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Shiba Inu vs Keeshond vs Rough Collie – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Shiba Inu vs Keeshond vs Rough Collie" Compare Shiba Inu and Keeshond. Which is better: Shiba Inu or Keeshond or Rough Collie?
Name Shiba Inu Keeshond Rough Collie
OriginsJapan Germany Netherlands Scotland
Group Companion Dogs Sled Dogs Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs)
Popularity Rank458740
Reviews100
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Other Names Brushwood Dog, Japanese Small-Size Dog, Japanese Shiba Inu, Shiba Ken, Shiba Dutch Barge Dog, Smiling Dutchman, Chien Loup, German Spitz, Deutscher Wolfsspitz, Wolfsspitz, Kees Collie, Scottish Collie, Long-Haired Collie, English Collie, Lassie Dog
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1992 as a Non-Sporting breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1930 as a Non-Sporting breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1885 as a Herding breed.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Spitz and primitive types group, in the Asian Spitz and related breeds section. Recognized by FCI in the Spitz and primitive types group, in the European Spitz 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 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 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
Price $800-$1000 $800-$1000 $400-$600

General Appearance - Shiba Inu vs Keeshond vs Rough Collie

Size Medium Medium Large
Weight Male: 18-25 pounds (8-11 kg), Female: 15-20 pounds (6.8-9 kg) 35-45 pounds (15-20 kg) Male: 60-70 pounds (27-32 kg), Female: 53-65 pounds (24-29 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 21.5 pounds (9.5 kg), Female: 17.5 pounds (6.8.5 kg) 40 pounds (17.5 kg) Male: 67.5 pounds (30.5 kg), Female: 57.5 pounds (26 kg)
Height Male: 14-16 inches (36-41 cm), Female: 13-15 inches (33-38 cm) Male: 17-19 inches (44-48 cm), Female: 16-18 inches (40-46 cm) Male: 24–26 inch (60–66 cm), Female: 22–24 inch (55–61 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 15 inches (38.5 cm), Female: 14 inches (35.5 cm) Male: 18 inches (46 cm), Female: 17 inches (43 cm) Male: 25 inches (62.5 cm), Female: 23 inches (58.5 cm)

Hair & Care - Shiba Inu vs Keeshond vs Rough Collie

Coat Dense Fluffy Dense Rough Soft Thick Straight Harsh Furry
Colors Tan Red Cream Sesame Black Silver Gray Cream Black Black & White & Tan Blue & Merle Blue & Merle & White Sable Sable & White White White & Merle Merle
Grooming
Easy to groom: The Shiba Inu doesn't require a lot of grooming.
Advanced: The Keeshond requires a lot of grooming.
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Shedding Level
Shiba Inus shed above average.
Keeshonds are heavy shedders.
Rough Collies are heavy shedders.

Characteristics - Shiba Inu vs Keeshond vs Rough Collie

Temperament Alert Confident Fearless Going Charming Faithful Keen Agile Obedient Quick Intelligent Bright Playful Sturdy Friendly Gentle Intelligent Loyal Protective Responsive Social Hard working Docile Obedient Elegant Herding
Intelligent Rank
Average: Shiba Inu's has average obedience intelligence.
Very smart: Keeshond is an excellent dog breed.
Very smart: Rough Collie is an excellent dog breed.
Trainability
Shiba Inus are easy to train.
Keeshonds are quite easy to train.
Rough Collies are very easy to train.
Playfulness
Shiba Inus, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Keeshonds, like any other dog breed, like playing.
The Rough Collie is a playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
Shiba Inus have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
Keeshonds don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Rough Collies don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Affection Level
Shiba Inus are highly affectionate dogs.
Keeshonds are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Rough Collies are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Shiba Inus need for social interaction is average.
Keeshonds are a social breed.
Rough Collies need a lot of social interaction.
Barking
Low to Average: The Shiba Inu rarely barks.
High: The Keeshond is a very vocal breed.
Low to Average: The Rough Collie rarely barks.
Watchdog Ability
Shiba Inus are good watchdogs.
Keeshonds are good watchdogs.
Rough Collies are one of the best watchdogs.
Territorial
Shiba Inus are extremely protective guard dogs.
Keeshonds are average defenders.
Rough Collies are extremely protective guard dogs.
Biting Potential Low
The Shiba Inu has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Keeshond has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Rough Collie has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Shiba Inus have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Keeshonds have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Rough Collies have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Wanderlust potential of the Shiba Inu is strong enough to escape from home.
Keeshonds tend to escape less than other breeds.
Rough Collies are not the biggest explorers.
Prey Drive
Shiba Inus 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.
Keeshonds 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.
Rough Collies have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Apartment Friendly
Shiba Inus are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Keeshonds are not the best choice for an apartment lifestyle, but they don't mind being inside if you walk them several times every day.
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.
Adaptability
Shiba Inus adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
Keeshonds adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Rough Collies adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
Keeshonds 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.
Rough 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 - Shiba Inu vs Keeshond vs Rough Collie

Stranger Friendly
Shiba Inus are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Keeshonds are very stranger friendly dogs.
Rough Collies are stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Shiba Inus are average friendly dogs towards children.
Keeshonds are kid-friendly dogs.
Rough Collies are very kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Shiba Inus are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
Keeshonds are cat-friendly dogs.
Rough Collies are very cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Shiba Inus are average friendly towards other dogs.
Keeshonds are dog-friendly dogs.
Rough Collies are dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
Shiba Inu is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Keeshond is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Rough Collie is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Shiba Inus are commonly okay with elderly people.
Keeshonds are usually recommended for elderly people.
Rough Collies are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Shiba Inus usually don’t get on well with other pets.
Keeshonds are usually friendly towards other pets.
Rough Collies are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Good For First Time Owners Yes
Shiba Inus are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
No
Keeshonds are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Rough 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.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Yes
This breed makes good as a service dog.
Therapy Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a 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.
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.
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.
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
Shiba Inu breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Keeshond breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Rough 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 - Shiba Inu vs Keeshond vs Rough Collie

Health Issues
Egészségesek Shiba Inu fajták, de vannak bizonyos egészségügyi problémáik, amelyeket rendszeresen ellenőrizned kell az állatorvossal.
Egészségesek Keeshond fajták, de vannak bizonyos egészségügyi problémáik, amelyeket rendszeresen ellenőrizned kell az állatorvossal.
Egészségesek Rough Collie fajták, de vannak bizonyos egészségügyi problémáik, amelyeket rendszeresen ellenőrizned kell az állatorvossal.
Health Problems Allergies Cancer Chylothorax Epilepsy Glaucoma Hip Dysplasia Hypothyroidism Patellar Luxation Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Spinning No set Collie Eye Anomaly Gray Collie Syndrome Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Drug Sensitivity Hip Dysplasia
Life Expectancy 12-15 years 12-14 years 14-16 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
Shiba Inus have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Keeshonds have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Rough Collies have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Exercise Need
Shiba Inus have an average exercise need.
Keeshonds exercise need is minimal.
Rough Collies need quite a lot of exercise.
Sleeping Need
Shiba Inus are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Keeshonds are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Rough Collies sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Avg. daily food consumption Recommended daily amount: 1/2 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 2 to 2.5 cup 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.
Weight Gain Potential
Low to Average.
Average to High.
Average.
Weather & Climate Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Shiba Inu can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Prefers cold weather
The Keeshond can adapt well to harsh weather conditions, and also can be a good mountain dog.
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.
Stinkiness Medium
The Shiba Inu has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Keeshond has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Rough Collie has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Shiba Inu is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Keeshond is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Rough Collie is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Shiba Inu vs Keeshond vs Rough 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 2-4 puppies 3-8 puppies 4-8 puppies

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