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Morkie vs West Highland White Terrier vs Cairn Terrier Comparison - Dog breed selector: Cross between the Maltese and the Yorkshire Terrier. or Poltalloch Terrier or Cairn? Find the right dog for you

"Find similarities and differences between Morkie vs West Highland White Terrier vs Cairn Terrier" Compare Morkie and West Highland White Terrier. Which is better: Morkie or West Highland White Terrier or Cairn Terrier?
Name Morkie West Highland White Terrier Cairn Terrier
OriginsUnited States Scotland Scotland
Group Designer Dogs Hunting Dogs Hunting Dogs
Popularity Rank5804269
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Other Names Cross between the Maltese and the Yorkshire Terrier.
Morkshire Terrier
Poltalloch Terrier, Roseneath Terrier, White Roseneath Terrier, Westie (or Westy) Cairn, Toto Dog
Breed Type Cross Breed Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Not recognized by the American Kennel Club. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1908 as a Terrier breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1913 as a Terrier breed.
FCI Group Not recognized by FCI. Recognized by FCI in the Terriers group, in the Small sized Terriers section. Recognized by FCI in the Terriers group, in the Small sized Terriers section.
Breed Recognition Not recognized by any clubs. 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
Club Espanol De Terriers
Price
Which is cheaper Morkie or West Highland White Terrier or Cairn Terrier? Which is more expensive?
800-1200 $900-$1200 $700-$1000

Morkie vs West Highland White Terrier vs Cairn Terrier General Appearance & Basic Info Comparison

Size
Which is bigger Morkie or West Highland White Terrier or Cairn Terrier?
Small Small Small
Weight
Which is heavier Morkie or West Highland White Terrier or West Highland White Terrier?
7-13 pounds (3-6 kg) Male: 15-22 pounds (7-10 kg), Female: 13-16 pounds (6-7 kg) Male: 14-18 pounds (6-8 kg), Female: 13-17 pounds (6-8 kg)
Avg. Weight
Which dog has a smaller / higher average weight?
10 pounds (4.5 kg) Male: 18.5 pounds (8.5 kg), Female: 14.5 pounds (6.5 kg) Male: 16 pounds (7 kg), Female: 15 pounds (7 kg)
Height
Which is taller Morkie or West Highland White Terrier or Cairn Terrier?
5-9 inches (13-23 cm) Male: 10-12 inches (25-30 cm), Female: 9-11 inches (23-28 cm) Male: 10-13 inches (25-33 cm), Female: 9-12 inches (23-30 cm)
Avg. Height
Which dog has a smaller / higher average height?
7 inches (18 cm) Male: 11 inches (27.5 cm), Female: 10 inches (25.5 cm) Male: 11.5 inches (29 cm), Female: 10.5 inches (26.5 cm)

Morkie vs West Highland White Terrier vs Cairn Terrier Hair & Care Comparison

Coat / Hair Types Long
Luxurious
Fluffy
Soft
Dense Waterproof
Colors Black
Brown
White
White Cream
Red
Wheaten
Brindle
Gray
Silver
Black
Grooming
Average: The Morkie requires average grooming effort.
Advanced: The West Highland White Terrier requires a lot of grooming.
Average: The Cairn Terrier requires average grooming effort.
Shedding Level
Morkies shed none to minimal.
West Highland White Terriers shed none to minimal.
Cairn Terriers shed moderately.

Morkie vs West Highland White Terrier vs Cairn Terrier Characteristics Comparison

Temperament Energetic
Funny
Lovable
Playful
Affectionate
Courageous
Friendly
Independent
Alert
Intelligent
Active
Courageous
Intelligent
Assertive
Fearless
Intelligent Rank
Smart: Morkie's has great intelligence.
Átlagos: Átlagos intelligenciájú West Highland White Terrier.
Smart: Cairn Terrier's has great intelligence.
Trainability
Morkies are easy to train.
West Highland White Terriers are easy to train.
Cairn Terriers are easy to train.
Playfulness
The Morkie is a highly playful breed.
The West Highland White Terrier is a highly playful breed.
The Cairn Terrier is a playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
Morkies have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Cairn Terriers have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
Affection Level
Morkies are highly affectionate dogs.
West Highland White Terriers are highly affectionate dogs.
Cairn Terriers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Morkies are a social breed.
West Highland White Terriers are a social breed.
Cairn Terriers need a lot of social interaction.
Barking
Nagyon sokat: Morkie kimondottan hangos fajta.
Nagyon sokat: West Highland White Terrier kimondottan hangos fajta.
Nagyon sokat: Cairn Terrier kimondottan hangos fajta.
Watchdog Ability
Morkies are average watchdogs.
West Highland White Terriers are average watchdogs.
Cairn Terriers are good watchdogs.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Morkies are average defenders.
West Highland White Terriers are extremely protective guard dogs.
Cairn Terriers are average defenders.
Biting Potential Low
The Morkie has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The West Highland White Terrier has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Cairn Terrier has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Morkies 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.
Cairn Terriers have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Morkies tend to escape less than other breeds.
West Highland White Terriers have average wanderlust potential.
Cairn Terriers have average wanderlust potential.
Prey Drive
Morkies 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.
West Highland White Terriers have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Cairn Terriers have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Apartment Friendly
Nem a legjobb választás Morkie, ha lakásban szeretnéd tartani, ugyanakkor alapos lemozgatással, napi többszöri sétával tolerálják a benti körülményeket is, így megoldható Morkie tartása lakásban.
Nem a legjobb választás West Highland White Terrier, ha lakásban szeretnéd tartani, ugyanakkor alapos lemozgatással, napi többszöri sétával tolerálják a benti körülményeket is, így megoldható West Highland White Terrier tartása lakásban.
Nem a legjobb választás Cairn Terrier, ha lakásban szeretnéd tartani, ugyanakkor alapos lemozgatással, napi többszöri sétával tolerálják a benti körülményeket is, így megoldható Cairn Terrier tartása lakásban.
Adaptability
Morkies adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
West Highland White Terriers adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
Cairn Terriers adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Which dog can be left alone: Morkie or West Highland White Terrier or Cairn Terrier?
Morkies 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.
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.
Cairn Terriers 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.

Morkie vs West Highland White Terrier vs Cairn Terrier Good With Comparison

Stranger Friendly
Morkies are average friendly towards strangers.
West Highland White Terriers are stranger friendly dogs.
Cairn Terriers are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Morkies are average friendly dogs towards children.
West Highland White Terriers are kid-friendly dogs.
Cairn Terriers are kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Morkies are not cat-friendly dogs.
West Highland White Terriers are average friendly towards cats.
Cairn Terriers are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Morkies are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
West Highland White Terriers are dog-friendly dogs.
Cairn Terriers are average friendly towards other dogs.
Office Friendly
Which one fits better in the office?
Yes
Morkie is one of the best dog breeds for office environment
No
West Highland White Terrier is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Yes
Cairn Terrier is one of the best dog breeds for office environment
Senior Citizens Friendly
Which dog is good for elderly people?
Morkies are commonly okay with elderly people.
West Highland White Terriers are usually recommended for elderly people.
Cairn Terriers are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Which dog breeds get along well with other animals/pets?
Morkies do best when they’re the only pet at the family.
West Highland White Terriers are generally with other pets.
Cairn Terriers are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners
Which dog is good for the first-time owners: Morkie vs West Highland White Terrier vs Cairn Terrier?
Yes
Morkies are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
No
West Highland White Terriers are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Yes
Cairn Terriers are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going 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
Morkie breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
West Highland White Terrier breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Cairn 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.

Morkie vs West Highland White Terrier vs Cairn Terrier Health Factors Comparison

Health Issues
Morkies are commonly healthy dogs.
Very healthy dog breed.
Cairn Terriers tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
Health Problems Collapsed Trachea
Dental Problems
Hernia
Reverse Sneezing
Glaucoma
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
Cataracts
Craniomandibular Osteopathy
Cryptorchidism
Glaucoma
Globoid Cell Leukodystrophy
Hypothyroidism
Legg-perthes Disease
Luxating Patella
Microvascular Dysplasia
Portosystemic Vascular Anomaly (PSVA)
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Life Expectancy 10-14 years 12-16 years 12-15 years
Hypoallergenic Yes Yes Yes
Energy Level
Morkies have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
West Highland White Terriers have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Cairn Terriers are high energy dogs.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
Morkies need quite a lot of exercise.
West Highland White Terriers need quite a lot of exercise.
Cairn Terriers need quite a lot of exercise.
Sleeping Need
Morkies 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.
Cairn Terriers don't need too much sleep.
Avg. daily food consumption 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. 0.5 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
Average to High.
Average to High.
Average.
Weather & Climate Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Morkie can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
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.
Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Cairn Terrier can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness Low
The Morkie has a low chance of bad smell.
Low
The West Highland White Terrier has a low chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Cairn Terrier has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Morkie is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The West Highland White Terrier is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Cairn Terrier is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Morkie vs West Highland White Terrier vs Cairn Terrier Reproducibility Comparison

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

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