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Australian Kelpie vs Tenterfield Terrier vs Chihuahua – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Australian Kelpie vs Tenterfield Terrier vs Chihuahua" Compare Australian Kelpie and Tenterfield Terrier. Which is better: Australian Kelpie or Tenterfield Terrier or Chihuahua?
Name Australian Kelpie Tenterfield Terrier Chihuahua
OriginsAustralia Australia Mexico
Group Working Dogs Hunting Dogs Companion Dogs
Popularity Rank52345532
Reviews202
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Other Names Australian Sheepdog, Australischer Kelpie, Kelpie, Barb Mini Foxie Terrier, Tenterfield Dog, Tenter Terrier Chihuahueño, Csivava
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Not recognized by the American Kennel Club. Not recognized by the American Kennel Club. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1904 as a Toy breed.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Sheepdogs and Cattledogs (except Swiss Cattledogs) group, in the Sheepdogs section. Not recognized by FCI. Recognized by FCI in the Companion and Toy Dogs group, in the Chihuahueno section.
Breed Recognition American Canine Registry America's Pet Registry Canadian Kennel Club Dog Registry of America Inc. Federation Cynologique Internationale Kennel Club of Great Britain American Canine Association, Inc. Australian National Kennel Council Continental Kennel Club National Kennel Club New Zealand Kennel Club United Kennel Club Foundation Stock Service No set 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
Price $500-$700 $600-$1700 $600-$800

General Appearance - Australian Kelpie vs Tenterfield Terrier vs Chihuahua

Size Medium Small Small
Weight 25-45 pounds (11-20 kg) Male: 8-10 pounds (4-5 kg), Female: 7-9 pounds (3-4 kg) 2-6 pounds (1-3 kg)
Avg. Weight 35 pounds (15.5 kg) Male: 9 pounds (4.5 kg), Female: 8 pounds (3.5 kg) 4 pounds (2 kg)
Height 17-20 inches (43-51 cm) 10-12 inches (25-30 cm) 6-9 inches (15-23 cm)
Avg. Height 18.5 inches (47 cm) 11 inches (27.5 cm) 7.5 inches (19 cm)

Hair & Care - Australian Kelpie vs Tenterfield Terrier vs Chihuahua

Coat Double Smooth Straight Sparse Fine
Colors Blue Chocolate Red Tan Brown Fawn Black Tricolor Tan & White Chocolate Fawn Tan Cream Red Black
Grooming
Effortless: The Australian Kelpie requires minimal grooming.
Easy to groom: The Tenterfield Terrier doesn't require a lot of grooming.
Effortless: The Chihuahua requires minimal grooming.
Shedding Level
Australian Kelpies shed moderately.
Tenterfield Terriers shed moderately.
Chihuahuas shed none to minimal.

Characteristics - Australian Kelpie vs Tenterfield Terrier vs Chihuahua

Temperament Alert Energetic Intelligent Robust Eager Friendly Loyal Active Playful Hard working Confident Friendly Outgoing Adaptable Bold Intelligent Alert Devoted Intelligent Courageous Lively Quick
Intelligent Rank
Average: Australian Kelpie's has average obedience intelligence.
Smart: Tenterfield Terrier's has great intelligence.
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
Trainability
Australian Kelpies are very easy to train.
Tenterfield Terriers are easy to train.
Chihuahuas are quite easy to train.
Playfulness
The Australian Kelpie is a playful breed.
The Tenterfield Terrier is a highly playful breed.
Chihuahuas, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Sensitivity Level
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Tenterfield Terriers have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
Chihuahuas don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Affection Level
Australian Kelpies are average dogs regarding their affection level.
Tenterfield Terriers are highly affectionate dogs.
Chihuahuas are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Australian Kelpies need for social interaction is average.
Tenterfield Terriers are a social breed.
Chihuahuas need a lot of social interaction.
Barking
Low to Average: The Australian Kelpie rarely barks.
Average to high: The Tenterfield Terrier is a vocal breed.
High: The Chihuahua is a very vocal breed.
Watchdog Ability
Australian Kelpies are one of the best watchdogs.
Tenterfield Terriers are good watchdogs.
Chihuahuas are average watchdogs.
Territorial
Australian Kelpies are extremely protective guard dogs.
Tenterfield Terriers strongly protect their territory.
Chihuahuas strongly protect their territory.
Biting Potential Low
The Australian Kelpie has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Tenterfield Terrier has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Chihuahua has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Australian Kelpies have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Tenterfield Terriers have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Chihuahuas have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Wanderlust potential of the Australian Kelpie is strong enough to escape from home.
Tenterfield Terriers have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
Chihuahuas tend to escape less than other breeds.
Prey Drive
Australian Kelpies have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Tenterfield Terriers have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
Chihuahuas 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
Australian Kelpies are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Tenterfield Terriers are not the best choice for an apartment lifestyle, but they don't mind being inside if you walk them several times every day.
Chihuahuas are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Australian Kelpies adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tenterfield Terriers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Chihuahuas adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
Tenterfield 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.
Chihuahuas 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 - Australian Kelpie vs Tenterfield Terrier vs Chihuahua

Stranger Friendly
Australian Kelpies are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Tenterfield Terriers are average friendly towards strangers.
Chihuahuas are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Australian Kelpies are kid-friendly dogs.
Tenterfield Terriers are kid-friendly dogs.
Chihuahuas are not kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Australian Kelpies are average friendly towards cats.
Tenterfield Terriers are not cat-friendly dogs.
Chihuahuas are very cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Australian Kelpies are average friendly towards other dogs.
Tenterfield Terriers are dog-friendly dogs.
Chihuahuas are average friendly towards other dogs.
Office Friendly No
Australian Kelpie is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Tenterfield Terrier is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Chihuahua is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Australian Kelpies are usually recommended for elderly people.
Tenterfield Terriers are usually recommended for elderly people.
Chihuahuas are not recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Australian Kelpies are generally with other pets.
Tenterfield Terriers do best when they’re the only pet at the family.
Chihuahuas are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Good For First Time Owners No
Australian Kelpies are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Yes
Tenterfield Terriers are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
No
Chihuahuas 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.
Yes
This breed makes a perfect 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
Australian Kelpie breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Tenterfield Terrier breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Chihuahua 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 - Australian Kelpie vs Tenterfield Terrier vs Chihuahua

Health Issues
Australian Kelpies tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
Very healthy dog breed.
Chihuahuas are commonly healthy dogs.
Health Problems Cerebellar Abiotrophy Collie Eye Anomaly Hip Dysplasia Osteoarthritis Patellar Luxation Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) No set Collapsed Trachea Heart Murmurs Hydrocephalus Hypoglycemia Open Fontanel Patellar Luxation Pulmonic Stenosis Shivering
Life Expectancy 10-14 years 12-15 years 14-18 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
Australian Kelpies are high energy dogs.
Tenterfield Terriers are high energy dogs.
Chihuahuas have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Exercise Need
Australian Kelpies need quite a lot of exercise.
Tenterfield Terriers need a lot of exercises.
Chihuahuas exercise need is very minimal.
Sleeping Need
Australian Kelpies don't need too much sleep.
Tenterfield Terriers don't need too much sleep.
Chihuahuas sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Avg. daily food consumption 1 to 2 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 1/4 to 1/2 cup of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. Recommended daily amount: 1/4 to 1/2 cups of high-quality dry food a day.
Weight Gain Potential
Low to Average.
Average.
Average.
Weather & Climate Tolerates warm and cold weather. Prefers average to warm weather conditions Prefers warm weather
Stinkiness Medium
The Australian Kelpie has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Tenterfield Terrier has an average chance of bad smell.
High
The Chihuahua has a high chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Australian Kelpie is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Tenterfield Terrier is an average drooler.
The Chihuahua is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Australian Kelpie vs Tenterfield Terrier vs Chihuahua

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 4-7 puppies 4-6 puppies 2-4 puppies

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