Scottish Terrier vs West Highland White Terrier

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

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - The West Highland White Terrier is an excellent choice for new/inexperienced owners. The Scottish Terrier is okay for new owners, but may not be as easy as the West Highland White Terrier.
  • Children - Both the Scottish Terrier and West Highland White Terrier are great with children.
  • Grooming - The West Highland White Terrier is easier to groom than the Scottish Terrier.
  • Barking - Both the Scottish Terrier and West Highland White Terrier are very vocal and will bark/howl frequently.
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Scottish Terrier vs West Highland White Terrier
Black Scottish Terrier
West Highland White Terrier Dog Breed
Breed NameScottish TerrierWest Highland White Terrier
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicNoYes
Lifespan12-15 yrs.11-16 yrs.
Height10-11 in.14-16 in.
Weight18-22 lb15-20 lb
IntelligenceAverageAverage
History
Origin CountryUK (Scotland)UK (Scotland)
Origin Year55 BC1500 AD
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
  • Does Not Like Being Alone
  • Stubborn
Living Environment
ApartmentNoYes
IndoorYesYes
Small YardYesYes
Medium YardNoYes
Large YardNoNo
Temperature Tolerance ¹55°F to 80°F30°F to 85°F
Barks/HowlsVery OftenVery Often
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelLowHigh
Exercise RequiredLowMedium-High
Top Running Speed11 mph18 mph
StrengthMediumMedium
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceHighLow
SheddingLowLow
DanderLowLow
Drool AmountLowNone

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 TerrierWest Highland White Terrier
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoNo
Family/PackNoNo
IndependentYesYes
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyNoYes
AverageYesNo
Focused & PatientNoNo
Breed Instincts
AggressionVery LowBelow Average
Burrow/DiggingAverageAverage
ChasingAverageHigh
Follow CommandsBelow AverageBelow Average
FightingBelow AverageVery Low
GuardingBelow AverageVery Low
HerdingBelow AverageVery Low
HuntingAverageAverage
ProtectionBelow AverageVery Low
Remove VerminHighHigh
SleddingBelow AverageVery Low
WatchBelow AverageBelow Average
Health Comparison
Breed NameScottish TerrierWest Highland White Terrier
Lifespan
Lifespan12-15 yrs.11-16 yrs.
Common Health Issues
Atopic DermatitisNoYes
CataractsNoYes
Craniomandibular OsteopathyYesYes
Globoid Cell LeukodystrophyNoYes
Hyperplastic DermatosisNoYes
Inflammatory Bowel DiseaseNoYes
Legg-perthes DiseaseNoYes
Patellar LuxationYesYes
Pulmonary FibrosisNoYes
Scottie CrampYesNo
Von Willebrand's DiseaseYesNo
White Dog Shaker SyndromeNoYes
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameScottish TerrierWest Highland White Terrier
Coat
FurYesYes
Coat Type
Double CoatYesYes
Coat Texture
RoughYesNo
ScruffyYesNo
ShaggyNoYes
WavyNoYes
Coat Length(s)
MediumYesYes
Coat Color(s)
BlackYesNo
Black BrindleYesNo
BrindleYesNo
Red BrindleYesNo
Silver BrindleYesNo
WheatenYesNo
Solid WhiteNoYes