Tibetan Spaniel vs West Highland White Terrier

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

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - Both the Tibetan Spaniel and West Highland White Terrier are excellent choices for new or inexperienced owners.
  • Children - Both the Tibetan Spaniel and West Highland White Terrier are great with children.
  • Grooming - Both breeds have low maintenance coats, but the Tibetan Spaniel is easier to groom.
  • Barking - Both the Tibetan Spaniel and West Highland White Terrier are very vocal and will bark/howl frequently.
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Tibetan Spaniel vs West Highland White Terrier
West Highland White Terrier Dog Breed
Breed NameTibetan SpanielWest Highland White Terrier
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicNoYes
Lifespan12-15 yrs.11-16 yrs.
Height8-10 in.14-16 in.
Weight9-15 lb15-20 lb
IntelligenceAverageAverage
History
Origin CountryTibetUK (Scotland)
Origin Year500 BC1500 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessVery GoodVery Good
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Pet FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Stranger FriendlyGoodGood
Personality
  • Affectionate
  • Enjoys Attention
  • Jealous
  • Loving
  • Does Not Like Being Alone
  • Likes To Snuggle
  • Stubborn
  • Willing To Please
  • Affectionate
  • Does Not Like Being Alone
  • Stubborn
Living Environment
ApartmentYesYes
IndoorNoYes
Small YardNoYes
Medium YardNoYes
Large YardNoNo
Temperature Tolerance ¹55°F to 80°F30°F to 85°F
Barks/HowlsVery OftenVery Often
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelMediumHigh
Exercise RequiredMediumMedium-High
Top Running Speed16 mph18 mph
StrengthLowMedium
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceMedium-HighLow
SheddingMedium-HighLow
DanderMediumLow
Drool AmountLow-MediumNone

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 NameTibetan SpanielWest Highland White Terrier
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaYesNo
Family/PackYesNo
IndependentYesYes
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyYesYes
AverageNoNo
Focused & PatientNoNo
Breed Instincts
AggressionBelow AverageBelow Average
Burrow/DiggingBelow AverageAverage
ChasingBelow AverageHigh
Follow CommandsBelow AverageBelow Average
FightingBelow AverageVery Low
GuardingBelow AverageVery Low
HerdingBelow AverageVery Low
HuntingVery LowAverage
ProtectionBelow AverageVery Low
Remove VerminBelow AverageHigh
SleddingVery LowVery Low
WatchBelow AverageBelow Average
Health Comparison
Breed NameTibetan SpanielWest 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 NameTibetan SpanielWest Highland White Terrier
Coat
HairYesNo
FurNoYes
Coat Type
Curly CoatYesNo
Smooth CoatYesNo
Double CoatNoYes
Coat Texture
SilkyYesNo
WavyYesYes
StraightYesNo
ShaggyNoYes
Coat Length(s)
MediumYesYes
LongYesNo
Coat Color(s)
BlackYesNo
Black & TanYesNo
CreamYesNo
GoldYesNo
RedYesNo
SableYesNo
Silver SableYesNo
WhiteYesNo
Solid WhiteNoYes