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Maltese vs Havanese vs Lagotto Romagnolo – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Maltese vs Havanese vs Lagotto Romagnolo" Compare Maltese and Havanese. Which is better: Maltese or Havanese or Lagotto Romagnolo?
Name Maltese Havanese Lagotto Romagnolo
OriginsItaly Cuba Italy
Group Companion Dogs Companion Dogs Gun Dog
Popularity Rank3323117
Reviews252
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Other Names Maltese Dog, Maltese lion dog Bichon Havanese, Bichon Habanero, Havanese Cuban Bichon, Bichon Havanais, Bichon Havanês, Havaneser, Havanezer Romagna Water Dog, Lagotto, Water Dog of Romagna, Lagotti Romagnoli
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 1996 as a Toy breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2015 as a Sporting breed.
FCI Group 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 Bichons and related breeds section. Recognized by FCI in the Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs group, in the Water Dogs 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
United Kennel Club
Havanese Club of America
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.
Price $600-$800 $900-$1200 $500-$700

General Appearance - Maltese vs Havanese vs Lagotto Romagnolo

Size Small Small Medium
Weight 6.5-9 pounds (3-4 kg) 7-13 pounds (3-6 kg) Male: 28-35 pounds (13-16 kg), Female: 24-31 pounds (11-14 kg)
Avg. Weight 6.7 pounds (3.5 kg) 10 pounds (4.5 kg) Male: 31.5 pounds (14.5 kg), Female: 27.5 pounds (12.5 kg)
Height Male: 8-10 inches (21-25 cm), Female: 8-9 inches (20-23 cm) 8-11 inches (21-29 cm) Male: 17-19 inches (43-49 cm), Female: 14-16 inches (36-41 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 9 inches (23 cm), Female: 8.5 inches (21.5 cm) 10 inches (25 cm) Male: 18 inches (46 cm), Female: 15 inches (38.5 cm)

Hair & Care - Maltese vs Havanese vs Lagotto Romagnolo

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

Characteristics - Maltese vs Havanese vs Lagotto Romagnolo

Temperament Active
Easygoing
Intelligent
Responsive
Docile
Gentle
Playful
Sweet
Tempered
Affectionate
Gentle
Playful
Companionable
Intelligent
Responsive
Sturdy
Lively
Amiable
Charming
Cheerful
Loving
Trainable
Intelligent
Loyal
Social
Intelligent Rank
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
Average: Havanese's has average obedience intelligence.
Average: Lagotto Romagnolo's has average obedience intelligence.
Trainability
Malteses are quite easy to train.
Havaneses are very easy to train.
Lagotto Romagnolos are quite easy to train.
Playfulness
Malteses, like any other dog breed, like playing.
The Havanese is a highly playful breed.
The Lagotto Romagnolo is a playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Lagotto Romagnolos have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
Affection Level
Malteses are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Havaneses are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Lagotto Romagnolos are average dogs regarding their affection level.
Social Needs
Malteses need a lot of social interaction.
Havaneses need a lot of social interaction.
Lagotto Romagnolos are a social breed.
Barking
High: The Maltese is a very vocal breed.
Low to Average: The Havanese rarely barks.
Average to high: The Lagotto Romagnolo is a vocal breed.
Watchdog Ability
Malteses are average watchdogs.
Havaneses are good watchdogs.
Lagotto Romagnolos are good watchdogs.
Territorial
Malteses strongly protect their territory.
Havaneses strongly protect their territory.
Lagotto Romagnolos are average defenders.
Biting Potential Low
The Maltese has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Havanese has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Lagotto Romagnolo has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Malteses have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Havaneses have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Lagotto Romagnolos have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Malteses are not the biggest explorers.
Havaneses tend to escape less than other breeds.
Lagotto Romagnolos have average wanderlust potential.
Prey Drive
Malteses have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Havaneses have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Lagotto Romagnolos have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Apartment Friendly
Malteses are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Havaneses are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Lagotto Romagnolos are not the best choice for an apartment lifestyle, but they don't mind being inside if you walk them several times every day.
Adaptability
Malteses adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Havaneses adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Lagotto Romagnolos adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
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.
Havaneses tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Lagotto Romagnolos 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.
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 Havanese vs Lagotto Romagnolo

Stranger Friendly
Malteses are very stranger friendly dogs.
Havaneses are stranger friendly dogs.
Lagotto Romagnolos are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Malteses are kid-friendly dogs.
Havaneses are very kid-friendly dogs.
Lagotto Romagnolos are kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Malteses are very cat-friendly dogs.
Havaneses are very cat-friendly dogs.
Lagotto Romagnolos are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Malteses are very dog-friendly dogs.
Havaneses are very dog-friendly dogs.
Lagotto Romagnolos are average friendly towards other dogs.
Office Friendly No
Maltese is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Havanese is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Yes
Lagotto Romagnolo is one of the best dog breeds for office environment
Senior Citizens Friendly
Malteses are usually recommended for elderly people.
Havaneses are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Lagotto Romagnolos are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Malteses are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Havaneses are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Lagotto Romagnolos are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners No
Malteses are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Havaneses are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Yes
Lagotto Romagnolos 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.
Yes
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
Havanese breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Yes
Lagotto Romagnolo breed usually likes 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 Havanese vs Lagotto Romagnolo

Health Issues
The Maltese is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
The Havanese is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
The Lagotto Romagnolo is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems Collapsed Trachea
Hypoglycemia
Patellar Luxation
Portosystemic Liver Shunt
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Reverse Sneezing
White Dog Shaker Syndrome
Cataracts
Chondrodysplasia
Deafness
Elbow Dysplasia
Heart Murmurs
Hip Dysplasia
Legg-perthes Disease
Mitral Valve Disease
Patellar Luxation
Portosystemic Liver Shunt
Elbow Dysplasia
Epilepsy
Hip Dysplasia
Juvenile Cataracts
Life Expectancy 15-18 years 14-16 years 14-16 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.
Havaneses have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Lagotto Romagnolos have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Exercise Need
Malteses exercise need is very minimal.
Havaneses exercise need is very minimal.
Lagotto Romagnolos need quite a lot of exercise.
Sleeping Need
Malteses sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Havaneses sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Lagotto Romagnolos are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
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 cup dry food a day. 1 to 1.5 cups 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 Tolerates warm and cold weather. Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Lagotto Romagnolo can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness Medium
The Maltese has an average chance of bad smell.
Low
The Havanese has a low chance of bad smell.
Low
The Lagotto Romagnolo has a low chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Maltese is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Havanese is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Lagotto Romagnolo is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Maltese vs Havanese vs Lagotto Romagnolo

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 1-9 puppies, average 4 4-6 puppies

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