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Poodle vs Australian Shepherd vs Rhodesian Ridgeback – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Poodle vs Australian Shepherd vs Rhodesian Ridgeback" Compare Poodle and Australian Shepherd. Which is better: Poodle or Australian Shepherd or Rhodesian Ridgeback?
Name Poodle Australian Shepherd Rhodesian Ridgeback
OriginsGermany France United States Zimbabwe
Group Companion Dogs Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs) Hunting Dogs
Popularity Rank71741
Reviews725
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Other Names French Poodle, Caniche, Barbone, Chien Canne, Grosse Pudel Aussie, Little Blue Dog African Lion Dog, African Lion Hound
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 1955 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 Scent hounds and related breeds group, in the Related breeds 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 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
Rhodesian Ridgeback Club Of The US
Price $1000-$1500 $600-$800 $900-$1200

General Appearance - Poodle vs Australian Shepherd vs Rhodesian Ridgeback

Size Medium Large Large
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: 80-90 pounds (36-41 kg), Female: 65-75 pounds (29-34 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: 85 pounds (38.5 kg), Female: 70 pounds (31.5 kg)
Height 15 inches (38 cm) or more Male: 20-23 inches (52-58cm), Female: 18-21 inches (46–53 cm) Male: 25-27 inches (63-69 cm), Female: 24-26 inches (61-66 cm)
Avg. Height 15 inches (38 cm) or more Male: 21.5 inches (55 cm), Female: 19.5 inches (46–53 cm) Male: 26 inches (66 cm), Female: 25 inches (63.5 cm)

Hair & Care - Poodle vs Australian Shepherd vs Rhodesian Ridgeback

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

Characteristics - Poodle vs Australian Shepherd vs Rhodesian Ridgeback

Temperament Active
Faithful
Intelligent
Alert
Instinctual
Trainable
Active
Friendly
Intelligent
Loving
Affectionate
Good-natured
Protective
Dignified
Loyal
Sensitive
Intelligent
Mischievous
Strong
Willed
Intelligent Rank
Outstanding: Poodle is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Smart: Australian Shepherd's has great intelligence.
Average: Rhodesian Ridgeback's has average obedience intelligence.
Trainability
Poodles are easy to train.
Australian Shepherds are very easy to train.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are quite easy to train.
Playfulness
The Poodle is a playful breed.
The Australian Shepherd is a highly playful breed.
The Rhodesian Ridgeback 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.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks 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.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are a social breed.
Barking
Average to high: The Poodle is a vocal breed.
Low to Average: The Australian Shepherd rarely barks.
Low to Average: The Rhodesian Ridgeback rarely barks.
Watchdog Ability
Poodles are good watchdogs.
Australian Shepherds are one of the best watchdogs.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are average watchdogs.
Territorial
Poodles strongly protect their territory.
Australian Shepherds are extremely protective guard dogs.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks strongly protect their territory.
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 Rhodesian Ridgeback 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.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks have an average 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.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
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.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
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.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are not the best choice for an apartment lifestyle, but they don't mind being inside if you walk them several times every day.
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.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks adapt well to lifestyle changes and different 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.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks 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.
Yes
In history, this breed was unfortunately used for combat dog.

Good With - Poodle vs Australian Shepherd vs Rhodesian Ridgeback

Stranger Friendly
Poodles are stranger friendly dogs.
Australian Shepherds are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Poodles are very kid-friendly dogs.
Australian Shepherds are very kid-friendly dogs.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are very kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Poodles are cat-friendly dogs.
Australian Shepherds are average friendly towards cats.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Poodles are dog-friendly dogs.
Australian Shepherds are average friendly towards other dogs.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are not the most 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
Rhodesian Ridgeback 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.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Poodles are usually friendly towards other pets.
Australian Shepherds are generally with other pets.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks usually don’t get on well with 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
Rhodesian Ridgebacks 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.
Not really
Rhodesian Ridgeback 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 - Poodle vs Australian Shepherd vs Rhodesian Ridgeback

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 Rhodesian Ridgeback 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)
Dermoid Sinus
Elbow Dysplasia
Hip Dysplasia
Life Expectancy 12-15 years 12-15 years 10-12 years
Hypoallergenic Yes No No
Energy Level
Poodles have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Australian Shepherds are high energy dogs.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Exercise Need
Poodles need quite a lot of exercise.
Australian Shepherds need a lot of exercises.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks 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.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
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. Recommended daily amount: 2 3/4 to 4 3/8 cups of a high-quality daily, 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.
Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness Medium
The Poodle has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Australian Shepherd has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Rhodesian Ridgeback has an average 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 Rhodesian Ridgeback is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Poodle vs Australian Shepherd vs Rhodesian Ridgeback

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 6-8 puppies

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