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

"Find similarities and differences between West Highland White Terrier vs Silky Terrier vs Yorkshire Terrier" Compare West Highland White Terrier and Silky Terrier. Which is better: West Highland White Terrier or Silky Terrier or Yorkshire Terrier?
Name West Highland White Terrier Silky Terrier Yorkshire Terrier
OriginsScotland Australia England
Group Hunting Dogs Hunting Dogs Companion Dogs
Popularity Rank421069
Reviews100
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Other Names Poltalloch Terrier, Roseneath Terrier, White Roseneath Terrier, Westie (or Westy) Sydney Silky, Australian Silky Terrier Yorkie
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 1959 as a Toy breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1885 as a Toy 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 Toy Terriers section. Recognized by FCI in the Terriers group, in the Toy 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
Price $900-$1200 $600-$800 $600-$1000

General Appearance - West Highland White Terrier vs Silky Terrier vs Yorkshire Terrier

Size Small Small Small
Weight Male: 15-22 pounds (7-10 kg), Female: 13-16 pounds (6-7 kg) 8-11 pounds (4-5 kg) 2-3 kg (4-7 pounds)
Avg. Weight Male: 18.5 pounds (8.5 kg), Female: 14.5 pounds (6.5 kg) 9.5 pounds (4.5 kg) 2.5 kg (5.5 pounds)
Height Male: 10-12 inches (25-30 cm), Female: 9-11 inches (23-28 cm) 9-10 inches (23-25 cm) 20-23 cm (8-9 inches)
Avg. Height Male: 11 inches (27.5 cm), Female: 10 inches (25.5 cm) 9.5 inches (24 cm) 21.5 cm (8.5 inches)

Hair & Care - West Highland White Terrier vs Silky Terrier vs Yorkshire Terrier

Coat Dense Silky Straight Glossy Fine
Colors White Blue Fawn Platinum Tricolor Tan Cream Gray Silver Black Gold Blue Tan Black
Grooming
Advanced: The West Highland White Terrier requires a lot of grooming.
Advanced: The Silky Terrier requires a lot of grooming.
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Shedding Level
West Highland White Terriers shed none to minimal.
Silky Terriers shed none to minimal.
Yorkshire Terriers shed none to minimal.

Characteristics - West Highland White Terrier vs Silky Terrier vs Yorkshire Terrier

Temperament Affectionate Courageous Friendly Independent Alert Intelligent Alert Inquisitive Quick Intelligent Friendly Joyful Responsive Alert Energetic Intelligent Playful Courageous Independent Loyal
Intelligent Rank
Average: West Highland White Terrier's has average obedience intelligence.
Smart: Silky Terrier's has great intelligence.
Smart: Yorkshire Terrier's has great intelligence.
Trainability
West Highland White Terriers are easy to train.
Silky Terriers are easy to train.
Yorkshire Terriers are quite easy to train.
Playfulness
The West Highland White Terrier is a highly playful breed.
The Silky Terrier is a playful breed.
Yorkshire 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.
Yorkshire Terriers don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Affection Level
West Highland White Terriers are highly affectionate dogs.
Silky Terriers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Yorkshire Terriers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
West Highland White Terriers are a social breed.
Silky Terriers are a social breed.
Yorkshire Terriers need a lot of social interaction.
Barking
High: The West Highland White Terrier is a very vocal breed.
Average: The Silky Terrier barks occasionally.
High: The Yorkshire Terrier is a very vocal breed.
Watchdog Ability
West Highland White Terriers are average watchdogs.
Silky Terriers are average watchdogs.
Yorkshire Terriers are good watchdogs.
Territorial
West Highland White Terriers are extremely protective guard dogs.
Silky Terriers are extremely protective guard dogs.
Yorkshire Terriers strongly protect their territory.
Biting Potential Low
The West Highland White Terrier has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Silky Terrier has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Yorkshire 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.
Silky Terriers have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Yorkshire 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.
Silky Terriers have average wanderlust potential.
Yorkshire Terriers have average wanderlust potential.
Prey Drive
West Highland White Terriers have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Silky 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.
Yorkshire 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.
Silky Terriers are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Yorkshire Terriers are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
West Highland White Terriers adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
Silky Terriers adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Yorkshire 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.
Silky 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.
Yorkshire 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.

Good With - West Highland White Terrier vs Silky Terrier vs Yorkshire Terrier

Stranger Friendly
West Highland White Terriers are stranger friendly dogs.
Silky Terriers are average friendly towards strangers.
Yorkshire Terriers are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
West Highland White Terriers are kid-friendly dogs.
Silky Terriers are kid-friendly dogs.
Yorkshire Terriers are not kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
West Highland White Terriers are average friendly towards cats.
Silky Terriers are average friendly towards cats.
Yorkshire Terriers are cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
West Highland White Terriers are dog-friendly dogs.
Silky Terriers are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
Yorkshire Terriers are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
West Highland White Terrier is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Silky Terrier is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Yorkshire Terrier is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
West Highland White Terriers are usually recommended for elderly people.
Silky Terriers are usually recommended for elderly people.
Yorkshire Terriers are not recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
West Highland White Terriers are generally with other pets.
Silky Terriers are generally with other pets.
Yorkshire Terriers are usually friendly towards other pets.
Good For First Time Owners No
West Highland White Terriers are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Silky Terriers are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Yorkshire 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.
Yes
This breed makes a perfect 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
Silky Terrier breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Yorkshire 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 Silky Terrier vs Yorkshire Terrier

Health Issues
Very healthy dog breed.
The Silky Terrier is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Yorkshire 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 Collapsed Trachea Diabetes Epilepsy Legg-perthes Disease Collapsed Trachea Hypoglycemia Patellar Luxation Portosystemic Liver Shunt Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Reverse Sneezing
Life Expectancy 12-16 years 12-15 years 12-16 years
Hypoallergenic Yes Yes Yes
Energy Level
West Highland White Terriers have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Silky Terriers have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Yorkshire Terriers are high energy dogs.
Exercise Need
West Highland White Terriers need quite a lot of exercise.
Silky Terriers have an average exercise need.
Yorkshire Terriers exercise need is very minimal.
Sleeping Need
West Highland White Terriers are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Silky Terriers sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Yorkshire Terriers don't need too much sleep.
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. Recommended daily amount: 1/2 to 3/4 cup of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Average to High.
Average.
Low to 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 warm weather conditions Prefers average to warm weather conditions
Stinkiness Low
The West Highland White Terrier has a low chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Silky Terrier has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Yorkshire 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 Silky Terrier is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Yorkshire Terrier is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - West Highland White Terrier vs Silky Terrier vs Yorkshire 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 3-5 puppies 4-6 puppies

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