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

"Find similarities and differences between West Highland White Terrier vs Cairn Terrier vs Scottish Terrier" Compare West Highland White Terrier and Cairn Terrier. Which is better: West Highland White Terrier or Cairn Terrier or Scottish Terrier?
Name West Highland White Terrier Cairn Terrier Scottish Terrier
OriginsScotland Scotland Scotland
Group Hunting Dogs Hunting Dogs Hunting Dogs
Popularity Rank426958
Reviews131
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Other Names Poltalloch Terrier, Roseneath Terrier, White Roseneath Terrier, Westie (or Westy) Cairn, Toto Dog Scottie, Aberdeenie
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1908 as a Terrier breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1913 as a Terrier breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1885 as a Terrier breed.
FCI Group 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. 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
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
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
Club Espanol De Terriers
Price $900-$1200 $700-$1000 $800-$1000

General Appearance - West Highland White Terrier vs Cairn Terrier vs Scottish Terrier

Size Small Small Small
Weight 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) 19-23 pounds (8.5-10.5 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 18.5 pounds (8.5 kg), Female: 14.5 pounds (6.5 kg) Male: 16 pounds (7 kg), Female: 15 pounds (7 kg) 21 pounds (8.5-10.5 kg)
Height 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) 10-11 inches (25-28 cm)
Avg. Height 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) 10.5 inches (26.5 cm)

Hair & Care - West Highland White Terrier vs Cairn Terrier vs Scottish Terrier

Coat Dense Waterproof Wiry
Colors White Cream
Red
Wheaten
Brindle
Gray
Silver
Black
Brindle
Silver
Red
Wheaten
Black
Grooming
Advanced: The West Highland White Terrier requires a lot of grooming.
Average: The Cairn Terrier requires average grooming effort.
Average: The Scottish Terrier requires average grooming effort.
Shedding Level
West Highland White Terriers shed none to minimal.
Cairn Terriers shed moderately.
Scottish Terriers shed none to minimal.

Characteristics - West Highland White Terrier vs Cairn Terrier vs Scottish Terrier

Temperament Affectionate
Courageous
Friendly
Independent
Alert
Intelligent
Active
Courageous
Intelligent
Assertive
Fearless
Independent
Alert
Quick
Playful
Selfish
Intelligent Rank
Average: West Highland White Terrier's has average obedience intelligence.
Smart: Cairn Terrier's has great intelligence.
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
Trainability
West Highland White Terriers are easy to train.
Cairn Terriers are easy to train.
Scottish Terriers are quite easy to train.
Playfulness
The West Highland White Terrier is a highly playful breed.
The Cairn Terrier is a playful breed.
Scottish Terriers, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Sensitivity Level
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.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Affection Level
West Highland White Terriers are highly affectionate dogs.
Cairn Terriers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Scottish Terriers are highly affectionate dogs.
Social Needs
West Highland White Terriers are a social breed.
Cairn Terriers need a lot of social interaction.
Scottish Terriers are a social breed.
Barking
High: The West Highland White Terrier is a very vocal breed.
High: The Cairn Terrier is a very vocal breed.
Low: The Scottish Terrier barks none to minimal.
Watchdog Ability
West Highland White Terriers are average watchdogs.
Cairn Terriers are good watchdogs.
Scottish Terriers are average watchdogs.
Territorial
West Highland White Terriers are extremely protective guard dogs.
Cairn Terriers are average defenders.
Scottish Terriers are extremely protective guard dogs.
Biting Potential Low
The West Highland White Terrier has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Cairn Terrier has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Scottish Terrier has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
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.
Scottish Terriers have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
West Highland White Terriers have average wanderlust potential.
Cairn Terriers have average wanderlust potential.
Scottish Terriers have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
Prey Drive
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.
Scottish Terriers 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
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.
Cairn 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.
Scottish Terriers are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
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.
Scottish Terriers adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
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.
Scottish 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 - West Highland White Terrier vs Cairn Terrier vs Scottish Terrier

Stranger Friendly
West Highland White Terriers are stranger friendly dogs.
Cairn Terriers are average friendly towards strangers.
Scottish Terriers are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
West Highland White Terriers are kid-friendly dogs.
Cairn Terriers are kid-friendly dogs.
Scottish Terriers are kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
West Highland White Terriers are average friendly towards cats.
Cairn Terriers are average friendly towards cats.
Scottish Terriers are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
West Highland White Terriers are dog-friendly dogs.
Cairn Terriers are average friendly towards other dogs.
Scottish Terriers are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly 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
No
Scottish Terrier is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
West Highland White Terriers are usually recommended for elderly people.
Cairn Terriers are usually recommended for elderly people.
Scottish Terriers are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
West Highland White Terriers are generally with other pets.
Cairn Terriers are generally with other pets.
Scottish Terriers are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners 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.
No
Scottish 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
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.
Not really
Scottish 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 - West Highland White Terrier vs Cairn Terrier vs Scottish Terrier

Health Issues
Very healthy dog breed.
Cairn Terriers tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
Scottish Terriers are commonly healthy dogs.
Health Problems 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)
Craniomandibular Osteopathy
Patellar Luxation
Scottie Cramp
Von Willebrand's Disease
Life Expectancy 12-16 years 12-15 years 11-13 years
Hypoallergenic Yes Yes Yes
Energy Level
West Highland White Terriers have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Cairn Terriers are high energy dogs.
Scottish Terriers have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Exercise Need
West Highland White Terriers need quite a lot of exercise.
Cairn Terriers need quite a lot of exercise.
Scottish Terriers have an average exercise need.
Sleeping Need
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.
Scottish Terriers are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Avg. daily food consumption 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. Recommended daily amount: 1 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day.
Weight Gain Potential
Average to High.
Average.
Average.
Weather & Climate 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.
Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Scottish Terrier can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness Low
The West Highland White Terrier has a low chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Cairn Terrier has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Scottish Terrier has an average chance of bad smell.
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.
The Scottish Terrier is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - West Highland White Terrier vs Cairn Terrier vs Scottish 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 2-10 puppies 2-5 puppies

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  • Skipper

    Nov 20, 2019, 2:58:29 PM:

    Very informative on many levels