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Tibetan Terrier vs Miniature Poodle vs Portuguese Water Dog – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Tibetan Terrier vs Miniature Poodle vs Portuguese Water Dog" Compare Tibetan Terrier and Miniature Poodle. Which is better: Tibetan Terrier or Miniature Poodle or Portuguese Water Dog?
Name Tibetan Terrier Miniature Poodle Portuguese Water Dog
OriginsTibet Germany France Portugal
Group Companion Dogs Companion Dogs Working Dogs
Popularity Rank10143554
Reviews415
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Other Names Tsang Apso, Dokhi Apso Caniche, Barbone, Chien Canne, Carniche Moyen, Barboncino Miniatura, French Poodle, Pudle, Zwergpudel Water Dog, Portie, PWD, Cao De Agua
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1973 as a Non-Sporting breed. Not recognized by the American Kennel Club. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1983 as a Hound breed.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Companion and Toy Dogs group, in the Tibetan breeds section. Not recognized by FCI. Recognized by FCI in the Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs group, in the Water 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
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 Kennel Club
Canadian Kennel Club
Federation Cynologique Internationale
Australian National Kennel Council
New Zealand Kennel Club
United Kennel Club
The Kennel Club
Price $1200-$2000 1000-1500 $2500-$2800

General Appearance - Tibetan Terrier vs Miniature Poodle vs Portuguese Water Dog

Size Medium Small Medium
Weight 18-30 pounds (8.2-13.6 kg) 15-17 pounds (7-8 kg) Male: 42-55 pounds (19-25 kg), Female: 35-49 pounds (16-22 kg)
Avg. Weight 24 pounds (8.2-13.6 kg) 16 pounds (7.5 kg) Male: 48.5 pounds (22 kg), Female: 42 pounds (19 kg)
Height 14-17 inches (36-43 cm) 11-15 inches (28-38 cm) Male: 20-22 inches (50-57 cm), Female: 17-20 inches (43-52 cm)
Avg. Height 15.5 inches (39.5 cm) 13 inches (33 cm) Male: 21 inches (53.5 cm), Female: 18.5 inches (47.5 cm)

Hair & Care - Tibetan Terrier vs Miniature Poodle vs Portuguese Water Dog

Coat Thick
Smooth
Dense
Curly
Thick
Curly
Colors Silver
Gray
White
Black
Apricot
Black
Brown
Gray
Silver
White
Fawn
Blue
Cream
Red
Beige
White
Brown
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 Portuguese Water Dog requires average grooming effort.
Shedding Level
Tibetan Terriers shed none to minimal.
Miniature Poodles shed none to minimal.
Portuguese Water Dogs shed none to minimal.

Characteristics - Tibetan Terrier vs Miniature Poodle vs Portuguese Water Dog

Temperament Affectionate
Energetic
Reserved
Intelligent
Amiable
Gentle
Sensitive
Active
Faithful
Intelligent
Alert
Instinctual
Trainable
Brave
Impetuous
Obedient
Docile
Intelligent
Quarrelsome
Intelligent Rank
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
Outstanding: Miniature Poodle is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Smart: Portuguese Water Dog's has great intelligence.
Trainability
Tibetan Terriers are quite easy to train.
Miniature Poodles are very easy to train.
Portuguese Water Dogs are easy to train.
Playfulness
The Tibetan Terrier is a playful breed.
The Miniature Poodle is a playful breed.
The Portuguese Water Dog is a playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Affection Level
Tibetan Terriers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Miniature Poodles are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Portuguese Water Dogs are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Tibetan Terriers are a social breed.
Miniature Poodles need a lot of social interaction.
Portuguese Water Dogs need a lot of social interaction.
Barking
Low to Average: The Tibetan Terrier rarely barks.
Average to high: The Miniature Poodle is a vocal breed.
Low to Average: The Portuguese Water Dog rarely barks.
Watchdog Ability
Tibetan Terriers are average watchdogs.
Miniature Poodles are good watchdogs.
Portuguese Water Dogs are good watchdogs.
Territorial
Tibetan Terriers are average defenders.
Miniature Poodles are average defenders.
Portuguese Water Dogs are average defenders.
Biting Potential Low
The Tibetan Terrier has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Miniature Poodle has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Portuguese Water Dog has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Tibetan Terriers have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Miniature Poodles have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Portuguese Water Dogs have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Tibetan Terriers have average wanderlust potential.
Miniature Poodles tend to escape less than other breeds.
Portuguese Water Dogs have average wanderlust potential.
Prey Drive
Tibetan Terriers have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Miniature Poodles have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Portuguese Water Dogs 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.
Apartment Friendly
Tibetan Terriers are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Miniature Poodles are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Portuguese Water Dogs are apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Tibetan Terriers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Miniature Poodles adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Portuguese Water Dogs adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Tibetan Terriers 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.
Miniature Poodles tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Portuguese Water Dogs 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 - Tibetan Terrier vs Miniature Poodle vs Portuguese Water Dog

Stranger Friendly
Tibetan Terriers are average friendly towards strangers.
Miniature Poodles are stranger friendly dogs.
Portuguese Water Dogs are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Tibetan Terriers are average friendly dogs towards children.
Miniature Poodles are very kid-friendly dogs.
Portuguese Water Dogs are kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Tibetan Terriers are average friendly towards cats.
Miniature Poodles are cat-friendly dogs.
Portuguese Water Dogs are cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Tibetan Terriers are average friendly towards other dogs.
Miniature Poodles are dog-friendly dogs.
Portuguese Water Dogs are dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
Tibetan Terrier is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Miniature Poodle is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Portuguese Water Dog is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Tibetan Terriers are commonly okay with elderly people.
Miniature Poodles are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Portuguese Water Dogs are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Tibetan Terriers are generally with other pets.
Miniature Poodles are usually friendly towards other pets.
Portuguese Water Dogs are usually friendly towards other pets.
Good For First Time Owners No
Tibetan Terriers are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Miniature Poodles are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Portuguese Water Dogs 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.
Yes
This breed makes a perfect 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
Tibetan Terrier breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Miniature Poodle breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Yes
Portuguese Water Dog 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 - Tibetan Terrier vs Miniature Poodle vs Portuguese Water Dog

Health Issues
The Tibetan Terrier is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
The Miniature Poodle is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
The Portuguese Water Dog is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems Cataracts
Distichiasis
Hip Dysplasia
Hyperthyroidism
Lens Luxation
Patellar Luxation
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Addison's Disease
Bloat
Epilepsy
Hip Dysplasia
Hip Dysplasia
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Persistent Pupillary Membranes
Entropion
Ectropion
Distichiasis
Cataracts
Abnormally Small Eyes
GM-1 Storage Disease
Juvenile Dilated Cardiomyopathy
Gastrointestinal Diseases
Irritable Bowel Disease (ibd)
Colitis
Megaesophagus
Hemorrhagic Gastroenteritis
Lymphangiectasia
Addison's Disease
Life Expectancy 12-15 years 14-16 years 10-14 years
Hypoallergenic Yes Yes Yes
Energy Level
Tibetan Terriers are high energy dogs.
Miniature Poodles have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Portuguese Water Dogs are high energy dogs.
Exercise Need
Tibetan Terriers need quite a lot of exercise.
Miniature Poodles need quite a lot of exercise.
Portuguese Water Dogs need quite a lot of exercise.
Sleeping Need
Tibetan Terriers don't need too much sleep.
Miniature Poodles are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Portuguese Water Dogs don't need too much sleep.
Avg. daily food consumption Recommended daily amount: 1 1/8 to 1 3/8 cups of a high-quality dog food daily, divided into two meals. 0.5 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.
Weight Gain Potential
Average.
Average to High.
Average.
Weather & Climate Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Tibetan Terrier can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Prefers average to warm weather conditions Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Portuguese Water Dog can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness Medium
The Tibetan Terrier has an average chance of bad smell.
Low
The Miniature Poodle has a low chance of bad smell.
Low
The Portuguese Water Dog has a low chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Tibetan Terrier is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Miniature Poodle is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Portuguese Water Dog is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Tibetan Terrier vs Miniature Poodle vs Portuguese Water Dog

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 2-8 puppies, average 5 4-8 puppies

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