West Highland White Terrier vs Patterdale Terrier

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

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 Patterdale Terrier are great with children.
  • Grooming - The West Highland White Terrier is easier to groom than the Patterdale Terrier.
  • 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 Patterdale Terrier
West Highland White Terrier Dog Breed
Tan Patterdale Terrier
Breed NameWest Highland White TerrierPatterdale Terrier
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicYesNo
Lifespan11-16 yrs.11-13 yrs.
Height14-16 in.10-20 in.
Weight15-20 lb11-18 lb
IntelligenceAverageHigh
History
Origin CountryUK (Scotland)United Kingdom
Origin Year1500 AD1940 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessVery GoodVery Good
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyVery GoodBelow Average
Pet FriendlyVery GoodBelow Average
Stranger FriendlyGoodGood
Personality
  • Affectionate
  • Does Not Like Being Alone
  • Stubborn
  • Affectionate
  • Loving
  • Willing To Please
Living Environment
ApartmentYesYes
IndoorYesYes
Small YardYesYes
Medium YardYesYes
Large YardNoYes
Temperature Tolerance ¹30°F to 85°F55°F to 80°F
Barks/HowlsVery OftenVery Often
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelHighVery High
Exercise RequiredMedium-HighVery High
Top Running Speed18 mph20 mph
StrengthMediumMedium
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceLowMedium
SheddingLowMedium
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 TerrierPatterdale Terrier
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoNo
Family/PackNoYes
IndependentYesYes
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyYesNo
AverageNoNo
Focused & PatientNoYes
Breed Instincts
AggressionBelow AverageBelow Average
Burrow/DiggingAverageHigh
ChasingHighHigh
Follow CommandsBelow AverageAverage
FightingVery LowAverage
GuardingVery LowBelow Average
HerdingVery LowBelow Average
HuntingAverageHigh
ProtectionVery LowAverage
Remove VerminHighHigh
SleddingVery LowVery Low
WatchBelow AverageHigh
Health Comparison
Breed NameWest Highland White TerrierPatterdale Terrier
Lifespan
Lifespan11-16 yrs.11-13 yrs.
Common Health Issues
Atopic DermatitisYesNo
CataractsYesNo
ConjunctivitisNoYes
Craniomandibular OsteopathyYesNo
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 TerrierPatterdale Terrier
Coat
FurYesYes
Coat Type
Double CoatYesYes
Smooth CoatNoYes
Coat Texture
ShaggyYesNo
WavyYesNo
RoughNoYes
Coat Length(s)
MediumYesYes
ShortNoYes
Coat Color(s)
Solid WhiteYesNo
BlackNoYes
Black & TanNoYes
BlueNoYes
BrindleNoYes
BronzeNoYes
ChocolateNoYes
RedNoYes
TanNoYes
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