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Shetland Sheepdog vs Dalmatian vs Border Collie – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

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Name Shetland Sheepdog Dalmatian Border Collie
OriginsScotland Croatia England Scotland Wales
Group Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs) Companion Dogs Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs)
Popularity Rank246338
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Other Names Miniature Collie, Shetland Collie (obsolete), Dwarf Scotch Shepherd (obsolete), Toonie Dog (obsolete), Sheltie Dal, Dally, Carriage Dog, Spotted Coach Dog, Firehouse Dog, Plum Pudding Dog Scotch Sheep Dog, Sheepdog
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1911 as a Herding breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1888 as a Non-Sporting breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1995 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 Scent hounds and related breeds group, in the Related breeds section. Recognized by FCI in the Sheepdogs and Cattledogs (except Swiss Cattledogs) group, in the Sheepdogs 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 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 The American Int. Border Collie Registry The American Border Collie Association
Price $800-$1000 $500-$600 $600-$800

General Appearance - Shetland Sheepdog vs Dalmatian vs Border Collie

Size Medium Large Large
Weight 14-27 pounds (6-12 kg) about 55 pounds (25 kg) Male: 30-45 pounds (14-20 kg), Female: 27-42 pounds (12-19 kg)
Avg. Weight 20.5 pounds (9 kg) about 55 pounds (25 kg) Male: 37.5 pounds (17 kg), Female: 34.5 pounds (15.5 kg)
Height 13-16 inches (33-41 cm) Male: 22 - 24 inches (50 – 60 cm), Female: 20 - 22 inches (50 - 55 cm) Male: 19-22 inches (48-56 cm), Female: 18-21 inches (46-53 cm)
Avg. Height 14.5 inches (37 cm) Male: 22 - 24 inches (50 – 60 cm), Female: 20 - 22 inches (50 - 55 cm) Male: 20.5 inches (52 cm), Female: 19.5 inches (49.5 cm)

Hair & Care - Shetland Sheepdog vs Dalmatian vs Border Collie

Coat Dense Fine Feathered
Colors White Blue Merle Sable Tan Black White Liver Brown Black Brindle Lilac Sable Blue Gold Red Black
Grooming
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Effortless: The Dalmatian requires minimal grooming.
Average: The Border Collie requires average grooming effort.
Shedding Level
Shetland Sheepdogs shed moderately.
Dalmatians are heavy shedders.
Border Collies shed moderately.

Characteristics - Shetland Sheepdog vs Dalmatian vs Border Collie

Temperament Affectionate Gentle Lively Responsive Friendly Intelligent Playful Active Friendly Outgoing Sensitive Energetic Intelligent Playful Intelligent Alert Tenacious Protective Energetic Responsive Loyal
Intelligent Rank
Outstanding: Shetland Sheepdog is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Smart: Dalmatian's has great intelligence.
Outstanding: Border Collie is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Trainability
Shetland Sheepdogs are quite easy to train.
Dalmatians are quite easy to train.
Border Collies are easy to train.
Playfulness
Shetland Sheepdogs, like any other dog breed, like playing.
The Dalmatian is a highly playful breed.
The Border Collie is a highly playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
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.
Border Collies don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Affection Level
Shetland Sheepdogs are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Dalmatians are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Border Collies are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Shetland Sheepdogs are a social breed.
Dalmatians need a lot of social interaction.
Border Collies need a lot of social interaction.
Barking
High: The Shetland Sheepdog is a very vocal breed.
Average: The Dalmatian barks occasionally.
High: The Border Collie is a very vocal breed.
Watchdog Ability
Shetland Sheepdogs are good watchdogs.
Dalmatians are average watchdogs.
Border Collies are one of the best watchdogs.
Territorial
Shetland Sheepdogs are extremely protective guard dogs.
Dalmatians are average defenders.
Border Collies are extremely protective guard dogs.
Biting Potential Low
The Shetland Sheepdog has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Dalmatian has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Border Collie has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Shetland Sheepdogs have a low tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Dalmatians have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Border Collies have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Shetland Sheepdogs tend to escape less than other breeds.
Wanderlust potential of the Dalmatian is strong enough to escape from home.
Border Collies have average wanderlust potential.
Prey Drive
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.
Dalmatians have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Border Collies 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
Shetland Sheepdogs are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Dalmatians are not apartment-friendly dogs.
Border Collies are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Adaptability
Shetland Sheepdogs adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Dalmatians adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Border Collies adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
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.
Dalmatians tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Border Collies 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 - Shetland Sheepdog vs Dalmatian vs Border Collie

Stranger Friendly
Shetland Sheepdogs are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Dalmatians are average friendly towards strangers.
Border Collies are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Shetland Sheepdogs are kid-friendly dogs.
Dalmatians are very kid-friendly dogs.
Border Collies are very kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Shetland Sheepdogs are very cat-friendly dogs.
Dalmatians are average friendly towards cats.
Border Collies are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Shetland Sheepdogs are dog-friendly dogs.
Dalmatians are very dog-friendly dogs.
Border Collies are average friendly towards other dogs.
Office Friendly No
Shetland Sheepdog is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Dalmatian is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Border Collie is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Shetland Sheepdogs are usually recommended for elderly people.
Dalmatians are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Border Collies are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Shetland Sheepdogs are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Dalmatians are generally with other pets.
Border Collies are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners No
Shetland Sheepdogs are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Dalmatians are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Border Collies are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Yes
This breed makes good 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 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.
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
Shetland Sheepdog breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Dalmatian breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Border Collie 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 - Shetland Sheepdog vs Dalmatian vs Border Collie

Health Issues
Egészségesek Shetland Sheepdog fajták, de vannak bizonyos egészségügyi problémáik, amelyeket rendszeresen ellenőrizned kell az állatorvossal.
Dalmatians are commonly healthy dogs.
Egészségesek Border Collie fajták, de vannak bizonyos egészségügyi problémáik, amelyeket rendszeresen ellenőrizned kell az állatorvossal.
Health Problems 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 Allergies Deafness Hip Dysplasia Iris Sphincter Dysplasia Skin Allergies Urolithiasis Allergies Collie Eye Anomaly Epilepsy Hip Dysplasia Osteochondrosis Dissecans Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Life Expectancy 12-14 years 12-14 years 12-15 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
Shetland Sheepdogs have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Dalmatians are high energy dogs.
Border Collies are high energy dogs.
Exercise Need
Shetland Sheepdogs have an average exercise need.
Dalmatians need a lot of exercises.
Border Collies need a lot of exercises.
Sleeping Need
Shetland Sheepdogs are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Dalmatians don't need too much sleep.
Border Collies 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. Recommended daily amount: 1.5 to 2 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 1.5 to 2 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two or three meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Average.
Average to High.
Average.
Weather & Climate 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.
Tolerates warm and cold weather. Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Border Collie can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness Medium
The Shetland Sheepdog has an average chance of bad smell.
Low
The Dalmatian has a low chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Border Collie has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Shetland Sheepdog is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Dalmatian is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Border Collie is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Shetland Sheepdog vs Dalmatian vs Border Collie

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 4-6 puppies 6-9 puppies 4-8 puppies

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