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Shih Tzu vs American Cocker Spaniel vs English Cocker Spaniel – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Shih Tzu vs American Cocker Spaniel vs English Cocker Spaniel" Compare Shih Tzu and American Cocker Spaniel. Which is better: Shih Tzu or American Cocker Spaniel or English Cocker Spaniel?
Name Shih Tzu American Cocker Spaniel English Cocker Spaniel
OriginsChina United States England
Group Companion Dogs Gun Dog Gun Dog
Popularity Rank202952
Reviews1001
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Other Names Chinese Lion Dog, Chrysanthemum Dog Cocker Spaniel, Cocker, Merry Cocker Cocker, Merry Cocker Woker
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1969 as a Toy breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1878 as a Sporting breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1946 as a Sporting breed.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Companion and Toy Dogs group, in the Tibetan breeds section. Recognized by FCI in the Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs group, in the Flushing Dogs section. Recognized by FCI in the Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs group, in the Flushing Dogs 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 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 $800-$1200 $600-$800 $900-$1200

General Appearance - Shih Tzu vs American Cocker Spaniel vs English Cocker Spaniel

Size Small Medium Medium
Weight 9–16 pounds (4-7 kg) 15-30 pounds (7-14 kg) Male: 28-34 pounds (13-16 kg), Female: 26-32 pounds (12-15 kg)
Avg. Weight 9–16 pounds (5.5 kg) 22.5 pounds (10.5 kg) Male: 31 pounds (14.5 kg), Female: 29 pounds (13.5 kg)
Height 8-11 inches (20-28 cm) 15-16.5 inches (38-41 cm) Male: 15-17 inches (38-43 cm), Female: 14-16 inches (36-41 cm)
Avg. Height 9.5 inches (24 cm) 15-16.5 inches (39.5 cm) Male: 16 inches (40.5 cm), Female: 15 inches (38.5 cm)

Hair & Care - Shih Tzu vs American Cocker Spaniel vs English Cocker Spaniel

Coat Dense Feathered Feathered
Colors Brindle Liver Silver Blue Gold Red Black Brown Red Tan Buff Silver Black Blue Roan Liver Tan Golden Black
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.
Average: The English Cocker Spaniel requires average grooming effort.
Shedding Level
Shih Tzus shed none to minimal.
American Cocker Spaniels shed moderately.
English Cocker Spaniels shed moderately.

Characteristics - Shih Tzu vs American Cocker Spaniel vs English Cocker Spaniel

Temperament Active Friendly Happy Lively Playful Courageous Gentle Intelligent Outgoing Outright Tempered Merry Intelligent Trusting Joyful Outgoing Sociable Affectionate Friendly Playful Trainable Faithful Intelligent Quiet
Intelligent Rank
Low: The Shih Tzu if one of the dog breeds that have the lowest degree of obedience intelligence.
Very smart: American Cocker Spaniel is an excellent dog breed.
Very smart: English Cocker Spaniel is an excellent dog breed.
Trainability
Shih Tzus are quite easy to train.
American Cocker Spaniels are quite easy to train.
English Cocker Spaniels are easy to train.
Playfulness
Shih Tzus are not the most playful dog breed.
The American Cocker Spaniel is a playful breed.
The English Cocker Spaniel is a playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
Shih Tzus have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
American Cocker Spaniels have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
English Cocker Spaniels don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Affection Level
Shih Tzus are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
American Cocker Spaniels are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
English Cocker Spaniels are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Shih Tzus need a lot of social interaction.
American Cocker Spaniels are a social breed.
English Cocker Spaniels are a social breed.
Barking
High: The Shih Tzu is a very vocal breed.
Average to high: The American Cocker Spaniel is a vocal breed.
Average: The English Cocker Spaniel barks occasionally.
Watchdog Ability
Shih Tzus are average watchdogs.
American Cocker Spaniels are average watchdogs.
English Cocker Spaniels are good watchdogs.
Territorial
Shih Tzus strongly protect their territory.
American Cocker Spaniels are average defenders.
English Cocker Spaniels are not the best to protect their territory.
Biting Potential Low
The Shih Tzu has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The American Cocker Spaniel has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The English Cocker Spaniel has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Shih Tzus have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
American Cocker Spaniels have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
English Cocker Spaniels have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Shih Tzus tend to escape less than other breeds.
Wanderlust potential of the American Cocker Spaniel is strong enough to escape from home.
Wanderlust potential of the English Cocker Spaniel is strong enough to escape from home.
Prey Drive
Shih Tzus have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
American Cocker Spaniels have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
English Cocker Spaniels have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
Apartment Friendly
Shih Tzus are very apartment-friendly dogs.
American Cocker Spaniels are very apartment-friendly dogs.
English Cocker Spaniels are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Shih Tzus adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
American Cocker Spaniels adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
English Cocker Spaniels adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Shih Tzus tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
American Cocker Spaniels 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.
English Cocker Spaniels 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 - Shih Tzu vs American Cocker Spaniel vs English Cocker Spaniel

Stranger Friendly
Shih Tzus are average friendly towards strangers.
American Cocker Spaniels are very stranger friendly dogs.
English Cocker Spaniels are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Shih Tzus are not the most kid-friendly dogs.
American Cocker Spaniels are very kid-friendly dogs.
English Cocker Spaniels are very kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Shih Tzus are very cat-friendly dogs.
American Cocker Spaniels are average friendly towards cats.
English Cocker Spaniels are cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Shih Tzus are very dog-friendly dogs.
American Cocker Spaniels are dog-friendly dogs.
English Cocker Spaniels are very dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
Shih Tzu is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Yes
American Cocker Spaniel is one of the best dog breeds for office environment
No
English Cocker Spaniel is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Shih Tzus are not the best breed for elderly people.
American Cocker Spaniels are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
English Cocker Spaniels are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Shih Tzus are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
American Cocker Spaniels are generally with other pets.
English Cocker Spaniels are usually friendly towards other pets.
Good For First Time Owners Yes
Shih Tzus are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Yes
American Cocker Spaniels are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
No
English Cocker Spaniels 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.
Not really
This breed generally not used 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.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a 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
Shih Tzu breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Yes
American Cocker Spaniel breed usually likes being on a boat.
Yes
English Cocker Spaniel 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 - Shih Tzu vs American Cocker Spaniel vs English Cocker Spaniel

Health Issues
The Shih Tzu is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
American Cocker Spaniels are commonly healthy dogs.
The English Cocker Spaniel is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems Allergies Bladder Stones Distichiasis Dry Eye Ear Infections Ectopic Cilia Hip Dysplasia Juvenile Renal Dysplasia Keratitis Patellar Luxation Portosystemic Liver Shunt Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Proptosis Retained Baby Teeth Reverse Sneezing Snuffles Umbilical Hernias Allergies Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia Cataracts Glaucoma Hip Dysplasia Hypothyroidism Idiopathic Epilepsy Patellar Luxation Primary Seborrhea Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Cataracts Ear Infections Elbow Dysplasia Hip Dysplasia Renal Failure
Life Expectancy 10-16 years 12-15 years 12-14 years
Hypoallergenic Yes No No
Energy Level
Shih Tzus have a lower energy level than other dogs.
American Cocker Spaniels have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
English Cocker Spaniels are high energy dogs.
Exercise Need
Shih Tzus exercise need is minimal.
American Cocker Spaniels need quite a lot of exercise.
English Cocker Spaniels need quite a lot of exercise.
Sleeping Need
Shih Tzus like sleeping so they do sleep a lot.
American Cocker Spaniels are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
English Cocker Spaniels don't need too much sleep.
Avg. daily food consumption Recommended daily amount: 1/2 to 1 cup of high-quality dry food a day. 1.5 to 2.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day. 1 to 2 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Average to High.
Average to High.
High: The English Cocker Spaniel breed has a strong tendency to overweight.
Weather & Climate Tolerates warm and cold weather. Tolerates warm and cold weather. Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The English Cocker Spaniel can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness Low
The Shih Tzu has a low chance of bad smell.
Medium
The American Cocker Spaniel has an average chance of bad smell.
High
The English Cocker Spaniel has a high chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Shih Tzu is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The American Cocker Spaniel is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The English Cocker Spaniel is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Shih Tzu vs American Cocker Spaniel vs English Cocker Spaniel

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 2-5 puppies 4-7 puppies 6-8 puppies

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