Golden Retriever vs Scotch Collie

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

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - Both the Golden Retriever and Scotch Collie are good choices for new or inexperienced owners.
  • Children - Both the Golden Retriever and Scotch Collie are great with children.
  • Grooming - The Golden Retriever requires moderate grooming, but the Scotch Collie has high grooming needs.
  • Barking - The Golden Retriever has an above-average tendency to bark, while the Scotch Collie has a low tendency to bark.
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Golden Retriever vs Scotch Collie
Golden Retriever
Tri-Color Scotch Collie
Breed NameGolden RetrieverScotch Collie
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicNoNo
Lifespan10-12 yrs.12-16 yrs.
Height21-24 in.19-24 in.
Weight55-80 lb40-70 lb
IntelligenceHighHigh
History
Origin CountryUK (Scotland)Not Specified
Origin Year1865 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
ApartmentYesYes
IndoorYesYes
Small YardYesYes
Medium YardYesYes
Large YardYesYes
Temperature Tolerance ¹30°F to 80°F25°F to 80°F
Barks/HowlsOftenBelow Average
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelHighHigh
Exercise RequiredMedium-HighHigh
Top Running Speed25 mph28 mph
StrengthHighMedium
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceMedium-HighMedium
SheddingMedium-HighLow-Medium
DanderMediumLow-Medium
Drool AmountNoneNone

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 NameGolden RetrieverScotch Collie
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoNo
Family/PackYesYes
IndependentNoNo
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyNoNo
AverageNoNo
Focused & PatientYesYes
Breed Instincts
AggressionBelow AverageBelow Average
Burrow/DiggingBelow AverageBelow Average
ChasingHighBelow Average
Follow CommandsHighAverage
FightingBelow AverageBelow Average
GuardingBelow AverageBelow Average
HerdingBelow AverageHigh
HuntingHighVery Low
ProtectionBelow AverageBelow Average
Remove VerminBelow AverageBelow Average
SleddingBelow AverageBelow Average
WatchBelow AverageAverage
Health Comparison
Breed NameGolden RetrieverScotch Collie
Lifespan
Lifespan10-12 yrs.12-16 yrs.
Common Health Issues
AllergiesYesNo
BloatYesNo
CataractsYesNo
Elbow DysplasiaYesNo
EpilepsyYesNo
HemangiosarcomaYesNo
Hip DysplasiaYesNo
HypothyroidismYesNo
Osteochondrosis DissecansYesNo
OsteosarcomaYesNo
Progressive Retinal AtrophyYesNo
Subvalvular Aortic StenosisYesNo
Von Willebrand's DiseaseYesNo
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameGolden RetrieverScotch Collie
Coat
FurYesYes
Coat Type
Double CoatYesYes
Coat Texture
WavyYesNo
StraightNoYes
Coat Length(s)
MediumYesYes
Coat Color(s)
Dark GoldenYesNo
GoldYesNo
Light GoldenYesNo
Black & WhiteNoYes
Brown SableNoYes
Tri-colorNoYes