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Cavalier King Charles Spaniel vs Labrador Retriever vs Border Collie – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Cavalier King Charles Spaniel vs Labrador Retriever vs Border Collie" Compare Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and Labrador Retriever. Which is better: Cavalier King Charles Spaniel or Labrador Retriever or Border Collie?
Name Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Labrador Retriever Border Collie
OriginsEngland England Canada England Scotland Wales
Group Companion Dogs Gun Dog Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs)
Popularity Rank19138
Reviews334
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Other Names Cav, Cavalier, Cavie Labrador, Lab Scotch Sheep Dog, Sheepdog
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1995 as a Toy breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1917 as a Sporting breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1995 as a Herding breed.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Companion and Toy Dogs group, in the English Toy Spaniels section. 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 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 America's Pet Registry 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 The American Int. Border Collie Registry The American Border Collie Association
Price $1200-$1500 $1000-$2000 $600-$800

General Appearance - Cavalier King Charles Spaniel vs Labrador Retriever vs Border Collie

Size Small Large Large
Weight 10-18 pounds (5-8 kg) Male: 60-75 pounds (27-34kg), Female: 55-70 pounds (25-32 kg) Male: 30-45 pounds (14-20 kg), Female: 27-42 pounds (12-19 kg)
Avg. Weight 14 pounds (6.5 kg) Male: 67.5 pounds (30.5 kg), Female: 62.5 pounds (28.5 kg) Male: 37.5 pounds (17 kg), Female: 34.5 pounds (15.5 kg)
Height 12-13 inches (30-33 cm) Male: 22-24 inches (56-61cm), Female: 21-23 inches (53-58 cm) Male: 19-22 inches (48-56 cm), Female: 18-21 inches (46-53 cm)
Avg. Height 12.5 inches (31.5 cm) Male: 23 inches (58.5 cm), Female: 22 inches (55.5 cm) Male: 20.5 inches (52 cm), Female: 19.5 inches (49.5 cm)

Hair & Care - Cavalier King Charles Spaniel vs Labrador Retriever vs Border Collie

Coat Feathered Dense Waterproof Hard Short Dense Feathered Straight Short Moderately Long
Colors Tan Blenheim Tricolor Ruby Yellow Chocolate Black Black & White Tricolor Tan Blue merle Blue merle-tricolor Slate merle Red merle Black Brindle Gold Lilac Red Sable Sable Merle Saddleback Sable White & Blue White & Blue Merle White & Red White & Red Merle White Ticked Seal Slate White & Gold White & Sable White & Seal
Grooming
Average: The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel requires average grooming effort.
Effortless: The Labrador Retriever requires minimal grooming.
Average: The Border Collie requires average grooming effort.
Shedding Level
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels shed above average.
Labrador Retrievers shed moderately.
Border Collies shed moderately.

Characteristics - Cavalier King Charles Spaniel vs Labrador Retriever vs Border Collie

Temperament Affectionate Courageous Intelligent Cheerful Gentle Social Polite Quiet Active Graceful Fearless Friendly Nonaggressive Sporty No tendency towards nervousness Affectionate Cheerful Friendly Intelligent Loyal Playful Social Alert Energetic Gentle Loving Going Responsive Intelligent Alert Tenacious Protective Energetic Responsive Loyal
Intelligent Rank
Average: Cavalier King Charles Spaniel's has average obedience intelligence.
Outstanding: Labrador Retriever is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Outstanding: Border Collie is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Trainability
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are quite easy to train.
Labrador Retrievers are very easy to train.
Border Collies are easy to train.
Playfulness
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, like any other dog breed, like playing.
The Labrador Retriever is a highly playful breed.
The Border Collie is a highly playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Labrador Retrievers don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Border Collies don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Affection Level
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Labrador Retrievers may seem unfriendly sometimes due to their independence.
Border Collies are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels need a lot of social interaction.
Labrador Retrievers need a lot of social interaction.
Border Collies need a lot of social interaction.
Barking
Average: The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel barks occasionally.
Average: The Labrador Retriever barks occasionally.
Low to Average: The Border Collie rarely barks.
Watchdog Ability
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are not the best watchdogs.
Labrador Retrievers are average watchdogs.
Border Collies are one of the best watchdogs.
Territorial
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are not the best to protect their territory.
Labrador Retrievers are average defenders.
Border Collies are extremely protective guard dogs.
Biting Potential Low
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel has a low chance of biting somebody.
Moderate
The Labrador Retriever has an average chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Border Collie has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Labrador Retrievers have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Border Collies have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels tend to escape less than other breeds.
Labrador Retrievers have average wanderlust potential.
Border Collies have average wanderlust potential.
Prey Drive
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels 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.
Labrador Retrievers have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Border Collies 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
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Labrador Retrievers are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Border Collies are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Adaptability
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Labrador Retrievers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Border Collies adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Labrador Retrievers tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Border Collies 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 - Cavalier King Charles Spaniel vs Labrador Retriever vs Border Collie

Stranger Friendly
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are very stranger friendly dogs.
Labrador Retrievers are very stranger friendly dogs.
Border Collies are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are very kid-friendly dogs.
Labrador Retrievers are very kid-friendly dogs.
Border Collies are very kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are average friendly towards cats.
Labrador Retrievers are cat-friendly dogs.
Border Collies are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are very dog-friendly dogs.
Labrador Retrievers are very dog-friendly dogs.
Border Collies are average friendly towards other dogs.
Office Friendly No
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Labrador Retriever is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Border Collie is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Labrador Retrievers are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Border Collies are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are generally with other pets.
Labrador Retrievers are usually friendly towards other pets.
Border Collies are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners No
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Labrador Retrievers are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Border Collies are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Yes
This breed makes good as a service dog.
Yes
This breed makes good as a service dog.
Therapy Dog Yes
This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
Yes
This breed makes a perfect 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.
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.
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.
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.
Yes
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.
Yes
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
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Yes
Labrador Retriever breed usually likes being on a boat.
Not really
Border Collie 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 - Cavalier King Charles Spaniel vs Labrador Retriever vs Border Collie

Health Issues
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
The Labrador Retriever is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
The Border Collie is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems Dry Eye Episodic Falling Syndrome Hip Dysplasia Mitral Valve Disease Patellar Luxation Syringomyelia Acute Moist Dermatitis Bloat Cataracts Cold Tail Ear Infections Elbow Dysplasia Epilepsy Hip Dysplasia Myopathy Osteochondrosis Dissecans Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Tricuspid Valve Dysplasia Allergies Collie Eye Anomaly Epilepsy Hip Dysplasia Osteochondrosis Dissecans Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Life Expectancy 10-14 years 10-12 years 12-15 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Labrador Retrievers are high energy dogs.
Border Collies are high energy dogs.
Exercise Need
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels have an average exercise need.
Labrador Retrievers need a lot of exercises.
Border Collies need a lot of exercises.
Sleeping Need
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Labrador Retrievers don't need too much sleep.
Border Collies don't need too much sleep.
Avg. daily food consumption 1 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. Recommended daily amount: 2.5 to 3 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 1.5 to 2 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two or three meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Average to High.
High: The Labrador Retriever breed has a strong tendency to overweight.
Average.
Weather & Climate Tolerates warm and cold weather. Tolerates warm and cold weather. Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Border Collie can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness High
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel has a high chance of bad smell.
High
The Labrador Retriever has a high chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Border Collie has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Labrador Retriever is an average drooler.
The Border Collie is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Cavalier King Charles Spaniel vs Labrador Retriever vs Border Collie

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 3-5 puppies 5-10 puppies 4-8 puppies

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