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Rough Collie vs Airedale Terrier vs Golden Retriever – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Rough Collie vs Airedale Terrier vs Golden Retriever" Compare Rough Collie and Airedale Terrier. Which is better: Rough Collie or Airedale Terrier or Golden Retriever?
Name Rough Collie Airedale Terrier Golden Retriever
OriginsScotland England Scotland
Group Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs) Hunting Dogs Gun Dog
Popularity Rank40553
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Other Names Collie, Scottish Collie, Long-Haired Collie, English Collie, Lassie Dog Waterside Terrier, Bingley Terrier, Irish Red Terrier Yellow Retriever, Golden Flat Coat
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1885 as a Herding breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1888 as a Terrier breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1925 as a Sporting breed.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Sheepdogs and Cattledogs (except Swiss Cattledogs) group, in the Sheepdogs section. Recognized by FCI in the Terriers group, in the Large and medium sized Terriers section. Recognized by FCI in the Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs group, in the Retrievers 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 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 $400-$600 $600-$800 $1000-$2000

General Appearance - Rough Collie vs Airedale Terrier vs Golden Retriever

Size Large Medium Large
Weight Male: 60-70 pounds (27-32 kg), Female: 53-65 pounds (24-29 kg) Male: 50-65 pounds (23-29 kg), Female: 40-45 pounds (18-20 kg) Male: 60-80 pounds (27-36 kg), Female: 55-70 pounds (25-32 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 67.5 pounds (30.5 kg), Female: 57.5 pounds (26 kg) Male: 57.5 pounds (26 kg), Female: 42.5 pounds (19 kg) Male: 70 pounds (31.5 kg), Female: 62.5 pounds (28.5 kg)
Height Male: 24–26 inch (60–66 cm), Female: 22–24 inch (55–61 cm) Male: 22-24 inches (56-61 cm), Female: 22-23 inches (56-58 cm) Male: 22-24 inches (56-61cm), Female: 20-22 inches (51-56 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 25 inches (62.5 cm), Female: 23 inches (58.5 cm) Male: 23 inches (58.5 cm), Female: 22.5 inches (57 cm) Male: 23 inches (58.5 cm), Female: 21 inches (53.5 cm)

Hair & Care - Rough Collie vs Airedale Terrier vs Golden Retriever

Coat Rough Soft Thick Straight Harsh Furry Wiry Dense Rough Silky Wavy Shiny Straight
Colors Black & White & Tan Blue & Merle Blue & Merle & White Sable Sable & White White White & Merle Merle Tan Grizzle Black Golden Light
Grooming
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Advanced: The Airedale Terrier requires a lot of grooming.
Average: The Golden Retriever requires average grooming effort.
Shedding Level
Rough Collies are heavy shedders.
Airedale Terriers are low shedders.
Golden Retrievers shed moderately.

Characteristics - Rough Collie vs Airedale Terrier vs Golden Retriever

Temperament Friendly Gentle Intelligent Loyal Protective Responsive Social Hard working Docile Obedient Elegant Herding Alert Courageous Intelligent Confident Friendly Outgoing Adaptable Brave Playful Energetic Balanced Obedient Loyal Confident Intelligent Reliable Friendly Kind Trustworthy
Intelligent Rank
Very smart: Rough Collie is an excellent dog breed.
Smart: Airedale Terrier's has great intelligence.
Outstanding: Golden Retriever is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Trainability
Rough Collies are very easy to train.
Airedale Terriers are very easy to train.
Golden Retrievers are easy to train.
Playfulness
The Rough Collie is a playful breed.
The Airedale Terrier is a highly playful breed.
The Golden Retriever is a highly playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
Rough Collies don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Airedale Terriers have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
Golden Retrievers have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
Affection Level
Rough Collies are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Airedale Terriers are highly affectionate dogs.
Golden Retrievers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Rough Collies need a lot of social interaction.
Airedale Terriers are a social breed.
Golden Retrievers need a lot of social interaction.
Barking
Low to Average: The Rough Collie rarely barks.
Average: The Airedale Terrier barks occasionally.
Low to Average: The Golden Retriever rarely barks.
Watchdog Ability
Rough Collies are one of the best watchdogs.
Airedale Terriers are good watchdogs.
Golden Retrievers are average watchdogs.
Territorial
Rough Collies are extremely protective guard dogs.
Airedale Terriers are extremely protective guard dogs.
Golden Retrievers are average defenders.
Biting Potential Low
The Rough Collie has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Airedale Terrier has a low chance of biting somebody.
Moderate
The Golden Retriever has an average chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Rough Collies have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Airedale Terriers have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Golden Retrievers have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Rough Collies are not the biggest explorers.
Wanderlust potential of the Airedale Terrier is strong enough to escape from home.
Golden Retrievers tend to escape less than other breeds.
Prey Drive
Rough Collies have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Airedale Terriers have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
Golden Retrievers 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
Rough Collies are not the best choice for an apartment lifestyle, but they don't mind being inside if you walk them several times every day.
Airedale 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.
Golden Retrievers are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Adaptability
Rough Collies adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
Airedale Terriers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Golden Retrievers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Rough Collies tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Airedale 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.
Golden Retrievers 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 - Rough Collie vs Airedale Terrier vs Golden Retriever

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

Health Issues
The Rough Collie is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Airedale Terriers tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
Golden Retrievers are commonly healthy dogs.
Health Problems Collie Eye Anomaly Gray Collie Syndrome Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Drug Sensitivity Hip Dysplasia Allergies Cancer Hip Dysplasia Hypothyroidism Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Umbilical Hernias Von Willebrand's Disease Allergies Bloat Cataracts Elbow Dysplasia Epilepsy Hemangiosarcoma Hip Dysplasia Hypothyroidism Osteochondrosis Dissecans Osteosarcoma Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Subvalvular Aortic Stenosis Von Willebrand's Disease
Life Expectancy 14-16 years 10-13 years 10-12 years
Hypoallergenic No Yes No
Energy Level
Rough Collies have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Airedale Terriers are high energy dogs.
Golden Retrievers are high energy dogs.
Exercise Need
Rough Collies need quite a lot of exercise.
Airedale Terriers need quite a lot of exercise.
Golden Retrievers need a lot of exercises.
Sleeping Need
Rough Collies sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Airedale Terriers don't need too much sleep.
Golden Retrievers 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. 3 to 4 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Average.
Average to High.
High: The Golden Retriever breed has a strong tendency to overweight.
Weather & Climate Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Rough Collie can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Tolerates warm and cold weather. Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness Medium
The Rough Collie has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Airedale Terrier has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Golden Retriever has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Rough Collie is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Airedale Terrier is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Golden Retriever drools quite a lot, so if you dislike being covered by slobber spots on your clothes, you may want to choose another dog breed.

Reproducibility - Rough Collie vs Airedale Terrier vs Golden Retriever

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 7-9 puppies 5-10 puppies

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