West Highland White Terrier vs Danish-swedish Farmdog

Compare the West Highland White Terrier to the Danish-swedish Farmdog. Use the tool below to compare temperament, size, personality, maintenance requirements, and everything else between West Highland White Terriers and Danish-swedish Farmdogs.

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 the West Highland White Terrier and Danish-Swedish Farmdog are great with children.
  • Grooming - Both breeds have low maintenance coats, but the Danish-Swedish Farmdog is easier to groom.
  • 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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West Highland White Terrier vs Danish-Swedish Farmdog
West Highland White Terrier Dog Breed
Breed NameWest Highland White TerrierDanish-Swedish Farmdog
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicYesNo
Lifespan11-16 yrs.10-15 yrs.
Height14-16 in.12-14 in.
Weight15-20 lb15-25 lb
IntelligenceAverageAverage
History
Origin CountryUK (Scotland)Denmark
Origin Year1500 AD1700 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessVery GoodVery Good
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Pet FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Stranger FriendlyGoodGood
Personality
  • Affectionate
  • Does Not Like Being Alone
  • Stubborn
  • Affectionate
  • Loving
  • Willing To Please
Living Environment
ApartmentYesYes
IndoorYesYes
Small YardYesNo
Medium YardYesYes
Large YardNoYes
Temperature Tolerance ¹30°F to 85°F40°F to 80°F
Barks/HowlsVery OftenOften
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelHighHigh
Exercise RequiredMedium-HighHigh
Top Running Speed18 mph28 mph
StrengthMediumMedium
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceLowNone-Low
SheddingLowLow
DanderLowLow
Drool AmountNoneNone

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 NameWest Highland White TerrierDanish-Swedish Farmdog
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoNo
Family/PackNoYes
IndependentYesNo
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyYesYes
AverageNoYes
Focused & PatientNoNo
Breed Instincts
AggressionBelow AverageBelow Average
Burrow/DiggingAverageAverage
ChasingHighAverage
Follow CommandsBelow AverageAverage
FightingVery LowAverage
GuardingVery LowAverage
HerdingVery LowHigh
HuntingAverageAverage
ProtectionVery LowAverage
Remove VerminHighHigh
SleddingVery LowVery Low
WatchBelow AverageHigh
Health Comparison
Breed NameWest Highland White TerrierDanish-Swedish Farmdog
Lifespan
Lifespan11-16 yrs.10-15 yrs.
Common Health Issues
Atopic DermatitisYesNo
CataractsYesNo
Craniomandibular OsteopathyYesNo
Dental ProblemsNoYes
Globoid Cell LeukodystrophyYesNo
Hip DysplasiaNoYes
Hyperplastic DermatosisYesNo
Inflammatory Bowel DiseaseYesNo
Legg-perthes DiseaseYesNo
Patellar LuxationYesYes
Pulmonary FibrosisYesNo
White Dog Shaker SyndromeYesNo
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameWest Highland White TerrierDanish-Swedish Farmdog
Coat
FurYesYes
Coat Type
Double CoatYesNo
Single CoatNoYes
Smooth CoatNoYes
Coat Texture
ShaggyYesNo
WavyYesNo
RoughNoYes
Coat Length(s)
MediumYesNo
ShortNoYes
Coat Color(s)
Solid WhiteYesNo
White & BlackNoYes