Yorkies and Silkies. Can you recognize them apart? Two dog breeds that look very similar to each other. Today we will talk about differences between them and ho to easily recognize them apart.
First lets say, why they are so similar. Both dogs are very small, have similar lush coats, face expression and body type. The reason, why they are so similar is, that Silky Terrier is offspring of Yorkshire and Australian Terrier. Yorkie is a dog from England while Silky Terriers were bred in Australia.
The first difference is in their size. Silky Terrier is larger dog with height between 23 to 26 cms. Yorkshire Terrier height is around 17 cms. Of course, females are little bit smaller. Silky Terriers are also heavier with average weight around 5 kgs. Yorkie weight is around 3 kgs.
There are also some differences in personality. Yorkies are fearless and smart dogs. If they would be larger, they would be great guard dogs, because when they start barking, its very hard to stop them. Silkies are clever as well, but they are more one person dog. Silky Terrier is also more energetic, so they need little bit more excercise.
If you get Silky or Yorkshire Terrier, dont forget, that they are not typical small dogs. They enjoy all the doggy things, they love excercising and longer walks. They also love interactive toys, they are great with that! Try to socialize them, so they can play with other dogs. They are terriers after all!
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Lets start with their origin. Bullmastiffs are probably one of the oldest breeds in the world and they were bred to be great guards and hunters. Its a dog from United Kingdom and it is believed, that they have Great Danes, St. Bernards and Bloodhounds in their lineage.
The important difference is in their mask. Bullmastiff always has a black mask and black nose. At least all purebred Bullmastiffs must have it. It is true, that some Boerboels also have black mask, but it is not true for all of them. There are a lot of Boerboels, that have color of their face same with color of their coat.
The size is very similar for both breeds, around 65 cms (26 inch). But Boerboels are definitely heavier breed. They weigh between 60 to 80 kgs (140 to 180 pounds). Bullmastiff is lighter, but its still very big dog with weight between 50 to 60 kgs (110 to 140 pounds).
Both breeds are pretty dominant and i would not recommend them to novice dog owner. Both breeds are also excellent family dogs and they can live with kids with no problem. But you should socialize them properly, just like any other breed. Both are also highly intelligent, which makes them highly trainable. But its important to start the training as soon as possible, because both breeds are pretty independent and can be stubborn sometimes.
Watch our full comparsion between Boerboel and Bullmastiff:
Maltese and Shih tzu might look similar for untrained eye, but there are a lot of differences between them. The first, but not that important difference is, that Maltese was bred in Mediterranean region and Shih Tzu is Chinese breed.
More important are differences in their appearance. Shih Tzu is larger and heavier than Maltese. Shih tzu weighs around 6 kgs and their height is most of the time over 25 cms, while Maltese height is around 20 cms but weighs only around 4 kgs. Maltese is slightle shorter, but it has larger eyes than Shih Tzu
These dogs are great for older people. They are excelent and affectionate lap dogs, which is great thing when you are at home. But they also dont need that much exercise. Slow and calm walks are great for these dogs. Maltese might have little bit more energy, but its true, that both dogs will be more than happy with regular daily walks.
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Have you ever had a problem to distinguish Lhasa Apso and Shih Tzu? Well you are not alone. I had the same problem as well, so i decided, to find out what are the key differences between them. The reason why they look similar is, that Shih Tzu is direct descendant of Lhasa Apso.
Both breeds have long, beautifull and fluffy coat. And their coat is probably their biggest difference and the easiest way to tell the breeds apart. If you will see side parting of the coat and you the coat is straight with black tips on muzzle and ears you can be sure, that it is Lhasa Apso. Shih Tzu does not have the dividing line and their coat is much more wavier.
Both dogs can be characterized as affectionate, loving dogs with average intelligence. They does not require much exercise, since their energy level is low to medium. Both can be described as non shedding – sometimes they are good for people with allergies and neither of these dogs drool. They dont have herding, hunting or fighting instincts.
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These two breeds are kinda similar to each other, both are herders, both are amazingly smart and easily trainable and both are very popular. And there are much more similarities between them. So what are the differences between them?
Of course, the first difference is in their origin, because these two dogs have different ancestors. GSD is obviously German dog that was developed in 19th century, so its relatively new breed and GSD ancestors are all kind of Bavarian dogs. Border Collie does not have German heritage, because it is a dog from Great Britain. Border Collie ancestors are dogs, that Romans brought to England in first century before christ to herd their livestock.
Lets talk a little bit more about their intelligence. There is no dog psychologist or trainer, who would not put GSD and Border Collie among TOP 10 smartest dogs. Actually most of the time, they are both in TOP 3. Border Collie on the first place, German Shepherd is third and on second place is Poodle. However, the breed is only one of several factors. Breeding and genetics come into play. A poorly bred Border Collie is not going to be as smart as a well bred German Shepherd.
Watch our full video comparsion of these two breeds here: