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Shih Tzu vs Boykin Spaniel vs German Shorthaired Pointer – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Shih Tzu vs Boykin Spaniel vs German Shorthaired Pointer" Compare Shih Tzu and Boykin Spaniel. Which is better: Shih Tzu or Boykin Spaniel or German Shorthaired Pointer?
Name Shih Tzu Boykin Spaniel German Shorthaired Pointer
OriginsChina United States Germany
Group Companion Dogs Gun Dog Gun Dog
Popularity Rank209810
Reviews302
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Other Names Chinese Lion Dog, Chrysanthemum Dog Boykin, Swamp Poodle, LBD (Little Brown Dog) Deutsch Kurzhaar, Kurzhaar, GSP, DK, Deutscher Kurzhaariger Vorstehhund
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1969 as a Toy breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2009 as a Sporting breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1930 as a Sporting 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 Pointing Dogs group, in the Continental Pointing 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 United Kennel Club Canadian Canine Registry American Canine Registry American Kennel Club America's Pet Registry Continental Kennel Club Dog Registry of America Inc. Federation Cynologique Internationale National Kennel Club North American Purebred Registry, Inc. United Kennel Club American Canine Association, Inc. American Kennel Club Canadian Kennel Club Federation Cynologique Internationale Kennel Club of Great Britain Australian National Kennel Council New Zealand Kennel Club United Kennel Club
Price $800-$1200 $800-$1000 $600-$800

General Appearance - Shih Tzu vs Boykin Spaniel vs German Shorthaired Pointer

Size Small Medium Large Medium
Weight 9–16 pounds (4-7 kg) 25-40 pounds (11-18 kg) Male: 55-70 pounds (25-32 kg), Female: 45-60 pounds (20-27 kg)
Avg. Weight 9–16 pounds (5.5 kg) 32.5 pounds (14.5 kg) Male: 62.5 pounds (28.5 kg), Female: 52.5 pounds (23.5 kg)
Height 8-11 inches (20-28 cm) 15-18 inches (38-46 cm) Male: 23-25 inches (59-64 cm), Female: 21-23 inches (53-58 cm)
Avg. Height 9.5 inches (24 cm) 16.5 inches (42 cm) Male: 24 inches (61.5 cm), Female: 22 inches (55.5 cm)

Hair & Care - Shih Tzu vs Boykin Spaniel vs German Shorthaired Pointer

Coat Dense Feathered Dense
Colors Brindle Liver Silver Blue Gold Red Black Brown Roan Liver White Black
Grooming
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Average: The Boykin Spaniel requires average grooming effort.
Effortless: The German Shorthaired Pointer requires minimal grooming.
Shedding Level
Shih Tzus shed none to minimal.
Boykin Spaniels shed moderately.
German Shorthaired Pointers shed moderately.

Characteristics - Shih Tzu vs Boykin Spaniel vs German Shorthaired Pointer

Temperament Active Friendly Happy Lively Playful Courageous Gentle Intelligent Outgoing Companionable Energetic Intelligent Eager Friendly Trainable Affectionate Bold Intelligent Boisterous Cooperative Trainable
Intelligent Rank
Low: The Shih Tzu if one of the dog breeds that have the lowest degree of obedience intelligence.
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
Very smart: German Shorthaired Pointer is an excellent dog breed.
Trainability
Shih Tzus are quite easy to train.
Boykin Spaniels are easy to train.
German Shorthaired Pointers are very easy to train.
Playfulness
Shih Tzus are not the most playful dog breed.
Boykin Spaniels, like any other dog breed, like playing.
The German Shorthaired Pointer is a highly playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
Shih Tzus have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Affection Level
Shih Tzus are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Boykin Spaniels are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
German Shorthaired Pointers are highly affectionate dogs.
Social Needs
Shih Tzus need a lot of social interaction.
Boykin Spaniels need for social interaction is average.
German Shorthaired Pointers need for social interaction is average.
Barking
High: The Shih Tzu is a very vocal breed.
Average: The Boykin Spaniel barks occasionally.
Average: The German Shorthaired Pointer barks occasionally.
Watchdog Ability
Shih Tzus are average watchdogs.
Boykin Spaniels are average watchdogs.
German Shorthaired Pointers are average watchdogs.
Territorial
Shih Tzus strongly protect their territory.
Boykin Spaniels are average defenders.
German Shorthaired Pointers are average defenders.
Biting Potential Low
The Shih Tzu has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Boykin Spaniel has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The German Shorthaired Pointer has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Shih Tzus have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Boykin Spaniels have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
German Shorthaired Pointers have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Shih Tzus tend to escape less than other breeds.
Wanderlust potential of the Boykin Spaniel is strong enough to escape from home.
German Shorthaired Pointers have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
Prey Drive
Shih Tzus have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Boykin Spaniels have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
German Shorthaired Pointers have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
Apartment Friendly
Shih Tzus are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Boykin Spaniels are very apartment-friendly dogs.
German Shorthaired Pointers are not apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Shih Tzus adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Boykin Spaniels adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
German Shorthaired Pointers adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Shih Tzus 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.
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
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 - Shih Tzu vs Boykin Spaniel vs German Shorthaired Pointer

Stranger Friendly
Shih Tzus are average friendly towards strangers.
Boykin Spaniels are average friendly towards strangers.
German Shorthaired Pointers are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Shih Tzus are not the most kid-friendly dogs.
Boykin Spaniels are kid-friendly dogs.
German Shorthaired Pointers are kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Shih Tzus are very cat-friendly dogs.
Boykin Spaniels are average friendly towards cats.
German Shorthaired Pointers are not cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Shih Tzus are very dog-friendly dogs.
Boykin Spaniels are average friendly towards other dogs.
German Shorthaired Pointers are dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
Shih Tzu is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Boykin Spaniel is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
German Shorthaired Pointer is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Shih Tzus are not the best breed for elderly people.
Boykin Spaniels are usually recommended for elderly people.
German Shorthaired Pointers are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Shih Tzus are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Boykin Spaniels are generally with other pets.
German Shorthaired Pointers do best when they’re the only pet at the family.
Good For First Time Owners Yes
Shih Tzus are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
No
Boykin Spaniels are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
German Shorthaired Pointers 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.
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.
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.
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.
Boat Dog Not really
Shih Tzu breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Yes
Boykin Spaniel breed usually likes being on a boat.
Not really
German Shorthaired Pointer 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 - Shih Tzu vs Boykin Spaniel vs German Shorthaired Pointer

Health Issues
The Shih Tzu is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
The Boykin Spaniel is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
German Shorthaired Pointers are commonly healthy dogs.
Health Problems Allergies Bladder Stones Distichiasis Dry Eye Ear Infections Ectopic Cilia Hip Dysplasia Juvenile Renal Dysplasia Keratitis Patellar Luxation Portosystemic Liver Shunt Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Proptosis Retained Baby Teeth Reverse Sneezing Snuffles Umbilical Hernias Cushing's Syndrome Elbow Dysplasia Heart Disease Heart Problems Hypothyroidism Gastric Torsion Hypothyroidism Canine Hip Dysplasia (CHD) Osteochondrosis Dissecans Von Willebrand's Disease Entropion Pannus Lymphedema Cardiomyopathy Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Life Expectancy 10-16 years 14-16 years 12-14 years
Hypoallergenic Yes No No
Energy Level
Shih Tzus have a lower energy level than other dogs.
Boykin Spaniels are high energy dogs.
German Shorthaired Pointers are high energy dogs.
Exercise Need
Shih Tzus exercise need is minimal.
Boykin Spaniels need a lot of exercises.
German Shorthaired Pointers need a lot of exercises.
Sleeping Need
Shih Tzus like sleeping so they do sleep a lot.
Boykin Spaniels don't need too much sleep.
German Shorthaired Pointers don't need too much sleep.
Avg. daily food consumption Recommended daily amount: 1/2 to 1 cup of high-quality dry food a day. 2 to 3 cups of a high-quality dog food a day. 3 to 4 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Average to High.
Average to High.
Average.
Weather & Climate Tolerates warm and cold weather. Tolerates warm and cold weather. Prefers average to warm weather conditions
Stinkiness Low
The Shih Tzu has a low chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Boykin Spaniel has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The German Shorthaired Pointer has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Shih Tzu is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Boykin Spaniel is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The German Shorthaired Pointer is a perfect example for low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Shih Tzu vs Boykin Spaniel vs German Shorthaired Pointer

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 2-5 puppies 5-7 puppies 7-12 puppies

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