Scottish Terrier vs Tibetan Spaniel

Compare the Scottish Terrier to the Tibetan Spaniel. Use the tool below to compare temperament, size, personality, maintenance requirements, and everything else between Scottish Terriers and Tibetan Spaniels.

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - The Tibetan Spaniel is an excellent choice for new/inexperienced owners. The Scottish Terrier is okay for new owners, but may not be as easy as the Tibetan Spaniel.
  • Children - Both the Scottish Terrier and Tibetan Spaniel are great with children.
  • Grooming - The Tibetan Spaniel is easy to groom while the Scottish Terrier has moderate grooming needs.
  • Barking - Both the Scottish Terrier and Tibetan Spaniel are very vocal and will bark/howl frequently.
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Scottish Terrier vs Tibetan Spaniel
Black Scottish Terrier
Breed NameScottish TerrierTibetan Spaniel
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicNoNo
Lifespan12-15 yrs.12-15 yrs.
Height10-11 in.8-10 in.
Weight18-22 lb9-15 lb
IntelligenceAverageAverage
History
Origin CountryUK (Scotland)Tibet
Origin Year55 BC500 BC
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessVery GoodVery Good
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Pet FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Stranger FriendlyVery GoodGood
Personality
  • Loving
  • Stubborn
  • Willing To Please
  • Affectionate
  • Enjoys Attention
  • Jealous
  • Loving
  • Does Not Like Being Alone
  • Likes To Snuggle
  • Stubborn
  • Willing To Please
Living Environment
ApartmentNoYes
IndoorYesNo
Small YardYesNo
Medium YardNoNo
Large YardNoNo
Temperature Tolerance ¹55°F to 80°F55°F to 80°F
Barks/HowlsVery OftenVery Often
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelLowMedium
Exercise RequiredLowMedium
Top Running Speed11 mph16 mph
StrengthMediumLow
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceHighMedium-High
SheddingLowMedium-High
DanderLowMedium
Drool AmountLowLow-Medium

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 NameScottish TerrierTibetan Spaniel
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoYes
Family/PackNoYes
IndependentYesYes
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyNoYes
AverageYesNo
Focused & PatientNoNo
Breed Instincts
AggressionVery LowBelow Average
Burrow/DiggingAverageBelow Average
ChasingAverageBelow Average
Follow CommandsBelow AverageBelow Average
FightingBelow AverageBelow Average
GuardingBelow AverageBelow Average
HerdingBelow AverageBelow Average
HuntingAverageVery Low
ProtectionBelow AverageBelow Average
Remove VerminHighBelow Average
SleddingBelow AverageVery Low
WatchBelow AverageBelow Average
Health Comparison
Breed NameScottish TerrierTibetan Spaniel
Lifespan
Lifespan12-15 yrs.12-15 yrs.
Common Health Issues
Craniomandibular OsteopathyYesNo
Patellar LuxationYesNo
Scottie CrampYesNo
Von Willebrand's DiseaseYesNo
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameScottish TerrierTibetan Spaniel
Coat
FurYesNo
HairNoYes
Coat Type
Double CoatYesNo
Curly CoatNoYes
Smooth CoatNoYes
Coat Texture
RoughYesNo
ScruffyYesNo
SilkyNoYes
WavyNoYes
StraightNoYes
Coat Length(s)
MediumYesYes
LongNoYes
Coat Color(s)
BlackYesYes
Black BrindleYesNo
BrindleYesNo
Red BrindleYesNo
Silver BrindleYesNo
WheatenYesNo
Black & TanNoYes
CreamNoYes
GoldNoYes
RedNoYes
SableNoYes
Silver SableNoYes
WhiteNoYes