West Highland White Terrier vs Bichon Frise vs Chihuahua Comparison - Dog breed selector: Roseneath Terrier or Bichon A Poil Frise or Csivava? Find the right dog for you

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Name West Highland White Terrier Bichon Frise Chihuahua
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Other Names
What other names do they have?
Roseneath Terrier
Westie
Westy
White Roseneath Terrier
Poltalloch Terrier
Bichon A Poil Frise
Bichon Tenerife
Purebred Bichon
Tenerife Dog
Bichon Frise
Csivava
Chihuahueño
Breed Type
Which dog is purebred or crossbreed? West Highland White Terrier vs Bichon Frise vs Chihuahua breed type comparison:
Purebred Purebred Purebred

West Highland White Terrier vs Bichon Frise vs Chihuahua Price and Availability Comparison

Price
Which is cheaper, West Highland White Terrier or Bichon Frise or Chihuahua? Which is more expensive?
$900-$1200 $700-$1000 $600-$800
Availability
Which is easier to get, West Highland White Terrier or Bichon Frise or Chihuahua?
Very frequent: The West Highland White Terrier is quite easy to get.
Very frequent: The Bichon Frise is quite easy to get.
Very frequent: The Chihuahua is quite easy to get.

West Highland White Terrier vs Bichon Frise vs Chihuahua Size Comparison

Size
Which is bigger, West Highland White Terrier or Bichon Frise or Chihuahua? Which is the smallest dog, West Highland White Terrier or Bichon Frise or Chihuahua?
Small Small Small
Weight
Which is heavier, West Highland White Terrier or Bichon Frise or Bichon Frise? West Highland White Terrier vs Bichon Frise vs Chihuahua weight comparison:
Male: 15-22 pounds (7-10 kg), Female: 13-16 pounds (6-7 kg) 7-13 pounds (3-6 kg) 2-6 pounds (1-3 kg)
Average Weight
Which dog has a smaller / higher average weight?
Male: 18.5 pounds (8.5 kg), Female: 14.5 pounds (6.5 kg) 10 pounds (4.5 kg) 4 pounds (2 kg)
Height
Which is taller, West Highland White Terrier or Bichon Frise or Chihuahua? West Highland White Terrier vs Bichon Frise vs Chihuahua height comparison:
Male: 10-12 inches (25-30 cm), Female: 9-11 inches (23-28 cm) Male: 9-12 inches (23–30 cm) Female: 9-11 inches (23-28 cm) 6-9 inches (15-23 cm)
Average Height
Which dog has a smaller / higher average height?
Male: 11 inches (27.5 cm), Female: 10 inches (25.5 cm) Male: 10.5 inches (26.5 cm) Female: 10 inches (25.5 cm) 7.5 inches (19 cm)

West Highland White Terrier vs Bichon Frise vs Chihuahua Grooming, Hair and Care Comparison

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat/fur do they have? West Highland White Terrier vs Bichon Frise vs Chihuahua coat comparison:
Dense Curly Fine
Colors
What are the original West Highland White Terrier, Bichon Frise and Chihuahua color?
White White
Apricot
Buff
Cream
Chocolate
Fawn
Tan
Cream
Red
Black
Grooming
Which dog is easy to maintain, West Highland White Terrier or Bichon Frise or Chihuahua? West Highland White Terrier vs Bichon Frise vs Chihuahua grooming comparison:
Advanced: The West Highland White Terrier requires a lot of grooming.
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Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
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Effortless: The Chihuahua requires minimal grooming.
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Shedding Level
Who sheds more West Highland White Terrier or Bichon Frise or Chihuahua? West Highland White Terrier or Bichon Frise or {name3 shedding:
West Highland White Terriers shed none to minimal.
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Bichon Frises are low shedders.
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Chihuahuas shed none to minimal.
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Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
Which dog should be bathed more: West Highland White Terrier or Bichon Frise or Chihuahua?
4-6 weeks
Average. Experts recommended at least every 4-6 weeks for this family pup.
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3-4 weeks
More often than average. These dog coats tend to be longer, softer, and oilier than short-haired breeds.
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3-4 weeks
More often than average. These dog coats tend to be longer, softer, and oilier than short-haired breeds.
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West Highland White Terrier vs Bichon Frise vs Chihuahua Personality / Temperament Comparison

Temperament
Which one has a better personality? Which is a better family dog, West Highland White Terrier or Bichon Frise or Chihuahua? West Highland White Terrier vs Bichon Frise vs Chihuahua behavior/temperament comparison:
Affectionate
Courageous
Friendly
Independent
Alert
Intelligent
Affectionate
Playful
Sensitive
Cheerful
Gentle
Intelligent
Alert
Devoted
Intelligent
Courageous
Lively
Quick
Intelligent Rank
Which is the smarter dog? Which is best? West Highland White Terrier vs Bichon Frise vs Chihuahua intelligence:
Average: It takes patience to teach this breed any tricks or commands, but the effort is worth it.
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Average: It takes patience to teach this breed any tricks or commands, but the effort is worth it.
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Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
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Trainability
West Highland White Terrier vs Bichon Frise vs Chihuahua trainability comparison.
West Highland White Terriers are easy to train.
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Bichon Frises are quite easy to train.
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Chihuahuas are quite easy to train.
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Playfulness
West Highland White Terrier vs Bichon Frise vs Chihuahua playfulness comparison:
The West Highland White Terrier is a highly playful breed.
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The Bichon Frise is a playful breed.
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Average: Chihuahuas, like any other dog breed, like playing.
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Sensitivity Level
Which dog is more sensitive? What's the difference?
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
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They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
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Sensitive: Chihuahuas don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household, and frequent guest visits.
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Affection Level
Which is the more affectionate dog breed: West Highland White Terrier vs Bichon Frise vs Chihuahua?
Average to High: West Highland White Terriers are highly affectionate dogs.
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High: Bichon Frises are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
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High: Chihuahuas are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
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Social Needs
West Highland White Terrier vs Bichon Frise vs Chihuahua social needs comparison:
West Highland White Terriers are a social breed.
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Bichon Frises need a lot of social interaction.
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Chihuahuas need a lot of social interaction.
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Barking
Which dog barks more/less: West Highland White Terrier vs Bichon Frise vs Chihuahua?
A lot: West Highland White Terrier is a particularly loud breed.
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Average: The Bichon Frise barks occasionally.
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A lot: Chihuahua is a particularly loud breed.
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Watchdog Ability
Which is the better watchdog: West Highland White Terrier or Bichon Frise or Chihuahua?
West Highland White Terriers are average watchdogs.
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Bichon Frises are average watchdogs.
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Chihuahuas are average watchdogs.
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Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Which is a better guard dog West Highland White Terrier or Bichon Frise or Chihuahua? Which dog is most likely to protect its owner? Which is the best dog to use for protection?
West Highland White Terriers are extremely protective guard dogs.
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Bichon Frises are not the best to protect their territory.
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Chihuahuas strongly protect their territory.
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Biting Potential
Which breed of dog is most likely to bite? Biting potential comparison:

Low 🔽

The West Highland White Terrier has a low chance of biting somebody.

Low 🔽

The Bichon Frise has a low chance of biting somebody.

Low 🔽

The Chihuahua has a low chance of biting somebody.
Bite Force
Which bite is stronger: West Highland White Terrier or Bichon Frise or Chihuahua?

Between 100 and 200 PSI 🔽

West Highland White Terrier bite force: Weak.

Between 100 and 200 PSI 🔽

Bichon Frise bite force: Weak.

Between 100 and 200 PSI 🔽

Chihuahua bite force: Weak.
Mouthiness
Which is the better dog? West Highland White Terrier vs Bichon Frise vs Chihuahua mouthiness comparison:
West Highland White Terriers have a lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
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Bichon Frises have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
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Chihuahuas have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
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Impulse to Wander or Roam
Which dog has a greater roaming instinct?
West Highland White Terriers have average wanderlust potential.
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Bichon Frises have average wanderlust potential.
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Chihuahuas tend to escape less than other breeds.
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Prey Drive
Which dog has a higher prey drive? Which can be better for hunting?
West Highland White Terriers have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
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Their prey drive is low.
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Chihuahuas have an average prey drive, which means that they don't have a high impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals, but it might happen.
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Apartment Friendly
Which dog is more apartment friendly West Highland White Terrier or Bichon Frise or Chihuahua?
It is not the best choice if you want to keep them indoors, however, with careful exercise and several walks a day, they will tolerate the indoor environment, so it is possible to keep West Highland White Terrier indoors.
Very house-friendly dog the Bichon Frise breed.
Very house-friendly dog the Chihuahua breed.
Adaptability
Which dog has a higher adaptability potential? Which is the better dog?
West Highland White Terriers adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
Bichon Frises adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Chihuahuas adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Which dog can be left alone: West Highland White Terrier or Bichon Frise or Chihuahua?
West Highland White Terriers do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
Bichon Frises tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Chihuahuas tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.

West Highland White Terrier vs Bichon Frise vs Chihuahua Good With Comparison

Stranger Friendly
Which dog is more stranger friendly West Highland White Terrier or Bichon Frise or Chihuahua? Which dog is more friendly?
West Highland White Terriers are stranger-friendly dogs.
Bichon Frises are very stranger-friendly dogs.
Chihuahuas are average friendly towards strangers.
Pet Friendly
Which dog breeds get along well with other animals/pets?
West Highland White Terriers are generally with other pets.
Bichon Frises are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Chihuahuas are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Child Friendly
Which dog is more child/kid friendly West Highland White Terrier or Bichon Frise or Chihuahua?
West Highland White Terriers are kid-friendly dogs.
Bichon Frises are kid-friendly dogs.
Chihuahuas are not kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Which dog is more cat friendly West Highland White Terrier or Bichon Frise or Chihuahua?
West Highland White Terriers are average friendly towards cats.
Bichon Frises are very cat-friendly dogs.
Chihuahuas are very cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Which dog is more dog friendly West Highland White Terrier or Bichon Frise or Chihuahua?
West Highland White Terriers are dog-friendly dogs.
Bichon Frises are very dog-friendly dogs.
Chihuahuas are average friendly towards other dogs.
Good For First Time Owners
Which dog is good for the first-time owners: West Highland White Terrier vs Bichon Frise vs Chihuahua?
Yes
West Highland White Terriers are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Yes
Bichon Frises are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Yes
Chihuahuas are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Office Friendly
Which one fits better in the office?
No
West Highland White Terrier is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Bichon Frise is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Chihuahua is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Which dog is good for elderly people?
West Highland White Terriers are usually recommended for elderly people.
Bichon Frises are usually recommended for elderly people.
Chihuahuas are not recommended for elderly people.

West Highland White Terrier vs Bichon Frise vs Chihuahua Health Comparison

Health Issues
West Highland White Terrier vs Bichon Frise vs Chihuahua health comparison. Which is the healthier: West Highland White Terrier vs Bichon Frise vs Chihuahua?
Very healthy dog breed.
The Bichon Frise is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Chihuahuas are commonly healthy dogs.
Health Problems
Which one has more or less genetic/health problems: West Highland White Terrier vs Bichon Frise vs Chihuahua? What are the allergies, genetic diseases and concerns for them? West Highland White Terrier vs Bichon Frise vs Chihuahua health problems comparison:
Atopic Dermatitis
Cataracts
Craniomandibular Osteopathy
Globoid Cell Leukodystrophy
Hyperplastic Dermatosis
Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
Legg-perthes Disease
Patellar Luxation
Pulmonary Fibrosis
White Dog Shaker Syndrome
Allergies
Bladder Stones
Hip Dysplasia
Juvenile Cataracts
Patellar Luxation
Vaccination Sensitivity
Collapsed Trachea
Heart Murmurs
Hydrocephalus
Hypoglycemia
Open Fontanel
Patellar Luxation
Pulmonic Stenosis
Shivering
Veterinarian Visits
Which one may need more or less veterinary visits?
Rare
The West Highland White Terrier should have a complete physical check-up at least every 12-18 months (but preferably once per year).
Average
The Bichon Frise should have a complete physical check-up at least once per year.
Rare
The Chihuahua should have a complete physical check-up at least every 12-18 months (but preferably once per year).
Life Expectancy
West Highland White Terrier vs Bichon Frise vs Chihuahua lifespan comparison. How long do West Highland White Terrier, Bichon Frise and Chihuahua breeds live? Which one has a longer lifespan/life expectancy?
12-16 years
The average lifespan of West Highland White Terrier: 14 years
11-15 years
The average lifespan of Bichon Frise: 13 years
14-18 years
The average lifespan of Chihuahua: 16 years
Hypoallergenic
West Highland White Terrier vs Bichon Frise vs Chihuahua hypoallergenic comparison. Which dog is hypoallergenic or not?
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Energy Level
Who has more energy a West Highland White Terrier or Bichon Frise or Chihuahua? West Highland White Terrier vs Bichon Frise vs Chihuahua energy level comparison:
West Highland White Terriers have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Bichon Frises have a lower energy level than other dogs.
Chihuahuas have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
West Highland White Terrier vs Bichon Frise vs Chihuahua exercise need comparison. Which dog needs more activity? Which dog needs the most exercise: West Highland White Terrier or Bichon Frise or Chihuahua? Which dog needs the most walking? Which dog is the laziest?
West Highland White Terriers need quite a lot of exercise.
Bichon Frises exercise need is minimal.
Chihuahuas exercise need is very minimal.
Sleeping Need
Which one sleeps the least/most: West Highland White Terrier or Bichon Frise or Chihuahua?
West Highland White Terriers are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend too much time with sleeping.
Bichon Frises like sleeping so they do sleep a lot.
Chihuahuas sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered a lazy breed.
Average daily food consumption
Which dog eats more: West Highland White Terrier or Bichon Frise or Chihuahua?
1/2 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 1/2 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. Recommended daily amount: 1/4 to 1/2 cups of high-quality dry food a day.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
Which dog breed is more prone to obesity? West Highland White Terrier vs Bichon Frise vs Chihuahua weight gain potential comparison:
Average to High: If you don't pay attention to the West Highland White Terrier's weight, he can easily gain weight.
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Average to High: If you don't pay attention to the Bichon Frise's weight, he can easily gain weight.
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Average: The Chihuahua has an average risk for obesity.
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Weather and Climate
Which dog is best for hot or cold weather: West Highland White Terrier vs Bichon Frise vs Chihuahua?
Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The West Highland White Terrier can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
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Prefers average to warm weather conditions
Different dogs have different preferences when it comes to weather conditions.
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Prefers warm weather
Dogs that prefer warm weather conditions are typically breeds that were originally bred in warmer climates.
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Stinkiness
Which dog breed smells the least? Which dog smells the most? Which is best, West Highland White Terrier vs Bichon Frise vs Chihuahua?

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The West Highland White Terrier has a low chance of bad smell.

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The Bichon Frise has a low chance of bad smell.

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The Chihuahua has a high chance of bad smell.
Drooling Tendency
Which dog drools the most? Which dog drools the least?
The West Highland White Terrier is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency.
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The Bichon Frise is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency.
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The Chihuahua is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency.
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West Highland White Terrier vs Bichon Frise vs Chihuahua As a Working Dog Comparison

Service Dog
Which one could be a service dog?

Not really

This breed generally not used as a service dog.
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Not really

This breed generally not used as a service dog.
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Not really

This breed generally not used as a service dog.
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Therapy Dog
Which one could be a therapy dog: West Highland White Terrier or Bichon Frise or Chihuahua? Which is better for autism?

Not really

This breed is generally not used as a therapy dog.
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Yes

This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
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Yes

This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
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Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Which one could be a detection/sniffer dog?

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases.

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases.

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Which one could be a search and rescue dog?

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog.

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog.

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog.
Boat and Sailor Dog
Which one could be a boat dog: West Highland White Terrier vs Bichon Frise vs Chihuahua?

Not really

West Highland White Terrier breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
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Not really

Bichon Frise breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
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Not really

Chihuahua breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
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Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Which one could be a cart pulling or drafting dog?

Not really

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
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Not really

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
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Not really

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
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Fighting Dog / Military Dog

Not really

In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Not really

In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Not really

In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

West Highland White Terrier vs Bichon Frise vs Chihuahua Reproducibility Comparison

Gestation Length 60-64 days See more. 60-64 days See more. 60-64 days See more.
Litter Frequency

Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy.
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Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy.
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Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy.
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Litter Size
How many puppies can West Highland White Terrier and Bichon Frise and Chihuahua have?
2-5 puppies 2-5 puppies 2-4 puppies

West Highland White Terrier vs Bichon Frise vs Chihuahua Recognition Comparison

AKC Group
Which dog is recognized by the AKC?
Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1908 as a Terrier breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1972 as a Non-Sporting breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1904 as a Toy breed.
FCI Group
Which dog is recognized by the FCI?
Recognized by FCI in the Terriers group, in the Small sized Terriers section. Not recognized by FCI. Recognized by FCI in the Companion and Toy Dogs group, in the Chihuahueno section.
Breed Recognition
What other organizations and kennel clubs recognize these dog breeds?
American Canine Registry
American Kennel Club
America's Pet Registry
Canadian Kennel Club
Dog Registry of America Inc.
Federation Cynologique Internationale
Kennel Club of Great Britain
North American Purebred Registry, Inc.
American Canine Association, Inc.
Australian National Kennel Council
Continental Kennel Club
National Kennel Club
New Zealand Kennel Club
United Kennel Club
Club Espanol De Terriers
American Canine Registry
American Kennel Club
America's Pet Registry
Canadian Kennel Club
Dog Registry of America Inc.
Federation Cynologique Internationale
Kennel Club of Great Britain
North American Purebred Registry, Inc.
American Canine Association, Inc.
Australian National Kennel Council
Continental Kennel Club
National Kennel Club
New Zealand Kennel Club
United Kennel Club
The Bichon Frise Club Of America
American Canine Registry
American Kennel Club
America's Pet Registry
Canadian Kennel Club
Dog Registry of America Inc.
Federation Cynologique Internationale
Kennel Club of Great Britain
North American Purebred Registry, Inc.
American Canine Association, Inc.
Australian National Kennel Council
Continental Kennel Club
National Kennel Club
New Zealand Kennel Club
United Kennel Club

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