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Toy Poodle vs Golden Retriever vs German Shepherd Comparison - Dog breed selector: Barbone or Golden Flat Coat or Alsatian wolf dog? Find the right dog for you

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Name Toy Poodle Golden Retriever German Shepherd
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Other Names
What other names do they have?
Barbone
Pudle
Teacup Poodle
Teddy Poodle
Golden Flat Coat
Yellow Retriever
Alsatian wolf dog
Berger Allemand
Deutscher Schäferhund
Schäferhund
Alsatian
Breed Type
Which dog is purebred or crossbreed? Toy Poodle vs Golden Retriever vs German Shepherd breed type comparison:
Purebred Purebred Purebred

Toy Poodle vs Golden Retriever vs German Shepherd Size and Weight Comparison

Size
Which is bigger, Toy Poodle or Golden Retriever or German Shepherd? Which is the smallest dog, Toy Poodle or Golden Retriever or German Shepherd?
Small Large Large
Weight
Which is heavier, Toy Poodle or Golden Retriever or Golden Retriever? Toy Poodle vs Golden Retriever vs German Shepherd weight comparison:
Male: 6-9 pounds (3-4 kg) Male: 60-80 pounds (27-36 kg), Female: 55-70 pounds (25-32 kg) Male: 66-88 pounds (30-40 kg), Female: 49-71 pounds (22-32 kg)
Average Weight
Which dog has a smaller / higher average weight?
Male: 7.5 pounds (3.5 kg) Male: 70 pounds (31.5 kg), Female: 62.5 pounds (28.5 kg) Male: 77 pounds (35 kg), Female: 60 pounds (27 kg)
Height
Which is taller, Toy Poodle or Golden Retriever or German Shepherd? Toy Poodle vs Golden Retriever vs German Shepherd height comparison:
Up to 10 inches (25.4 cm) Male: 22-24 inches (56-61cm), Female: 20-22 inches (51-56 cm) Male: 24-26 inches (60-65 cm), Female: 22-24 inches (55-60 cm)
Average Height
Which dog has a smaller / higher average height?
Up to 10 inches (25.4 cm) Male: 23 inches (58.5 cm), Female: 21 inches (53.5 cm) Male: 25 inches (62.5 cm), Female: 23 inches (57.5 cm)

Toy Poodle vs Golden Retriever vs German Shepherd Price and Availability Comparison

Price
Which is cheaper, Toy Poodle or Golden Retriever or German Shepherd? Which is more expensive?
$1000-$1500 $1000-$2000 $800-$2000
Availability
Which is easier to get, Toy Poodle or Golden Retriever or German Shepherd?
Rare: You may rarely see each other in everyday life, but you might catch a glimpse of each other at dog shows.
Very frequent: The Golden Retriever is quite easy to get.
Very frequent: The German Shepherd is quite easy to get.

Toy Poodle vs Golden Retriever vs German Shepherd Trainability and Intelligence Comparison

Intelligent Rank
Which is the smarter dog? Which is best? Toy Poodle vs Golden Retriever vs German Shepherd intelligence:
Outstanding: Toy Poodle is one of the brightest dog breeds.
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Outstanding: Golden Retriever is one of the brightest dog breeds.
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Outstanding: German Shepherd is one of the brightest dog breeds.
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Trainability
Toy Poodle vs Golden Retriever vs German Shepherd trainability comparison.
Toy Poodle dogs are very easy to train.
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Golden Retriever dogs are easy to train.
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German Shepherd dogs are easy to train.
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Watchdog Ability
Which is the better watchdog: Toy Poodle or Golden Retriever or German Shepherd?
Toy Poodle dogs are good watchdogs.
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Golden Retriever dogs are average watchdogs.
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German Shepherd dogs are one of the best watchdogs.
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Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Which is a better guard dog Toy Poodle or Golden Retriever or German Shepherd? Which dog is most likely to protect its owner? Which is the best dog to use for protection?
Toy Poodle dogs are average defenders.
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Golden Retriever dogs are average defenders.
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German Shepherd dogs are extremely protective guard dogs.
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Toy Poodle vs Golden Retriever vs German Shepherd Personality and Temperament Comparison

Temperament
Which one has a better personality? Which is a better family dog, Toy Poodle or Golden Retriever or German Shepherd? Toy Poodle vs Golden Retriever vs German Shepherd behavior/temperament comparison:
Active
Alert
Intelligent
Trainable
Faithful
Instinctual
Intelligent
Confident
Friendly
Reliable
Kind
Trustworthy
Curious
Alert
Courageous
Intelligent
Confident
Obedient
Loyal
Watchful
Sensitivity Level
Which dog is more sensitive? What's the difference?
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
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Golden Retriever dogs have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
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Sensitive: German Shepherd dogs 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: Toy Poodle vs Golden Retriever vs German Shepherd?
High: Toy Poodle dogs are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving, and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
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High: Golden Retriever dogs are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving, and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
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High: German Shepherd dogs are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving, and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
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Social Needs
Toy Poodle vs Golden Retriever vs German Shepherd social needs comparison:
Toy Poodle dogs are a social breed.
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Golden Retriever dogs need a lot of social interaction.
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German Shepherd dogs need for social interaction is average.
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Impulse to Wander or Roam
Which dog has a greater roaming instinct?
Toy Poodle dogs tend to escape less than other breeds.
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Golden Retriever dogs tend to escape less than other breeds.
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German Shepherd dogs are not the biggest explorers.
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Prey Drive
Which dog has a higher prey drive? Which can be better for hunting?
Toy Poodle dogs have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
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Golden Retriever 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.
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German Shepherd dogs have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
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Toy Poodle vs Golden Retriever vs German Shepherd Activity and Playfulness Comparison

Playfulness
Toy Poodle vs Golden Retriever vs German Shepherd playfulness comparison:
The Toy Poodle is a playful breed.
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The Golden Retriever is a highly playful breed.
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Average: German Shepherds, like any other dog breed, like playing.
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Barking
Which dog barks more/less: Toy Poodle vs Golden Retriever vs German Shepherd?
Average to High: The Toy Poodle is a vocal breed.
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Low to Average: The Golden Retriever rarely barks.
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Low to Average: The German Shepherd rarely barks.
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Apartment Friendly
Which dog is more apartment friendly Toy Poodle or Golden Retriever or German Shepherd?
Very house-friendly dog the Toy Poodle breed.
It is not recommended to keep the Golden Retriever breed in the home.
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 German Shepherd indoors.

Toy Poodle vs Golden Retriever vs German Shepherd Adaptability and Independence Comparison

Adaptability
Which dog has a higher adaptability potential? Which is the better dog?
Toy Poodle dogs adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Golden Retriever dogs adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
German Shepherd dogs adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Which dog can be left alone: Toy Poodle or Golden Retriever or German Shepherd?
Toy Poodle dogs 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.
Golden Retriever dogs tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.

Toy Poodle vs Golden Retriever vs German Shepherd Bite Characteristics Comparison

Bite Force PSI
Which bite is stronger: Toy Poodle or Golden Retriever or German Shepherd?

Between 100 and 200 PSI 🔽

Toy Poodle bite force: Weak.

Between 200 and 400 PSI

Golden Retriever bite force: Ordinary.

Between 200 and 400 PSI

German Shepherd bite force: Ordinary.
Biting Potential
Which breed of dog is most likely to bite? Biting potential comparison:

Low 🔽

The Toy Poodle has a low chance of biting somebody.

Moderate

The Golden Retriever has an average chance of biting somebody.

High 🔼

The German Shepherd has a high chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Which is the better dog? Toy Poodle vs Golden Retriever vs German Shepherd mouthiness comparison:
Toy Poodle dogs have a lower than average tendency to nip, chew, playbite, or herd people.
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Golden Retriever dogs have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
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German Shepherd dogs have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
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Toy Poodle vs Golden Retriever vs German Shepherd Health and Lifespan Comparison

Health Issues
Toy Poodle vs Golden Retriever vs German Shepherd health comparison. Which is the healthier: Toy Poodle vs Golden Retriever vs German Shepherd?
The Toy Poodle is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Golden Retrievers are commonly healthy dogs.
German Shepherds are commonly healthy dogs.
Health Problems
Which one has more or less genetic/health problems: Toy Poodle vs Golden Retriever vs German Shepherd? What are the allergies, genetic diseases and concerns for them? Toy Poodle vs Golden Retriever vs German Shepherd health problems comparison:
Heart Murmurs
Slipped Stifle
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Epilepsy
Ear Infections
Skin Allergies
Canine Diabetes Mellitus
Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia
Cataracts
Hip Dysplasia
Allergies
Hypothyroidism
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Von Willebrand's Disease
Bloat
Epilepsy
Elbow Dysplasia
Osteochondrosis Dissecans
Hemangiosarcoma
Osteosarcoma
Subvalvular Aortic Stenosis
Cataracts
Hip Dysplasia
Allergies
Cancer
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Von Willebrand's Disease
Bloat
Epilepsy
Blindness
Cherry Eye
Elbow Dysplasia
Diabetes
Heart Disease
Retinal Dysplasia
Demodectic Mange
Degenerative Myelopathy
Wobbler's Syndrome
Panosteitis
Hemophilia B
Megaesophagus
Cushing's Syndrome
Lens Luxation
Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency
Chronic Diarrhea
Cruciate Ligament Rupture
Digestive Problems
Hemophilia A
Hypertrophic Osteodystrophy
Lupus
Myasthenia Gravis
Nail Bed Disease
Osteochondrosis
Pannus
Paralysis
Perianal Fistula
Seborrhea
Vitiligo
Veterinarian Visits
Which one may need more or less veterinary visits?
Average
The Toy Poodle should have a complete physical check-up at least once per year.
Rare
The Golden Retriever should have a complete physical check-up at least every 12-18 months (but preferably once per year).
Rare
The German Shepherd should have a complete physical check-up at least every 12-18 months (but preferably once per year).
Life Expectancy
Toy Poodle vs Golden Retriever vs German Shepherd lifespan comparison. How long do Toy Poodle, Golden Retriever and German Shepherd breeds live? Which one has a longer lifespan/life expectancy?
14-16 years
The average lifespan of Toy Poodle: 15 years
10-12 years
The average lifespan of Golden Retriever: 11 years
9-13 years
The average lifespan of German Shepherd: 11 years
Weather and Climate
Which dog is best for hot or cold weather: Toy Poodle vs Golden Retriever vs German Shepherd?
Prefers average to warm weather conditions
Different dogs have different preferences when it comes to weather conditions.
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Tolerates warm and cold weather
Dogs that tolerate hot and cold weather are typically those that have a double coat of fur.
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Tolerates warm and cold weather
Dogs that tolerate hot and cold weather are typically those that have a double coat of fur.
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Toy Poodle vs Golden Retriever vs German Shepherd Energy and Activity Comparison

Energy Level
Who has more energy a Toy Poodle or Golden Retriever or German Shepherd? Toy Poodle vs Golden Retriever vs German Shepherd energy level comparison:
Toy Poodle dogs have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Golden Retriever dogs are high-energy dogs.
German Shepherd dogs are high-energy dogs.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
Toy Poodle vs Golden Retriever vs German Shepherd exercise need comparison. Which dog needs more activity? Which dog needs the most exercise: Toy Poodle or Golden Retriever or German Shepherd? Which dog needs the most walking? Which dog is the laziest?
Toy Poodle dogs need quite a lot of exercise.
Golden Retriever dogs need a lot of exercises.
German Shepherd dogs need quite a lot of exercise.
Sleeping Need
Which one sleeps the least/most: Toy Poodle or Golden Retriever or German Shepherd?
Toy Poodle dogs are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend too much time with sleeping.
Golden Retriever dogs don't need too much sleep.
German Shepherd dogs don't need too much sleep.

Toy Poodle vs Golden Retriever vs German Shepherd Diet and Weight Management Comparison

Average daily food consumption
Which dog eats more: Toy Poodle or Golden Retriever or German Shepherd?
1/4 to 1 cup of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 3 to 4 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 3 to 4 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? Toy Poodle vs Golden Retriever vs German Shepherd weight gain potential comparison:
Average to High: If you don't pay attention to the Toy Poodle's weight, he can easily gain weight.
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High: The Golden Retriever breed has a strong tendency to be overweight.
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Low to Average: The German Shepherd has a low to the average risk for obesity.
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Toy Poodle vs Golden Retriever vs German Shepherd Allergies and Grooming Comparison

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat/fur do they have? Toy Poodle vs Golden Retriever vs German Shepherd coat comparison:
Dense
Curly
Thick
Silky
Wavy
Shiny
Straight
Fuzzy
Colors
What are the original Toy Poodle, Golden Retriever and German Shepherd color?
Black
Gray
Red
Blue
Cream
White
Silver
Brown
Fawn
Beige
Apricot
Golden
Light
Black
Tan
Red
Silver
Grooming
Which dog is easy to maintain, Toy Poodle or Golden Retriever or German Shepherd? Toy Poodle vs Golden Retriever vs German Shepherd grooming comparison:
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
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Average: The Golden Retriever requires average grooming effort.
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Average: The German Shepherd requires average grooming effort.
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Shedding Level
Who sheds more Toy Poodle or Golden Retriever or German Shepherd? Toy Poodle or Golden Retriever or {name3 shedding:
Toy Poodle dogs shed none to minimal.
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Golden Retriever dogs shed moderately.
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German Shepherd dogs are heavy shedders.
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Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
Which dog should be bathed more: Toy Poodle or Golden Retriever or German Shepherd?
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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2-3 weeks
Frequent. This breed has high-maintenance hair and may require a bath every 2-3 weeks.
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8-12 weeks
Very rarely. Bathing your dog is beneficial to them in more ways than just one.
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Hypoallergenic
Toy Poodle vs Golden Retriever vs German Shepherd hypoallergenic comparison. Which dog is hypoallergenic or not?
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Stinkiness
Which dog breed smells the least? Which dog smells the most? Which is best, Toy Poodle vs Golden Retriever vs German Shepherd?

Low 🔽

The Toy Poodle has a low chance of bad smell.

Medium

The Golden Retriever has an average chance of bad smell.

Medium

The German Shepherd has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling Tendency
Which dog drools the most? Which dog drools the least?
The Toy Poodle is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency.
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The Golden Retriever drools quite a lot, so if you dislike being covered by slobber spots on your clothes, you may want to choose another dog breed.
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The German Shepherd is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency.
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Toy Poodle vs Golden Retriever vs German Shepherd Good With Comparison

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

Toy Poodle vs Golden Retriever vs German Shepherd As a Working Dog Comparison

Service Dog
Which one could be a service dog?

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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Yes

This breed makes good as a service dog.
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Therapy Dog
Which one could be a therapy dog: Toy Poodle or Golden Retriever or German Shepherd? Which is better for autism?

Yes

This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
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Yes

This breed makes a perfect 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?

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases.

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.

Yes

This breed would make an excellent search and rescue dog.

Yes

This breed would make an excellent search and rescue dog.
Boat and Sailor Dog
Which one could be a boat dog: Toy Poodle vs Golden Retriever vs German Shepherd?

Not really

Toy Poodle breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
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Yes

Golden Retriever breed usually likes being on a boat.
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Not really

German Shepherd 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.

Yes

In history, this breed was unfortunately used for combat dogs.

Toy Poodle vs Golden Retriever vs German Shepherd 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 Toy Poodle and Golden Retriever and German Shepherd have?
2-4 puppies 5-10 puppies 6-10 puppies

Toy Poodle vs Golden Retriever vs German Shepherd Recognition Comparison

AKC Group
Which dog is recognized by the AKC?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1925 as a Sporting breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1908 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?
Dog Registry of America Inc. 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
German Shepherd Dog Club Of America

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