patellar Luxation
Premature Graying
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Runny Eyes
Sebaceous Adenitis
Von Willebrand's Disease
Allergies
Cancer
Cataracts
Collie Eye Anomaly
Deafness
Detached Retina
Distichiasis
Drug Sensitivity
Elbow Dysplasia
Epilepsy
Hip Dysplasia
Hypothyroidism
Nasal Solar Dermatitis
Osteochondrosis Dissecans
Persistent Pupillary Membranes
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Hip Dysplasia
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Persistent Pupillary Membranes
Entropion
Ectropion
Distichiasis
Cataracts
Abnormally Small Eyes
GM-1 Storage Disease
Juvenile Dilated Cardiomyopathy
Gastrointestinal Diseases
Irritable Bowel Disease (ibd)
Colitis
Megaesophagus
Hemorrhagic Gastroenteritis
Lymphangiectasia
Addison's Disease
Life Expectancy 12-15 years 12-15 years 10-14 years
Hypoallergenic Yes No Yes
Energy Level
Poodles have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Australian Shepherds are high energy dogs.
Portuguese Water Dogs are high energy dogs.
Exercise Need
Poodles need quite a lot of exercise.
Australian Shepherds need a lot of exercises.
Portuguese Water Dogs need quite a lot of exercise.
Sleeping Need
Poodles are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Australian Shepherds don't need too much sleep.
Portuguese Water Dogs don't need too much sleep.
Avg. daily food consumption 2 to 3 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 1.5 to 2.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 2 to 2.5 cup of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Average to High.
Average to High.
Average.
Weather & Climate Tolerates warm and cold weather. Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Australian Shepherd can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Portuguese Water Dog can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness Medium
The Poodle has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Australian Shepherd has an average chance of bad smell.
Low
The Portuguese Water Dog has a low chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Poodle is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Australian Shepherd is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Portuguese Water Dog is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Poodle vs Australian Shepherd vs Portuguese Water Dog

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 6-9 puppies, average 7 4-8 puppies

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