Australian Shepherd vs Flat-coated Retriever

Compare the Australian Shepherd to the Flat-coated Retriever. Use the tool below to compare temperament, size, personality, maintenance requirements, and everything else between Australian Shepherds and Flat-coated Retrievers.

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - Both the Australian Shepherd and Flat-Coated Retriever are okay choices for new or inexperienced owners.
  • Children - Both the Australian Shepherd and Flat-Coated Retriever are great with children.
  • Grooming - The Flat-Coated Retriever is very easy to groom. The Australian Shepherd has high grooming requirements.
  • Barking - Both the Australian Shepherd and Flat-Coated Retriever are very vocal and will bark/howl frequently.
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Australian Shepherd vs Flat-Coated Retriever
Australian Shepherd Dog Breed
Black Flat-Coated Retriever
Breed NameAustralian ShepherdFlat-Coated Retriever
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicNoNo
Lifespan12-15 yrs.8-10 yrs.
Height18-23 in.22-24½ in.
Weight40-65 lb55-80 lb
IntelligenceHighHigh
History
Origin CountryUnited StatesUnited Kingdom
Origin Year1840 AD1859 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessVery GoodVery Good
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Pet FriendlyPoorVery Good
Stranger FriendlyGoodVery Good
Personality
  • Affectionate
  • Loving
  • Willing To Please
  • Affectionate
  • Loving
  • Willing To Please
Living Environment
ApartmentNoNo
IndoorYesYes
Small YardYesYes
Medium YardYesYes
Large YardYesYes
Temperature Tolerance ¹30°F to 80°F20°F to 75°F
Barks/HowlsVery OftenVery Often
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelHigh-Very HighHigh
Exercise RequiredHighHigh-Very High
Top Running Speed25 mph24 mph
StrengthHighHigh
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceMediumMedium
SheddingMediumMedium
DanderMediumMedium
Drool AmountLowNone-Low

¹This is estimated min/max temperature range for a healthy adult dog. Dogs that live indoors, puppies, seniors, unwell dogs, and/or dogs with improperly groomed coats may overheat sooner and get cold more quickly.
Instincts & Behavior Comparison
Breed NameAustralian ShepherdFlat-Coated Retriever
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoNo
Family/PackYesYes
IndependentNoNo
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyNoYes
AverageYesYes
Focused & PatientNoNo
Breed Instincts
AggressionBelow AverageBelow Average
Burrow/DiggingBelow AverageBelow Average
ChasingBelow AverageAverage
Follow CommandsAverageAverage
FightingVery LowBelow Average
GuardingBelow AverageBelow Average
HerdingHighBelow Average
HuntingBelow AverageHigh
ProtectionBelow AverageBelow Average
Remove VerminVery LowBelow Average
SleddingBelow AverageBelow Average
WatchBelow AverageAverage
Health Comparison
Breed NameAustralian ShepherdFlat-Coated Retriever
Lifespan
Lifespan12-15 yrs.8-10 yrs.
Common Health Issues
AllergiesYesNo
CancerYesYes
CataractsYesNo
Collie Eye AnomalyYesNo
DeafnessYesNo
Detached RetinaYesNo
DistichiasisYesNo
Drug SensitivityYesNo
Elbow DysplasiaYesNo
EpilepsyYesNo
Hip DysplasiaYesNo
HypothyroidismYesNo
Nasal Solar DermatitisYesNo
Osteochondrosis DissecansYesNo
Persistent Pupillary MembranesYesNo
Progressive Retinal AtrophyYesNo
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameAustralian ShepherdFlat-Coated Retriever
Coat
FurYesYes
Coat Type
Double CoatYesYes
Coat Texture
WavyYesYes
Coat Length(s)
MediumYesYes
LongYesNo
Coat Color(s)
BlackYesYes
Blue MerleYesNo
RedYesNo
Red MerleYesNo
LiverNoYes