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Smooth Collie vs English Cocker Spaniel vs Bouvier des Flandres – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Smooth Collie vs English Cocker Spaniel vs Bouvier des Flandres" Compare Smooth Collie and English Cocker Spaniel. Which is better: Smooth Collie or English Cocker Spaniel or Bouvier des Flandres?
Name Smooth Collie English Cocker Spaniel Bouvier des Flandres
OriginsScotland England Belgium
Group Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs) Gun Dog Working Dogs
Popularity Rank3545285
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Other Names Short-Haired Collie Cocker, Merry Cocker Woker Belgian Cattle Dog, Flanders Cattle Dog, Vlaamse Koehond
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1885 as a Herding breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1946 as a Sporting breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1931 as a Herding breed.
FCI Group Not recognized by FCI. Recognized by FCI in the Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs group, in the Flushing Dogs section. Recognized by FCI in the Sheepdogs and Cattledogs (except Swiss Cattledogs) group, in the Cattledogs (except Swiss Cattledogs) 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 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 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 $400-$600 $900-$1200 $1500-$2000

General Appearance - Smooth Collie vs English Cocker Spaniel vs Bouvier des Flandres

Size Large Medium Large
Weight Male: 60-70 pounds (27-32 kg), Female: 53-65 pounds (24-29 kg) Male: 28-34 pounds (13-16 kg), Female: 26-32 pounds (12-15 kg) Males 75-110 pounds (34-50 kg), Female: 60-80 pounds (27-36 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 67.5 pounds (30.5 kg), Female: 57.5 pounds (26 kg) Male: 31 pounds (14.5 kg), Female: 29 pounds (13.5 kg) Males 92.5 pounds (42 kg), Female: 70 pounds (31.5 kg)
Height Male: 24–26 inch (60–66 cm), Female: 22–24 inch (55–61 cm) Male: 15-17 inches (38-43 cm), Female: 14-16 inches (36-41 cm) Male: 23-28 inches (58-71 cm), Female: 22-27 inches (56-69 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 25 inches (62.5 cm), Female: 23 inches (58.5 cm) Male: 16 inches (40.5 cm), Female: 15 inches (38.5 cm) Male: 25.5 inches (64.5 cm), Female: 24.5 inches (62.5 cm)

Hair & Care - Smooth Collie vs English Cocker Spaniel vs Bouvier des Flandres

Coat Dense Thick Flat Feathered Rough
Colors Black & White & Tan Blue & Merle Blue & Merle & White Sable Sable & White White White & Merle Merle Blue Roan Liver Tan Golden Black Fawn Pepper Salt Brindle Gray Black
Grooming
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Average: The English Cocker Spaniel requires average grooming effort.
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Shedding Level
Smooth Collies are heavy shedders.
English Cocker Spaniels shed moderately.
Bouvier des Flandress shed moderately.

Characteristics - Smooth Collie vs English Cocker Spaniel vs Bouvier des Flandres

Temperament Friendly Gentle Intelligent Loyal Protective Responsive Social Affectionate Friendly Playful Trainable Faithful Intelligent Quiet Familiar Intelligent Protective Gentle Loyal Rational
Intelligent Rank
Very smart: Smooth Collie is an excellent dog breed.
Very smart: English Cocker Spaniel is an excellent dog breed.
Smart: Bouvier des Flandres's has great intelligence.
Trainability
Smooth Collies are very easy to train.
English Cocker Spaniels are easy to train.
Bouvier des Flandress are quite easy to train.
Playfulness
The Smooth Collie is a playful breed.
The English Cocker Spaniel is a playful breed.
Bouvier des Flandress, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Sensitivity Level
Smooth Collies don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
English Cocker 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
Smooth Collies 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.
Bouvier des Flandress are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Smooth Collies need a lot of social interaction.
English Cocker Spaniels are a social breed.
Bouvier des Flandress need for social interaction is average.
Barking
Average to high: The Smooth Collie is a vocal breed.
Average: The English Cocker Spaniel barks occasionally.
Average: The Bouvier des Flandres barks occasionally.
Watchdog Ability
Smooth Collies are one of the best watchdogs.
English Cocker Spaniels are good watchdogs.
Bouvier des Flandress are one of the best watchdogs.
Territorial
Smooth Collies are extremely protective guard dogs.
English Cocker Spaniels are not the best to protect their territory.
Bouvier des Flandress are extremely protective guard dogs.
Biting Potential Low
The Smooth Collie has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The English Cocker Spaniel has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Bouvier des Flandres has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Smooth Collies have a higher than 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.
Bouvier des Flandress have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Smooth Collies are not the biggest explorers.
Wanderlust potential of the English Cocker Spaniel is strong enough to escape from home.
Bouvier des Flandress tend to escape less than other breeds.
Prey Drive
Smooth Collies have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
English Cocker Spaniels have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
Bouvier des Flandress have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Apartment Friendly
Smooth 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.
English Cocker Spaniels are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Bouvier des Flandress are not apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Smooth Collies adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
English Cocker Spaniels adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Bouvier des Flandress adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Smooth Collies tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
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.
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
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 - Smooth Collie vs English Cocker Spaniel vs Bouvier des Flandres

Stranger Friendly
Smooth Collies are stranger friendly dogs.
English Cocker Spaniels are average friendly towards strangers.
Bouvier des Flandress are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Smooth Collies are very kid-friendly dogs.
English Cocker Spaniels are very kid-friendly dogs.
Bouvier des Flandress are very kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Smooth Collies are very cat-friendly dogs.
English Cocker Spaniels are cat-friendly dogs.
Bouvier des Flandress are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Smooth Collies are dog-friendly dogs.
English Cocker Spaniels are very dog-friendly dogs.
Bouvier des Flandress are average friendly towards other dogs.
Office Friendly No
Smooth Collie is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
English Cocker Spaniel is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Bouvier des Flandres is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Smooth Collies are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
English Cocker Spaniels are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Bouvier des Flandress are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Smooth Collies are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
English Cocker Spaniels are usually friendly towards other pets.
Bouvier des Flandress are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners No
Smooth Collies are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
English Cocker Spaniels are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Bouvier des Flandress are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog Yes
This breed makes good 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 Yes
This breed makes a perfect 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 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.
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
Smooth Collie breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Yes
English Cocker Spaniel breed usually likes being on a boat.
Not really
Bouvier des Flandres 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 - Smooth Collie vs English Cocker Spaniel vs Bouvier des Flandres

Health Issues
The Smooth Collie is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
The English Cocker Spaniel is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
The Bouvier des Flandres is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems Collie Eye Anomaly Drug Sensitivity Gray Collie Syndrome Hip Dysplasia Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Cataracts Ear Infections Elbow Dysplasia Hip Dysplasia Renal Failure Cataracts Elbow Dysplasia Glaucoma Heart Problems Hip Dysplasia
Life Expectancy 14-16 years 12-14 years 10-12 years
Hypoallergenic No No Yes
Energy Level
Smooth Collies have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
English Cocker Spaniels are high energy dogs.
Bouvier des Flandress have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Exercise Need
Smooth Collies need quite a lot of exercise.
English Cocker Spaniels need quite a lot of exercise.
Bouvier des Flandress have an average exercise need.
Sleeping Need
Smooth Collies sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
English Cocker Spaniels don't need too much sleep.
Bouvier des Flandress 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 to 2 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 3 to 5 cups of high-quality dry food a day.
Weight Gain Potential
Average.
High: The English Cocker Spaniel breed has a strong tendency to overweight.
Average to High.
Weather & Climate Prefers average to warm weather conditions 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.
Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Bouvier des Flandres can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness Medium
The Smooth Collie has an average chance of bad smell.
High
The English Cocker Spaniel has a high chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Bouvier des Flandres has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Smooth Collie is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The English Cocker Spaniel is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Bouvier des Flandres is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Smooth Collie vs English Cocker Spaniel vs Bouvier des Flandres

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 4-8 puppies 6-8 puppies 5-10 puppies

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