West Highland White Terrier vs German Longhaired Pointer

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

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 German Longhaired Pointer are great with children.
  • Grooming - The West Highland White Terrier is easy to groom. The German Longhaired Pointer has high grooming requirements.
  • Barking - The West Highland White Terrier bark/howls frequently. The German Longhaired Pointer has a low tendency to bark.
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West Highland White Terrier vs German Longhaired Pointer
West Highland White Terrier Dog Breed
Breed NameWest Highland White TerrierGerman Longhaired Pointer
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicYesMaybe
Lifespan11-16 yrs.12-14 yrs.
Height14-16 in.23-26 in.
Weight15-20 lb60-70 lb
IntelligenceAverageHigh
History
Origin CountryUK (Scotland)Germany
Origin Year1500 AD1879 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessVery GoodVery Good
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Pet FriendlyVery GoodGood
Stranger FriendlyGoodVery Good
Personality
  • Affectionate
  • Does Not Like Being Alone
  • Stubborn
  • Affectionate
  • Loving
  • Willing To Please
Living Environment
ApartmentYesNo
IndoorYesNo
Small YardYesNo
Medium YardYesNo
Large YardNoYes
Temperature Tolerance ¹30°F to 85°F40°F to 80°F
Barks/HowlsVery OftenBelow Average
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelHighMedium-High
Exercise RequiredMedium-HighMedium
Top Running Speed18 mph18 mph
StrengthMediumMedium
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceLowMedium-High
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 TerrierGerman Longhaired Pointer
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoNo
Family/PackNoYes
IndependentYesNo
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyYesNo
AverageNoYes
Focused & PatientNoNo
Breed Instincts
AggressionBelow AverageBelow Average
Burrow/DiggingAverageAverage
ChasingHighHigh
Follow CommandsBelow AverageAverage
FightingVery LowBelow Average
GuardingVery LowAverage
HerdingVery LowAverage
HuntingAverageHigh
ProtectionVery LowAverage
Remove VerminHighAverage
SleddingVery LowVery Low
WatchBelow AverageAverage
Health Comparison
Breed NameWest Highland White TerrierGerman Longhaired Pointer
Lifespan
Lifespan11-16 yrs.12-14 yrs.
Common Health Issues
Atopic DermatitisYesNo
CataractsYesNo
Craniomandibular OsteopathyYesNo
Ear InfectionsNoYes
Eye InfectionsNoYes
Globoid Cell LeukodystrophyYesNo
Hyperplastic DermatosisYesNo
Inflammatory Bowel DiseaseYesNo
Legg-perthes DiseaseYesNo
Patellar LuxationYesNo
Pulmonary FibrosisYesNo
White Dog Shaker SyndromeYesNo
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameWest Highland White TerrierGerman Longhaired Pointer
Coat
FurYesNo
HairNoYes
Coat Type
Double CoatYesYes
Curly CoatNoYes
Coat Texture
ShaggyYesNo
WavyYesYes
SilkyNoYes
Coat Length(s)
MediumYesYes
Coat Color(s)
Solid WhiteYesNo
Black & WhiteNoYes
BrownNoYes
Brown & WhiteNoYes