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Coton de Tulear vs Shih-Poo vs Maltese Shih Tzu – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Coton de Tulear vs Shih-Poo vs Maltese Shih Tzu" Compare Coton de Tulear and Shih-Poo. Which is better: Coton de Tulear or Shih-Poo or Maltese Shih Tzu?
Name Coton de Tulear Shih-Poo Maltese Shih Tzu
OriginsMadagascar China Tibet United States
Group Companion Dogs Designer Dogs Designer Dogs
Popularity Rank81562622
Reviews812
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Other Names Coton, Cotie Cross between the Shih Tzu and Toy Poodle
Shoodle
Pooshi
Mal-Shi
Malti zu
Malt-Tzu
Breed Type Purebred Cross Breed Cross Breed
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2014 as a Non-Sporting breed. Not recognized by the American Kennel Club. Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Companion and Toy Dogs group, in the Bichons and related breeds section. Not recognized by FCI. Not recognized by FCI.
Breed Recognition 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.
Not recognized by any clubs. Not recognized by any clubs.
Price $2400-$3000 800-1200 500-800

General Appearance - Coton de Tulear vs Shih-Poo vs Maltese Shih Tzu

Size Small Small Small
Weight 12-15 pounds (5.5-7 kg) 8-15 pounds (4-7 kg)
7-9 pounds (3-4 kg)
6-12 pounds (2.5-5.5 kg)
Avg. Weight 13.5 pounds (5.6 kg) 11.5 pounds (5.5 kg) 9 pounds (4 kg)
Height 10-12 inches (25-30 cm) 8-15 inches (20-38 cm) 10-12 inches (25-30 cm)
Avg. Height 11 inches (27.5 cm) 11.5 inches (29 cm) 11 inches (27.5 cm)

Hair & Care - Coton de Tulear vs Shih-Poo vs Maltese Shih Tzu

Coat Soft Curly
Straight
Curly & Straight
Long
Soft
Silky
Wavy
Curly
Colors White Black
White
Brown
Brindle
Various combinations
White
White & Tan
Black
Brown
Black & White
Brown & Black
Grooming
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Easy to groom: The Shih-Poo doesn't require a lot of grooming.
Advanced: The Maltese Shih Tzu requires a lot of grooming.
Shedding Level
Coton de Tulears are low shedders.
Shih-Poos shed none to minimal.
Maltese Shih Tzus shed none to minimal.

Characteristics - Coton de Tulear vs Shih-Poo vs Maltese Shih Tzu

Temperament Affectionate
Lively
Trainable
Intelligent
Playful
Vocal
Companionable
Intelligent
Loyal
Sweet
Active
Intelligent
Outgoing
Adaptable
Curious
Playful
Intelligent Rank
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
Smart: Shih-Poo's has great intelligence.
Average: Maltese Shih Tzu's has average obedience intelligence.
Trainability
Coton de Tulears are quite easy to train.
Shih-Poos are quite easy to train.
Maltese Shih Tzus are easy to train.
Playfulness
The Coton de Tulear is a playful breed.
The Shih-Poo is a playful breed.
Maltese Shih Tzus, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Sensitivity Level
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.
Maltese Shih Tzus have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
Affection Level
Coton de Tulears are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Shih-Poos are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Maltese Shih Tzus are highly affectionate dogs.
Social Needs
Coton de Tulears are a social breed.
Shih-Poos need a lot of social interaction.
Maltese Shih Tzus need for social interaction is average.
Barking
Average: The Coton de Tulear barks occasionally.
Low to Average: The Shih-Poo rarely barks.
Average to high: The Maltese Shih Tzu is a vocal breed.
Watchdog Ability
Coton de Tulears are average watchdogs.
Shih-Poos are average watchdogs.
Maltese Shih Tzus are average watchdogs.
Territorial
Coton de Tulears are average defenders.
Shih-Poos are average defenders.
Maltese Shih Tzus are average defenders.
Biting Potential Low
The Coton de Tulear has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Shih-Poo has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Maltese Shih Tzu has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Coton de Tulears have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Shih-Poos have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Maltese Shih Tzus have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Coton de Tulears have average wanderlust potential.
Shih-Poos tend to escape less than other breeds.
Maltese Shih Tzus are not the biggest explorers.
Prey Drive
Coton de Tulears don't have an impulse to catch or chase small animals.
Shih-Poos have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Maltese Shih Tzus have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
Apartment Friendly
Coton de Tulears are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Shih-Poos are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Maltese Shih Tzus are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Coton de Tulears adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Shih-Poos adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Maltese Shih Tzus adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
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.
Shih-Poos tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
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 - Coton de Tulear vs Shih-Poo vs Maltese Shih Tzu

Stranger Friendly
Coton de Tulears are stranger friendly dogs.
Shih-Poos are stranger friendly dogs.
Maltese Shih Tzus are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Coton de Tulears are kid-friendly dogs.
Shih-Poos are average friendly dogs towards children.
Maltese Shih Tzus are average friendly dogs towards children.
Cat Friendly
Coton de Tulears are very cat-friendly dogs.
Shih-Poos are average friendly towards cats.
Maltese Shih Tzus are not cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Coton de Tulears are dog-friendly dogs.
Shih-Poos are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
Maltese Shih Tzus are average friendly towards other dogs.
Office Friendly No
Coton de Tulear is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Shih-Poo is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Yes
Maltese Shih Tzu is one of the best dog breeds for office environment
Senior Citizens Friendly
Coton de Tulears are usually recommended for elderly people.
Shih-Poos are commonly okay with elderly people.
Maltese Shih Tzus are commonly okay with elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Coton de Tulears are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Shih-Poos are generally with other pets.
Maltese Shih Tzus do best when they’re the only pet at the family.
Good For First Time Owners No
Coton de Tulears are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Shih-Poos are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Yes
Maltese Shih Tzus 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.
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
Coton de Tulear breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Shih-Poo breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Maltese Shih Tzu 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 - Coton de Tulear vs Shih-Poo vs Maltese Shih Tzu

Health Issues
The Coton de Tulear is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
The Shih-Poo is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Maltese Shih Tzus tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
Health Problems Hip Dysplasia
Luxating Patella
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Heatstroke
Dental Problems
Patellar Luxation
White Dog Shaker Syndrome
Life Expectancy 14-16 years 15-16 years 12-14 years
Hypoallergenic Yes Yes Yes
Energy Level
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.
Shih-Poos have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Maltese Shih Tzus have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Exercise Need
Coton de Tulears have an average exercise need.
Shih-Poos have an average exercise need.
Maltese Shih Tzus have an average exercise need.
Sleeping Need
Coton de Tulears sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Shih-Poos sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Maltese Shih Tzus sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Avg. daily food consumption 0.5 to 1.5 cups 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. 1/2 to 1 cup dry food a day.
Weight Gain Potential
Average.
Average to High.
Average.
Weather & Climate Tolerates warm and cold weather. Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Shih-Poo 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 Coton de Tulear has an average chance of bad smell.
Low
The Shih-Poo has a low chance of bad smell.
Low
The Maltese Shih Tzu has a low chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Coton de Tulear is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Shih-Poo is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Maltese Shih Tzu is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Coton de Tulear vs Shih-Poo vs Maltese Shih Tzu

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

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