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Name Havanese Yorkshire Terrier Maltese
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Other Names
What other names do they have?
Bichon Habanero
Bichon Havanais
Bichon Havanes
Havanese Cuban Bichon
Havaneser
Havanezer
Bichon Havanese
Yorkie Maltese lion dog
Maltese Dog
Breed Type
Which dog is purebred or crossbreed? Havanese vs Yorkshire Terrier vs Maltese breed type comparison:
Purebred Purebred Purebred

Havanese vs Yorkshire Terrier vs Maltese Price and Availability Comparison

Price
Which is cheaper, Havanese or Yorkshire Terrier or Maltese? Which is more expensive?
$900-$1200 $600-$1000 $600-$800
Availability
Which is easier to get, Havanese or Yorkshire Terrier or Maltese?
Very frequent: The Havanese is quite easy to get.
Very frequent: The Yorkshire Terrier is quite easy to get.
Very frequent: The Maltese is quite easy to get.

Havanese vs Yorkshire Terrier vs Maltese Size Comparison

Size
Which is bigger, Havanese or Yorkshire Terrier or Maltese? Which is the smallest dog, Havanese or Yorkshire Terrier or Maltese?
Small Small Small
Weight
Which is heavier, Havanese or Yorkshire Terrier or Yorkshire Terrier? Havanese vs Yorkshire Terrier vs Maltese weight comparison:
7-13 pounds (3-6 kg) 2-3 kg (4-7 pounds) 6.5-9 pounds (3-4 kg)
Average Weight
Which dog has a smaller / higher average weight?
10 pounds (4.5 kg) 2.5 kg (5.5 pounds) 6.7 pounds (3.5 kg)
Height
Which is taller, Havanese or Yorkshire Terrier or Maltese? Havanese vs Yorkshire Terrier vs Maltese height comparison:
8-11 inches (21-29 cm) 20-23 cm (8-9 inches) Male: 8-10 inches (21-25 cm), Female: 8-9 inches (20-23 cm)
Average Height
Which dog has a smaller / higher average height?
10 inches (25 cm) 21.5 cm (8.5 inches) Male: 9 inches (23 cm), Female: 8.5 inches (21.5 cm)

Havanese vs Yorkshire Terrier vs Maltese Grooming, Hair and Care Comparison

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat/fur do they have? Havanese vs Yorkshire Terrier vs Maltese coat comparison:
Soft
Wavy
Woolly
Flat
Long
Fine Feathered
Colors
What are the original Havanese, Yorkshire Terrier and Maltese color?
Black
Reddish-Brown
Fawn
White
Havana Brown
Tobacco
Gold
Blue
Tan
Black
White
Grooming
Which dog is easy to maintain, Havanese or Yorkshire Terrier or Maltese? Havanese vs Yorkshire Terrier vs Maltese grooming comparison:
Average: The Havanese requires average grooming effort.
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Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
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Average: The Maltese requires average grooming effort.
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Shedding Level
Who sheds more Havanese or Yorkshire Terrier or Maltese? Havanese or Yorkshire Terrier or {name3 shedding:
Havanese dogs shed none to minimal.
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Yorkshire Terrier dogs shed none to minimal.
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Maltese dogs shed none to minimal.
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Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
Which dog should be bathed more: Havanese or Yorkshire Terrier or Maltese?
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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6-8 weeks
Rarely. Bathing your dog is beneficial to them in more ways than just one.
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Havanese vs Yorkshire Terrier vs Maltese Personality / Temperament Comparison

Temperament
Which one has a better personality? Which is a better family dog, Havanese or Yorkshire Terrier or Maltese? Havanese vs Yorkshire Terrier vs Maltese behavior/temperament comparison:
Affectionate
Gentle
Playful
Companionable
Intelligent
Responsive
Sturdy
Lively
Amiable
Charming
Alert
Energetic
Intelligent
Playful
Courageous
Independent
Loyal
Active
Easygoing
Intelligent
Responsive
Docile
Gentle
Playful
Sweet
Tempered
Intelligent Rank
Which is the smarter dog? Which is best? Havanese vs Yorkshire Terrier vs Maltese intelligence:
Average: It takes patience to teach this breed any tricks or commands, but the effort is worth it.
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Smart: The Yorkshire Terrier dogs have great intelligence.
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Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
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Trainability
Havanese vs Yorkshire Terrier vs Maltese trainability comparison.
Havanese dogs are very easy to train.
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Yorkshire Terrier dogs are quite easy to train.
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Maltese dogs are quite easy to train.
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Playfulness
Havanese vs Yorkshire Terrier vs Maltese playfulness comparison:
The Havanese is a highly playful breed.
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Average: Yorkshire Terriers, like any other dog breed, like playing.
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Average: Malteses, 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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Sensitive: Yorkshire Terrier dogs don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household, and frequent guest visits.
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They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
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Affection Level
Which is the more affectionate dog breed: Havanese vs Yorkshire Terrier vs Maltese?
High: Havanese dogs are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving, and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
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High: Yorkshire Terrier dogs are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving, and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
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High: Maltese dogs are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving, and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
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Social Needs
Havanese vs Yorkshire Terrier vs Maltese social needs comparison:
Havanese dogs need a lot of social interaction.
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Yorkshire Terrier dogs need a lot of social interaction.
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Maltese dogs need a lot of social interaction.
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Barking
Which dog barks more/less: Havanese vs Yorkshire Terrier vs Maltese?
Low to Average: The Havanese rarely barks.
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A lot: Yorkshire Terrier is a particularly loud breed.
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A lot: Maltese is a particularly loud breed.
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Watchdog Ability
Which is the better watchdog: Havanese or Yorkshire Terrier or Maltese?
Havanese dogs are good watchdogs.
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Yorkshire Terrier dogs are good watchdogs.
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Maltese dogs are average watchdogs.
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Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Which is a better guard dog Havanese or Yorkshire Terrier or Maltese? Which dog is most likely to protect its owner? Which is the best dog to use for protection?
Havanese dogs strongly protect their territory.
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Yorkshire Terrier dogs strongly protect their territory.
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Maltese dogs strongly protect their territory.
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Biting Potential
Which breed of dog is most likely to bite? Biting potential comparison:

Low 🔽

The Havanese has a low chance of biting somebody.

Low 🔽

The Yorkshire Terrier has a low chance of biting somebody.

Low 🔽

The Maltese has a low chance of biting somebody.
Bite Force
Which bite is stronger: Havanese or Yorkshire Terrier or Maltese?

Between 100 and 200 PSI 🔽

Havanese bite force: Weak.

Between 100 and 200 PSI 🔽

Yorkshire Terrier bite force: Weak.

Between 100 and 200 PSI 🔽

Maltese bite force: Weak.
Mouthiness
Which is the better dog? Havanese vs Yorkshire Terrier vs Maltese mouthiness comparison:
Havanese dogs have an average tendency to nip, chew, playbite, or herd people.
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Yorkshire Terrier dogs have a lower than average tendency to nip, chew, playbite, or herd people.
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Maltese dogs have an average tendency to nip, chew, playbite, or herd people.
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Impulse to Wander or Roam
Which dog has a greater roaming instinct?
Havanese dogs tend to escape less than other breeds.
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Yorkshire Terrier dogs have average wanderlust potential.
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Maltese dogs are not the biggest explorers.
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Prey Drive
Which dog has a higher prey drive? Which can be better for hunting?
Havanese dogs have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
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Yorkshire Terrier dogs have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
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Maltese dogs have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
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Apartment Friendly
Which dog is more apartment friendly Havanese or Yorkshire Terrier or Maltese?
Very house-friendly dog the Havanese breed.
Very house-friendly dog the Yorkshire Terrier breed.
Very house-friendly dog the Maltese breed.
Adaptability
Which dog has a higher adaptability potential? Which is the better dog?
Havanese dogs adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Yorkshire Terrier dogs adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Maltese dogs adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Which dog can be left alone: Havanese or Yorkshire Terrier or Maltese?
Havanese dogs tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Yorkshire Terrier dogs tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Maltese dogs tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.

Havanese vs Yorkshire Terrier vs Maltese Good With Comparison

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

Havanese vs Yorkshire Terrier vs Maltese Health Comparison

Health Issues
Havanese vs Yorkshire Terrier vs Maltese health comparison. Which is the healthier: Havanese vs Yorkshire Terrier vs Maltese?
The Havanese is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Yorkshire Terriers are commonly healthy dogs.
The Maltese is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems
Which one has more or less genetic/health problems: Havanese vs Yorkshire Terrier vs Maltese? What are the allergies, genetic diseases and concerns for them? Havanese vs Yorkshire Terrier vs Maltese health problems comparison:
Cataracts
Chondrodysplasia
Deafness
Elbow Dysplasia
Heart Murmurs
Hip Dysplasia
Legg-perthes Disease
Mitral Valve Disease
Patellar Luxation
Portosystemic Liver Shunt
Collapsed Trachea
Hypoglycemia
Patellar Luxation
Portosystemic Liver Shunt
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Reverse Sneezing
Collapsed Trachea
Hypoglycemia
Patellar Luxation
Portosystemic Liver Shunt
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Reverse Sneezing
White Dog Shaker Syndrome
Veterinarian Visits
Which one may need more or less veterinary visits?
Average
The Havanese should have a complete physical check-up at least once per year.
Rare
The Yorkshire Terrier should have a complete physical check-up at least every 12-18 months (but preferably once per year).
Average
The Maltese should have a complete physical check-up at least once per year.
Life Expectancy
Havanese vs Yorkshire Terrier vs Maltese lifespan comparison. How long do Havanese, Yorkshire Terrier and Maltese breeds live? Which one has a longer lifespan/life expectancy?
14-16 years
The average lifespan of Havanese: 15 years
12-16 years
The average lifespan of Yorkshire Terrier: 14 years
14-18 years
The average lifespan of Maltese: 16 years
Hypoallergenic
Havanese vs Yorkshire Terrier vs Maltese hypoallergenic comparison. Which dog is hypoallergenic or not?
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Energy Level
Who has more energy a Havanese or Yorkshire Terrier or Maltese? Havanese vs Yorkshire Terrier vs Maltese energy level comparison:
Havanese dogs have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Yorkshire Terrier dogs are high-energy dogs.
Maltese dogs 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
Havanese vs Yorkshire Terrier vs Maltese exercise need comparison. Which dog needs more activity? Which dog needs the most exercise: Havanese or Yorkshire Terrier or Maltese? Which dog needs the most walking? Which dog is the laziest?
Havanese dogs exercise need is very minimal.
Yorkshire Terrier dogs exercise need is very minimal.
Maltese dogs exercise need is very minimal.
Sleeping Need
Which one sleeps the least/most: Havanese or Yorkshire Terrier or Maltese?
Havanese dogs sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered a lazy breed.
Yorkshire Terrier dogs don't need too much sleep.
Maltese dogs 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: Havanese or Yorkshire Terrier or Maltese?
1/2 to 1 cup dry food a day. Recommended daily amount: 1/2 to 3/4 cup 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 / Prone to Obesity
Which dog breed is more prone to obesity? Havanese vs Yorkshire Terrier vs Maltese weight gain potential comparison:
Average to High: If you don't pay attention to the Havanese's weight, he can easily gain weight.
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Low to Average: The Yorkshire Terrier has a low to the average risk for obesity.
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Average: The Maltese has an average risk for obesity.
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Weather and Climate
Which dog is best for hot or cold weather: Havanese vs Yorkshire Terrier vs Maltese?
Tolerates warm and cold weather
Dogs that tolerate hot and cold weather are typically those that have a double coat of fur.
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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, Havanese vs Yorkshire Terrier vs Maltese?

Low 🔽

The Havanese has a low chance of bad smell.

Medium

The Yorkshire Terrier has an average chance of bad smell.

Medium

The Maltese has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling Tendency
Which dog drools the most? Which dog drools the least?
The Havanese is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency.
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The Yorkshire Terrier is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency.
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The Maltese is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency.
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Havanese vs Yorkshire Terrier vs Maltese 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: Havanese or Yorkshire Terrier or Maltese? 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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Not really

This breed is generally not used as a 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: Havanese vs Yorkshire Terrier vs Maltese?

Not really

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

Yorkshire Terrier breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
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Not really

Maltese 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.

Havanese vs Yorkshire Terrier vs Maltese 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 Havanese and Yorkshire Terrier and Maltese have?
1-9 puppies, average 4 4-6 puppies 3-5 puppies

Havanese vs Yorkshire Terrier vs Maltese Recognition Comparison

AKC Group
Which dog is recognized by the AKC?
Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1996 as a Toy breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1885 as a Toy breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1888 as a Toy breed.
FCI Group
Which dog is recognized by the FCI?
Recognized by FCI in the Companion and Toy Dogs group, in the Bichons and related breeds section. Recognized by FCI in the Terriers group, in the Toy Terriers section. Recognized by FCI in the Companion and Toy Dogs group, in the Bichons and related breeds 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
United Kennel Club
Havanese Club of America
American Canine Registry
American Kennel Club
America's Pet Registry
Australian National Kennel Council
Canadian Kennel Club
Continental Kennel Club
Dog Registry of America Inc.
Federation Cynologique Internationale
Kennel Club of Great Britain
National Kennel Club
New Zealand Kennel Club
North American Purebred Registry, Inc.
United Kennel Club
American Canine Association, Inc.
American Canine Registry
American Kennel Club
America's Pet Registry
Australian National Kennel Council
Canadian Kennel Club
Continental Kennel Club
Dog Registry of America Inc.
Federation Cynologique Internationale
Kennel Club of Great Britain
National Kennel Club
New Zealand Kennel Club
North American Purebred Registry, Inc.
United Kennel Club
American Canine Association, Inc.

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  • Woof

    Sep 20, 2020, 7:45:04 AM:

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  • tiana

    Apr 20, 2021, 8:48:40 PM:

    this was so very helpful for me. i'm trying to decide if a yorkie or havanese is a better pet for me!