Flat-coated Retriever vs Scotch Collie

Compare the Flat-coated Retriever to the Scotch Collie. Use the tool below to compare temperament, size, personality, maintenance requirements, and everything else between Flat-coated Retrievers and Scotch Collies.

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - Both the Scotch Collie and the Flat-Coated Retriever are good for new owners, but the Scotch Collie is a slightly better choice.
  • Children - Both the Flat-Coated Retriever and Scotch Collie are great with children.
  • Grooming - The Flat-Coated Retriever is very easy to groom. The Scotch Collie has high grooming requirements.
  • Barking - The Flat-Coated Retriever bark/howls frequently. The Scotch Collie has a low tendency to bark.
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Flat-Coated Retriever vs Scotch Collie
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Breed NameFlat-Coated RetrieverScotch Collie
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicNoNo
Lifespan8-10 yrs.12-16 yrs.
Height22-24½ in.19-24 in.
Weight55-80 lb40-70 lb
IntelligenceHighHigh
History
Origin CountryUnited KingdomNot Specified
Origin Year1859 AD1600 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessVery GoodVery Good
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Pet FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Stranger FriendlyVery GoodGood
Personality
  • Affectionate
  • Loving
  • Willing To Please
  • Affectionate
  • Loving
  • Willing To Please
Living Environment
ApartmentNoYes
IndoorYesYes
Small YardYesYes
Medium YardYesYes
Large YardYesYes
Temperature Tolerance ¹20°F to 75°F25°F to 80°F
Barks/HowlsVery OftenBelow Average
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelHighHigh
Exercise RequiredHigh-Very HighHigh
Top Running Speed24 mph28 mph
StrengthHighMedium
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceMediumMedium
SheddingMediumLow-Medium
DanderMediumLow-Medium
Drool AmountNone-LowNone

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 NameFlat-Coated RetrieverScotch Collie
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoNo
Family/PackYesYes
IndependentNoNo
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyYesNo
AverageYesNo
Focused & PatientNoYes
Breed Instincts
AggressionBelow AverageBelow Average
Burrow/DiggingBelow AverageBelow Average
ChasingAverageBelow Average
Follow CommandsAverageAverage
FightingBelow AverageBelow Average
GuardingBelow AverageBelow Average
HerdingBelow AverageHigh
HuntingHighVery Low
ProtectionBelow AverageBelow Average
Remove VerminBelow AverageBelow Average
SleddingBelow AverageBelow Average
WatchAverageAverage
Health Comparison
Breed NameFlat-Coated RetrieverScotch Collie
Lifespan
Lifespan8-10 yrs.12-16 yrs.
Common Health Issues
CancerYesNo
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameFlat-Coated RetrieverScotch Collie
Coat
FurYesYes
Coat Type
Double CoatYesYes
Coat Texture
WavyYesNo
StraightNoYes
Coat Length(s)
MediumYesYes
Coat Color(s)
BlackYesNo
LiverYesNo
Black & WhiteNoYes
Brown SableNoYes
Tri-colorNoYes