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Bichon Frise vs Havanese vs West Highland White Terrier – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Bichon Frise vs Havanese vs West Highland White Terrier" Compare Bichon Frise and Havanese. Which is better: Bichon Frise or Havanese or West Highland White Terrier?
Name Bichon Frise Havanese West Highland White Terrier
OriginsSpain Belgium Cuba Scotland
Group Companion Dogs Companion Dogs Hunting Dogs
Popularity Rank462342
Reviews411
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Other Names Bichon Frise, Tenerife Dog, Bichon A Poil Frise, Bichon Tenerife, Purebred Bichon Bichon Havanese, Bichon Habanero, Havanese Cuban Bichon, Bichon Havanais, Bichon Havanês, Havaneser, Havanezer Poltalloch Terrier, Roseneath Terrier, White Roseneath Terrier, Westie (or Westy)
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1972 as a Non-Sporting breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1996 as a Toy breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1908 as a Terrier breed.
FCI Group Not recognized by FCI. Recognized by FCI in the Companion and Toy Dogs group, in the Bichons and related breeds section. Recognized by FCI in the Terriers group, in the Small sized Terriers section.
Breed Recognition American Canine Registry American Kennel Club America's Pet Registry Canadian Kennel Club Dog Registry of America Inc. Federation Cynologique Internationale Kennel Club of Great Britain North American Purebred Registry, Inc. American Canine Association, Inc. Australian National Kennel Council Continental Kennel Club National Kennel Club New Zealand Kennel Club United Kennel Club The Bichon Frise Club Of America American Canine Registry American Kennel Club America's Pet Registry Canadian Kennel Club Dog Registry of America Inc. Federation Cynologique Internationale Kennel Club of Great Britain North American Purebred Registry, Inc. American Canine Association, Inc. Australian National Kennel Council Continental Kennel Club National Kennel Club United Kennel Club Havanese Club of America American Canine Registry American Kennel Club America's Pet Registry Canadian Kennel Club Dog Registry of America Inc. Federation Cynologique Internationale Kennel Club of Great Britain North American Purebred Registry, Inc. American Canine Association, Inc. Australian National Kennel Council Continental Kennel Club National Kennel Club New Zealand Kennel Club United Kennel Club Club Espanol De Terriers
Price $700-$1000 $900-$1200 $900-$1200

General Appearance - Bichon Frise vs Havanese vs West Highland White Terrier

Size Small Small Small
Weight 7-13 pounds (3-6 kg) 7-13 pounds (3-6 kg) Male: 15-22 pounds (7-10 kg), Female: 13-16 pounds (6-7 kg)
Avg. Weight 10 pounds (4.5 kg) 10 pounds (4.5 kg) Male: 18.5 pounds (8.5 kg), Female: 14.5 pounds (6.5 kg)
Height Male: 9-12 inches (23–30 cm) Female: 9-11 inches (23-28 cm) 8-11 inches (21-29 cm) Male: 10-12 inches (25-30 cm), Female: 9-11 inches (23-28 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 10.5 inches (26.5 cm) Female: 10 inches (25.5 cm) 10 inches (25 cm) Male: 11 inches (27.5 cm), Female: 10 inches (25.5 cm)

Hair & Care - Bichon Frise vs Havanese vs West Highland White Terrier

Coat Curly Soft Wavy Woolly Flat Long Dense
Colors White Apricot Buff Cream Black Reddish-Brown Fawn White Havana Brown Tobacco White
Grooming
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Average: The Havanese requires average grooming effort.
Advanced: The West Highland White Terrier requires a lot of grooming.
Shedding Level
Bichon Frises are low shedders.
Havaneses shed none to minimal.
West Highland White Terriers shed none to minimal.

Characteristics - Bichon Frise vs Havanese vs West Highland White Terrier

Temperament Affectionate Playful Sensitive Cheerful Gentle Intelligent Affectionate Gentle Playful Companionable Intelligent Responsive Sturdy Lively Amiable Charming Affectionate Courageous Friendly Independent Alert Intelligent
Intelligent Rank
Average: Bichon Frise's has average obedience intelligence.
Average: Havanese's has average obedience intelligence.
Average: West Highland White Terrier's has average obedience intelligence.
Trainability
Bichon Frises are quite easy to train.
Havaneses are very easy to train.
West Highland White Terriers are easy to train.
Playfulness
The Bichon Frise is a playful breed.
The Havanese is a highly playful breed.
The West Highland White Terrier is a highly playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Affection Level
Bichon Frises are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Havaneses are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
West Highland White Terriers are highly affectionate dogs.
Social Needs
Bichon Frises need a lot of social interaction.
Havaneses need a lot of social interaction.
West Highland White Terriers are a social breed.
Barking
Average: The Bichon Frise barks occasionally.
Low to Average: The Havanese rarely barks.
High: The West Highland White Terrier is a very vocal breed.
Watchdog Ability
Bichon Frises are average watchdogs.
Havaneses are good watchdogs.
West Highland White Terriers are average watchdogs.
Territorial
Bichon Frises are not the best to protect their territory.
Havaneses strongly protect their territory.
West Highland White Terriers are extremely protective guard dogs.
Biting Potential Low
The Bichon Frise has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Havanese has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The West Highland White Terrier has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Bichon Frises have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Havaneses have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
West Highland White Terriers have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Bichon Frises have average wanderlust potential.
Havaneses tend to escape less than other breeds.
West Highland White Terriers have average wanderlust potential.
Prey Drive
Bichon Frises don't have an impulse to catch or chase small animals.
Havaneses have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
West Highland White Terriers have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Apartment Friendly
Bichon Frises are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Havaneses are very apartment-friendly dogs.
West Highland White Terriers are not the best choice for an apartment lifestyle, but they don't mind being inside if you walk them several times every day.
Adaptability
Bichon Frises adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Havaneses adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
West Highland White Terriers adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Bichon Frises tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Havaneses tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
West Highland White Terriers do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
Fighting Dog Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With - Bichon Frise vs Havanese vs West Highland White Terrier

Stranger Friendly
Bichon Frises are very stranger friendly dogs.
Havaneses are stranger friendly dogs.
West Highland White Terriers are stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Bichon Frises are kid-friendly dogs.
Havaneses are very kid-friendly dogs.
West Highland White Terriers are kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Bichon Frises are very cat-friendly dogs.
Havaneses are very cat-friendly dogs.
West Highland White Terriers are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Bichon Frises are very dog-friendly dogs.
Havaneses are very dog-friendly dogs.
West Highland White Terriers are dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
Bichon Frise is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Havanese is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
West Highland White Terrier is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Bichon Frises are usually recommended for elderly people.
Havaneses are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
West Highland White Terriers are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Bichon Frises are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Havaneses are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
West Highland White Terriers are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners No
Bichon Frises are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Havaneses are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
West Highland White Terriers are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Therapy Dog Yes
This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR) Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Boat Dog Not really
Bichon Frise breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Havanese breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
West Highland White Terrier breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.

Health Factors - Bichon Frise vs Havanese vs West Highland White Terrier

Health Issues
The Bichon Frise is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
The Havanese is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Very healthy dog breed.
Health Problems Allergies Bladder Stones Hip Dysplasia Juvenile Cataracts Patellar Luxation Vaccination Sensitivity Cataracts Chondrodysplasia Deafness Elbow Dysplasia Heart Murmurs Hip Dysplasia Legg-perthes Disease Mitral Valve Disease Patellar Luxation Portosystemic Liver Shunt Atopic Dermatitis Cataracts Craniomandibular Osteopathy Globoid Cell Leukodystrophy Hyperplastic Dermatosis Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Legg-perthes Disease Patellar Luxation Pulmonary Fibrosis White Dog Shaker Syndrome
Life Expectancy 12-15 years 14-16 years 12-16 years
Hypoallergenic Yes Yes Yes
Energy Level
Bichon Frises have a lower energy level than other dogs.
Havaneses have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
West Highland White Terriers have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Exercise Need
Bichon Frises exercise need is minimal.
Havaneses exercise need is very minimal.
West Highland White Terriers need quite a lot of exercise.
Sleeping Need
Bichon Frises like sleeping so they do sleep a lot.
Havaneses sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
West Highland White Terriers are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Avg. daily food consumption 1/2 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 1/2 to 1 cup dry food a day. 1/2 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Average to High.
Average to High.
Average to High.
Weather & Climate Prefers average to warm weather conditions Tolerates warm and cold weather. Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The West Highland White Terrier can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness Low
The Bichon Frise has a low chance of bad smell.
Low
The Havanese has a low chance of bad smell.
Low
The West Highland White Terrier has a low chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Bichon Frise is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Havanese is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The West Highland White Terrier is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Bichon Frise vs Havanese vs West Highland White Terrier

Gestation Length 60-64 days 60-64 days 60-64 days
How often can the have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Litter Size 2-5 puppies 1-9 puppies, average 4 2-5 puppies

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