West Highland White Terrier vs Japanese Spitz

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

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - Both the West Highland White Terrier and Japanese Spitz are excellent choices for new or inexperienced owners.
  • Children - Both the West Highland White Terrier and Japanese Spitz are great with children.
  • Grooming - Both breeds have low maintenance coats, but the Japanese Spitz is easier to groom.
  • Barking - Both the West Highland White Terrier and Japanese Spitz are very vocal and will bark/howl frequently.
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West Highland White Terrier vs Japanese Spitz
West Highland White Terrier Dog Breed
Japanese Spitz
Breed NameWest Highland White TerrierJapanese Spitz
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicYesNo
Lifespan11-16 yrs.10-16 yrs.
Height14-16 in.12-15 in.
Weight15-20 lb10-20 lb
IntelligenceAverageAverage
History
Origin CountryUK (Scotland)Japan
Origin Year1500 AD1950 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessVery GoodVery Good
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Pet FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Stranger FriendlyGoodBelow Average
Personality
  • Affectionate
  • Does Not Like Being Alone
  • Stubborn
  • Affectionate
  • Enjoys Attention
  • Loving
  • Does Not Like Being Alone
  • Likes To Snuggle
  • Stubborn
  • Willing To Please
Living Environment
ApartmentYesYes
IndoorYesYes
Small YardYesYes
Medium YardYesYes
Large YardNoNo
Temperature Tolerance ¹30°F to 85°F20°F to 85°F
Barks/HowlsVery OftenVery Often
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelHighHigh
Exercise RequiredMedium-HighMedium
Top Running Speed18 mph18 mph
StrengthMediumLow
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceLowMedium
SheddingLowMedium-High
DanderLowLow
Drool AmountNoneLow

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 TerrierJapanese Spitz
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoNo
Family/PackNoYes
IndependentYesNo
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyYesNo
AverageNoYes
Focused & PatientNoNo
Breed Instincts
AggressionBelow AverageAverage
Burrow/DiggingAverageAverage
ChasingHighAverage
Follow CommandsBelow AverageAverage
FightingVery LowBelow Average
GuardingVery LowBelow Average
HerdingVery LowAverage
HuntingAverageAverage
ProtectionVery LowAverage
Remove VerminHighAverage
SleddingVery LowAverage
WatchBelow AverageAverage
Health Comparison
Breed NameWest Highland White TerrierJapanese Spitz
Lifespan
Lifespan11-16 yrs.10-16 yrs.
Common Health Issues
Atopic DermatitisYesNo
CataractsYesNo
Craniomandibular OsteopathyYesNo
Globoid Cell LeukodystrophyYesNo
Hyperplastic DermatosisYesNo
Inflammatory Bowel DiseaseYesNo
Legg-perthes DiseaseYesNo
Patellar LuxationYesYes
Pulmonary FibrosisYesNo
Runny EyesNoYes
White Dog Shaker SyndromeYesNo
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameWest Highland White TerrierJapanese Spitz
Coat
FurYesYes
HairNoYes
Coat Type
Double CoatYesYes
Coat Texture
ShaggyYesNo
WavyYesYes
SilkyNoYes
StraightNoYes
Coat Length(s)
MediumYesNo
LongNoYes
Coat Color(s)
Solid WhiteYesNo
WhiteNoYes