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Labrador Retriever vs West Highland White Terrier vs Cavalier King Charles Spaniel – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

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Name Labrador Retriever West Highland White Terrier Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
OriginsEngland Canada Scotland England
Group Gun Dog Hunting Dogs Companion Dogs
Popularity Rank14219
Reviews313
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Other Names Labrador, Lab Poltalloch Terrier, Roseneath Terrier, White Roseneath Terrier, Westie (or Westy) Cav, Cavalier, Cavie
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1917 as a Sporting breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1908 as a Terrier breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1995 as a Toy breed.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs group, in the Retrievers section. Recognized by FCI in the Terriers group, in the Small sized Terriers section. Recognized by FCI in the Companion and Toy Dogs group, in the English Toy Spaniels 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
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
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
Price $1000-$2000 $900-$1200 $1200-$1500

General Appearance - Labrador Retriever vs West Highland White Terrier vs Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Size Large Small Small
Weight Male: 60-75 pounds (27-34kg), Female: 55-70 pounds (25-32 kg) Male: 15-22 pounds (7-10 kg), Female: 13-16 pounds (6-7 kg) 10-18 pounds (5-8 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 67.5 pounds (30.5 kg), Female: 62.5 pounds (28.5 kg) Male: 18.5 pounds (8.5 kg), Female: 14.5 pounds (6.5 kg) 14 pounds (6.5 kg)
Height Male: 22-24 inches (56-61cm), Female: 21-23 inches (53-58 cm) Male: 10-12 inches (25-30 cm), Female: 9-11 inches (23-28 cm) 12-13 inches (30-33 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 23 inches (58.5 cm), Female: 22 inches (55.5 cm) Male: 11 inches (27.5 cm), Female: 10 inches (25.5 cm) 12.5 inches (31.5 cm)

Hair & Care - Labrador Retriever vs West Highland White Terrier vs Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Coat Dense
Waterproof
Hard
Short
Dense Feathered
Colors Yellow
Chocolate
Black
White Tan
Blenheim
Tricolor
Ruby
Grooming
Effortless: The Labrador Retriever requires minimal grooming.
Advanced: The West Highland White Terrier requires a lot of grooming.
Average: The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel requires average grooming effort.
Shedding Level
Labrador Retrievers shed moderately.
West Highland White Terriers shed none to minimal.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels shed above average.

Characteristics - Labrador Retriever vs West Highland White Terrier vs Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Temperament Affectionate
Cheerful
Friendly
Intelligent
Loyal
Playful
Social
Alert
Energetic
Gentle
Loving
Going
Responsive
Affectionate
Courageous
Friendly
Independent
Alert
Intelligent
Affectionate
Courageous
Intelligent
Cheerful
Gentle
Social
Polite
Quiet
Active
Graceful
Fearless
Friendly
Nonaggressive
Sporty
No tendency towards nervousness
Intelligent Rank
Outstanding: Labrador Retriever is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Average: West Highland White Terrier's has average obedience intelligence.
Average: Cavalier King Charles Spaniel's has average obedience intelligence.
Trainability
Labrador Retrievers are very easy to train.
West Highland White Terriers are easy to train.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are quite easy to train.
Playfulness
The Labrador Retriever is a highly playful breed.
The West Highland White Terrier is a highly playful breed.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Sensitivity Level
Labrador Retrievers don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Affection Level
Labrador Retrievers may seem unfriendly sometimes due to their independence.
West Highland White Terriers are highly affectionate dogs.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Labrador Retrievers need a lot of social interaction.
West Highland White Terriers are a social breed.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels need a lot of social interaction.
Barking
Average: The Labrador Retriever barks occasionally.
High: The West Highland White Terrier is a very vocal breed.
Average: The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel barks occasionally.
Watchdog Ability
Labrador Retrievers are average watchdogs.
West Highland White Terriers are average watchdogs.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are not the best watchdogs.
Territorial
Labrador Retrievers are average defenders.
West Highland White Terriers are extremely protective guard dogs.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are not the best to protect their territory.
Biting Potential Moderate
The Labrador Retriever has an average chance of biting somebody.
Low
The West Highland White Terrier has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Labrador Retrievers have a strong 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.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Labrador Retrievers have average wanderlust potential.
West Highland White Terriers have average wanderlust potential.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels tend to escape less than other breeds.
Prey Drive
Labrador Retrievers 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.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels have an average prey drive, which means that they don't have a high impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals, but it might happen.
Apartment Friendly
Labrador Retrievers are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
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.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Labrador Retrievers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
West Highland White Terriers adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Labrador Retrievers 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.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
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 - Labrador Retriever vs West Highland White Terrier vs Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Stranger Friendly
Labrador Retrievers are very stranger friendly dogs.
West Highland White Terriers are stranger friendly dogs.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are very stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Labrador Retrievers are very kid-friendly dogs.
West Highland White Terriers are kid-friendly dogs.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are very kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Labrador Retrievers are cat-friendly dogs.
West Highland White Terriers are average friendly towards cats.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Labrador Retrievers are very dog-friendly dogs.
West Highland White Terriers are dog-friendly dogs.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are very dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
Labrador Retriever is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
West Highland White Terrier is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Labrador Retrievers are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
West Highland White Terriers are usually recommended for elderly people.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Labrador Retrievers are usually friendly towards other pets.
West Highland White Terriers are generally with other pets.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners No
Labrador Retrievers 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.
No
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog Yes
This breed makes good 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.
Yes
This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog Yes
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) Yes
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 Yes
Labrador Retriever breed usually likes being on a boat.
Not really
West Highland White Terrier breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel 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 - Labrador Retriever vs West Highland White Terrier vs Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Health Issues
The Labrador Retriever is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Very healthy dog breed.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
Health Problems Acute Moist Dermatitis
Bloat
Cataracts
Cold Tail
Ear Infections
Elbow Dysplasia
Epilepsy
Hip Dysplasia
Myopathy
Osteochondrosis Dissecans
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Tricuspid Valve Dysplasia
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
Dry Eye
Episodic Falling Syndrome
Hip Dysplasia
Mitral Valve Disease
Patellar Luxation
Syringomyelia
Life Expectancy 10-12 years 12-16 years 10-14 years
Hypoallergenic No Yes No
Energy Level
Labrador Retrievers are high energy dogs.
West Highland White Terriers have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Exercise Need
Labrador Retrievers need a lot of exercises.
West Highland White Terriers need quite a lot of exercise.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels have an average exercise need.
Sleeping Need
Labrador Retrievers don't need too much sleep.
West Highland White Terriers are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Avg. daily food consumption Recommended daily amount: 2.5 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. 1 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
High: The Labrador Retriever breed has a strong tendency to overweight.
Average to High.
Average to High.
Weather & Climate 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.
Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness High
The Labrador Retriever has a high chance of bad smell.
Low
The West Highland White Terrier has a low chance of bad smell.
High
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel has a high chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Labrador Retriever is an average drooler.
The West Highland White Terrier is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Labrador Retriever vs West Highland White Terrier vs Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

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 5-10 puppies 2-5 puppies 3-5 puppies

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