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Cavachon vs Coton de Tulear vs Maltese – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Cavachon vs Coton de Tulear vs Maltese" Compare Cavachon and Coton de Tulear. Which is better: Cavachon or Coton de Tulear or Maltese?
Name Cavachon Coton de Tulear Maltese
OriginsEngland Spain Belgium Madagascar Italy
Group Designer Dogs Companion Dogs Companion Dogs
Popularity Rank5598133
Reviews262
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Other Names Cross between the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and Bichon Frise Coton, Cotie Maltese Dog, Maltese lion dog
Breed Type Cross Breed Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Not recognized by the American Kennel Club. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2014 as a Non-Sporting breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1888 as a Toy breed.
FCI Group Not recognized by FCI. Recognized by FCI in the Companion and Toy Dogs group, in the Bichons and related breeds section. Recognized by FCI in the Companion and Toy Dogs group, in the Bichons and related breeds section.
Breed Recognition Not recognized by any clubs. American Canine Registry American Kennel Club America's Pet Registry Continental Kennel Club Dog Registry of America Inc. Federation Cynologique Internationale National Kennel Club North American Purebred Registry, Inc. American Canine Association, Inc. 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
Price 800-1000 $2400-$3000 $600-$800

General Appearance - Cavachon vs Coton de Tulear vs Maltese

Size Small Medium Small Small
Weight Male: 15-35 pounds (7-16 kg), Female: 13-33 pounds (6-15 kg) 7-9 pounds (3-4 kg) 12-15 pounds (5.5-7 kg) 6.5-9 pounds (3-4 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 25 pounds (11.5 kg), Female: 23 pounds (10.5 kg) 13.5 pounds (5.6 kg) 6.7 pounds (3.5 kg)
Height 12-13 inches (30-33 cm) 10-12 inches (25-30 cm) Male: 8-10 inches (21-25 cm), Female: 8-9 inches (20-23 cm)
Avg. Height 12.5 inches (31.5 cm) 11 inches (27.5 cm) Male: 9 inches (23 cm), Female: 8.5 inches (21.5 cm)

Hair & Care - Cavachon vs Coton de Tulear vs Maltese

Coat Feathered Curly Soft Feathered
Colors Cream White Pied White White
Grooming
Effortless: The Cavachon requires minimal grooming.
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Average: The Maltese requires average grooming effort.
Shedding Level
Cavachons shed moderately.
Coton de Tulears are low shedders.
Malteses shed none to minimal.

Characteristics - Cavachon vs Coton de Tulear vs Maltese

Temperament Happy Easygoing Smart Eager Affectionate Lively Trainable Intelligent Playful Vocal Active Easygoing Intelligent Responsive Docile Gentle Playful Sweet Tempered
Intelligent Rank
Smart: Cavachon's has great intelligence.
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
Trainability
Cavachons are quite easy to train.
Coton de Tulears are quite easy to train.
Malteses are quite easy to train.
Playfulness
The Cavachon is a playful breed.
The Coton de Tulear is a playful breed.
Malteses, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Sensitivity Level
Cavachons don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Coton de Tulears don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Affection Level
Cavachons are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Coton de Tulears are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Malteses are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Cavachons need a lot of social interaction.
Coton de Tulears are a social breed.
Malteses need a lot of social interaction.
Barking
Average: The Cavachon barks occasionally.
Average: The Coton de Tulear barks occasionally.
High: The Maltese is a very vocal breed.
Watchdog Ability
Cavachons are average watchdogs.
Coton de Tulears are average watchdogs.
Malteses are average watchdogs.
Territorial
Cavachons are not the best to protect their territory.
Coton de Tulears are average defenders.
Malteses strongly protect their territory.
Biting Potential Low
The Cavachon has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Coton de Tulear has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Maltese has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Cavachons have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Coton de Tulears have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Malteses have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Cavachons tend to escape less than other breeds.
Coton de Tulears have average wanderlust potential.
Malteses are not the biggest explorers.
Prey Drive
Cavachons have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Coton de Tulears don't have an impulse to catch or chase small animals.
Malteses have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Apartment Friendly
Cavachons are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Coton de Tulears are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Malteses are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Cavachons adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Coton de Tulears adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Malteses adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Cavachons tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Coton de Tulears 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.
Malteses tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
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 - Cavachon vs Coton de Tulear vs Maltese

Stranger Friendly
Cavachons are very stranger friendly dogs.
Coton de Tulears are stranger friendly dogs.
Malteses are very stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Cavachons are very kid-friendly dogs.
Coton de Tulears are kid-friendly dogs.
Malteses are kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Cavachons are cat-friendly dogs.
Coton de Tulears are very cat-friendly dogs.
Malteses are very cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Cavachons are very dog-friendly dogs.
Coton de Tulears are dog-friendly dogs.
Malteses are very dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
Cavachon is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Coton de Tulear is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Maltese is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Cavachons are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Coton de Tulears are usually recommended for elderly people.
Malteses are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Cavachons are usually friendly towards other pets.
Coton de Tulears are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Malteses are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Good For First Time Owners No
Cavachons are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Coton de Tulears are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Malteses are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn 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 Yes
This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a 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
Cavachon breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Coton de Tulear breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Maltese breed usually doesn't like 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 - Cavachon vs Coton de Tulear vs Maltese

Health Issues
Cavachons are commonly healthy dogs.
The Coton de Tulear is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
The Maltese is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems Mitral Valve Disease Heart Murmurs Syringomyelia Atopic Dermatitis Cataracts Cushing's Syndrome Patellar Luxation Hip Dysplasia Luxating Patella Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Collapsed Trachea Hypoglycemia Patellar Luxation Portosystemic Liver Shunt Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Reverse Sneezing White Dog Shaker Syndrome
Life Expectancy 10-15 years 14-16 years 15-18 years
Hypoallergenic Yes Yes Yes
Energy Level
Cavachons have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Coton de Tulears have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Malteses have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Exercise Need
Cavachons have an average exercise need.
Coton de Tulears have an average exercise need.
Malteses exercise need is very minimal.
Sleeping Need
Cavachons are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Coton de Tulears sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Malteses sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Avg. daily food consumption 1 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 0.5 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. Recommended daily amount: 1/4 to 1/2 cup of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Average to High.
Average.
Average.
Weather & Climate Prefers average to warm weather conditions Tolerates warm and cold weather. Prefers warm weather
Stinkiness Low
The Cavachon has a low chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Coton de Tulear has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Maltese has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Cavachon is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Coton de Tulear is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Maltese is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Cavachon vs Coton de Tulear vs Maltese

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 2-5 puppies 4-6 puppies 3-5 puppies

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