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Name Smooth Collie Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever Rough Collie
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Other Names
What other names do they have?
Short-Haired Collie Little River Duck Dog
Novie
Scotty
Toller
English Collie
Lassie Dog
Long-Haired Collie
Scottish Collie
Collie
Breed Type
Which dog is purebred or crossbreed? Smooth Collie vs Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever vs Rough Collie breed type comparison:
Purebred Purebred Purebred

Smooth Collie vs Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever vs Rough Collie Price and Availability Comparison

Price
Which is cheaper, Smooth Collie or Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever or Rough Collie? Which is more expensive?
$400-$600 $1800-$2000 $400-$600
Availability
Which is easier to get, Smooth Collie or Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever or Rough Collie?
Average: The Smooth Collie is a commonly available dog breed.
Very frequent: The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever is quite easy to get.
Very frequent: The Rough Collie is quite easy to get.

Smooth Collie vs Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever vs Rough Collie Size Comparison

Size
Which is bigger, Smooth Collie or Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever or Rough Collie? Which is the smallest dog, Smooth Collie or Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever or Rough Collie?
Large Medium Large
Weight
Which is heavier, Smooth Collie or Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever or Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever? Smooth Collie vs Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever vs Rough Collie weight comparison:
Male: 60-70 pounds (27-32 kg), Female: 53-65 pounds (24-29 kg) 37-51 pounds (17-23 kg) Male: 60-70 pounds (27-32 kg), Female: 53-65 pounds (24-29 kg)
Average Weight
Which dog has a smaller / higher average weight?
Male: 67.5 pounds (30.5 kg), Female: 57.5 pounds (26 kg) 44 pounds (20 kg) Male: 67.5 pounds (30.5 kg), Female: 57.5 pounds (26 kg)
Height
Which is taller, Smooth Collie or Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever or Rough Collie? Smooth Collie vs Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever vs Rough Collie height comparison:
Male: 24–26 inch (60–66 cm), Female: 22–24 inch (55–61 cm) 17-21 inches (43-53 cm) Male: 24–26 inch (60–66 cm), Female: 22–24 inch (55–61 cm)
Average Height
Which dog has a smaller / higher average height?
Male: 25 inches (62.5 cm), Female: 23 inches (58.5 cm) 19 inches (48 cm) Male: 25 inches (62.5 cm), Female: 23 inches (58.5 cm)

Smooth Collie vs Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever vs Rough Collie Grooming, Hair and Care Comparison

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat/fur do they have? Smooth Collie vs Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever vs Rough Collie coat comparison:
Dense
Thick
Flat
Waterproof Rough
Soft
Thick
Straight
Harsh
Furry
Colors
What are the original Smooth Collie, Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever and Rough Collie color?
Black & White & Tan
Blue & Merle
Blue & Merle & White
Sable
Sable & White
White
White & Merle
Merle
Red
Gold
Black & White & Tan
Blue & Merle
Blue & Merle & White
Sable
Sable & White
White
White & Merle
Merle
Grooming
Which dog is easy to maintain, Smooth Collie or Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever or Rough Collie? Smooth Collie vs Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever vs Rough Collie grooming comparison:
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
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Easy to groom: The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever doesn't require a lot of grooming.
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Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
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Shedding Level
Who sheds more Smooth Collie or Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever or Rough Collie? Smooth Collie or Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever or {name3 shedding:
Smooth Collies are heavy shedders.
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Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers shed moderately.
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Rough Collies are heavy shedders.
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Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
Which dog should be bathed more: Smooth Collie or Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever or Rough Collie?
6-8 weeks
Rarely. Bathing your dog is beneficial to them in more ways than just one.
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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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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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Smooth Collie vs Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever vs Rough Collie Personality / Temperament Comparison

Temperament
Which one has a better personality? Which is a better family dog, Smooth Collie or Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever or Rough Collie? Smooth Collie vs Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever vs Rough Collie behavior/temperament comparison:
Friendly
Gentle
Intelligent
Loyal
Protective
Responsive
Social
Affectionate
Courageous
Gentle
Responsive
Alert
Energetic
Playful
Friendly
Gentle
Intelligent
Loyal
Protective
Responsive
Social
Hard working
Docile
Obedient
Elegant
Herding
Intelligent Rank
Which is the smarter dog? Which is best? Smooth Collie vs Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever vs Rough Collie intelligence:
Very smart: Smooth Collie is an excellent dog breed.
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Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
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Very smart: Rough Collie is an excellent dog breed.
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Trainability
Smooth Collie vs Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever vs Rough Collie trainability comparison.
Smooth Collies are very easy to train.
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Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers are easy to train.
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Rough Collies are very easy to train.
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Playfulness
Smooth Collie vs Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever vs Rough Collie playfulness comparison:
The Smooth Collie is a playful breed.
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The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever is a highly playful breed.
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The Rough Collie is a playful breed.
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Sensitivity Level
Which dog is more sensitive? What's the difference?
Sensitive: Smooth Collies don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household, and frequent guest visits.
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Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
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Sensitive: Rough Collies don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household, and frequent guest visits.
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Affection Level
Which is the more affectionate dog breed: Smooth Collie vs Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever vs Rough Collie?
High: Smooth Collies are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
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High: Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
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High: Rough Collies are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
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Social Needs
Smooth Collie vs Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever vs Rough Collie social needs comparison:
Smooth Collies need a lot of social interaction.
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Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers are a social breed.
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Rough Collies need a lot of social interaction.
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Barking
Which dog barks more/less: Smooth Collie vs Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever vs Rough Collie?
Average to High: The Smooth Collie is a vocal breed.
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Average: The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever barks occasionally.
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Low to Average: The Rough Collie rarely barks.
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Watchdog Ability
Which is the better watchdog: Smooth Collie or Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever or Rough Collie?
Smooth Collies are one of the best watchdogs.
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Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers are average watchdogs.
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Rough Collies are one of the best watchdogs.
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Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Which is a better guard dog Smooth Collie or Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever or Rough Collie? Which dog is most likely to protect its owner? Which is the best dog to use for protection?
Smooth Collies are extremely protective guard dogs.
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Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers are average defenders.
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Rough Collies are extremely protective guard dogs.
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Biting Potential
Which breed of dog is most likely to bite? Biting potential comparison:

Low 🔽

The Smooth Collie has a low chance of biting somebody.

Low 🔽

The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever has a low chance of biting somebody.

Low 🔽

The Rough Collie has a low chance of biting somebody.
Bite Force
Which bite is stronger: Smooth Collie or Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever or Rough Collie?

Between 200 and 400 PSI

Smooth Collie bite force: Ordinary.

Between 200 and 400 PSI

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever bite force: Ordinary.

Between 200 and 400 PSI

Rough Collie bite force: Ordinary.
Mouthiness
Which is the better dog? Smooth Collie vs Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever vs Rough Collie mouthiness comparison:
Smooth Collies have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
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Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
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Rough Collies 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?
Smooth Collies are not the biggest explorers.
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Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers have average wanderlust potential.
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Rough Collies are not the biggest explorers.
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Prey Drive
Which dog has a higher prey drive? Which can be better for hunting?
Smooth Collies have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
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Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
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Rough Collies have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
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Apartment Friendly
Which dog is more apartment friendly Smooth Collie or Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever or Rough Collie?
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 Smooth Collie indoors.
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 Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever indoors.
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 Rough Collie indoors.
Adaptability
Which dog has a higher adaptability potential? Which is the better dog?
Smooth Collies adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers 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
Which dog can be left alone: Smooth Collie or Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever or Rough Collie?
Smooth Collies tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers 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.

Smooth Collie vs Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever vs Rough Collie Good With Comparison

Stranger Friendly
Which dog is more stranger friendly Smooth Collie or Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever or Rough Collie? Which dog is more friendly?
Smooth Collies are stranger-friendly dogs.
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers are not the most stranger-friendly dogs.
Rough Collies are stranger-friendly dogs.
Pet Friendly
Which dog breeds get along well with other animals/pets?
Smooth Collies are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers are generally with other pets.
Rough Collies are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Child Friendly
Which dog is more child/kid friendly Smooth Collie or Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever or Rough Collie?
Smooth Collies are very kid-friendly dogs.
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers are very kid-friendly dogs.
Rough Collies are very kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Which dog is more cat friendly Smooth Collie or Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever or Rough Collie?
Smooth Collies are very cat-friendly dogs.
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers are average friendly towards cats.
Rough Collies are very cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Which dog is more dog friendly Smooth Collie or Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever or Rough Collie?
Smooth Collies are dog-friendly dogs.
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers are very dog-friendly dogs.
Rough Collies are dog-friendly dogs.
Good For First Time Owners
Which dog is good for the first-time owners: Smooth Collie vs Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever vs Rough Collie?
Yes
Smooth Collies are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Yes
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Yes
Rough Collies are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Office Friendly
Which one fits better in the office?
No
Smooth Collie is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Rough Collie is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Which dog is good for elderly people?
Smooth Collies are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Rough Collies are one of the best breeds for elderly people.

Smooth Collie vs Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever vs Rough Collie Health Comparison

Health Issues
Smooth Collie vs Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever vs Rough Collie health comparison. Which is the healthier: Smooth Collie vs Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever vs Rough Collie?
The Smooth Collie is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers are commonly healthy dogs.
The Rough Collie 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: Smooth Collie vs Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever vs Rough Collie? What are the allergies, genetic diseases and concerns for them? Smooth Collie vs Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever vs Rough Collie health problems comparison:
Collie Eye Anomaly
Drug Sensitivity
Gray Collie Syndrome
Hip Dysplasia
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
No data available Collie Eye Anomaly
Gray Collie Syndrome
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Drug Sensitivity
Hip Dysplasia
Veterinarian Visits
Which one may need more or less veterinary visits?
Average
The Smooth Collie should have a complete physical check-up at least once per year.
Rare
The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever should have a complete physical check-up at least every 12-18 months (but preferably once per year).
Average
The Rough Collie should have a complete physical check-up at least once per year.
Life Expectancy
Smooth Collie vs Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever vs Rough Collie lifespan comparison. How long do Smooth Collie, Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever and Rough Collie breeds live? Which one has a longer lifespan/life expectancy?
14-16 years
The average lifespan of Smooth Collie: 15 years
12-14 years
The average lifespan of Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever: 13 years
14-16 years
The average lifespan of Rough Collie: 15 years
Hypoallergenic
Smooth Collie vs Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever vs Rough Collie hypoallergenic comparison. Which dog is hypoallergenic or not?
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Energy Level
Who has more energy a Smooth Collie or Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever or Rough Collie? Smooth Collie vs Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever vs Rough Collie energy level comparison:
Smooth Collies have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers are high-energy dogs.
Rough Collies have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
Smooth Collie vs Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever vs Rough Collie exercise need comparison. Which dog needs more activity? Which dog needs the most exercise: Smooth Collie or Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever or Rough Collie? Which dog needs the most walking? Which dog is the laziest?
Smooth Collies need quite a lot of exercise.
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers need quite a lot of exercise.
Rough Collies need quite a lot of exercise.
Sleeping Need
Which one sleeps the least/most: Smooth Collie or Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever or Rough Collie?
Smooth Collies sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered a lazy breed.
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers don't need too much sleep.
Rough Collies sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered a lazy breed.
Average daily food consumption
Which dog eats more: Smooth Collie or Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever or Rough Collie?
2 to 3 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 2.5 to 3 cups 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 / Prone to Obesity
Which dog breed is more prone to obesity? Smooth Collie vs Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever vs Rough Collie weight gain potential comparison:
Average: The Smooth Collie has an average risk for obesity.
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Average to High: If you don't pay attention to the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever's weight, he can easily gain weight.
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Average: The Rough Collie has an average risk for obesity.
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Weather and Climate
Which dog is best for hot or cold weather: Smooth Collie vs Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever vs Rough Collie?
Prefers average to warm weather conditions
Different dogs have different preferences when it comes to weather conditions.
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Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
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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.
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Stinkiness
Which dog breed smells the least? Which dog smells the most? Which is best, Smooth Collie vs Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever vs Rough Collie?

Medium

The Smooth Collie has an average chance of bad smell.

Medium

The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever has an average chance of bad smell.

Medium

The Rough Collie has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling Tendency
Which dog drools the most? Which dog drools the least?
The Smooth Collie is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency.
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The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency.
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The Rough Collie is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency.
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Smooth Collie vs Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever vs Rough Collie As a Working Dog Comparison

Service Dog
Which one could be a service dog?

Yes

This breed makes good as a service dog.
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Not really

This breed generally not used as a service dog.
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Yes

This breed makes good as a service dog.
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Therapy Dog
Which one could be a therapy dog: Smooth Collie or Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever or Rough Collie? Which is better for autism?

Yes

This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
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Not really

This breed is generally not used as a therapy dog.
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Yes

This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
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Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Which one could be a detection/sniffer dog?

Yes

After proper training, they can excel at this kind of work.

Yes

After proper training, they can excel at this kind of work.

Yes

After proper training, they can excel at this kind of work.
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: Smooth Collie vs Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever vs Rough Collie?

Not really

Smooth Collie breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
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Yes

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever breed usually likes being on a boat.
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Not really

Rough Collie 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.

Smooth Collie vs Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever vs Rough Collie 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 Smooth Collie and Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever and Rough Collie have?
4-8 puppies 6-10 puppies 4-8 puppies

Smooth Collie vs Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever vs Rough Collie Recognition Comparison

AKC Group
Which dog is recognized by the AKC?
Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1885 as a Herding breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2003 as a Sporting breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1885 as a Herding breed.
FCI Group
Which dog is recognized by the FCI?
Not recognized by FCI. Recognized by FCI in the Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs group, in the Retrievers section. Recognized by FCI in the Sheepdogs and Cattledogs (except Swiss Cattledogs) group, in the Sheepdogs section.
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
No data available 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

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