Chihuahua vs Miniature Pinscher vs Norfolk Terrier Comparison - Dog breed selector: Csivava or King Of The Toys or Drop-Eared Norwich Terrier? Find the right dog for you

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Name Chihuahua Miniature Pinscher Norfolk Terrier
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Other Names
What other names do they have?
Csivava
Chihuahueño
King Of The Toys
Reh Pinscher
Zwergpinsc
Min Pin
Drop-Eared Norwich Terrier
Breed Type
Which dog is purebred or crossbreed? Chihuahua vs Miniature Pinscher vs Norfolk Terrier breed type comparison:
Purebred Purebred Purebred

Chihuahua vs Miniature Pinscher vs Norfolk Terrier Price and Availability Comparison

Price
Which is cheaper, Chihuahua or Miniature Pinscher or Norfolk Terrier? Which is more expensive?
$600-$800 $400-$600 $2000-$2500
Availability
Which is easier to get, Chihuahua or Miniature Pinscher or Norfolk Terrier?
Very frequent: The Chihuahua is quite easy to get.
Very frequent: The Miniature Pinscher is quite easy to get.
Frequent: The Norfolk Terrier is easier than average to get.

Chihuahua vs Miniature Pinscher vs Norfolk Terrier Size Comparison

Size
Which is bigger, Chihuahua or Miniature Pinscher or Norfolk Terrier? Which is the smallest dog, Chihuahua or Miniature Pinscher or Norfolk Terrier?
Small Small Small
Weight
Which is heavier, Chihuahua or Miniature Pinscher or Miniature Pinscher? Chihuahua vs Miniature Pinscher vs Norfolk Terrier weight comparison:
2-6 pounds (1-3 kg) Male: 8-10 pounds (4-5 kg), Female: 8-9 pounds (about 4 kg) 10-12 pounds (4½-5½ kg)
Average Weight
Which dog has a smaller / higher average weight?
4 pounds (2 kg) Male: 9 pounds (4.5 kg), Female: 8.5 pounds (about 4 kg) 11 pounds (5 kg)
Height
Which is taller, Chihuahua or Miniature Pinscher or Norfolk Terrier? Chihuahua vs Miniature Pinscher vs Norfolk Terrier height comparison:
6-9 inches (15-23 cm) Male: 10-12 inches (25-30 cm), Female: 10-11 inches (25-28 cm) 10 inches (25 cm)
Average Height
Which dog has a smaller / higher average height?
7.5 inches (19 cm) Male: 11 inches (27.5 cm), Female: 10.5 inches (26.5 cm) 10 inches (25 cm)

Chihuahua vs Miniature Pinscher vs Norfolk Terrier Grooming, Hair and Care Comparison

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat/fur do they have? Chihuahua vs Miniature Pinscher vs Norfolk Terrier coat comparison:
Fine Rough Wiry
Shaggy
Colors
What are the original Chihuahua, Miniature Pinscher and Norfolk Terrier color?
Chocolate
Fawn
Tan
Cream
Red
Black
Rust
Chocolate
Red
Tan
Black
Tan
Red
Grizzle
Wheaten
Black
Grooming
Which dog is easy to maintain, Chihuahua or Miniature Pinscher or Norfolk Terrier? Chihuahua vs Miniature Pinscher vs Norfolk Terrier grooming comparison:
Effortless: The Chihuahua requires minimal grooming.
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Effortless: The Miniature Pinscher requires minimal grooming.
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Average: The Norfolk Terrier requires average grooming effort.
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Shedding Level
Who sheds more Chihuahua or Miniature Pinscher or Norfolk Terrier? Chihuahua or Miniature Pinscher or {name3 shedding:
Chihuahuas shed none to minimal.
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Miniature Pinschers shed moderately.
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Norfolk Terriers shed none to minimal.
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Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
Which dog should be bathed more: Chihuahua or Miniature Pinscher or Norfolk Terrier?
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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4-6 weeks
Average. Experts recommended at least every 4-6 weeks for this family pup.
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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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Chihuahua vs Miniature Pinscher vs Norfolk Terrier Personality / Temperament Comparison

Temperament
Which one has a better personality? Which is a better family dog, Chihuahua or Miniature Pinscher or Norfolk Terrier? Chihuahua vs Miniature Pinscher vs Norfolk Terrier behavior/temperament comparison:
Alert
Devoted
Intelligent
Courageous
Lively
Quick
Clever
Friendly
Playful
Intelligent
Energetic
Outgoing
Responsive
Companionable
Happy
Selfish
Confidence
Intelligent
Fearless
Lovable
Spirited
Intelligent Rank
Which is the smarter dog? Which is best? Chihuahua vs Miniature Pinscher vs Norfolk Terrier intelligence:
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
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Smart: Miniature Pinscher's has great intelligence.
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Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
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Trainability
Chihuahua vs Miniature Pinscher vs Norfolk Terrier trainability comparison.
Chihuahuas are quite easy to train.
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Miniature Pinschers are quite easy to train.
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Norfolk Terriers are quite easy to train.
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Playfulness
Chihuahua vs Miniature Pinscher vs Norfolk Terrier playfulness comparison:
Average: Chihuahuas, like any other dog breed, like playing.
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The Miniature Pinscher is a highly playful breed.
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The Norfolk Terrier is a playful breed.
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Sensitivity Level
Which dog is more sensitive? What's the difference?
Sensitive: Chihuahuas don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household, and frequent guest visits.
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Sensitive: Miniature Pinschers don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household, and frequent guest visits.
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They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
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Affection Level
Which is the more affectionate dog breed: Chihuahua vs Miniature Pinscher vs Norfolk Terrier?
High: Chihuahuas are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
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High: Miniature Pinschers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
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Average to High: Norfolk Terriers are highly affectionate dogs.
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Social Needs
Chihuahua vs Miniature Pinscher vs Norfolk Terrier social needs comparison:
Chihuahuas need a lot of social interaction.
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Miniature Pinschers are a social breed.
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Norfolk Terriers need for social interaction is average.
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Barking
Which dog barks more/less: Chihuahua vs Miniature Pinscher vs Norfolk Terrier?
A lot: Chihuahua is a particularly loud breed.
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A lot: Miniature Pinscher is a particularly loud breed.
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Average to High: The Norfolk Terrier is a vocal breed.
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Watchdog Ability
Which is the better watchdog: Chihuahua or Miniature Pinscher or Norfolk Terrier?
Chihuahuas are average watchdogs.
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Miniature Pinschers are average watchdogs.
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Norfolk Terriers are average watchdogs.
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Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Which is a better guard dog Chihuahua or Miniature Pinscher or Norfolk Terrier? Which dog is most likely to protect its owner? Which is the best dog to use for protection?
Chihuahuas strongly protect their territory.
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Miniature Pinschers strongly protect their territory.
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Norfolk Terriers are average defenders.
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Biting Potential
Which breed of dog is most likely to bite? Biting potential comparison:

Low 🔽

The Chihuahua has a low chance of biting somebody.

Low 🔽

The Miniature Pinscher has a low chance of biting somebody.

Low 🔽

The Norfolk Terrier has a low chance of biting somebody.
Bite Force
Which bite is stronger: Chihuahua or Miniature Pinscher or Norfolk Terrier?

Between 100 and 200 PSI 🔽

Chihuahua bite force: Weak.

Between 100 and 200 PSI 🔽

Miniature Pinscher bite force: Weak.

Between 100 and 200 PSI 🔽

Norfolk Terrier bite force: Weak.
Mouthiness
Which is the better dog? Chihuahua vs Miniature Pinscher vs Norfolk Terrier mouthiness comparison:
Chihuahuas have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
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Miniature Pinschers have a lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
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Norfolk Terriers have a lower than 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?
Chihuahuas tend to escape less than other breeds.
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Miniature Pinschers have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
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The wanderlust potential of the Norfolk Terrier is strong enough to escape from home.
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Prey Drive
Which dog has a higher prey drive? Which can be better for hunting?
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.
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Miniature Pinschers 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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Their prey drive is low.
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Apartment Friendly
Which dog is more apartment friendly Chihuahua or Miniature Pinscher or Norfolk Terrier?
Very house-friendly dog the Chihuahua breed.
Apartment-friendly dog the Miniature Pinscher breed.
Apartment-friendly dog the Norfolk Terrier breed.
Adaptability
Which dog has a higher adaptability potential? Which is the better dog?
Chihuahuas adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Miniature Pinschers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Norfolk Terriers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Which dog can be left alone: Chihuahua or Miniature Pinscher or Norfolk Terrier?
Chihuahuas tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Miniature Pinschers 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.

Chihuahua vs Miniature Pinscher vs Norfolk Terrier Good With Comparison

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

Chihuahua vs Miniature Pinscher vs Norfolk Terrier Health Comparison

Health Issues
Chihuahua vs Miniature Pinscher vs Norfolk Terrier health comparison. Which is the healthier: Chihuahua vs Miniature Pinscher vs Norfolk Terrier?
Chihuahuas are commonly healthy dogs.
Miniature Pinschers tend to have more frequent health issues than other breeds.
The Norfolk Terrier is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems
Which one has more or less genetic/health problems: Chihuahua vs Miniature Pinscher vs Norfolk Terrier? What are the allergies, genetic diseases and concerns for them? Chihuahua vs Miniature Pinscher vs Norfolk Terrier health problems comparison:
Collapsed Trachea
Heart Murmurs
Hydrocephalus
Hypoglycemia
Open Fontanel
Patellar Luxation
Pulmonic Stenosis
Shivering
Epilepsy
Hypothyroidism
Legg-perthes Disease
Patellar Luxation
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
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Veterinarian Visits
Which one may need more or less veterinary visits?
Rare
The Chihuahua should have a complete physical check-up at least every 12-18 months (but preferably once per year).
Frequent
The Miniature Pinscher should have a complete physical check-up at least once (but preferably twice) per year.
Average
The Norfolk Terrier should have a complete physical check-up at least once per year.
Life Expectancy
Chihuahua vs Miniature Pinscher vs Norfolk Terrier lifespan comparison. How long do Chihuahua, Miniature Pinscher and Norfolk Terrier breeds live? Which one has a longer lifespan/life expectancy?
14-18 years
The average lifespan of Chihuahua: 16 years
11-15 years
The average lifespan of Miniature Pinscher: 13 years
11-15 years
The average lifespan of Norfolk Terrier: 13 years
Hypoallergenic
Chihuahua vs Miniature Pinscher vs Norfolk Terrier hypoallergenic comparison. Which dog is hypoallergenic or not?
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Energy Level
Who has more energy a Chihuahua or Miniature Pinscher or Norfolk Terrier? Chihuahua vs Miniature Pinscher vs Norfolk Terrier energy level comparison:
Chihuahuas have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Miniature Pinschers have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Norfolk Terriers have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
Chihuahua vs Miniature Pinscher vs Norfolk Terrier exercise need comparison. Which dog needs more activity? Which dog needs the most exercise: Chihuahua or Miniature Pinscher or Norfolk Terrier? Which dog needs the most walking? Which dog is the laziest?
Chihuahuas exercise need is very minimal.
Miniature Pinschers exercise need is minimal.
Norfolk Terriers need quite a lot of exercise.
Sleeping Need
Which one sleeps the least/most: Chihuahua or Miniature Pinscher or Norfolk Terrier?
Chihuahuas sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered a lazy breed.
Miniature Pinschers are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend too much time with sleeping.
Norfolk Terriers are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend too much time with sleeping.
Average daily food consumption
Which dog eats more: Chihuahua or Miniature Pinscher or Norfolk Terrier?
Recommended daily amount: 1/4 to 1/2 cups of high-quality dry food a day. 1/4 to 1/2 cup 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.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
Which dog breed is more prone to obesity? Chihuahua vs Miniature Pinscher vs Norfolk Terrier weight gain potential comparison:
Average: The Chihuahua has an average risk for obesity.
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High: The Miniature Pinscher breed has a strong tendency to be overweight.
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High: The Norfolk Terrier breed has a strong tendency to be overweight.
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Weather and Climate
Which dog is best for hot or cold weather: Chihuahua vs Miniature Pinscher vs Norfolk Terrier?
Prefers warm weather
Dogs that prefer warm weather conditions are typically breeds that were originally bred in warmer climates.
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Prefers warm weather
Dogs that prefer warm weather conditions are typically breeds that were originally bred in warmer climates.
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Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Norfolk Terrier can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
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Stinkiness
Which dog breed smells the least? Which dog smells the most? Which is best, Chihuahua vs Miniature Pinscher vs Norfolk Terrier?

High 🔼

The Chihuahua has a high chance of bad smell.

Medium

The Miniature Pinscher has an average chance of bad smell.

Medium

The Norfolk Terrier has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling Tendency
Which dog drools the most? Which dog drools the least?
The Chihuahua is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency.
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The Miniature Pinscher is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency.
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The Norfolk Terrier is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency.
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Chihuahua vs Miniature Pinscher vs Norfolk Terrier 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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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: Chihuahua or Miniature Pinscher or Norfolk Terrier? 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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Not really

This breed is generally not used as a 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.

Not really

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

Not really

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

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog.

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog.
Boat and Sailor Dog
Which one could be a boat dog: Chihuahua vs Miniature Pinscher vs Norfolk Terrier?

Not really

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

Miniature Pinscher breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
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Not really

Norfolk Terrier 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.

Chihuahua vs Miniature Pinscher vs Norfolk Terrier 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 Chihuahua and Miniature Pinscher and Norfolk Terrier have?
2-4 puppies 2-5 puppies 2-5 puppies

Chihuahua vs Miniature Pinscher vs Norfolk Terrier Recognition Comparison

AKC Group
Which dog is recognized by the AKC?
Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1904 as a Toy breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1925 as a Toy breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1979 as a Terrier breed.
FCI Group
Which dog is recognized by the FCI?
Recognized by FCI in the Companion and Toy Dogs group, in the Chihuahueno section. Recognized by FCI in the Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattledogs group, in the Pinscher and Schnauzer type section. Recognized by FCI in the Terriers group, in the Small sized Terriers section.
Breed Recognition
What other organizations and kennel clubs recognize these dog breeds?
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
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