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Poodle vs Giant Schnauzer vs Boston Terrier – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

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Name Poodle Giant Schnauzer Boston Terrier
OriginsGermany France Germany United States
Group Companion Dogs Working Dogs Companion Dogs
Popularity Rank78021
Reviews720
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Other Names French Poodle, Caniche, Barbone, Chien Canne, Grosse Pudel Russian Bear Schnauzer, Munich Schnauzer, Munchener, Riesenschnauzer Boston Bull, Boston Bull Terrier, Boxwood, American Gentlemen
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 1930 as a Working breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1893 as a Non-Sporting breed.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Companion and Toy Dogs group, in the Poodle 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 Companion and Toy Dogs group, in the Small Molossian type 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 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 National Kennel Club New Zealand Kennel Club United Kennel Club
Price $1000-$1500 $1000-$1500 $600-$800

General Appearance - Poodle vs Giant Schnauzer vs Boston Terrier

Size Medium Giant Small
Weight Male: 45-70 pounds (20-32 kg), Female: 45-60 pounds (20-27 kg) Males 60-105 pounds (27-48 kg), Female: 55-75 pounds (25-34 kg) 10-25 pounds (6-11kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 57.5 pounds (26 kg), Female: 52.5 pounds (23.5 kg) Males 82.5 pounds (37.5 kg), Female: 65 pounds (29.5 kg) 17.5 pounds (8.5 kg)
Height 15 inches (38 cm) or more Male: 26-28 inches (66-71 cm), Female: 23-26 inches (58-66 cm) 15-17 inches (38-43 cm)
Avg. Height 15 inches (38 cm) or more Male: 27 inches (68.5 cm), Female: 24.5 inches (62 cm) 16 inches (40.5 cm)

Hair & Care - Poodle vs Giant Schnauzer vs Boston Terrier

Coat Curly Wiry Fine
Colors Apricot Brown Gray Silver White Fawn Blue Cream Red Beige Black Pepper Salt Black White Brindle Seal Black
Grooming
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Average: The Giant Schnauzer requires average grooming effort.
Effortless: The Boston Terrier requires minimal grooming.
Shedding Level
Poodles shed none to minimal.
Giant Schnauzers shed none to minimal.
Boston Terriers shed moderately.

Characteristics - Poodle vs Giant Schnauzer vs Boston Terrier

Temperament Active Faithful Intelligent Alert Instinctual Trainable Dominant Kind Powerful Intelligent Loyal Strong Willed Affectionate Friendly Intelligent Playful Aggressive Gentle Lively
Intelligent Rank
Outstanding: Poodle is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Smart: Giant Schnauzer's has great intelligence.
Average: Boston Terrier's has average obedience intelligence.
Trainability
Poodles are easy to train.
Giant Schnauzers are easy to train.
Boston Terriers are quite easy to train.
Playfulness
The Poodle is a playful breed.
The Giant Schnauzer is a highly playful breed.
Boston Terriers, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Sensitivity Level
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Boston Terriers don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Affection Level
Poodles are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Giant Schnauzers are average dogs regarding their affection level.
Boston Terriers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Poodles need a lot of social interaction.
Giant Schnauzers need for social interaction is average.
Boston Terriers are a social breed.
Barking
Average to high: The Poodle is a vocal breed.
Average: The Giant Schnauzer barks occasionally.
Low to Average: The Boston Terrier rarely barks.
Watchdog Ability
Poodles are good watchdogs.
Giant Schnauzers are one of the best watchdogs.
Boston Terriers are average watchdogs.
Territorial
Poodles strongly protect their territory.
Giant Schnauzers are extremely protective guard dogs.
Boston Terriers are average defenders.
Biting Potential Low
The Poodle has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Giant Schnauzer has a low chance of biting somebody.
Moderate
The Boston Terrier has an average chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Poodles have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Giant Schnauzers have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Boston Terriers have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Poodles have average wanderlust potential.
Wanderlust potential of the Giant Schnauzer is strong enough to escape from home.
Boston Terriers 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.
Giant Schnauzers have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Boston Terriers have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Apartment Friendly
Poodles are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Giant Schnauzers are not apartment-friendly dogs.
Boston Terriers are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Poodles adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Giant Schnauzers adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Boston Terriers 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.
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
Boston Terriers 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 Giant Schnauzer vs Boston Terrier

Stranger Friendly
Poodles are stranger friendly dogs.
Giant Schnauzers are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Boston Terriers are stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Poodles are very kid-friendly dogs.
Giant Schnauzers are not the most kid-friendly dogs.
Boston Terriers are very kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Poodles are cat-friendly dogs.
Giant Schnauzers are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
Boston Terriers are very cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Poodles are dog-friendly dogs.
Giant Schnauzers are not dog-friendly.
Boston Terriers are very dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
Poodle is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Giant Schnauzer is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Boston Terrier is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Poodles are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Giant Schnauzers are not the best breed for elderly people.
Boston Terriers are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Poodles are usually friendly towards other pets.
Giant Schnauzers usually don’t get on well with other pets.
Boston Terriers are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Good For First Time Owners No
Poodles are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Giant Schnauzers are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Boston Terriers 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
Giant Schnauzer breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Boston Terrier 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 Giant Schnauzer vs Boston Terrier

Health Issues
The Poodle is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Giant Schnauzers are commonly healthy dogs.
The Boston Terrier 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 Bloat Cancer Cataracts Elbow Dysplasia Glaucoma Heart Problems Hip Dysplasia Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Retinal Dysplasia Allergies Brain Tumors Cataracts Cherry Eye Deafness Heart Murmurs Megaesophagus Patellar Luxation Reverse Sneezing
Life Expectancy 12-15 years 10-12 years 12-15 years
Hypoallergenic Yes Yes No
Energy Level
Poodles have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Giant Schnauzers are high energy dogs.
Boston Terriers have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Exercise Need
Poodles need quite a lot of exercise.
Giant Schnauzers need a lot of exercises.
Boston Terriers have an average exercise need.
Sleeping Need
Poodles are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Giant Schnauzers don't need too much sleep.
Boston Terriers 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. 8 to 10 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals 0.5 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Average to High.
Average.
Average.
Weather & Climate Tolerates warm and cold weather. Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Giant Schnauzer 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.
Low
The Giant Schnauzer has a low chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Boston Terrier has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Poodle is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Giant Schnauzer is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Boston Terrier is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Poodle vs Giant Schnauzer vs Boston Terrier

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 5-8 puppies 3-5 puppies

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