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Name Border Collie Australian Shepherd Mudi
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Other Names
What other names do they have?
Sheepdog
Scotch Sheep Dog
Little Blue Dog
Aussie
Canis Ovilis Fenyesi
Hungarian Mudi
Breed Type
Which dog is purebred or crossbreed? Border Collie vs Australian Shepherd vs Mudi breed type comparison:
Purebred Purebred Purebred

Border Collie vs Australian Shepherd vs Mudi Price and Availability Comparison

Price
Which is cheaper, Border Collie or Australian Shepherd or Mudi? Which is more expensive?
$600-$800 $600-$800 $800-$1000
Availability
Which is easier to get, Border Collie or Australian Shepherd or Mudi?
Very frequent: The Border Collie is quite easy to get.
Very frequent: The Australian Shepherd is quite easy to get.
Rare: You may rarely see each other in everyday life, but you might catch a glimpse of each other at dog shows.

Border Collie vs Australian Shepherd vs Mudi Size Comparison

Size
Which is bigger, Border Collie or Australian Shepherd or Mudi? Which is the smallest dog, Border Collie or Australian Shepherd or Mudi?
Large Large Medium
Weight
Which is heavier, Border Collie or Australian Shepherd or Australian Shepherd? Border Collie vs Australian Shepherd vs Mudi weight comparison:
Male: 30-45 pounds (14-20 kg), Female: 27-42 pounds (12-19 kg) Male: 50-65 pounds (25-29 kg), Female: 40-55 pounds (18-25 kg) 18-29 pounds (8-13 kg)
Average Weight
Which dog has a smaller / higher average weight?
Male: 37.5 pounds (17 kg), Female: 34.5 pounds (15.5 kg) Male: 57.5 pounds (27 kg), Female: 47.5 pounds (21.5 kg) 23.5 pounds (10.5 kg)
Height
Which is taller, Border Collie or Australian Shepherd or Mudi? Border Collie vs Australian Shepherd vs Mudi height comparison:
Male: 19-22 inches (48-56 cm), Female: 18-21 inches (46-53 cm) Male: 20-23 inches (52-58cm), Female: 18-21 inches (46–53 cm) 15-19 inches (38-48 cm)
Average Height
Which dog has a smaller / higher average height?
Male: 20.5 inches (52 cm), Female: 19.5 inches (49.5 cm) Male: 21.5 inches (55 cm), Female: 19.5 inches (46–53 cm) 17 inches (43 cm)

Border Collie vs Australian Shepherd vs Mudi Grooming, Hair and Care Comparison

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat/fur do they have? Border Collie vs Australian Shepherd vs Mudi coat comparison:
Dense
Feathered
Straight
Short
Moderately Long
Feathered Dense
Curly
Wavy
Shiny
Short
Colors
What are the original Border Collie, Australian Shepherd and Mudi color?
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
Red
Blue
Merle
Black
Fawn
Black Merle
Brown
Gray
White
Black
Blue-Grey
Ash coloured (blue grey)
Grooming
Which dog is easy to maintain, Border Collie or Australian Shepherd or Mudi? Border Collie vs Australian Shepherd vs Mudi grooming comparison:
Average: The Border Collie requires average grooming effort.
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Average: The Australian Shepherd requires average grooming effort.
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Average: The Mudi requires average grooming effort.
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Shedding Level
Who sheds more Border Collie or Australian Shepherd or Mudi? Border Collie or Australian Shepherd or {name3 shedding:
Border Collies shed moderately.
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Australian Shepherds shed moderately.
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Mudis shed moderately.
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Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
Which dog should be bathed more: Border Collie or Australian Shepherd or Mudi?
6-8 weeks
Rarely. Bathing your dog is beneficial to them in more ways than just one.
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6-8 weeks
Rarely. Bathing your dog is beneficial to them in more ways than just one.
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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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Border Collie vs Australian Shepherd vs Mudi Personality / Temperament Comparison

Temperament
Which one has a better personality? Which is a better family dog, Border Collie or Australian Shepherd or Mudi? Border Collie vs Australian Shepherd vs Mudi behavior/temperament comparison:
Intelligent
Alert
Tenacious
Protective
Energetic
Responsive
Loyal
Active
Friendly
Intelligent
Loving
Affectionate
Good-natured
Protective
Alert
Energetic
Intelligent
Loving
Courageous
Gentle
Lively
Guarding
Companionable
Watchful
Keen to Work
Adaptable
Intelligent Rank
Which is the smarter dog? Which is best? Border Collie vs Australian Shepherd vs Mudi intelligence:
Outstanding: Border Collie is one of the brightest dog breeds.
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Smart: Australian Shepherd's has great intelligence.
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Smart: Mudi's has great intelligence.
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Trainability
Border Collie vs Australian Shepherd vs Mudi trainability comparison.
Border Collies are easy to train.
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Australian Shepherds are very easy to train.
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Mudis are easy to train.
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Playfulness
Border Collie vs Australian Shepherd vs Mudi playfulness comparison:
The Border Collie is a highly playful breed.
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The Australian Shepherd is a highly playful breed.
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Average: Mudis, like any other dog breed, like playing.
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Sensitivity Level
Which dog is more sensitive? What's the difference?
Sensitive: Border Collies don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household, and frequent guest visits.
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Sensitive: Australian Shepherds don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household, and frequent guest visits.
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Mudis have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
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Affection Level
Which is the more affectionate dog breed: Border Collie vs Australian Shepherd vs Mudi?
High: Border Collies are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
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Average to High: Australian Shepherds are highly affectionate dogs.
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High: Mudis are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
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Social Needs
Border Collie vs Australian Shepherd vs Mudi social needs comparison:
Border Collies need a lot of social interaction.
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Australian Shepherds are a social breed.
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Mudis need for social interaction is average.
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Barking
Which dog barks more/less: Border Collie vs Australian Shepherd vs Mudi?
Low to Average: The Border Collie rarely barks.
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Low to Average: The Australian Shepherd rarely barks.
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Average: The Mudi barks occasionally.
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Watchdog Ability
Which is the better watchdog: Border Collie or Australian Shepherd or Mudi?
Border Collies are one of the best watchdogs.
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Australian Shepherds are one of the best watchdogs.
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Mudis are average watchdogs.
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Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Which is a better guard dog Border Collie or Australian Shepherd or Mudi? Which dog is most likely to protect its owner? Which is the best dog to use for protection?
Border Collies are extremely protective guard dogs.
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Australian Shepherds are extremely protective guard dogs.
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Mudis are average defenders.
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Biting Potential
Which breed of dog is most likely to bite? Biting potential comparison:

Low 🔽

The Border Collie has a low chance of biting somebody.

Low 🔽

The Australian Shepherd has a low chance of biting somebody.

Low 🔽

The Mudi has a low chance of biting somebody.
Bite Force
Which bite is stronger: Border Collie or Australian Shepherd or Mudi?

Between 200 and 400 PSI

Border Collie bite force: Ordinary.

Between 200 and 400 PSI

Australian Shepherd bite force: Ordinary.

Between 200 and 400 PSI

Mudi bite force: Ordinary.
Mouthiness
Which is the better dog? Border Collie vs Australian Shepherd vs Mudi mouthiness comparison:
Border Collies have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
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Australian Shepherds have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
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Mudis have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
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Impulse to Wander or Roam
Which dog has a greater roaming instinct?
Border Collies have average wanderlust potential.
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Australian Shepherds are not the biggest explorers.
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Mudis are not the biggest explorers.
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Prey Drive
Which dog has a higher prey drive? Which can be better for hunting?
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.
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Australian Shepherds have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
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Their prey drive is low.
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Apartment Friendly
Which dog is more apartment friendly Border Collie or Australian Shepherd or Mudi?
It is not recommended to keep the Border Collie 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 Australian Shepherd indoors.
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 Mudi indoors.
Adaptability
Which dog has a higher adaptability potential? Which is the better dog?
Border Collies adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Australian Shepherds adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Mudis adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Which dog can be left alone: Border Collie or Australian Shepherd or Mudi?
Border Collies tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Australian Shepherds 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.
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.

Border Collie vs Australian Shepherd vs Mudi Good With Comparison

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

Border Collie vs Australian Shepherd vs Mudi Health Comparison

Health Issues
Border Collie vs Australian Shepherd vs Mudi health comparison. Which is the healthier: Border Collie vs Australian Shepherd vs Mudi?
The Border Collie is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
The Australian Shepherd is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Mudis are commonly healthy dogs.
Health Problems
Which one has more or less genetic/health problems: Border Collie vs Australian Shepherd vs Mudi? What are the allergies, genetic diseases and concerns for them? Border Collie vs Australian Shepherd vs Mudi health problems comparison:
Allergies
Collie Eye Anomaly
Epilepsy
Hip Dysplasia
Osteochondrosis Dissecans
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Allergies
Cancer
Cataracts
Collie Eye Anomaly
Deafness
Detached Retina
Distichiasis
Drug Sensitivity
Elbow Dysplasia
Epilepsy
Hip Dysplasia
Hypothyroidism
Nasal Solar Dermatitis
Osteochondrosis Dissecans
Persistent Pupillary Membranes
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Cataracts
Elbow Dysplasia
Epilepsy
Hip Dysplasia
Patellar Luxation
Veterinarian Visits
Which one may need more or less veterinary visits?
Average
The Border Collie should have a complete physical check-up at least once per year.
Average
The Australian Shepherd should have a complete physical check-up at least once per year.
Rare
The Mudi should have a complete physical check-up at least every 12-18 months (but preferably once per year).
Life Expectancy
Border Collie vs Australian Shepherd vs Mudi lifespan comparison. How long do Border Collie, Australian Shepherd and Mudi breeds live? Which one has a longer lifespan/life expectancy?
11-15 years
The average lifespan of Border Collie: 13 years
11-15 years
The average lifespan of Australian Shepherd: 13 years
13-15 years
The average lifespan of Mudi: 14 years
Hypoallergenic
Border Collie vs Australian Shepherd vs Mudi hypoallergenic comparison. Which dog is hypoallergenic or not?
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Energy Level
Who has more energy a Border Collie or Australian Shepherd or Mudi? Border Collie vs Australian Shepherd vs Mudi energy level comparison:
Border Collies are high-energy dogs.
Australian Shepherds are high-energy dogs.
Mudis have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
Border Collie vs Australian Shepherd vs Mudi exercise need comparison. Which dog needs more activity? Which dog needs the most exercise: Border Collie or Australian Shepherd or Mudi? Which dog needs the most walking? Which dog is the laziest?
Border Collies need a lot of exercises.
Australian Shepherds need a lot of exercises.
Mudis need quite a lot of exercise.
Sleeping Need
Which one sleeps the least/most: Border Collie or Australian Shepherd or Mudi?
Border Collies don't need too much sleep.
Australian Shepherds don't need too much sleep.
Mudis sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered a lazy breed.
Average daily food consumption
Which dog eats more: Border Collie or Australian Shepherd or Mudi?
1.5 to 2 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two or three meals. 1.5 to 2.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 1 to 1.5 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? Border Collie vs Australian Shepherd vs Mudi weight gain potential comparison:
Average: The Border Collie has an average risk for obesity.
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Average to High: If you don't pay attention to the Australian Shepherd's weight, he can easily gain weight.
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Average: The Mudi has an average risk for obesity.
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Weather and Climate
Which dog is best for hot or cold weather: Border Collie vs Australian Shepherd vs Mudi?
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.
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Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Australian Shepherd can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
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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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Stinkiness
Which dog breed smells the least? Which dog smells the most? Which is best, Border Collie vs Australian Shepherd vs Mudi?

Medium

The Border Collie has an average chance of bad smell.

Medium

The Australian Shepherd has an average chance of bad smell.

Low 🔽

The Mudi has a low chance of bad smell.
Drooling Tendency
Which dog drools the most? Which dog drools the least?
The Border Collie is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency.
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The Australian Shepherd is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency.
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The Mudi is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency.
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Border Collie vs Australian Shepherd vs Mudi As a Working Dog Comparison

Service Dog
Which one could be a service dog?

Yes

This breed makes good as a service dog.
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Not really

This breed generally not used as a service dog.
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Not really

This breed generally not used as a service dog.
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Therapy Dog
Which one could be a therapy dog: Border Collie or Australian Shepherd or Mudi? Which is better for autism?

Yes

This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
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Not really

This breed is generally not used as a 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?

Yes

After proper training, they can excel at this kind of work.

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.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Which one could be a search and rescue dog?

Yes

This breed would make an excellent 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.
Boat and Sailor Dog
Which one could be a boat dog: Border Collie vs Australian Shepherd vs Mudi?

Not really

Border Collie breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
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Not really

Australian Shepherd breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
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Not really

Mudi 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.

Not really

In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Border Collie vs Australian Shepherd vs Mudi 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 Border Collie and Australian Shepherd and Mudi have?
4-8 puppies 6-9 puppies, average 7 5-8 puppies

Border Collie vs Australian Shepherd vs Mudi Recognition Comparison

AKC Group
Which dog is recognized by the AKC?
Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1995 as a Herding breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1991 as a Herding breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club as a Miscellaneous breed.
FCI Group
Which dog is recognized by the FCI?
Recognized by FCI in the Sheepdogs and Cattledogs (except Swiss Cattledogs) group, in the Sheepdogs section. Recognized by FCI in the Sheepdogs and Cattledogs (except Swiss Cattledogs) group, in the Sheepdogs 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?
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
American Canine Registry
American Kennel Club
America's Pet Registry
Dog Registry of America Inc.
North American Purebred Registry, Inc.
American Canine Association, Inc.
Continental Kennel Club
National Kennel Club
New Zealand Kennel Club
United Kennel Club
Australian Shepherd Club Of America
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