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Shetland Sheepdog vs Tibetan Spaniel vs Poodle – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Shetland Sheepdog vs Tibetan Spaniel vs Poodle" Compare Shetland Sheepdog and Tibetan Spaniel. Which is better: Shetland Sheepdog or Tibetan Spaniel or Poodle?
Name Shetland Sheepdog Tibetan Spaniel Poodle
OriginsScotland Tibet Germany France
Group Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs) Companion Dogs Companion Dogs
Popularity Rank241217
Reviews417
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Other Names Miniature Collie, Shetland Collie (obsolete), Dwarf Scotch Shepherd (obsolete), Toonie Dog (obsolete), Sheltie Tibbie, Simkhyi French Poodle, Caniche, Barbone, Chien Canne, Grosse Pudel
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 1983 as a Non-Sporting breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1887 as a Non-Sporting & Toy breed.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Sheepdogs and Cattledogs (except Swiss Cattledogs) group, in the Sheepdogs section. Recognized by FCI in the Companion and Toy Dogs group, in the Tibetan breeds section. Recognized by FCI in the Companion and Toy Dogs group, in the Poodle 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 No set 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 $800-$1000 $800-$1000 $1000-$1500

General Appearance - Shetland Sheepdog vs Tibetan Spaniel vs Poodle

Size Medium Small Medium
Weight 14-27 pounds (6-12 kg) 9-15 pounds (4.1-6.8 kg) Male: 45-70 pounds (20-32 kg), Female: 45-60 pounds (20-27 kg)
Avg. Weight 20.5 pounds (9 kg) 12 pounds (4.1-6.8 kg) Male: 57.5 pounds (26 kg), Female: 52.5 pounds (23.5 kg)
Height 13-16 inches (33-41 cm) 10 inches (25 cm) 15 inches (38 cm) or more
Avg. Height 14.5 inches (37 cm) 10 inches (25 cm) 15 inches (38 cm) or more

Hair & Care - Shetland Sheepdog vs Tibetan Spaniel vs Poodle

Coat Dense Silky Curly
Colors White Blue Merle Sable Tan Black Cream Red Silver Sable Tan Gold White Black Apricot Brown Gray Silver White Fawn Blue Cream Red Beige Black
Grooming
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Average: The Tibetan Spaniel requires average grooming effort.
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Shedding Level
Shetland Sheepdogs shed moderately.
Tibetan Spaniels shed none to minimal.
Poodles shed none to minimal.

Characteristics - Shetland Sheepdog vs Tibetan Spaniel vs Poodle

Temperament Affectionate Gentle Lively Responsive Friendly Intelligent Playful Intelligent Aloof Independent Assertive Happy Willful Active Faithful Intelligent Alert Instinctual Trainable
Intelligent Rank
Outstanding: Shetland Sheepdog is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Average: Tibetan Spaniel's has average obedience intelligence.
Outstanding: Poodle is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Trainability
Shetland Sheepdogs are quite easy to train.
Tibetan Spaniels are easy to train.
Poodles are easy to train.
Playfulness
Shetland Sheepdogs, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Tibetan Spaniels, like any other dog breed, like playing.
The Poodle is a playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
Shetland Sheepdogs don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Tibetan Spaniels 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
Shetland Sheepdogs are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Tibetan Spaniels are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Poodles are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Shetland Sheepdogs are a social breed.
Tibetan Spaniels need a lot of social interaction.
Poodles need a lot of social interaction.
Barking
High: The Shetland Sheepdog is a very vocal breed.
Low to Average: The Tibetan Spaniel rarely barks.
Average to high: The Poodle is a vocal breed.
Watchdog Ability
Shetland Sheepdogs are good watchdogs.
Tibetan Spaniels are good watchdogs.
Poodles are good watchdogs.
Territorial
Shetland Sheepdogs are extremely protective guard dogs.
Tibetan Spaniels are not the best to protect their territory.
Poodles strongly protect their territory.
Biting Potential Low
The Shetland Sheepdog has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Tibetan Spaniel has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Poodle has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Shetland Sheepdogs have a low tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Tibetan Spaniels have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Poodles have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Shetland Sheepdogs tend to escape less than other breeds.
Tibetan Spaniels have average wanderlust potential.
Poodles 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.
Tibetan Spaniels 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.
Poodles have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Apartment Friendly
Shetland Sheepdogs are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Tibetan Spaniels are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Poodles are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Shetland Sheepdogs adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tibetan Spaniels adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Poodles 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.
Tibetan Spaniels tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Poodles 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 Tibetan Spaniel vs Poodle

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

Health Issues
The Shetland Sheepdog is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Tibetan Spaniels tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
The Poodle is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
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 No set 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
Life Expectancy 12-14 years 12-15 years 12-15 years
Hypoallergenic No No Yes
Energy Level
Shetland Sheepdogs have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Tibetan Spaniels have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Poodles have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Exercise Need
Shetland Sheepdogs have an average exercise need.
Tibetan Spaniels exercise need is minimal.
Poodles need quite a lot of exercise.
Sleeping Need
Shetland Sheepdogs are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Tibetan Spaniels sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Poodles 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. 1/2 to 1 cup dry food a day. 2 to 3 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 Shetland Sheepdog can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Prefers warm weather Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness Medium
The Shetland Sheepdog has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Tibetan Spaniel has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Poodle has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Shetland Sheepdog is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Tibetan Spaniel is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Poodle is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Shetland Sheepdog vs Tibetan Spaniel vs Poodle

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 3-6 puppies 2-4 puppies

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