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Other Names
What other names do they have?
Maltese lion dog
Maltese Dog
Bouledogue Français
Frenchie
Yorkie
Breed Type
Which dog is purebred or crossbreed? Maltese vs French Bulldog vs Yorkshire Terrier breed type comparison:
Purebred Purebred Purebred

Maltese vs French Bulldog vs Yorkshire Terrier Price and Availability Comparison

Price
Which is cheaper, Maltese or French Bulldog or Yorkshire Terrier? Which is more expensive?
$600-$800 $2000-$4000 $600-$1000
Availability
Which is easier to get, Maltese or French Bulldog or Yorkshire Terrier?
Very frequent: The Maltese is quite easy to get.
Very frequent: The French Bulldog is quite easy to get.
Very frequent: The Yorkshire Terrier is quite easy to get.

Maltese vs French Bulldog vs Yorkshire Terrier Size Comparison

Size
Which is bigger, Maltese or French Bulldog or Yorkshire Terrier? Which is the smallest dog, Maltese or French Bulldog or Yorkshire Terrier?
Small Small Small
Weight
Which is heavier, Maltese or French Bulldog or French Bulldog? Maltese vs French Bulldog vs Yorkshire Terrier weight comparison:
6.5-9 pounds (3-4 kg) 18-30 pounds (8-14 kg) 2-3 kg (4-7 pounds)
Average Weight
Which dog has a smaller / higher average weight?
6.7 pounds (3.5 kg) There are two weight classes of French Bulldog: 19 - 22 pounds (9 - 10 kg) and 22 - 28 pounds (10 - 13 kg). Over 28 pounds is a disqualification. 2.5 kg (5.5 pounds)
Height
Which is taller, Maltese or French Bulldog or Yorkshire Terrier? Maltese vs French Bulldog vs Yorkshire Terrier height comparison:
Male: 8-10 inches (21-25 cm), Female: 8-9 inches (20-23 cm) 13–16 inches (33–40 cm) 20-23 cm (8-9 inches)
Average Height
Which dog has a smaller / higher average height?
Male: 9 inches (23 cm), Female: 8.5 inches (21.5 cm) 14.5 inches (36.5 cm) 21.5 cm (8.5 inches)

Maltese vs French Bulldog vs Yorkshire Terrier Grooming, Hair and Care Comparison

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat/fur do they have? Maltese vs French Bulldog vs Yorkshire Terrier coat comparison:
Feathered Fine
Smooth
Short
Close in texture
Fine
Colors
What are the original Maltese, French Bulldog and Yorkshire Terrier color?
White Brindle
Cream
Fawn
White
Gold
Blue
Tan
Black
Grooming
Which dog is easy to maintain, Maltese or French Bulldog or Yorkshire Terrier? Maltese vs French Bulldog vs Yorkshire Terrier grooming comparison:
Average: The Maltese requires average grooming effort.
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Easy to groom: The French Bulldog doesn't require a lot of grooming.
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Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
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Shedding Level
Who sheds more Maltese or French Bulldog or Yorkshire Terrier? Maltese or French Bulldog or {name3 shedding:
Malteses shed none to minimal.
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French Bulldogs are low shedders.
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Yorkshire Terriers shed none to minimal.
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Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
Which dog should be bathed more: Maltese or French Bulldog or Yorkshire Terrier?
6-8 weeks
Rarely. Bathing your dog is beneficial to them in more ways than just one.
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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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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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Maltese vs French Bulldog vs Yorkshire Terrier Personality / Temperament Comparison

Temperament
Which one has a better personality? Which is a better family dog, Maltese or French Bulldog or Yorkshire Terrier? Maltese vs French Bulldog vs Yorkshire Terrier behavior/temperament comparison:
Active
Easygoing
Intelligent
Responsive
Docile
Gentle
Playful
Sweet
Tempered
Affectionate
Alert
Bright
Keen
Patient
Playful
Athletic
Easygoing
Lively
Alert
Energetic
Intelligent
Playful
Courageous
Independent
Loyal
Intelligent Rank
Which is the smarter dog? Which is best? Maltese vs French Bulldog vs Yorkshire Terrier intelligence:
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
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Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
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Smart: Yorkshire Terrier's has great intelligence.
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Trainability
Maltese vs French Bulldog vs Yorkshire Terrier trainability comparison.
Malteses are quite easy to train.
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French Bulldogs are quite easy to train.
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Yorkshire Terriers are quite easy to train.
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Playfulness
Maltese vs French Bulldog vs Yorkshire Terrier playfulness comparison:
Average: Malteses, like any other dog breed, like playing.
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French Bulldogs are not the most playful dog breed.
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Average: Yorkshire Terriers, 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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French Bulldogs have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
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Sensitive: Yorkshire Terriers don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household, and frequent guest visits.
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Affection Level
Which is the more affectionate dog breed: Maltese vs French Bulldog vs Yorkshire Terrier?
High: Malteses are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
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High: French Bulldogs are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
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High: Yorkshire Terriers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
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Social Needs
Maltese vs French Bulldog vs Yorkshire Terrier social needs comparison:
Malteses need a lot of social interaction.
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French Bulldogs need a lot of social interaction.
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Yorkshire Terriers need a lot of social interaction.
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Barking
Which dog barks more/less: Maltese vs French Bulldog vs Yorkshire Terrier?
A lot: Maltese is a particularly loud breed.
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Low: The French Bulldog barks none to minimal.
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A lot: Yorkshire Terrier is a particularly loud breed.
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Watchdog Ability
Which is the better watchdog: Maltese or French Bulldog or Yorkshire Terrier?
Malteses are average watchdogs.
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French Bulldogs are average watchdogs.
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Yorkshire Terriers are good watchdogs.
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Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Which is a better guard dog Maltese or French Bulldog or Yorkshire Terrier? Which dog is most likely to protect its owner? Which is the best dog to use for protection?
Malteses strongly protect their territory.
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French Bulldogs are average defenders.
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Yorkshire Terriers strongly protect their territory.
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Biting Potential
Which breed of dog is most likely to bite? Biting potential comparison:

Low 🔽

The Maltese has a low chance of biting somebody.

Low 🔽

The French Bulldog has a low chance of biting somebody.

Low 🔽

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

Between 100 and 200 PSI 🔽

Maltese bite force: Weak.

Between 100 and 200 PSI 🔽

French Bulldog bite force: Weak.

Between 100 and 200 PSI 🔽

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

Maltese vs French Bulldog vs Yorkshire Terrier Good With Comparison

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

Maltese vs French Bulldog vs Yorkshire Terrier Health Comparison

Health Issues
Maltese vs French Bulldog vs Yorkshire Terrier health comparison. Which is the healthier: Maltese vs French Bulldog vs Yorkshire Terrier?
The Maltese is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
The French Bulldog 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
Which one has more or less genetic/health problems: Maltese vs French Bulldog vs Yorkshire Terrier? What are the allergies, genetic diseases and concerns for them? Maltese vs French Bulldog vs Yorkshire Terrier health problems comparison:
Collapsed Trachea
Hypoglycemia
Patellar Luxation
Portosystemic Liver Shunt
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Reverse Sneezing
White Dog Shaker Syndrome
Allergies
Brachycephalic Syndrome
Cleft Palate
Elongated Soft Palate
Hemi-vertebrae
Hip Dysplasia
Intervertebral Disk Disease
Patellar Luxation
Von Willebrand's Disease
Collapsed Trachea
Hypoglycemia
Patellar Luxation
Portosystemic Liver Shunt
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Reverse Sneezing
Veterinarian Visits
Which one may need more or less veterinary visits?
Average
The Maltese should have a complete physical check-up at least once per year.
Average
The French Bulldog 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).
Life Expectancy
Maltese vs French Bulldog vs Yorkshire Terrier lifespan comparison. How long do Maltese, French Bulldog and Yorkshire Terrier breeds live? Which one has a longer lifespan/life expectancy?
14-18 years
The average lifespan of Maltese: 16 years
10-12 years
The average lifespan of French Bulldog: 11 years
12-16 years
The average lifespan of Yorkshire Terrier: 14 years
Hypoallergenic
Maltese vs French Bulldog vs Yorkshire Terrier hypoallergenic comparison. Which dog is hypoallergenic or not?
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Energy Level
Who has more energy a Maltese or French Bulldog or Yorkshire Terrier? Maltese vs French Bulldog vs Yorkshire Terrier energy level comparison:
Malteses have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
French Bulldogs have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Yorkshire Terriers are high-energy dogs.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
Maltese vs French Bulldog vs Yorkshire Terrier exercise need comparison. Which dog needs more activity? Which dog needs the most exercise: Maltese or French Bulldog or Yorkshire Terrier? Which dog needs the most walking? Which dog is the laziest?
Malteses exercise need is very minimal.
French Bulldogs exercise need is minimal.
Yorkshire Terriers exercise need is very minimal.
Sleeping Need
Which one sleeps the least/most: Maltese or French Bulldog or Yorkshire Terrier?
Malteses sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered a lazy breed.
French Bulldogs sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered a lazy breed.
Yorkshire Terriers don't need too much sleep.
Average daily food consumption
Which dog eats more: Maltese or French Bulldog or Yorkshire Terrier?
Recommended daily amount: 1/4 to 1/2 cup of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. Recommended daily amount: 1 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 / Prone to Obesity
Which dog breed is more prone to obesity? Maltese vs French Bulldog vs Yorkshire Terrier weight gain potential comparison:
Average: The Maltese has an average risk for obesity.
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Average to High: If you don't pay attention to the French Bulldog'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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Weather and Climate
Which dog is best for hot or cold weather: Maltese vs French Bulldog vs Yorkshire Terrier?
Prefers warm weather
Dogs that prefer warm weather conditions are typically breeds that were originally bred in warmer climates.
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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 average to warm weather conditions
Different dogs have different preferences when it comes to weather conditions.
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Stinkiness
Which dog breed smells the least? Which dog smells the most? Which is best, Maltese vs French Bulldog vs Yorkshire Terrier?

Medium

The Maltese has an average chance of bad smell.

Medium

The French Bulldog has an average chance of bad smell.

Medium

The Yorkshire Terrier has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling Tendency
Which dog drools the most? Which dog drools the least?
The Maltese is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency.
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The French Bulldog 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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Maltese vs French Bulldog vs Yorkshire Terrier 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: Maltese or French Bulldog or Yorkshire Terrier? 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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Yes

This breed makes a perfect 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: Maltese vs French Bulldog vs Yorkshire Terrier?

Not really

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

French Bulldog 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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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.

Maltese vs French Bulldog vs Yorkshire Terrier 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 Maltese and French Bulldog and Yorkshire Terrier have?
3-5 puppies 3-5 puppies 4-6 puppies

Maltese vs French Bulldog vs Yorkshire Terrier Recognition Comparison

AKC Group
Which dog is recognized by the AKC?
Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1888 as a Toy breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1898 as a Non-Sporting breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1885 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 Companion and Toy Dogs group, in the Small Molossian type Dogs section. Recognized by FCI in the Terriers group, in the Toy Terriers 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
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
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

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