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Differences and Similarities between the Poodle and the Australian Kelpie.

Last updated on June 7th, 2022 at 12:18 am


Poodle versus Australian Kelpie

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Poodle Versus Australian Kelpie: Introduction

Are you thinking of getting a new pet dog, and you have narrowed down your choices to the Poodle and the Australian Kelpie? Well, you have come to the right place. Because in this article, we will provide you with a detailed comparison of these two dog breeds to help you decide which of the Poodle and the Australian Kelpie better suits you.

We will provide you a detailed discussion and comparison of dog attributes such as intelligence, price, general health, friendliness, etc, for both the Poodle and the Australian Kelpie.

Furthermore, we will let you know which one of the Poodle and the Australian Kelpie is better suited for new dog owners, for owners with kids, for owners that live in apartments, for owners with dog allergies, etc.

Importantly, we did some analysis and calculation and we obtained a number that we call the Better-Pet Score™ for both the Poodle and for the Australian Kelpie. The dog breed with the higher Better-Pet score is the `better` pet. We hope that these Better-Pet Scores will provide you with more insight into deciding which pet to get between the Poodle and the Australian Kelpie.

Our only goal here is to help you make a well-thought-out decision on your next long-term companion, be it the Poodle or the Australian Kelpie.

Note that there are 3 types of Poodles:

  • The Standard Poodle
  • The Miniature Poodle
  • The Toy Poodle


  • However, these 3 poodle `types` are basically the same. The only difference between them is size. Standard Poodles are big, toy poodles are small, and miniature poodles are medium-sized.

    Read more about the subtle differences between the standard poodle vs. miniature poodle here and the toy poodle versus miniature poodle here.

    In addition, we have articles on the detailed comparisons of the poodle to every other dog breed. Check out our articles on poodle versus other dog breeds here.

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    Poodle versus Australian Kelpie: Overview

    A very important difference between the Poodle and the Australian Kelpie is the size difference between the two dog breeds. The Poodle is a large-sized dog while the Australian Kelpie is a medium-sized dog.

    Furthermore, the Poodle belongs to the Companion Dogs group. Companion Dogs were bred to be companions for humans. Their main goal in life is to be with people, and they will be very sad if left to themselves for long hours day after day.

    On the other hand, the Australian Kelpie belongs to the Herding Dogs group. Herding Dogs were bred for moving livestock, including sheep, cattle, and even reindeer. Herding dogs work closely with their human shepherds, and their natural intelligence and responsiveness make them highly trainable. They have high levels of energy, which needs to be channeled properly to prevent destructive behavior. Herding breeds are protective of their people and property and make excellent watchdogs. Their intelligence, agility, and activity level make them well suited to dog sports.

    Poodle versus Australian Kelpie: Comparison Table

    The table below compares the Poodle to the Australian Kelpie based on different important factors such as Price, Health, Kid-friendliness, etc.

    When a dog breed scores higher for a factor than the other dog breed, the box of the breed that scores higher is shaded green and the box of the breed that scores lower is shaded red. When there is no difference between the breeds for a particular factor then the box is shaded gray for both pets. Also, when the factor is not important in picking a pet, or when the factor cannot be compared between two pets, the box for the factor is shaded gray for both pets

    Most of the factors in the table for each dog breed are ranked on a scale of 1 to 5. “1” means “worst”, and “5” means “best”.

    However, some factors such as “Price”, “Average Lifespan”, etc. cannot be on a scale of 1 to 5, so they are not on a scale of 1 to 5 in the comparison table.

    Later in this article, we will further explain each factor as it applies to the Poodle and the Australian Kelpie

    FactorPoodleAustralian Kelpie
    Tolerates Being Alone1/52/5
    Does NOT Shed5/53/5
    Does NOT Drool5/55/5
    Easy To Groom1/54/5
    Life Span12 to 15 years10 to 15 years
    General Health2/53/5
    Low Prey Drive4/52/5
    Does NOT Bark or Howl4/52/5
    Tolerates Cold Weather3/53/5
    Tendency NOT to Wander3/52/5
    Calmness/ Low Vigor3/53/5
    Weight
  • Standard Poodle: 38 to 70 pounds
  • Miniature Poodle: 10 and 20 pounds
  • Toy Poodle: 4.8 to 11.6 pounds
  • 25 to 46 pounds
    Easygoing2/52/5
    Tolerates Hot Weather4/55/5
    Dog Friendly4/53/5
    Friendly Toward Strangers4/52/5
    Potential NOT to Gain Weight2/54/5
    Does NOT chew on things2/51/5
    NOT Rambunctious2/51/5
    Minimal Exercise Needs2/51/5
    Adapts Well To Apartment Living5/52/5
    Good For Novice Owners5/52/5
    Affectionate With Family5/54/5
    Kid-Friendly5/52/5
    Easy To Train5/55/5
    Intelligence5/55/5
    Potential For Playfulness5/54/5
    Height
  • Standard Poodle: 24 to 27 inches
  • Miniature Poodle: 10 to 15 inches
  • Toy Poodle: less than 10 inches
  • 15 to 20 inches
    Average Lifespan13.5 years12.5 years
    Average Price
  • Standard Poodle: $1980
  • Miniature Poodle: $2500
  • Toy Poodle: $2760
  • $590
    Price Range
  • Standard Poodle: $1400 – $2500
  • Miniature Poodle: $1500 – $3000
  • Toy Poodle: $1894 – $3500
  • $500 – $600
    Temperament Score87.2 percent83.3 percent
    Common Health Problems and Recommended Health Tests
  • Eye Examination
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA) DNA Test
  • No Data
    *Data from AKC.org (The American Kennel Club),dogtime.com, OFA.org (The Orthopedic Foundation for Animals), petcalculator.com, wikipedia.org, ATTS.org (The American Temperament Test Society)

    Next, we added the scores of the factors that can be added together for the Poodle in the table (that is, `Ease of Grooming` score + `General Health` score + `Calmness` score + …etc) and we compared it to the corresponding total score for the Australian Kelpie. We call these total scores the Better-Pet Scores, as we mentioned earlier. We called this score the Better-Pet score because the better dog breed will have a higher score. This is because the pet will the higher score will have minimal needs and be easier to have as a pet.

    The Better-Pet score for the Poodle is 88 out of 125 while the Better-Pet score for the Australian Kelpie is 72 out of 125.

    Based on their Better-Pet scores, the Poodle is a better pet than the Australian Kelpie. So, you should get a Poodle!

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    The Most Remarkable Differences Between the Poodle and the Australian Kelpie

    Below is a list of where the Poodle and the Australian Kelpie are most different:

  • Poodles require a lot of grooming and are not very easy to groom. However, Australian Kelpies are very easy to groom.
  • Poodles adapt well to apartment living. However, Australian Kelpies do not adapt well to apartment living.
  • Poodles are good for new dog owners. However, Australian Kelpies are not the best dogs for new dog owners.
  • Poodles get along well with kids. They are kid-friendly. However, Australian Kelpies do not get along well with kids. They are not kid-friendly.
  • The Similarities Between the Poodle and the Australian Kelpie

    The Poodle and the Australian Kelpie are very similar in certain aspects. Below is the list of where the Poodle and the Australian Kelpie are most similar:

  • Both the Poodle and the Australian Kelpie do not like to be left alone.
  • Both the Poodle and the Australian Kelpie do not have the tendency to drool.
  • Both the Poodle and the Australian Kelpie have the tendency to develop certain health problems.
  • Both the Poodle and the Australian Kelpie are easily disturbed by noise in their environments. They are sensitive to human tone. They will understand the tone of your voice when you try to correct their behaviors with a firm tone.
  • Both the Poodle and the Australian Kelpie can tolerate hot weather.
  • Both the Poodle and the Australian Kelpie get along well with other dogs.
  • Both the Poodle and the Australian Kelpie are prone to nip and chew at things.
  • Both the Poodle and the Australian Kelpie have very high energy levels. They need a lot of exercise time to release their high energy.
  • Both the Poodle and the Australian Kelpie require a lot of exercise. They are good for owners who like to exercise.
  • Both the Poodle and the Australian Kelpie are great family dogs. They are very affectionate with family.
  • Both the Poodle and the Australian Kelpie are very easy to train.
  • Both the Poodle and the Australian Kelpie are highly intelligent.
  • Both the Poodle and the Australian Kelpie are very playful.
  • Size (Weight and Height) of Poodle versus Australian Kelpie

    Now, let us discuss the difference in size between the Poodle and the Australian Kelpie.

    Poodles come in three main size categories. These three size categories are referred to as the three varieties of the poodle. Poodles of different varieties are basically the same except for their size differences. The poodle varieties based on size categorization are:

  • Standard Poodles: Standard Poodles are the biggest of the poodle varieties. Adult Standard Poodles are 24 inches to 27 inches tall and weigh between 38 pounds and 70 pounds. To learn more about Standard Poodle Growth, Weight, and Height, check out our article on Standard Poodle growth, weight and height.
  • Miniature Poodles: Miniature Poodles are mid-sized poodles. An adult miniature poodle grows to weigh between 10 and 20 pounds (4.5 kg to 9 kg) and stands between 10 to 15 inches tall (25.4 cm to 38.1 cm). To learn more about Miniature Poodle Growth, Weight and Height, check out our article on Miniature Poodle growth, weight and height.
  • Toy Poodles: The Toy Poodle is the smallest official member of the poodle club. Although there is a smaller poodle variety that is smaller than the toy poodle. This tiny poodle variety is called the micro/teacup poodle. However, this micro/teacup poodle size category is not recognized by the official poodle association, The Poodle Club of America. Adult toy poodles are no more than ten inches tall withers. In weight, a toy poodle will grow to be about 4.8 to 11.6 pounds in weight. To learn more about Toy Poodle Growth, Weight and Height, check out our article on Toy Poodle growth, weight and height.
  • There is another variety of poodle that is not recognized in the USA but is recognized in Europe. This poodle size variety is called the Moyen Poodle. In size, the Moyen Poodle is smaller than the Standard poodle but bigger than the miniature poodle.

    See below the figure that compares the different poodle sizes:

    Poodle Sizes

    On the other hand, Australian Kelpies weigh 25 to 46 pounds when fully grown. Australian Kelpies are 15 to 20 inches when fully grown.

    Temperament of the Australian Kelpie Versus the Poodle

    The Poodle has a better temperament than the Australian Kelpie.

    This is because the temperament score for the Poodle is 87.2 percent while the temperament score for the Australian Kelpie is 83.3 percent, according to the American Temperament Test Society (ATTS).

    The American Temperament Test Society (ATTS) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide fair and objective evaluations of the temperaments of dog breeds.

    Dog breeds with low temperament scores tend to show unprovoked aggression, they easily panic without quickly recovering from the panic, and they tend to avoid people. However, dog breeds with high temperament scores are not aggressive and are not shy. Also, these dogs are generally friendly and are protective of their owners.

    The average temperament score across all dog breeds (over 250 breeds) is 83.7 percent.

    With its temperament score of 87.2 percent, the Poodle has an above-average temperament compared to other dog breeds.

    With its temperament score of 83.3 percent, the Australian Kelpie has a below-average temperament compared to other dog breeds.

    The ATTS obtained the temperament scores of the Poodle and the Australian Kelpie by measuring the temperaments of 266 Poodles and 6 Australian Kelpies.

    Price of Poodle versus Price of Australian Kelpie

    The average price of the Standard Poodle puppy is $1980. The price of the Standard Poodle typically ranges from $1400 – $2500. However, the price of a Standard Poodle can be as low as $200 and as high as $15000. We obtained this price information by reviewing the prices of 2524 Standard Poodle puppies listed for sale from various sources.
    The average price of the Miniature Poodle puppy is $2500. The price of the Miniature Poodle typically ranges from $1500 – $3000. However, the price of a Miniature Poodle can be as low as $350 and as high as $15000. We obtained this price information by reviewing the prices of 1190 Miniature Poodle puppies listed for sale from various sources.
    The average price of the Toy Poodle puppy is $2760. The price of the Toy Poodle typically ranges from $1894 – $3500. However, the price of a Toy Poodle can be as low as $450 and as high as $9835. We obtained this price information by reviewing the prices of 872 Toy Poodle puppies listed for sale from various sources.

    To know about standard poodle prices and standard poodle buying advice, check out our article on standard poodle cost.

    To know about miniature poodle prices, check out this article on miniature poodle price.

    To learn more about toy poodle price and for toy poodle buying advice, check out this article on toy poodle price.

    The average price of the Australian Kelpie puppy is $590. The price of the Australian Kelpie typically ranges from $500 – $600. However, the price of a Australian Kelpie can be as low as $100 and as high as $1000. We obtained this price information by collecting and reviewing the prices of 20 Australian Kelpie puppies listed for sale from various sources.

    The Poodle is more expensive than the Australian Kelpie.

    Poodle Australian Kelpie
    Average Price $2260 $590
    Price Range $1500 to $2800 $500 to $600

    The charts below show the price distribution for the Poodle and Australian Kelpie. For different price points, the charts show how many Poodle puppies or how many Australian Kelpie puppies are listed for sale at those price points.

    A breakdown of the prices of Poodles. The typical price range is shaded Green.

    A breakdown of the prices of Poodles. The typical price range is shaded Green.

    A breakdown of the prices of Australian Kelpies

    A breakdown of the prices of Australian Kelpies

    Note that a lot of factors determine how much you can expect to pay for the Poodle puppy or the Australian Kelpie puppy. This includes if health screening tests have been performed on the puppy, if the puppy is from a famous pedigree, the US State where the puppy is bred, etc.

    Nevertheless, when looking from a puppy, look at buying a puppy only from well-established breeders that breed puppies primarily for the love of dogs, and secondarily for profit. Do not buy a puppy from one of those puppy mills that mass-produce puppies in bad living conditions for maximum profit.

    You may also consider adopting a dog instead of buying a dog.

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    Adopting the Poodle versus Adopting the Australian Kelpie

    You may consider adopting a dog instead of buying a puppy. Many Poodles and many Australian Kelpies are currently available for adoption.

    These adorable and cute dogs are waiting in dog shelters hoping that someday someone will rescue them. Furthermore, adoption costs are lesser than the cost of a new puppy. Dog adoption costs are usually around $300. In addition to your local dog shelter, a good place online to see dogs that are available for adoption is petfinder.com.

    Below is an adorable Male Poodle named Sam that is currently available for adoption on Petfinder.com. You can find other lovely adoptable Poodles like Sam on pefinder.com.

    Also, like Poodles, Australian Kelpies are also available for adoption. For example, Thor is a Male Australian Kelpie that is currently available for adoption on petfinder.com. You can find more Australian Kelpies like Thor that are up for adoption on petfinder.com.

    The Poodle and the Australian Kelpie can both be adopted. Images from petfinder.com

    Stormy is the name of another Poodle (Male) on petfinder.com that is looking for a new home.

    Also, Screech is an adorable Male Australian Kelpie on petfinder.com that you can adopt.

    Poodles and Australian Kelpies are always available for adoption. Images from petfinder.com

    You can find more Poodles and Australian Kelpies that are available for adoption on petfinder.

    Tolerates Being Alone: Poodle versus Australian Kelpie

    Poodles do not like to be left alone.

    Poodles, by nature, are companion dogs. They like and thrive on human companionship more than most dog breeds. Poodles do not like to be left alone. Leaving a poodle alone for more than 4 hours day after day will cause separation anxiety and isolation distress in a poodle. If you plan to get a poodle, make sure you can be around your poodle most of the time, or arrange for a dog walker.

    See our article on how long you can leave a poodle alone.

    Australian Kelpies do not like to be left alone.

    Do Poodles shed more than Australian Kelpies?

    Poodles do not shed a lot. They are good for people with dog allergies.

    Although all dogs shed, and poodles are no different in this regard. But poodles shed less than many other breeds of dogs. However, if you own a poodle, you will not have the problem of having balls of dog hair on your couch and over your house. This is because the curly coat of the poodle traps the hair and other things that the poodle sheds. Therefore, people that are allergic to dogs tend to tolerate poodles better.

    Check out our articles to learn more on why poodles do not shed, and on standard poodle shedding, and on shedding in toy poodles

    Australian Kelpies shed moderately.

    Which is Easier to Groom, the Poodle or the Australian Kelpie?

    Poodles require a lot of grooming and they are not very easy to groom.

    To learn more about how to properly groom a poodle, check out our article on how to groom a poodle.

    Learn more on how to take care of a poodle here.

    Australian Kelpies are very easy to groom.

    Which Dog Breed is more Dog-Friendly, the Poodle or the Australian Kelpie?

    Poodles get along very well with other dogs.

    Poodles get along very well with other dogs. Poodles are very friendly. However, it is up to the other dog to reciprocate the friendliness. Some dog breeds are just unfriendly and aggressive.

    Read this article to learn about the dog breeds that get along well with poodle and the dog breeds that do not along with poodles.

    Australian Kelpies get along fairly well with other dogs.

    Are Poodles good family dogs? What about Australian Kelpies?

    Poodles are great family dogs. They are very affectionate with family.

    Poodles make a good addition to a family. They love kids and kids love them.

    Learn about standard poodles as family dogs here, and about how family-friendly are toy poodles here..

    Australian Kelpies are great family dogs. They are very affectionate with family.

    Is the Poodle Easier to Train than the Australian Kelpie?

    Poodles are very easy to train.

    Poodles are easy to train because they are intelligent and eager to please their owners. However, it is important that you begin training a poodle to make the most out of their natural intelligence. Moreover, training your Poodle should be based on positive reinforcement and repetition. Be sure to give your Poodle praise when he obeys a command and ignores your poodle`s bad behavior.

    To learn more, check out our article on how to train a poodle.

    Australian Kelpies are very easy to train.

    Which one drools more, the Poodle or the Australian Kelpie

    Poodles do have a very low tendency to drool.

    Australian Kelpies do have a very low tendency to drool.

    How Kid-friendly are Poodles and Australian Kelpies?

    Poodles get along well with kids. They are kid-friendly.

    Australian Kelpies do not get along well with kids. They are not kid-friendly.

    Does the Poodle Have a Higher Prey Drive than the Australian Kelpie?

    Poodles have a very low prey drive. This means they get won`t chase after smaller pets. They tend to get along well with other pets.

    Australian Kelpies have a high prey drive. They have the tendency to chase after smaller animals and pets. They do not get along well with other pets.

    Do Poodles Bark and Howl? What about Australian Kelpies?

    Poodles are not very vocal. They do not tend to bark and howl.

    Australian Kelpies are highly vocal. They have the tendency to bark and howl.

    Can Poodles Tolerate Cold Weather? And can Australian Kelpies Tolerate Cold Weather?

    Poodles can moderately tolerate cold weather.

    Australian Kelpies can moderately tolerate cold weather.

    Wanderlust Potential: Poodle vs. Australian Kelpie

    Poodles have a moderate tendency to wander. This means that they sometimes get distracted by other animals or objects.

    Australian Kelpies have a high tendency to wander. They are easily distracted by other animals or objects.

    Can Poodles Tolerate Hot Weather? Can Australian Kelpies Tolerate Hot Weather?

    Poodles can tolerate hot weather.

    Australian Kelpies can tolerate hot weather.

    Is the Poodle Better for Apartment Owners than the Australian Kelpie?

    Poodles adapt very well to apartment living.

    Australian Kelpies do not adapt well to apartment living.

    Which is Better for New Dog Owners, the Poodle or the Australian Kelpie?

    Poodles are very good for new dog owners.

    Australian Kelpies are not the best dogs for new dog owners.

    Poodle Versus Other Dog Breeds

    You may also be interested in how the poodle compares to other breeds aside from the Australian Kelpie. So, see below the links to the comparison of the poodle to other breeds:

    poodle versus Polish Lowland Sheepdog     poodle versus Bernedoodle     poodle versus Norwegian Lundehund     poodle versus Norwegian Buhund     poodle versus Pomeranian     poodle versus Akita Chow     poodle versus Skye Terrier     poodle versus Tibetan Spaniel     poodle versus Chinese Crested     poodle versus Weimaraner     

    Conclusion: Poodle versus Australian Kelpie. Which One is a Better Pet?

    In summary, there is nothing like a better dog breed or a worse dog breed. The important question to ask is which dog breed better matches your interests and lifestyle. We hope our discussion above will help you in deciding which dog breed between the Poodle and the Australian Kelpie better suits you and your family.