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West Highland White Terrier vs Miniature Schnauzer vs Boston Terrier – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between West Highland White Terrier vs Miniature Schnauzer vs Boston Terrier" Compare West Highland White Terrier and Miniature Schnauzer. Which is better: West Highland White Terrier or Miniature Schnauzer or Boston Terrier?
Name West Highland White Terrier Miniature Schnauzer Boston Terrier
OriginsScotland Germany United States
Group Hunting Dogs Hunting Dogs Companion Dogs
Popularity Rank421821
Reviews120
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Other Names Poltalloch Terrier, Roseneath Terrier, White Roseneath Terrier, Westie (or Westy) Zwergschnauzer Boston Bull, Boston Bull Terrier, Boxwood, American Gentlemen
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 1926 as a Terrier breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1893 as a Non-Sporting breed.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Terriers group, in the Small sized Terriers section. Recognized by FCI in the Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattledogs group, in the Pinscher and Schnauzer type section. Recognized by FCI in the Companion and Toy Dogs group, in the Small Molossian type Dogs 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 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 $900-$1200 $600-$1000 $600-$800

General Appearance - West Highland White Terrier vs Miniature Schnauzer vs Boston Terrier

Size Small Small Small
Weight Male: 15-22 pounds (7-10 kg), Female: 13-16 pounds (6-7 kg) Male: 11-18 pounds (5.0-8.2 kg), Female: 10-15 pounds (4.5-6.8 kg) 10-25 pounds (6-11kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 18.5 pounds (8.5 kg), Female: 14.5 pounds (6.5 kg) Male: 14.5 pounds (5.0-8.2 kg), Female: 12.5 pounds (4.5-6.8 kg) 17.5 pounds (8.5 kg)
Height Male: 10-12 inches (25-30 cm), Female: 9-11 inches (23-28 cm) Male: 14 inches (35.6 cm), Female: 13 inches (33.0 cm) 15-17 inches (38-43 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 11 inches (27.5 cm), Female: 10 inches (25.5 cm) Male: 14 inches (35.6 cm), Female: 13 inches (33.0 cm) 16 inches (40.5 cm)

Hair & Care - West Highland White Terrier vs Miniature Schnauzer vs Boston Terrier

Coat Dense Wiry Fine
Colors White Salt Pepper Silver Black White Brindle Seal Black
Grooming
Advanced: The West Highland White Terrier requires a lot of grooming.
Advanced: The Miniature Schnauzer requires a lot of grooming.
Effortless: The Boston Terrier requires minimal grooming.
Shedding Level
West Highland White Terriers shed none to minimal.
Miniature Schnauzers shed none to minimal.
Boston Terriers shed moderately.

Characteristics - West Highland White Terrier vs Miniature Schnauzer vs Boston Terrier

Temperament Affectionate Courageous Friendly Independent Alert Intelligent Alert Friendly Obedient Fearless Intelligent Spirited Affectionate Friendly Intelligent Playful Aggressive Gentle Lively
Intelligent Rank
Average: West Highland White Terrier's has average obedience intelligence.
Very smart: Miniature Schnauzer is an excellent dog breed.
Average: Boston Terrier's has average obedience intelligence.
Trainability
West Highland White Terriers are easy to train.
Miniature Schnauzers are easy to train.
Boston Terriers are quite easy to train.
Playfulness
The West Highland White Terrier is a highly playful breed.
Miniature Schnauzers, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Boston Terriers, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Sensitivity Level
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Boston Terriers don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Affection Level
West Highland White Terriers are highly affectionate dogs.
Miniature Schnauzers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Boston Terriers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
West Highland White Terriers are a social breed.
Miniature Schnauzers are a social breed.
Boston Terriers are a social breed.
Barking
High: The West Highland White Terrier is a very vocal breed.
Average: The Miniature Schnauzer barks occasionally.
Low to Average: The Boston Terrier rarely barks.
Watchdog Ability
West Highland White Terriers are average watchdogs.
Miniature Schnauzers are one of the best watchdogs.
Boston Terriers are average watchdogs.
Territorial
West Highland White Terriers are extremely protective guard dogs.
Miniature Schnauzers strongly protect their territory.
Boston Terriers are average defenders.
Biting Potential Low
The West Highland White Terrier has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Miniature Schnauzer has a low chance of biting somebody.
Moderate
The Boston Terrier has an average chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
West Highland White Terriers have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Miniature Schnauzers have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Boston Terriers have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
West Highland White Terriers have average wanderlust potential.
Miniature Schnauzers have average wanderlust potential.
Boston 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.
Miniature Schnauzers have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Boston Terriers have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
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.
Miniature Schnauzers are not the best choice for an apartment lifestyle, but they don't mind being inside if you walk them several times every day.
Boston Terriers are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
West Highland White Terriers adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
Miniature Schnauzers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Boston Terriers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
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.
Miniature Schnauzers 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.
Boston 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.
Yes
In history, this breed was unfortunately used for combat dog.

Good With - West Highland White Terrier vs Miniature Schnauzer vs Boston Terrier

Stranger Friendly
West Highland White Terriers are stranger friendly dogs.
Miniature Schnauzers are average friendly towards strangers.
Boston Terriers are stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
West Highland White Terriers are kid-friendly dogs.
Miniature Schnauzers are kid-friendly dogs.
Boston Terriers are very kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
West Highland White Terriers are average friendly towards cats.
Miniature Schnauzers are average friendly towards cats.
Boston Terriers are very cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
West Highland White Terriers are dog-friendly dogs.
Miniature Schnauzers are average friendly towards other dogs.
Boston Terriers are very dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
West Highland White Terrier is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Miniature Schnauzer is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Boston Terrier is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
West Highland White Terriers are usually recommended for elderly people.
Miniature Schnauzers are usually recommended for elderly people.
Boston Terriers are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
West Highland White Terriers are generally with other pets.
Miniature Schnauzers are generally with other pets.
Boston Terriers are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Good For First Time Owners No
West Highland White Terriers are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Miniature Schnauzers are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Boston 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.
Yes
Miniature Schnauzer breed usually likes being on a boat.
Not really
Boston 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 Miniature Schnauzer vs Boston Terrier

Health Issues
Very healthy dog breed.
The Miniature Schnauzer is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
The Boston Terrier is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
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 Mycobacterium avium-intracellulare infection (MAI) Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Allergies Brain Tumors Cataracts Cherry Eye Deafness Heart Murmurs Megaesophagus Patellar Luxation Reverse Sneezing
Life Expectancy 12-16 years 12-14 years 12-15 years
Hypoallergenic Yes Yes No
Energy Level
West Highland White Terriers have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Miniature Schnauzers are high energy dogs.
Boston Terriers have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Exercise Need
West Highland White Terriers need quite a lot of exercise.
Miniature Schnauzers have an average exercise need.
Boston 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.
Miniature Schnauzers don't need too much sleep.
Boston 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. 1/2 to 1 cup dry food a day. 0.5 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.
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 Miniature Schnauzer can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness Low
The West Highland White Terrier has a low chance of bad smell.
Low
The Miniature Schnauzer has a low chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Boston 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 Miniature Schnauzer is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Boston Terrier is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - West Highland White Terrier vs Miniature Schnauzer vs Boston 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 3-6 puppies 3-5 puppies

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