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Rough Collie vs Shetland Sheepdog vs Pembroke Welsh Corgi – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Rough Collie vs Shetland Sheepdog vs Pembroke Welsh Corgi" Compare Rough Collie and Shetland Sheepdog. Which is better: Rough Collie or Shetland Sheepdog or Pembroke Welsh Corgi?
Name Rough Collie Shetland Sheepdog Pembroke Welsh Corgi
OriginsScotland Scotland Wales
Group Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs) Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs) Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs)
Popularity Rank402415
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Other Names Collie, Scottish Collie, Long-Haired Collie, English Collie, Lassie Dog Miniature Collie, Shetland Collie (obsolete), Dwarf Scotch Shepherd (obsolete), Toonie Dog (obsolete), Sheltie Pembroke, PWC, Pem, Corgi
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 1911 as a Herding breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1934 as a Herding breed.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Sheepdogs and Cattledogs (except Swiss Cattledogs) group, in the Sheepdogs section. Recognized by FCI in the Sheepdogs and Cattledogs (except Swiss Cattledogs) group, in the Sheepdogs section. Not recognized by FCI.
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 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
Price $400-$600 $800-$1000 $1000-$2000

General Appearance - Rough Collie vs Shetland Sheepdog vs Pembroke Welsh Corgi

Size Large Medium Small
Weight Male: 60-70 pounds (27-32 kg), Female: 53-65 pounds (24-29 kg) 14-27 pounds (6-12 kg) Male: 24-31 pounds (10-14 kg), Female: 24-28 pounds (11-13 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 67.5 pounds (30.5 kg), Female: 57.5 pounds (26 kg) 20.5 pounds (9 kg) Male: 27.5 pounds (12 kg), Female: 26 pounds (12 kg)
Height Male: 24–26 inch (60–66 cm), Female: 22–24 inch (55–61 cm) 13-16 inches (33-41 cm) Male: 10-12 inches (25-30 cm), Female: 10-11 inches (25-28 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 25 inches (62.5 cm), Female: 23 inches (58.5 cm) 14.5 inches (37 cm) Male: 11 inches (27.5 cm), Female: 10.5 inches (26.5 cm)

Hair & Care - Rough Collie vs Shetland Sheepdog vs Pembroke Welsh Corgi

Coat Rough Soft Thick Straight Harsh Furry Dense Fluffy
Colors Black & White & Tan Blue & Merle Blue & Merle & White Sable Sable & White White White & Merle Merle White Blue Merle Sable Tan Black Black & Tan Fawn Red Sable
Grooming
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Easy to groom: The Pembroke Welsh Corgi doesn't require a lot of grooming.
Shedding Level
Rough Collies are heavy shedders.
Shetland Sheepdogs shed moderately.
Pembroke Welsh Corgis are heavy shedders.

Characteristics - Rough Collie vs Shetland Sheepdog vs Pembroke Welsh Corgi

Temperament Friendly Gentle Intelligent Loyal Protective Responsive Social Hard working Docile Obedient Elegant Herding Affectionate Gentle Lively Responsive Friendly Intelligent Playful Affectionate Friendly Lively Playful Cheerful Intelligent Going
Intelligent Rank
Very smart: Rough Collie is an excellent dog breed.
Outstanding: Shetland Sheepdog is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Very smart: Pembroke Welsh Corgi is an excellent dog breed.
Trainability
Rough Collies are very easy to train.
Shetland Sheepdogs are quite easy to train.
Pembroke Welsh Corgis are quite easy to train.
Playfulness
The Rough Collie is a playful breed.
Shetland Sheepdogs, like any other dog breed, like playing.
The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is a playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
Rough Collies don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Shetland Sheepdogs 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
Rough Collies are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Shetland Sheepdogs are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Pembroke Welsh Corgis are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Rough Collies need a lot of social interaction.
Shetland Sheepdogs are a social breed.
Pembroke Welsh Corgis are a social breed.
Barking
Low to Average: The Rough Collie rarely barks.
High: The Shetland Sheepdog is a very vocal breed.
High: The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is a very vocal breed.
Watchdog Ability
Rough Collies are one of the best watchdogs.
Shetland Sheepdogs are good watchdogs.
Pembroke Welsh Corgis are average watchdogs.
Territorial
Rough Collies are extremely protective guard dogs.
Shetland Sheepdogs are extremely protective guard dogs.
Pembroke Welsh Corgis are extremely protective guard dogs.
Biting Potential Low
The Rough Collie has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Shetland Sheepdog has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Pembroke Welsh Corgi has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Rough Collies have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Shetland Sheepdogs have a low tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Pembroke Welsh Corgis have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Rough Collies are not the biggest explorers.
Shetland Sheepdogs tend to escape less than other breeds.
Pembroke Welsh Corgis tend to escape less than other breeds.
Prey Drive
Rough Collies have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Shetland Sheepdogs 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.
Pembroke Welsh Corgis 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.
Shetland Sheepdogs are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Pembroke Welsh Corgis are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Rough Collies adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
Shetland Sheepdogs adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Pembroke Welsh Corgis 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.
Shetland Sheepdogs 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.
Pembroke Welsh Corgis 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.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With - Rough Collie vs Shetland Sheepdog vs Pembroke Welsh Corgi

Stranger Friendly
Rough Collies are stranger friendly dogs.
Shetland Sheepdogs are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Pembroke Welsh Corgis are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Rough Collies are very kid-friendly dogs.
Shetland Sheepdogs are kid-friendly dogs.
Pembroke Welsh Corgis are very kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Rough Collies are very cat-friendly dogs.
Shetland Sheepdogs are very cat-friendly dogs.
Pembroke Welsh Corgis are very cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Rough Collies are dog-friendly dogs.
Shetland Sheepdogs are dog-friendly dogs.
Pembroke Welsh Corgis are average friendly towards other dogs.
Office Friendly No
Rough Collie is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Shetland Sheepdog is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Pembroke Welsh Corgi is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Rough Collies are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Shetland Sheepdogs are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pembroke Welsh Corgis are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Rough Collies are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Shetland Sheepdogs are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Pembroke Welsh Corgis are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Good For First Time Owners No
Rough Collies are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Shetland Sheepdogs are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Pembroke Welsh Corgis 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.
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.
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 Not really
Rough Collie breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Shetland Sheepdog breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Pembroke Welsh Corgi 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 - Rough Collie vs Shetland Sheepdog vs Pembroke Welsh Corgi

Health Issues
Egészségesek Rough Collie fajták, de vannak bizonyos egészségügyi problémáik, amelyeket rendszeresen ellenőrizned kell az állatorvossal.
Egészségesek Shetland Sheepdog fajták, de vannak bizonyos egészségügyi problémáik, amelyeket rendszeresen ellenőrizned kell az állatorvossal.
Egészségesek Pembroke Welsh Corgi fajták, de vannak bizonyos egészségügyi problémáik, amelyeket rendszeresen ellenőrizned kell az állatorvossal.
Health Problems Collie Eye Anomaly Gray Collie Syndrome Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Drug Sensitivity Hip Dysplasia Cancer Cataracts Collie Eye Anomaly Drug Sensitivity Elbow Dysplasia Epilepsy Haemophilia Heart Problems Hip Dysplasia Hypothyroidism Patellar Luxation Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Trichiasis Von Willebrand's Disease Cataracts Cystinuria Degenerative Myelopathy Epilepsy Hip Dysplasia Intervertebral Disk Disease Patent Ductus Arteriosis Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Retinal Dysplasia Von Willebrand's Disease
Life Expectancy 14-16 years 12-14 years 12-14 years
Hypoallergenic No No 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.
Shetland Sheepdogs have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Pembroke Welsh Corgis have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Exercise Need
Rough Collies need quite a lot of exercise.
Shetland Sheepdogs have an average exercise need.
Pembroke Welsh Corgis need quite a lot of exercise.
Sleeping Need
Rough Collies sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Shetland Sheepdogs are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Pembroke Welsh Corgis 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. 2 to 3 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 1 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Average.
Average.
Average to High.
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.
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.
Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Pembroke Welsh Corgi can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness Medium
The Rough Collie has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Shetland Sheepdog has an average chance of bad smell.
Low
The Pembroke Welsh Corgi has a low chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Rough Collie is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Shetland Sheepdog is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Rough Collie vs Shetland Sheepdog vs Pembroke Welsh Corgi

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 4-6 puppies 6-7 puppies

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