Schipperke vs West Highland White Terrier

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

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - Both the Schipperke and West Highland White Terrier are excellent choices for new or inexperienced owners.
  • Children - Both the Schipperke and West Highland White Terrier are great with children.
  • Grooming - Both breeds have low maintenance coats, but the Schipperke is easier to groom.
  • Barking - Both the Schipperke and West Highland White Terrier are very vocal and will bark/howl frequently.
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Schipperke vs West Highland White Terrier
Adult Schipperke
West Highland White Terrier Dog Breed
Breed NameSchipperkeWest Highland White Terrier
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicNoYes
Lifespan12-15 yrs.11-16 yrs.
Height10-13 in.14-16 in.
Weight11-18 lb15-20 lb
IntelligenceHighAverage
History
Origin CountryBelgiumUK (Scotland)
Origin Year1880 AD1500 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessGoodVery Good
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Pet FriendlyBelow AverageVery Good
Stranger FriendlyBelow AverageGood
Personality
  • Affectionate
  • Enjoys Attention
  • Loving
  • Stubborn
  • Willing To Please
  • Affectionate
  • Does Not Like Being Alone
  • Stubborn
Living Environment
ApartmentYesYes
IndoorYesYes
Small YardYesYes
Medium YardNoYes
Large YardNoNo
Temperature Tolerance ¹40°F to 75°F30°F to 85°F
Barks/HowlsVery OftenVery Often
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelHighHigh
Exercise RequiredHighMedium-High
Top Running Speed16 mph18 mph
StrengthHighMedium
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceLow-MediumLow
SheddingLow-MediumLow
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 NameSchipperkeWest Highland White Terrier
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoNo
Family/PackYesNo
IndependentNoYes
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyNoYes
AverageNoNo
Focused & PatientYesNo
Breed Instincts
AggressionBelow AverageBelow Average
Burrow/DiggingBelow AverageAverage
ChasingAverageHigh
Follow CommandsVery LowBelow Average
FightingBelow AverageVery Low
GuardingAverageVery Low
HerdingHighVery Low
HuntingBelow AverageAverage
ProtectionAverageVery Low
Remove VerminBelow AverageHigh
SleddingVery LowVery Low
WatchHighBelow Average
Health Comparison
Breed NameSchipperkeWest Highland White Terrier
Lifespan
Lifespan12-15 yrs.11-16 yrs.
Common Health Issues
Atopic DermatitisNoYes
CataractsNoYes
Craniomandibular OsteopathyNoYes
Globoid Cell LeukodystrophyNoYes
Hyperplastic DermatosisNoYes
Inflammatory Bowel DiseaseNoYes
Legg-perthes DiseaseNoYes
Patellar LuxationNoYes
Pulmonary FibrosisNoYes
White Dog Shaker SyndromeNoYes
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameSchipperkeWest Highland White Terrier
Coat
FurYesYes
HairYesNo
Coat Type
Double CoatYesYes
Coat Texture
WoolyYesNo
StraightYesNo
ShaggyNoYes
WavyNoYes
Coat Length(s)
MediumYesYes
Coat Color(s)
BlackYesNo
BlueYesNo
BrownYesNo
ChocolateYesNo
CreamYesNo
GoldYesNo
IvoryYesNo
RedYesNo
WheatenYesNo
WhiteYesNo
Solid WhiteNoYes