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

"Find similarities and differences between Havanese vs Maltese vs West Highland White Terrier" Compare Havanese and Maltese. Which is better: Havanese or Maltese or West Highland White Terrier?
Name Havanese Maltese West Highland White Terrier
OriginsCuba Italy Scotland
Group Companion Dogs Companion Dogs Hunting Dogs
Popularity Rank233342
Reviews521
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Other Names Bichon Havanese, Bichon Habanero, Havanese Cuban Bichon, Bichon Havanais, Bichon Havanês, Havaneser, Havanezer Maltese Dog, Maltese lion dog Poltalloch Terrier, Roseneath Terrier, White Roseneath Terrier, Westie (or Westy)
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1996 as a Toy breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1888 as a Toy breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1908 as a Terrier breed.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Companion and Toy Dogs group, in the Bichons and related breeds section. 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
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
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 $900-$1200 $600-$800 $900-$1200

General Appearance - Havanese vs Maltese vs West Highland White Terrier

Size Small Small Small
Weight 7-13 pounds (3-6 kg) 6.5-9 pounds (3-4 kg) Male: 15-22 pounds (7-10 kg), Female: 13-16 pounds (6-7 kg)
Avg. Weight 10 pounds (4.5 kg) 6.7 pounds (3.5 kg) Male: 18.5 pounds (8.5 kg), Female: 14.5 pounds (6.5 kg)
Height 8-11 inches (21-29 cm) Male: 8-10 inches (21-25 cm), Female: 8-9 inches (20-23 cm) Male: 10-12 inches (25-30 cm), Female: 9-11 inches (23-28 cm)
Avg. Height 10 inches (25 cm) Male: 9 inches (23 cm), Female: 8.5 inches (21.5 cm) Male: 11 inches (27.5 cm), Female: 10 inches (25.5 cm)

Hair & Care - Havanese vs Maltese vs West Highland White Terrier

Coat Soft
Wavy
Woolly
Flat
Long
Feathered Dense
Colors Black
Reddish-Brown
Fawn
White
Havana Brown
Tobacco
White White
Grooming
Average: The Havanese requires average grooming effort.
Average: The Maltese requires average grooming effort.
Advanced: The West Highland White Terrier requires a lot of grooming.
Shedding Level
Havaneses shed none to minimal.
Malteses shed none to minimal.
West Highland White Terriers shed none to minimal.

Characteristics - Havanese vs Maltese vs West Highland White Terrier

Temperament Affectionate
Gentle
Playful
Companionable
Intelligent
Responsive
Sturdy
Lively
Amiable
Charming
Active
Easygoing
Intelligent
Responsive
Docile
Gentle
Playful
Sweet
Tempered
Affectionate
Courageous
Friendly
Independent
Alert
Intelligent
Intelligent Rank
Average: Havanese's has average obedience intelligence.
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
Average: West Highland White Terrier's has average obedience intelligence.
Trainability
Havaneses are very easy to train.
Malteses are quite easy to train.
West Highland White Terriers are easy to train.
Playfulness
The Havanese is a highly playful breed.
Malteses, like any other dog breed, like playing.
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
Havaneses are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Malteses are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
West Highland White Terriers are highly affectionate dogs.
Social Needs
Havaneses need a lot of social interaction.
Malteses need a lot of social interaction.
West Highland White Terriers are a social breed.
Barking
Low to Average: The Havanese rarely barks.
High: The Maltese is a very vocal breed.
High: The West Highland White Terrier is a very vocal breed.
Watchdog Ability
Havaneses are good watchdogs.
Malteses are average watchdogs.
West Highland White Terriers are average watchdogs.
Territorial
Havaneses strongly protect their territory.
Malteses strongly protect their territory.
West Highland White Terriers are extremely protective guard dogs.
Biting Potential Low
The Havanese has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Maltese has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The West Highland White Terrier has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Havaneses have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Malteses 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
Havaneses tend to escape less than other breeds.
Malteses are not the biggest explorers.
West Highland White Terriers have average wanderlust potential.
Prey Drive
Havaneses have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Malteses 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
Havaneses are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Malteses 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
Havaneses adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Malteses 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
Havaneses tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Malteses 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 - Havanese vs Maltese vs West Highland White Terrier

Stranger Friendly
Havaneses are stranger friendly dogs.
Malteses are very stranger friendly dogs.
West Highland White Terriers are stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Havaneses are very kid-friendly dogs.
Malteses are kid-friendly dogs.
West Highland White Terriers are kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Havaneses are very cat-friendly dogs.
Malteses are very cat-friendly dogs.
West Highland White Terriers are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Havaneses are very dog-friendly dogs.
Malteses are very dog-friendly dogs.
West Highland White Terriers are dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
Havanese is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Maltese 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
Havaneses are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Malteses are usually recommended for elderly people.
West Highland White Terriers are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Havaneses are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Malteses are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
West Highland White Terriers are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners No
Havaneses are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Malteses 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 Not really
This breed generally not used as a 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
Havanese breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Maltese 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 - Havanese vs Maltese vs West Highland White Terrier

Health Issues
The Havanese is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
The Maltese is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Very healthy dog breed.
Health Problems Cataracts
Chondrodysplasia
Deafness
Elbow Dysplasia
Heart Murmurs
Hip Dysplasia
Legg-perthes Disease
Mitral Valve Disease
Patellar Luxation
Portosystemic Liver Shunt
Collapsed Trachea
Hypoglycemia
Patellar Luxation
Portosystemic Liver Shunt
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Reverse Sneezing
White Dog Shaker Syndrome
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 14-16 years 15-18 years 12-16 years
Hypoallergenic Yes Yes Yes
Energy Level
Havaneses have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Malteses 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
Havaneses exercise need is very minimal.
Malteses exercise need is very minimal.
West Highland White Terriers need quite a lot of exercise.
Sleeping Need
Havaneses sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Malteses 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 cup dry food a day. Recommended daily amount: 1/4 to 1/2 cup of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 1/2 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Average to High.
Average.
Average to High.
Weather & Climate Tolerates warm and cold weather. Prefers warm 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 Havanese has a low chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Maltese has an average chance of bad smell.
Low
The West Highland White Terrier has a low chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Havanese is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Maltese is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The West Highland White Terrier is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Havanese vs Maltese 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 1-9 puppies, average 4 3-5 puppies 2-5 puppies

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