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Havanese vs Bichon Frise vs Maltese – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Havanese vs Bichon Frise vs Maltese" Compare Havanese and Bichon Frise. Which is better: Havanese or Bichon Frise or Maltese?
Name Havanese Bichon Frise Maltese
OriginsCuba Spain Belgium Italy
Group Companion Dogs Companion Dogs Companion Dogs
Popularity Rank234633
Reviews542
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Other Names Bichon Havanese, Bichon Habanero, Havanese Cuban Bichon, Bichon Havanais, Bichon Havanês, Havaneser, Havanezer Bichon Frise, Tenerife Dog, Bichon A Poil Frise, Bichon Tenerife, Purebred Bichon Maltese Dog, Maltese lion dog
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1996 as a Toy breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1972 as a Non-Sporting breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1888 as a Toy 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 Companion and Toy Dogs group, in the Bichons and related breeds 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
United Kennel Club
Havanese 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
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
Price $900-$1200 $700-$1000 $600-$800

General Appearance - Havanese vs Bichon Frise vs Maltese

Size Small Small Small
Weight 7-13 pounds (3-6 kg) 7-13 pounds (3-6 kg) 6.5-9 pounds (3-4 kg)
Avg. Weight 10 pounds (4.5 kg) 10 pounds (4.5 kg) 6.7 pounds (3.5 kg)
Height 8-11 inches (21-29 cm) Male: 9-12 inches (23–30 cm) Female: 9-11 inches (23-28 cm) Male: 8-10 inches (21-25 cm), Female: 8-9 inches (20-23 cm)
Avg. Height 10 inches (25 cm) Male: 10.5 inches (26.5 cm) Female: 10 inches (25.5 cm) Male: 9 inches (23 cm), Female: 8.5 inches (21.5 cm)

Hair & Care - Havanese vs Bichon Frise vs Maltese

Coat Soft
Wavy
Woolly
Flat
Long
Curly Feathered
Colors Black
Reddish-Brown
Fawn
White
Havana Brown
Tobacco
White
Apricot
Buff
Cream
White
Grooming
Average: The Havanese requires average grooming effort.
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Average: The Maltese requires average grooming effort.
Shedding Level
Havaneses shed none to minimal.
Bichon Frises are low shedders.
Malteses shed none to minimal.

Characteristics - Havanese vs Bichon Frise vs Maltese

Temperament Affectionate
Gentle
Playful
Companionable
Intelligent
Responsive
Sturdy
Lively
Amiable
Charming
Affectionate
Playful
Sensitive
Cheerful
Gentle
Intelligent
Active
Easygoing
Intelligent
Responsive
Docile
Gentle
Playful
Sweet
Tempered
Intelligent Rank
Average: Havanese's has average obedience intelligence.
Average: Bichon Frise's has average obedience intelligence.
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
Trainability
Havaneses are very easy to train.
Bichon Frises are quite easy to train.
Malteses are quite easy to train.
Playfulness
The Havanese is a highly playful breed.
The Bichon Frise is a playful breed.
Malteses, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Sensitivity Level
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Affection Level
Havaneses are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Bichon Frises 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
Havaneses need a lot of social interaction.
Bichon Frises need a lot of social interaction.
Malteses need a lot of social interaction.
Barking
Low to Average: The Havanese rarely barks.
Average: The Bichon Frise barks occasionally.
High: The Maltese is a very vocal breed.
Watchdog Ability
Havaneses are good watchdogs.
Bichon Frises are average watchdogs.
Malteses are average watchdogs.
Territorial
Havaneses strongly protect their territory.
Bichon Frises are not the best to protect their territory.
Malteses strongly protect their territory.
Biting Potential Low
The Havanese has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Bichon Frise has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Maltese has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Havaneses have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Bichon Frises 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
Havaneses tend to escape less than other breeds.
Bichon Frises have average wanderlust potential.
Malteses are not the biggest explorers.
Prey Drive
Havaneses have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Bichon Frises 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
Havaneses are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Bichon Frises are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Malteses are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Havaneses adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Bichon Frises 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
Havaneses tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Bichon Frises tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
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 - Havanese vs Bichon Frise vs Maltese

Stranger Friendly
Havaneses are stranger friendly dogs.
Bichon Frises are very stranger friendly dogs.
Malteses are very stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Havaneses are very kid-friendly dogs.
Bichon Frises are kid-friendly dogs.
Malteses are kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Havaneses are very cat-friendly dogs.
Bichon Frises are very cat-friendly dogs.
Malteses are very cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Havaneses are very dog-friendly dogs.
Bichon Frises are very dog-friendly dogs.
Malteses are very dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
Havanese is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Bichon Frise is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Maltese is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Havaneses are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Bichon Frises are usually recommended for elderly people.
Malteses are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Havaneses are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Bichon Frises are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Malteses are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Good For First Time Owners No
Havaneses are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Bichon Frises 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 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
Havanese breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Bichon Frise 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 - Havanese vs Bichon Frise vs Maltese

Health Issues
The Havanese is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
The Bichon Frise 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 Cataracts
Chondrodysplasia
Deafness
Elbow Dysplasia
Heart Murmurs
Hip Dysplasia
Legg-perthes Disease
Mitral Valve Disease
Patellar Luxation
Portosystemic Liver Shunt
Allergies
Bladder Stones
Hip Dysplasia
Juvenile Cataracts
Patellar Luxation
Vaccination Sensitivity
Collapsed Trachea
Hypoglycemia
Patellar Luxation
Portosystemic Liver Shunt
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Reverse Sneezing
White Dog Shaker Syndrome
Life Expectancy 14-16 years 12-15 years 15-18 years
Hypoallergenic Yes Yes Yes
Energy Level
Havaneses have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Bichon Frises have a lower energy level than other dogs.
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
Havaneses exercise need is very minimal.
Bichon Frises exercise need is minimal.
Malteses exercise need is very minimal.
Sleeping Need
Havaneses sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Bichon Frises like sleeping so they do sleep a lot.
Malteses sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Avg. daily food consumption 1/2 to 1 cup dry food a day. 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 cup of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Average to High.
Average to High.
Average.
Weather & Climate Tolerates warm and cold weather. Prefers average to warm weather conditions Prefers warm weather
Stinkiness Low
The Havanese has a low chance of bad smell.
Low
The Bichon Frise has a low chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Maltese has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Havanese is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Bichon Frise is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Maltese is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Havanese vs Bichon Frise 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 1-9 puppies, average 4 2-5 puppies 3-5 puppies

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