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Shih Tzu vs Tibetan Terrier vs West Highland White Terrier – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Shih Tzu vs Tibetan Terrier vs West Highland White Terrier" Compare Shih Tzu and Tibetan Terrier. Which is better: Shih Tzu or Tibetan Terrier or West Highland White Terrier?
Name Shih Tzu Tibetan Terrier West Highland White Terrier
OriginsChina Tibet Scotland
Group Companion Dogs Companion Dogs Hunting Dogs
Popularity Rank2010142
Reviews1141
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Other Names Chinese Lion Dog, Chrysanthemum Dog Tsang Apso, Dokhi Apso Poltalloch Terrier, Roseneath Terrier, White Roseneath Terrier, Westie (or Westy)
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1969 as a Toy breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1973 as a Non-Sporting 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 Tibetan breeds section. Recognized by FCI in the Companion and Toy Dogs group, in the Tibetan 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
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
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 $800-$1200 $1200-$2000 $900-$1200

General Appearance - Shih Tzu vs Tibetan Terrier vs West Highland White Terrier

Size Small Medium Small
Weight 9–16 pounds (4-7 kg) 18-30 pounds (8.2-13.6 kg) Male: 15-22 pounds (7-10 kg), Female: 13-16 pounds (6-7 kg)
Avg. Weight 9–16 pounds (5.5 kg) 24 pounds (8.2-13.6 kg) Male: 18.5 pounds (8.5 kg), Female: 14.5 pounds (6.5 kg)
Height 8-11 inches (20-28 cm) 14-17 inches (36-43 cm) Male: 10-12 inches (25-30 cm), Female: 9-11 inches (23-28 cm)
Avg. Height 9.5 inches (24 cm) 15.5 inches (39.5 cm) Male: 11 inches (27.5 cm), Female: 10 inches (25.5 cm)

Hair & Care - Shih Tzu vs Tibetan Terrier vs West Highland White Terrier

Coat Dense Thick
Smooth
Dense
Colors Brindle
Liver
Silver
Blue
Gold
Red
Black
Silver
Gray
White
Black
White
Grooming
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
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
Shih Tzus shed none to minimal.
Tibetan Terriers shed none to minimal.
West Highland White Terriers shed none to minimal.

Characteristics - Shih Tzu vs Tibetan Terrier vs West Highland White Terrier

Temperament Active
Friendly
Happy
Lively
Playful
Courageous
Gentle
Intelligent
Outgoing
Affectionate
Energetic
Reserved
Intelligent
Amiable
Gentle
Sensitive
Affectionate
Courageous
Friendly
Independent
Alert
Intelligent
Intelligent Rank
Low: The Shih Tzu if one of the dog breeds that have the lowest degree of obedience intelligence.
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
Average: West Highland White Terrier's has average obedience intelligence.
Trainability
Shih Tzus are quite easy to train.
Tibetan Terriers are quite easy to train.
West Highland White Terriers are easy to train.
Playfulness
Shih Tzus are not the most playful dog breed.
The Tibetan Terrier is a playful breed.
The West Highland White Terrier is a highly playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
Shih Tzus have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Affection Level
Shih Tzus are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Tibetan Terriers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
West Highland White Terriers are highly affectionate dogs.
Social Needs
Shih Tzus need a lot of social interaction.
Tibetan Terriers are a social breed.
West Highland White Terriers are a social breed.
Barking
High: The Shih Tzu is a very vocal breed.
Low to Average: The Tibetan Terrier rarely barks.
High: The West Highland White Terrier is a very vocal breed.
Watchdog Ability
Shih Tzus are average watchdogs.
Tibetan Terriers are average watchdogs.
West Highland White Terriers are average watchdogs.
Territorial
Shih Tzus strongly protect their territory.
Tibetan Terriers are average defenders.
West Highland White Terriers are extremely protective guard dogs.
Biting Potential Low
The Shih Tzu has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Tibetan Terrier has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The West Highland White Terrier has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Shih Tzus have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Tibetan Terriers have lower 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
Shih Tzus tend to escape less than other breeds.
Tibetan Terriers have average wanderlust potential.
West Highland White Terriers have average wanderlust potential.
Prey Drive
Shih Tzus have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Tibetan Terriers 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
Shih Tzus are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Tibetan Terriers 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
Shih Tzus adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tibetan Terriers 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
Shih Tzus tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Tibetan 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.
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 - Shih Tzu vs Tibetan Terrier vs West Highland White Terrier

Stranger Friendly
Shih Tzus are average friendly towards strangers.
Tibetan Terriers are average friendly towards strangers.
West Highland White Terriers are stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Shih Tzus are not the most kid-friendly dogs.
Tibetan Terriers are average friendly dogs towards children.
West Highland White Terriers are kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Shih Tzus are very cat-friendly dogs.
Tibetan Terriers are average friendly towards cats.
West Highland White Terriers are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Shih Tzus are very dog-friendly dogs.
Tibetan Terriers are average friendly towards other dogs.
West Highland White Terriers are dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
Shih Tzu is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Tibetan Terrier 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
Shih Tzus are not the best breed for elderly people.
Tibetan Terriers are commonly okay with elderly people.
West Highland White Terriers are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Shih Tzus are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Tibetan Terriers are generally with other pets.
West Highland White Terriers are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners Yes
Shih Tzus are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
No
Tibetan Terriers 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
Shih Tzu breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Tibetan Terrier 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 - Shih Tzu vs Tibetan Terrier vs West Highland White Terrier

Health Issues
The Shih Tzu is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
The Tibetan Terrier 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
Distichiasis
Dry Eye
Ear Infections
Ectopic Cilia
Hip Dysplasia
Juvenile Renal Dysplasia
Keratitis
Patellar Luxation
Portosystemic Liver Shunt
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Proptosis
Retained Baby Teeth
Reverse Sneezing
Snuffles
Umbilical Hernias
Cataracts
Distichiasis
Hip Dysplasia
Hyperthyroidism
Lens Luxation
Patellar Luxation
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
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 10-16 years 12-15 years 12-16 years
Hypoallergenic Yes Yes Yes
Energy Level
Shih Tzus have a lower energy level than other dogs.
Tibetan Terriers are high energy dogs.
West Highland White Terriers have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Exercise Need
Shih Tzus exercise need is minimal.
Tibetan Terriers need quite a lot of exercise.
West Highland White Terriers need quite a lot of exercise.
Sleeping Need
Shih Tzus like sleeping so they do sleep a lot.
Tibetan Terriers don't need too much sleep.
West Highland White Terriers are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Avg. daily food consumption Recommended daily amount: 1/2 to 1 cup of high-quality dry food a day. Recommended daily amount: 1 1/8 to 1 3/8 cups of a high-quality dog food daily, 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 average to cold weather conditions
The Tibetan 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 West Highland White Terrier can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness Low
The Shih Tzu has a low chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Tibetan Terrier has an average chance of bad smell.
Low
The West Highland White Terrier has a low chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Shih Tzu is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Tibetan Terrier is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The West Highland White Terrier is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Shih Tzu vs Tibetan Terrier 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 4-6 puppies 2-5 puppies

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