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

"Find similarities and differences between Maltese vs Bichon Frise vs Yorkshire Terrier" Compare Maltese and Bichon Frise. Which is better: Maltese or Bichon Frise or Yorkshire Terrier?
Name Maltese Bichon Frise Yorkshire Terrier
OriginsItaly Spain Belgium England
Group Companion Dogs Companion Dogs Companion Dogs
Popularity Rank33469
Reviews000
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Other Names Maltese Dog, Maltese lion dog Bichon Frise, Tenerife Dog, Bichon A Poil Frise, Bichon Tenerife, Purebred Bichon Yorkie
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 1972 as a Non-Sporting breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1885 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 Terriers group, in the Toy Terriers 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 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 $600-$800 $700-$1000 $600-$1000

General Appearance - Maltese vs Bichon Frise vs Yorkshire Terrier

Size Small Small Small
Weight 6.5-9 pounds (3-4 kg) 7-13 pounds (3-6 kg) 2-3 kg (4-7 pounds)
Avg. Weight 6.7 pounds (3.5 kg) 10 pounds (4.5 kg) 2.5 kg (5.5 pounds)
Height Male: 8-10 inches (21-25 cm), Female: 8-9 inches (20-23 cm) Male: 9-12 inches (23–30 cm) Female: 9-11 inches (23-28 cm) 20-23 cm (8-9 inches)
Avg. Height Male: 9 inches (23 cm), Female: 8.5 inches (21.5 cm) Male: 10.5 inches (26.5 cm) Female: 10 inches (25.5 cm) 21.5 cm (8.5 inches)

Hair & Care - Maltese vs Bichon Frise vs Yorkshire Terrier

Coat Feathered Curly Fine
Colors White White Apricot Buff Cream Gold Blue Tan Black
Grooming
Average: The Maltese requires average grooming effort.
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Shedding Level
Malteses shed none to minimal.
Bichon Frises are low shedders.
Yorkshire Terriers shed none to minimal.

Characteristics - Maltese vs Bichon Frise vs Yorkshire Terrier

Temperament Active Easygoing Intelligent Responsive Docile Gentle Playful Sweet Tempered Affectionate Playful Sensitive Cheerful Gentle Intelligent Alert Energetic Intelligent Playful Courageous Independent Loyal
Intelligent Rank
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
Average: Bichon Frise's has average obedience intelligence.
Smart: Yorkshire Terrier's has great intelligence.
Trainability
Malteses are quite easy to train.
Bichon Frises are quite easy to train.
Yorkshire Terriers are quite easy to train.
Playfulness
Malteses, like any other dog breed, like playing.
The Bichon Frise is a playful breed.
Yorkshire Terriers, 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.
Yorkshire Terriers don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Affection Level
Malteses 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.
Yorkshire Terriers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Malteses need a lot of social interaction.
Bichon Frises need a lot of social interaction.
Yorkshire Terriers need a lot of social interaction.
Barking
High: The Maltese is a very vocal breed.
Average: The Bichon Frise barks occasionally.
High: The Yorkshire Terrier is a very vocal breed.
Watchdog Ability
Malteses are average watchdogs.
Bichon Frises are average watchdogs.
Yorkshire Terriers are good watchdogs.
Territorial
Malteses strongly protect their territory.
Bichon Frises are not the best to protect their territory.
Yorkshire Terriers strongly protect their territory.
Biting Potential Low
The Maltese has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Bichon Frise has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Yorkshire Terrier has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Malteses 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.
Yorkshire Terriers have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Malteses are not the biggest explorers.
Bichon Frises have average wanderlust potential.
Yorkshire Terriers have average wanderlust potential.
Prey Drive
Malteses 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.
Yorkshire Terriers have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Apartment Friendly
Malteses are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Bichon Frises are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Yorkshire Terriers are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Malteses adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Bichon Frises adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Yorkshire Terriers 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.
Bichon Frises tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Yorkshire Terriers 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 - Maltese vs Bichon Frise vs Yorkshire Terrier

Stranger Friendly
Malteses are very stranger friendly dogs.
Bichon Frises are very stranger friendly dogs.
Yorkshire Terriers are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Malteses are kid-friendly dogs.
Bichon Frises are kid-friendly dogs.
Yorkshire Terriers are not kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Malteses are very cat-friendly dogs.
Bichon Frises are very cat-friendly dogs.
Yorkshire Terriers are cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Malteses are very dog-friendly dogs.
Bichon Frises are very dog-friendly dogs.
Yorkshire Terriers are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
Maltese is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Bichon Frise is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Yorkshire Terrier is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Malteses are usually recommended for elderly people.
Bichon Frises are usually recommended for elderly people.
Yorkshire Terriers are not recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Malteses are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Bichon Frises are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Yorkshire Terriers are usually friendly towards other pets.
Good For First Time Owners No
Malteses 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
Yorkshire Terriers 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.
Yes
This breed makes a perfect 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
Bichon Frise breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Yorkshire Terrier 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 - Maltese vs Bichon Frise vs Yorkshire Terrier

Health Issues
The Maltese 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.
Yorkshire Terriers are commonly healthy dogs.
Health Problems Collapsed Trachea Hypoglycemia Patellar Luxation Portosystemic Liver Shunt Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Reverse Sneezing White Dog Shaker Syndrome 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
Life Expectancy 15-18 years 12-15 years 12-16 years
Hypoallergenic Yes Yes Yes
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.
Bichon Frises have a lower energy level than other dogs.
Yorkshire Terriers are high energy dogs.
Exercise Need
Malteses exercise need is very minimal.
Bichon Frises exercise need is minimal.
Yorkshire Terriers exercise need is very minimal.
Sleeping Need
Malteses 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.
Yorkshire Terriers don't need too much sleep.
Avg. daily food consumption Recommended daily amount: 1/4 to 1/2 cup of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 1/2 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. Recommended daily amount: 1/2 to 3/4 cup of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Average.
Average to High.
Low to Average.
Weather & Climate Prefers warm weather Prefers average to warm weather conditions Prefers average to warm weather conditions
Stinkiness Medium
The Maltese has an average chance of bad smell.
Low
The Bichon Frise has a low chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Yorkshire Terrier has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Maltese is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Bichon Frise is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Yorkshire Terrier is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Maltese vs Bichon Frise vs Yorkshire Terrier

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 2-5 puppies 4-6 puppies

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