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Name Shetland Sheepdog Miniature American Shepherd American Eskimo Dog
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Group Pastoral / Herding Dogs Working Dogs Companion Dogs
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Other Names
What other names do they have?
Dwarf Scotch Shepherd
Sheltie
Shetland Collie
Toonie Dog
Miniature Collie
Ameri
Mini American
North American Shepherd
American Spitz
Eskie
Eskimo Spitz
Breed Type
Which dog is purebred or crossbreed? Shetland Sheepdog vs Miniature American Shepherd vs American Eskimo Dog breed type comparison:
Purebred Purebred Purebred

Shetland Sheepdog vs Miniature American Shepherd vs American Eskimo Dog Price and Availability Comparison

Price
Which is cheaper, Shetland Sheepdog or Miniature American Shepherd or American Eskimo Dog? Which is more expensive?
$800-$1000 $900-$1000 $600-$800
Availability
Which is easier to get, Shetland Sheepdog or Miniature American Shepherd or American Eskimo Dog?
Very frequent: The Shetland Sheepdog is quite easy to get.
Very frequent: The Miniature American Shepherd is quite easy to get.
Frequent: The American Eskimo Dog is easier than average to get.

Shetland Sheepdog vs Miniature American Shepherd vs American Eskimo Dog Size Comparison

Size
Which is bigger, Shetland Sheepdog or Miniature American Shepherd or American Eskimo Dog?
Medium Small
Medium
Medium
Weight
Which is heavier, Shetland Sheepdog or Miniature American Shepherd or Miniature American Shepherd? Shetland Sheepdog vs Miniature American Shepherd vs American Eskimo Dog weight comparison:
14-27 pounds (6-12 kg) 15-35 pounds (6-16 kg) Toy: 6-10 pounds (3-5 kg)Standard: 18-35 pounds (8-16 kg), Miniature: 10-17 pounds (5-8 kg)
Average Weight
Which dog has a smaller / higher average weight?
20.5 pounds (9 kg) 25 pounds (11 kg) Toy: 8 pounds (4 kg)Standard: 26.5 pounds (12 kg), Miniature: 13.5 pounds (6.5 kg)
Height
Which is taller, Shetland Sheepdog or Miniature American Shepherd or American Eskimo Dog? Shetland Sheepdog vs Miniature American Shepherd vs American Eskimo Dog height comparison:
13-16 inches (33-41 cm) Male: 14–18 inches (36–46 cm), Female: 13–17 inches (33–43 cm) Toy: 9-12 inches (22-30 cm)Standard: 15-20 inches (49-50 cm), Miniature: 12-15 inches (30-40 cm)
Average Height
Which dog has a smaller / higher average height?
14.5 inches (37 cm) Male: 14–18 inches (36–46 cm), Female: 13–17 inches (33–43 cm) Toy: 10.5 inches (26 cm)Standard: 17.5 inches (49.5 cm), Miniature: 13.5 inches (35 cm)

Shetland Sheepdog vs Miniature American Shepherd vs American Eskimo Dog Grooming, Hair and Care Comparison

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat/fur do they have? Shetland Sheepdog vs Miniature American Shepherd vs American Eskimo Dog coat comparison:
Dense Smooth Fluffy
Colors
What are the original Shetland Sheepdog, Miniature American Shepherd and American Eskimo Dog color?
White
Blue
Merle
Sable
Tan
Black
Merle
Blue
White
Black
White
Biscuit
Grooming
Which is easy to maintain, Shetland Sheepdog or Miniature American Shepherd or American Eskimo Dog? Shetland Sheepdog vs Miniature American Shepherd vs American Eskimo Dog grooming comparison:
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
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Easy to groom: The Miniature American Shepherd doesn't require a lot of grooming.
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Average: The American Eskimo Dog requires average grooming effort.
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Shedding Level
Who sheds more Shetland Sheepdog or Miniature American Shepherd or American Eskimo Dog? Shetland Sheepdog or Miniature American Shepherd or {name3 shedding:
Shetland Sheepdogs shed moderately.
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Miniature American Shepherds shed moderately.
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American Eskimo Dogs are heavy shedders.
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Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
Which dog should be bathed more: Shetland Sheepdog or Miniature American Shepherd or American Eskimo Dog?
4-6 weeks
Average. Experts recommended at least every 4-6 weeks for this family pup.
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4-6 weeks
Average. Experts recommended at least every 4-6 weeks for this family pup.
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3-4 weeks
More often than average. These dog coats tend to be longer, softer, and oilier than short-haired breeds.
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Shetland Sheepdog vs Miniature American Shepherd vs American Eskimo Dog Personality / Temperament Comparison

Temperament
Which one has a better personality? Which is a better family dog, Shetland Sheepdog or Miniature American Shepherd or American Eskimo Dog? Shetland Sheepdog vs Miniature American Shepherd vs American Eskimo Dog behavior/temperament comparison:
Affectionate
Gentle
Lively
Responsive
Friendly
Intelligent
Playful
Devoted
Intelligent
Energetic
Loyal
Alert
Friendly
Intelligent
Energetic
Independent
Protective
Intelligent Rank
Which is the smarter dog? Which is best? Shetland Sheepdog vs Miniature American Shepherd vs American Eskimo Dog intelligence:
Outstanding: Shetland Sheepdog is one of the brightest dog breeds.
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Average: It takes patience to teach this breed any tricks or commands, but the effort is worth it.
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Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
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Trainability
Shetland Sheepdog vs Miniature American Shepherd vs American Eskimo Dog trainability comparison.
Shetland Sheepdogs are quite easy to train.
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Miniature American Shepherds are very easy to train.
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American Eskimo Dogs are easy to train.
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Playfulness
Shetland Sheepdog vs Miniature American Shepherd vs American Eskimo Dog playfulness comparison:
Average: Shetland Sheepdogs, like any other dog breed, like playing.
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The Miniature American Shepherd is a highly playful breed.
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The American Eskimo Dog is a highly playful breed.
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Sensitivity Level
Which dog is more sensitive? What's the difference?
Sensitive: Shetland Sheepdogs don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household, and frequent guest visits.
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They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
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They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
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Affection Level
Which is the more affectionate dog breed: Shetland Sheepdog vs Miniature American Shepherd vs American Eskimo Dog?
High: Shetland Sheepdogs are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
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Average to High: Miniature American Shepherds are highly affectionate dogs.
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High: American Eskimo Dogs are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
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Social Needs
Shetland Sheepdog vs Miniature American Shepherd vs American Eskimo Dog social needs comparison:
Shetland Sheepdogs are a social breed.
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Miniature American Shepherds need for social interaction is average.
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American Eskimo Dogs need a lot of social interaction.
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Barking
Which dog barks more/less: Shetland Sheepdog vs Miniature American Shepherd vs American Eskimo Dog?
A lot: Shetland Sheepdog is a particularly loud breed.
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Low to Average: The Miniature American Shepherd rarely barks.
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A lot: American Eskimo Dog is a particularly loud breed.
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Watchdog Ability
Which is the better watchdog: Shetland Sheepdog or Miniature American Shepherd or American Eskimo Dog?
Shetland Sheepdogs are good watchdogs.
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Miniature American Shepherds are average watchdogs.
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American Eskimo Dogs are good watchdogs.
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Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Which dog is most likely to protect its owner? Which is the best dog to use for protection?
Shetland Sheepdogs are extremely protective guard dogs.
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Miniature American Shepherds are average defenders.
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American Eskimo Dogs are average defenders.
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Biting Potential
Which breed of dog is most likely to bite? Biting potential comparison:

Low 🔽

The Shetland Sheepdog has a low chance of biting somebody.

Low 🔽

The Miniature American Shepherd has a low chance of biting somebody.

Low 🔽

The American Eskimo Dog has a low chance of biting somebody.
Bite Force
Which bite is stronger: Shetland Sheepdog or Miniature American Shepherd or American Eskimo Dog?

Between 200 and 400 PSI

Shetland Sheepdog bite force: Ordinary.

Between 100 and 200 PSI 🔽

Miniature American Shepherd bite force: Weak.

Between 200 and 400 PSI

American Eskimo Dog bite force: Ordinary.
Mouthiness
Which is the better dog? Shetland Sheepdog vs Miniature American Shepherd vs American Eskimo Dog mouthiness comparison:
Shetland Sheepdogs have a low tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
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Miniature American Shepherds have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
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American Eskimo Dogs have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
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Impulse to Wander or Roam
Which dog has a greater roaming instinct?
Shetland Sheepdogs tend to escape less than other breeds.
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Miniature American Shepherds have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
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American Eskimo Dogs have average wanderlust potential.
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Prey Drive
Which dog has a higher prey drive? Which can be better for hunting?
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.
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Miniature American Shepherds have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
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American Eskimo Dogs 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.
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Apartment Friendly
Which dog is more apartment friendly Shetland Sheepdog or Miniature American Shepherd or American Eskimo Dog?
It is not recommended to keep the Shetland Sheepdog breed in the home.
It is not the best choice if you want to keep them indoors, however, with careful exercise and several walks a day, they will tolerate the indoor environment, so it is possible to keep Miniature American Shepherd indoors.
Very house-friendly dog the American Eskimo Dog breed.
Adaptability
Which dog has a higher adaptability potential? Which is the better dog?
Shetland Sheepdogs adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Miniature American Shepherds don't adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
Average: American Eskimo Dogs adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Which dog can be left alone: Shetland Sheepdog or Miniature American Shepherd or American Eskimo Dog?
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.
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
American Eskimo Dogs tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.

Shetland Sheepdog vs Miniature American Shepherd vs American Eskimo Dog Good With Comparison

Stranger Friendly
Which dog is more stranger friendly Shetland Sheepdog or Miniature American Shepherd or American Eskimo Dog? Which dog is more friendly?
Shetland Sheepdogs are not the most stranger-friendly dogs.
Miniature American Shepherds are not the most stranger-friendly dogs.
American Eskimo Dogs are not the most stranger-friendly dogs.
Pet Friendly
Which dog breeds get along well with other animals/pets?
Shetland Sheepdogs are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Miniature American Shepherds are generally with other pets.
American Eskimo Dogs are generally with other pets.
Child Friendly
Which dog is more child/kid friendly Shetland Sheepdog or Miniature American Shepherd or American Eskimo Dog?
Shetland Sheepdogs are kid-friendly dogs.
Miniature American Shepherds are kid-friendly dogs.
American Eskimo Dogs are kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Which dog is more cat friendly Shetland Sheepdog or Miniature American Shepherd or American Eskimo Dog?
Shetland Sheepdogs are very cat-friendly dogs.
Miniature American Shepherds are average friendly towards cats.
American Eskimo Dogs are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Which dog is more dog friendly Shetland Sheepdog or Miniature American Shepherd or American Eskimo Dog?
Shetland Sheepdogs are dog-friendly dogs.
Miniature American Shepherds are average friendly towards other dogs.
American Eskimo Dogs are dog-friendly dogs.
Good For First Time Owners
Which dog is good for the first-time owners: Shetland Sheepdog vs Miniature American Shepherd vs American Eskimo Dog?
Yes
Shetland Sheepdogs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
No
Miniature American Shepherds are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Yes
American Eskimo Dogs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Office Friendly
Which one fits better in the office?
No
Shetland Sheepdog is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Miniature American Shepherd is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
American Eskimo Dog is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Which dog is good for elderly people?
Shetland Sheepdogs are usually recommended for elderly people.
Miniature American Shepherds are usually recommended for elderly people.
American Eskimo Dogs are usually recommended for elderly people.

Shetland Sheepdog vs Miniature American Shepherd vs American Eskimo Dog Health Comparison

Health Issues
Shetland Sheepdog vs Miniature American Shepherd vs American Eskimo Dog health comparison. Which is the healthier: Shetland Sheepdog vs Miniature American Shepherd vs American Eskimo Dog?
The Shetland Sheepdog is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Miniature American Shepherds tend to have more frequent health issues than other breeds.
The American Eskimo Dog is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems
Which one has more or less genetic/health problems: Shetland Sheepdog vs Miniature American Shepherd vs American Eskimo Dog? What are the allergies, genetic diseases and concerns for them? Shetland Sheepdog vs Miniature American Shepherd vs American Eskimo Dog health problems comparison:
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
No data available Cataracts
Diabetes
Hip Dysplasia
Legg-perthes Disease
Patellar Luxation
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Veterinarian Visits
Which one may need more or less veterinary visits?
Average
The Shetland Sheepdog should have a complete physical check-up at least once per year.
Frequent
The Miniature American Shepherd should have a complete physical check-up at least once (but preferably twice) per year.
Average
The American Eskimo Dog should have a complete physical check-up at least once per year.
Life Expectancy
Shetland Sheepdog vs Miniature American Shepherd vs American Eskimo Dog lifespan comparison. How long do Shetland Sheepdog, Miniature American Shepherd and American Eskimo Dog breeds live? Which one has a longer lifespan/life expectancy?
12-14 years
The average lifespan of Shetland Sheepdog: 13 years
13-15 years
The average lifespan of Miniature American Shepherd: 14 years
11-15 years
The average lifespan of American Eskimo Dog: 13 years
Hypoallergenic
Shetland Sheepdog vs Miniature American Shepherd vs American Eskimo Dog hypoallergenic comparison. Which dog is hypoallergenic or not?
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Energy Level
Who has more energy a Shetland Sheepdog or Miniature American Shepherd or American Eskimo Dog? Shetland Sheepdog vs Miniature American Shepherd vs American Eskimo Dog energy level comparison:
Shetland Sheepdogs have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Miniature American Shepherds are high-energy dogs.
American Eskimo Dogs are high-energy dogs.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
Shetland Sheepdog vs Miniature American Shepherd vs American Eskimo Dog exercise need comparison. Which dog needs more activity? Which dog needs the most exercise: Shetland Sheepdog or Miniature American Shepherd or American Eskimo Dog? Which dog needs the most walking? Which dog is the laziest?
Shetland Sheepdogs have an average exercise need.
Miniature American Shepherds have an average exercise need.
American Eskimo Dogs need quite a lot of exercise.
Sleeping Need
Which one sleeps the least/most: Shetland Sheepdog or Miniature American Shepherd or American Eskimo Dog?
Shetland Sheepdogs are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend too much time with sleeping.
Miniature American Shepherds don't need too much sleep.
American Eskimo Dogs don't need too much sleep.
Average daily food consumption
Which dog eats more: Shetland Sheepdog or Miniature American Shepherd or American Eskimo Dog?
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. 1/2 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
Which dog breed is more prone to obesity? Shetland Sheepdog vs Miniature American Shepherd vs American Eskimo Dog weight gain potential comparison:
Average: The Shetland Sheepdog has an average risk for obesity.
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Average: The Miniature American Shepherd has an average risk for obesity.
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Average to High: If you don't pay attention to the American Eskimo Dog's weight, he can easily gain weight.
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Weather and Climate
Which dog is best for hot or cold weather: Shetland Sheepdog vs Miniature American Shepherd vs American Eskimo 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.
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Tolerates warm and cold weather
Dogs that tolerate hot and cold weather are typically those that have a double coat of fur.
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Prefers cold weather
The American Eskimo Dog can adapt well to harsh weather conditions, and also can be a good mountain dog.
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Stinkiness
Which dog breed smells least? Which dog smells most? Which is best, Shetland Sheepdog vs Miniature American Shepherd vs American Eskimo Dog?

Medium

The Shetland Sheepdog has an average chance of bad smell.

Medium

The Miniature American Shepherd has an average chance of bad smell.

Medium

The American Eskimo Dog has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling Tendency
Which dog drools the most? Which dog drools the least?
The Shetland Sheepdog is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency.
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The Miniature American Shepherd is a perfect example of a low drooling tendency.
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The American Eskimo Dog is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency.
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Shetland Sheepdog vs Miniature American Shepherd vs American Eskimo Dog As a Working Dog Comparison

Service Dog
Which one could be a service dog?

Not really

This breed generally not used as a service dog.
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Not really

This breed generally not used as a service dog.
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Not really

This breed generally not used as a service dog.
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Therapy Dog
Which one could be a therapy dog: Shetland Sheepdog or Miniature American Shepherd or American Eskimo Dog? Which is better for autism?

Yes

This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
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Not really

This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
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Not really

This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
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Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Which one could be a detection/sniffer dog?

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases.

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases.

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Which one could be a search and rescue dog?

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog.

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog.

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog.
Boat and Sailor Dog
Which one could be a boat dog: Shetland Sheepdog vs Miniature American Shepherd vs American Eskimo Dog?

Not really

Shetland Sheepdog breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
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Not really

Miniature American Shepherd breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
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Not really

American Eskimo Dog breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
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Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Which one could be a cart pulling or drafting dog?

Not really

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
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Not really

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
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Not really

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
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Fighting Dog / Military 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.

Shetland Sheepdog vs Miniature American Shepherd vs American Eskimo Dog Reproducibility Comparison

Gestation Length 60-64 days See more. 60-64 days See more. 60-64 days See more.
Litter Frequency

Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy.
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Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy.
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Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy.
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Litter Size
How many puppies can Shetland Sheepdog and Miniature American Shepherd and American Eskimo Dog have?
4-6 puppies 2-6 puppies 4-6 puppies

Shetland Sheepdog vs Miniature American Shepherd vs American Eskimo Dog Recognition Comparison

AKC Group
Which dog is recognized by the AKC?
Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1911 as a Herding breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2015 as a Herding breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1994 as a Non-Sporting breed.
FCI Group
Which dog is recognized by the FCI?
Recognized by FCI in the Sheepdogs and Cattledogs (except Swiss Cattledogs) group, in the Sheepdogs section. Not recognized by FCI. Not recognized by FCI.
Breed Recognition
What other organizations and kennel clubs recognize these dog breeds?
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
No data available American Canine Registry
American Kennel Club
America's Pet Registry
Continental Kennel Club
Dog Registry of America Inc.
National Kennel Club
North American Purebred Registry, Inc.
United Kennel Club

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