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

"Find similarities and differences between Havanese vs Poodle vs West Highland White Terrier" Compare Havanese and Poodle. Which is better: Havanese or Poodle or West Highland White Terrier?
Name Havanese Poodle West Highland White Terrier
OriginsCuba Germany France Scotland
Group Companion Dogs Companion Dogs Hunting Dogs
Popularity Rank23742
Reviews171
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Other Names Bichon Havanese, Bichon Habanero, Havanese Cuban Bichon, Bichon Havanais, Bichon Havanês, Havaneser, Havanezer French Poodle, Caniche, Barbone, Chien Canne, Grosse Pudel 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 1887 as a Non-Sporting & 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 Poodle 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 Canadian Canine Registry 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 $1000-$1500 $900-$1200

General Appearance - Havanese vs Poodle vs West Highland White Terrier

Size Small Medium Small
Weight 7-13 pounds (3-6 kg) Male: 45-70 pounds (20-32 kg), Female: 45-60 pounds (20-27 kg) Male: 15-22 pounds (7-10 kg), Female: 13-16 pounds (6-7 kg)
Avg. Weight 10 pounds (4.5 kg) Male: 57.5 pounds (26 kg), Female: 52.5 pounds (23.5 kg) Male: 18.5 pounds (8.5 kg), Female: 14.5 pounds (6.5 kg)
Height 8-11 inches (21-29 cm) 15 inches (38 cm) or more Male: 10-12 inches (25-30 cm), Female: 9-11 inches (23-28 cm)
Avg. Height 10 inches (25 cm) 15 inches (38 cm) or more Male: 11 inches (27.5 cm), Female: 10 inches (25.5 cm)

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

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

Characteristics - Havanese vs Poodle vs West Highland White Terrier

Temperament Affectionate Gentle Playful Companionable Intelligent Responsive Sturdy Lively Amiable Charming Active Faithful Intelligent Alert Instinctual Trainable Affectionate Courageous Friendly Independent Alert Intelligent
Intelligent Rank
Average: Havanese's has average obedience intelligence.
Outstanding: Poodle is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Average: West Highland White Terrier's has average obedience intelligence.
Trainability
Havaneses are very easy to train.
Poodles are easy to train.
West Highland White Terriers are easy to train.
Playfulness
The Havanese is a highly playful breed.
The Poodle is a 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
Havaneses are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Poodles 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.
Poodles need a lot of social interaction.
West Highland White Terriers are a social breed.
Barking
Low to Average: The Havanese rarely barks.
Average to high: The Poodle is a vocal breed.
High: The West Highland White Terrier is a very vocal breed.
Watchdog Ability
Havaneses are good watchdogs.
Poodles are good watchdogs.
West Highland White Terriers are average watchdogs.
Territorial
Havaneses strongly protect their territory.
Poodles 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 Poodle 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.
Poodles have a higher than 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.
Poodles have average wanderlust potential.
West Highland White Terriers have average wanderlust potential.
Prey Drive
Havaneses have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Poodles have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
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.
Poodles 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.
Poodles 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.
Poodles 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 Poodle vs West Highland White Terrier

Stranger Friendly
Havaneses are stranger friendly dogs.
Poodles are stranger friendly dogs.
West Highland White Terriers are stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Havaneses are very kid-friendly dogs.
Poodles are very kid-friendly dogs.
West Highland White Terriers are kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Havaneses are very cat-friendly dogs.
Poodles are cat-friendly dogs.
West Highland White Terriers are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Havaneses are very dog-friendly dogs.
Poodles are 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
Poodle 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.
Poodles are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
West Highland White Terriers are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Havaneses are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Poodles are usually friendly towards other pets.
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
Poodles 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.
Yes
This breed makes good 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.
Yes
This breed makes a perfect 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.
Yes
Poodle breed usually likes 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 Poodle 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 Poodle 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 Addison's Disease Allergies Bloat Canine Atrial Septal Defect (asd) Cataracts Cushing's Syndrome Ear Infections Epilepsy Hip Dysplasia Hypothyroidism Legg-perthes Disease Neonatal Encephalopathy (news) Optic Nerve Hypoplasia Patellar Luxation Premature Graying Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Runny Eyes Sebaceous Adenitis Von Willebrand's Disease 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 12-15 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.
Poodles have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
West Highland White Terriers have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Exercise Need
Havaneses exercise need is very minimal.
Poodles need quite a lot of exercise.
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.
Poodles are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
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. 2 to 3 cups 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 to High.
Average to High.
Weather & Climate Tolerates warm and cold weather. 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 Havanese has a low chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Poodle 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 Poodle 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 Poodle 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 2-4 puppies 2-5 puppies

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