Miniature Schnauzer vs West Highland White Terrier

Compare the Miniature Schnauzer to the West Highland White Terrier. Use the tool below to compare temperament, size, personality, maintenance requirements, and everything else between Miniature Schnauzers and West Highland White Terriers.

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - Both breeds are good choices for new or inexperienced owners, but the West Highland White Terrier is better suited for new owners.
  • Children - Both breeds are child friendly, but the West Highland White Terrier is the most friendly between the breeds.
  • Grooming - The West Highland White Terrier is easier to groom than the Miniature Schnauzer.
  • Barking - Both breeds will bark frequently, but the West Highland White Terrier has the highest tendency to bark between the two.
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Miniature Schnauzer vs West Highland White Terrier
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West Highland White Terrier Dog Breed
Breed NameMiniature SchnauzerWest Highland White Terrier
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicYesYes
Lifespan12-14 yrs.11-16 yrs.
Height12-14 in.14-16 in.
Weight11-20 lb15-20 lb
IntelligenceHighAverage
History
Origin CountryGermanyUK (Scotland)
Origin Year1888 AD1500 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessVery GoodVery Good
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyGoodVery Good
Pet FriendlyGoodVery Good
Stranger FriendlyGoodGood
Personality
  • Affectionate
  • Stubborn
  • Willing To Please
  • Affectionate
  • Does Not Like Being Alone
  • Stubborn
Living Environment
ApartmentYesYes
IndoorYesYes
Small YardYesYes
Medium YardYesYes
Large YardYesNo
Temperature Tolerance ¹30°F to 80°F30°F to 85°F
Barks/HowlsOftenVery Often
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelMediumHigh
Exercise RequiredMediumMedium-High
Top Running Speed17 mph18 mph
StrengthLow-MediumMedium
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceHighLow
SheddingLowLow
DanderLowLow
Drool AmountNone-LowNone

¹This is estimated min/max temperature range for a healthy adult dog. Dogs that live indoors, puppies, seniors, unwell dogs, and/or dogs with improperly groomed coats may overheat sooner and get cold more quickly.
Instincts & Behavior Comparison
Breed NameMiniature SchnauzerWest Highland White Terrier
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoNo
Family/PackNoNo
IndependentYesYes
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyYesYes
AverageYesNo
Focused & PatientNoNo
Breed Instincts
AggressionAverageBelow Average
Burrow/DiggingBelow AverageAverage
ChasingHighHigh
Follow CommandsAverageBelow Average
FightingBelow AverageVery Low
GuardingBelow AverageVery Low
HerdingBelow AverageVery Low
HuntingAverageAverage
ProtectionBelow AverageVery Low
Remove VerminHighHigh
SleddingVery LowVery Low
WatchHighBelow Average
Health Comparison
Breed NameMiniature SchnauzerWest Highland White Terrier
Lifespan
Lifespan12-14 yrs.11-16 yrs.
Common Health Issues
Atopic DermatitisNoYes
CataractsYesYes
Craniomandibular OsteopathyNoYes
Globoid Cell LeukodystrophyNoYes
Hyperplastic DermatosisNoYes
Inflammatory Bowel DiseaseNoYes
Legg-perthes DiseaseNoYes
Mycobacterium Avium InfectionYesNo
Patellar LuxationNoYes
Progressive Retinal AtrophyYesNo
Pulmonary FibrosisNoYes
White Dog Shaker SyndromeNoYes
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameMiniature SchnauzerWest Highland White Terrier
Coat
HairYesNo
FurNoYes
Coat Type
Double CoatYesYes
Coat Texture
RoughYesNo
ShaggyNoYes
WavyNoYes
Coat Length(s)
ShortYesNo
MediumYesYes
Coat Color(s)
BlackYesNo
Black & SilverYesNo
Salt & PepperYesNo
Solid WhiteNoYes