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Maltese vs Pembroke Welsh Corgi vs American Cocker Spaniel – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Maltese vs Pembroke Welsh Corgi vs American Cocker Spaniel" Compare Maltese and Pembroke Welsh Corgi. Which is better: Maltese or Pembroke Welsh Corgi or American Cocker Spaniel?
Name Maltese Pembroke Welsh Corgi American Cocker Spaniel
OriginsItaly Wales United States
Group Companion Dogs Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs) Gun Dog
Popularity Rank331529
Reviews000
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Other Names Maltese Dog, Maltese lion dog Pembroke, PWC, Pem, Corgi Cocker Spaniel, Cocker, Merry Cocker
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1888 as a Toy breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1934 as a Herding breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1878 as a Sporting breed.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Companion and Toy Dogs group, in the Bichons and related breeds section. Not recognized by FCI. Recognized by FCI in the Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs group, in the Flushing Dogs section.
Breed Recognition 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 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 Canadian Canine Registry 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 Canadian Canine Registry
Price $600-$800 $1000-$2000 $600-$800

General Appearance - Maltese vs Pembroke Welsh Corgi vs American Cocker Spaniel

Size Small Small Medium
Weight 6.5-9 pounds (3-4 kg) Male: 24-31 pounds (10-14 kg), Female: 24-28 pounds (11-13 kg) 15-30 pounds (7-14 kg)
Avg. Weight 6.7 pounds (3.5 kg) Male: 27.5 pounds (12 kg), Female: 26 pounds (12 kg) 22.5 pounds (10.5 kg)
Height Male: 8-10 inches (21-25 cm), Female: 8-9 inches (20-23 cm) Male: 10-12 inches (25-30 cm), Female: 10-11 inches (25-28 cm) 15-16.5 inches (38-41 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 9 inches (23 cm), Female: 8.5 inches (21.5 cm) Male: 11 inches (27.5 cm), Female: 10.5 inches (26.5 cm) 15-16.5 inches (39.5 cm)

Hair & Care - Maltese vs Pembroke Welsh Corgi vs American Cocker Spaniel

Coat Feathered Fluffy Feathered
Colors White Black & Tan Fawn Red Sable Brown Red Tan Buff Silver Black
Grooming
Average: The Maltese requires average grooming effort.
Easy to groom: The Pembroke Welsh Corgi doesn't require a lot of grooming.
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Shedding Level
Malteses shed none to minimal.
Pembroke Welsh Corgis are heavy shedders.
American Cocker Spaniels shed moderately.

Characteristics - Maltese vs Pembroke Welsh Corgi vs American Cocker Spaniel

Temperament Active Easygoing Intelligent Responsive Docile Gentle Playful Sweet Tempered Affectionate Friendly Lively Playful Cheerful Intelligent Going Outright Tempered Merry Intelligent Trusting Joyful Outgoing Sociable
Intelligent Rank
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
Very smart: Pembroke Welsh Corgi is an excellent dog breed.
Very smart: American Cocker Spaniel is an excellent dog breed.
Trainability
Malteses are quite easy to train.
Pembroke Welsh Corgis are quite easy to train.
American Cocker Spaniels are quite easy to train.
Playfulness
Malteses, like any other dog breed, like playing.
The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is a playful breed.
The American Cocker Spaniel is a playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
American Cocker Spaniels have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
Affection Level
Malteses are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Pembroke Welsh Corgis are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
American Cocker Spaniels are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Malteses need a lot of social interaction.
Pembroke Welsh Corgis are a social breed.
American Cocker Spaniels are a social breed.
Barking
High: The Maltese is a very vocal breed.
High: The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is a very vocal breed.
Average to high: The American Cocker Spaniel is a vocal breed.
Watchdog Ability
Malteses are average watchdogs.
Pembroke Welsh Corgis are average watchdogs.
American Cocker Spaniels are average watchdogs.
Territorial
Malteses strongly protect their territory.
Pembroke Welsh Corgis are extremely protective guard dogs.
American Cocker Spaniels are average defenders.
Biting Potential Low
The Maltese has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Pembroke Welsh Corgi has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The American Cocker Spaniel has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Malteses have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Pembroke Welsh Corgis have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
American Cocker Spaniels have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Malteses are not the biggest explorers.
Pembroke Welsh Corgis tend to escape less than other breeds.
Wanderlust potential of the American Cocker Spaniel is strong enough to escape from home.
Prey Drive
Malteses have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Pembroke Welsh Corgis 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.
American Cocker Spaniels have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
Apartment Friendly
Malteses are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Pembroke Welsh Corgis are very apartment-friendly dogs.
American Cocker Spaniels are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Malteses adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Pembroke Welsh Corgis adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
American Cocker Spaniels adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Malteses tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Pembroke Welsh Corgis 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.
American Cocker Spaniels 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.
Fighting 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.

Good With - Maltese vs Pembroke Welsh Corgi vs American Cocker Spaniel

Stranger Friendly
Malteses are very stranger friendly dogs.
Pembroke Welsh Corgis are average friendly towards strangers.
American Cocker Spaniels are very stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Malteses are kid-friendly dogs.
Pembroke Welsh Corgis are very kid-friendly dogs.
American Cocker Spaniels are very kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Malteses are very cat-friendly dogs.
Pembroke Welsh Corgis are very cat-friendly dogs.
American Cocker Spaniels are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Malteses are very dog-friendly dogs.
Pembroke Welsh Corgis are average friendly towards other dogs.
American Cocker Spaniels are dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
Maltese is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Pembroke Welsh Corgi is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Yes
American Cocker Spaniel is one of the best dog breeds for office environment
Senior Citizens Friendly
Malteses are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pembroke Welsh Corgis are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
American Cocker Spaniels are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Malteses are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Pembroke Welsh Corgis are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
American Cocker Spaniels are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners No
Malteses are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Pembroke Welsh Corgis are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Yes
American Cocker Spaniels are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Service Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Therapy Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Yes
This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR) Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Boat Dog Not really
Maltese breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Pembroke Welsh Corgi breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Yes
American Cocker Spaniel breed usually likes being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.

Health Factors - Maltese vs Pembroke Welsh Corgi vs American Cocker Spaniel

Health Issues
Egészségesek Maltese fajták, de vannak bizonyos egészségügyi problémáik, amelyeket rendszeresen ellenőrizned kell az állatorvossal.
Egészségesek Pembroke Welsh Corgi fajták, de vannak bizonyos egészségügyi problémáik, amelyeket rendszeresen ellenőrizned kell az állatorvossal.
American Cocker Spaniels are commonly healthy dogs.
Health Problems Collapsed Trachea Hypoglycemia Patellar Luxation Portosystemic Liver Shunt Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Reverse Sneezing White Dog Shaker Syndrome Cataracts Cystinuria Degenerative Myelopathy Epilepsy Hip Dysplasia Intervertebral Disk Disease Patent Ductus Arteriosis Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Retinal Dysplasia Von Willebrand's Disease Allergies Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia Cataracts Glaucoma Hip Dysplasia Hypothyroidism Idiopathic Epilepsy Patellar Luxation Primary Seborrhea Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Life Expectancy 15-18 years 12-14 years 12-15 years
Hypoallergenic Yes No No
Energy Level
Malteses have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Pembroke Welsh Corgis have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
American Cocker Spaniels have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Exercise Need
Malteses exercise need is very minimal.
Pembroke Welsh Corgis need quite a lot of exercise.
American Cocker Spaniels need quite a lot of exercise.
Sleeping Need
Malteses sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Pembroke Welsh Corgis are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
American Cocker Spaniels are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Avg. daily food consumption Recommended daily amount: 1/4 to 1/2 cup of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 1 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 1.5 to 2.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day.
Weight Gain Potential
Average.
Average to High.
Average to High.
Weather & Climate Prefers warm weather Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Pembroke Welsh Corgi can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness Medium
The Maltese has an average chance of bad smell.
Low
The Pembroke Welsh Corgi has a low chance of bad smell.
Medium
The American Cocker Spaniel has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Maltese is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The American Cocker Spaniel is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Maltese vs Pembroke Welsh Corgi vs American Cocker Spaniel

Gestation Length 60-64 days 60-64 days 60-64 days
How often can the have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Litter Size 3-5 puppies 6-7 puppies 4-7 puppies

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