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Name Maltese Poodle Pomeranian
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Other Names
What other names do they have?
Maltese lion dog
Maltese Dog
Barbone
Caniche
Chien Canne
Grosse Pudel
French Poodle
Deutsche Spitze
Pom Pom
Spitz Enano
Spitz Nain
Zwergspitz
Zwers
Pom
Breed Type
Which dog is purebred or crossbreed? Maltese vs Poodle vs Pomeranian breed type comparison:
Purebred Purebred Purebred

Maltese vs Poodle vs Pomeranian Price and Availability Comparison

Price
Which is cheaper, Maltese or Poodle or Pomeranian? Which is more expensive?
$600-$800 $1000-$1500 $600-$800
Availability
Which is easier to get, Maltese or Poodle or Pomeranian?
Very frequent: The Maltese is quite easy to get.
Very frequent: The Poodle is quite easy to get.
Very frequent: The Pomeranian is quite easy to get.

Maltese vs Poodle vs Pomeranian Size Comparison

Size
Which is bigger, Maltese or Poodle or Pomeranian? Which is the smallest dog, Maltese or Poodle or Pomeranian?
Small Medium Small
Weight
Which is heavier, Maltese or Poodle or Poodle? Maltese vs Poodle vs Pomeranian weight comparison:
6.5-9 pounds (3-4 kg) Male: 45-70 pounds (20-32 kg), Female: 45-60 pounds (20-27 kg) 3-7 pounds (1-3 kg)
Average Weight
Which dog has a smaller / higher average weight?
6.7 pounds (3.5 kg) Male: 57.5 pounds (26 kg), Female: 52.5 pounds (23.5 kg) 5 pounds (2 kg)
Height
Which is taller, Maltese or Poodle or Pomeranian? Maltese vs Poodle vs Pomeranian height comparison:
Male: 8-10 inches (21-25 cm), Female: 8-9 inches (20-23 cm) 15 inches (38 cm) or more 7-12 inches (18-30 cm)
Average Height
Which dog has a smaller / higher average height?
Male: 9 inches (23 cm), Female: 8.5 inches (21.5 cm) 15 inches (38 cm) or more 9.5 inches (24 cm)

Maltese vs Poodle vs Pomeranian Grooming, Hair and Care Comparison

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat/fur do they have? Maltese vs Poodle vs Pomeranian coat comparison:
Feathered Curly Fluffy
Colors
What are the original Maltese, Poodle and Pomeranian color?
White Apricot
Brown
Gray
Silver
White
Fawn
Blue
Cream
Red
Beige
Black
Blue
Gray
Red
Tan
Brown
Orange
White
Black
Grooming
Which dog is easy to maintain, Maltese or Poodle or Pomeranian? Maltese vs Poodle vs Pomeranian grooming comparison:
Average: The Maltese 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 Pomeranian requires average grooming effort.
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Shedding Level
Who sheds more Maltese or Poodle or Pomeranian? Maltese or Poodle or {name3 shedding:
Malteses shed none to minimal.
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Poodles shed none to minimal.
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Pomeranians shed moderately.
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Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
Which dog should be bathed more: Maltese or Poodle or Pomeranian?
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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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 Poodle vs Pomeranian Personality / Temperament Comparison

Temperament
Which one has a better personality? Which is a better family dog, Maltese or Poodle or Pomeranian? Maltese vs Poodle vs Pomeranian behavior/temperament comparison:
Active
Easygoing
Intelligent
Responsive
Docile
Gentle
Playful
Sweet
Tempered
Active
Faithful
Intelligent
Alert
Instinctual
Trainable
Active
Friendly
Lively
Sociable
Extroverted
Intelligent
Playful
Attentive
Docile
Trainable
Intelligent Rank
Which is the smarter dog? Which is best? Maltese vs Poodle vs Pomeranian intelligence:
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
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Outstanding: Poodle is one of the brightest dog breeds.
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Very smart: Pomeranian is an excellent dog breed.
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Trainability
Maltese vs Poodle vs Pomeranian trainability comparison.
Malteses are quite easy to train.
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Poodles are easy to train.
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Pomeranians are easy to train.
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Playfulness
Maltese vs Poodle vs Pomeranian playfulness comparison:
Average: Malteses, like any other dog breed, like playing.
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The Poodle is a playful breed.
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Average: Pomeranians, 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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They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
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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: Maltese vs Poodle vs Pomeranian?
High: Malteses are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
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High: Poodles are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
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High: Pomeranians are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
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Social Needs
Maltese vs Poodle vs Pomeranian social needs comparison:
Malteses need a lot of social interaction.
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Poodles need a lot of social interaction.
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Pomeranians need a lot of social interaction.
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Barking
Which dog barks more/less: Maltese vs Poodle vs Pomeranian?
A lot: Maltese is a particularly loud breed.
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Average to High: The Poodle is a vocal breed.
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Average to High: The Pomeranian is a vocal breed.
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Watchdog Ability
Which is the better watchdog: Maltese or Poodle or Pomeranian?
Malteses are average watchdogs.
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Poodles are good watchdogs.
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Pomeranians are average watchdogs.
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Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Which is a better guard dog Maltese or Poodle or Pomeranian? 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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Poodles strongly protect their territory.
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Pomeranians 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 Poodle has a low chance of biting somebody.

Low 🔽

The Pomeranian has a low chance of biting somebody.
Bite Force
Which bite is stronger: Maltese or Poodle or Pomeranian?

Between 100 and 200 PSI 🔽

Maltese bite force: Weak.

Between 200 and 400 PSI

Poodle bite force: Ordinary.

Between 100 and 200 PSI 🔽

Pomeranian bite force: Weak.
Mouthiness
Which is the better dog? Maltese vs Poodle vs Pomeranian mouthiness comparison:
Malteses have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
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Poodles have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
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Pomeranians 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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Poodles have average wanderlust potential.
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Pomeranians are not the biggest explorers.
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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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Poodles have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
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Pomeranians 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 Poodle or Pomeranian?
Very house-friendly dog the Maltese breed.
Very house-friendly dog the Poodle breed.
Very house-friendly dog the Pomeranian 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.
Poodles adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Pomeranians adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Which dog can be left alone: Maltese or Poodle or Pomeranian?
Malteses tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Poodles tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Pomeranians tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.

Maltese vs Poodle vs Pomeranian Good With Comparison

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

Maltese vs Poodle vs Pomeranian Health Comparison

Health Issues
Maltese vs Poodle vs Pomeranian health comparison. Which is the healthier: Maltese vs Poodle vs Pomeranian?
The Maltese is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
The Poodle is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
The Pomeranian 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: Maltese vs Poodle vs Pomeranian? What are the allergies, genetic diseases and concerns for them? Maltese vs Poodle vs Pomeranian health problems comparison:
Collapsed Trachea
Hypoglycemia
Patellar Luxation
Portosystemic Liver Shunt
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Reverse Sneezing
White Dog Shaker Syndrome
Addison's Disease
Allergies
Bloat
Canine Atrial Septal Defect (asd)
Cataracts
Cushing's Syndrome
Ear Infections
Epilepsy
Hip Dysplasia
Hypothyroidism
Legg-perthes Disease
Neonatal Encephalopathy (news)
Optic Nerve Hypoplasia
Patellar Luxation
Premature Graying
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Runny Eyes
Sebaceous Adenitis
Von Willebrand's Disease
Allergies
Cataracts
Collapsed Trachea
Dry Eye
Epilepsy
Heat Intolerance
Heatstroke
Hip Dysplasia
Hypothyroidism
Legg-perthes Disease
Patellar Luxation
Patent Ductus Arteriosis
Seizures
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 Poodle should have a complete physical check-up at least once per year.
Average
The Pomeranian should have a complete physical check-up at least once per year.
Life Expectancy
Maltese vs Poodle vs Pomeranian lifespan comparison. How long do Maltese, Poodle and Pomeranian breeds live? Which one has a longer lifespan/life expectancy?
14-18 years
The average lifespan of Maltese: 16 years
11-15 years
The average lifespan of Poodle: 13 years
12-16 years
The average lifespan of Pomeranian: 14 years
Hypoallergenic
Maltese vs Poodle vs Pomeranian hypoallergenic comparison. Which dog is hypoallergenic or not?
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Energy Level
Who has more energy a Maltese or Poodle or Pomeranian? Maltese vs Poodle vs Pomeranian 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.
Poodles have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Pomeranians 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
Maltese vs Poodle vs Pomeranian exercise need comparison. Which dog needs more activity? Which dog needs the most exercise: Maltese or Poodle or Pomeranian? Which dog needs the most walking? Which dog is the laziest?
Malteses exercise need is very minimal.
Poodles need quite a lot of exercise.
Pomeranians exercise need is minimal.
Sleeping Need
Which one sleeps the least/most: Maltese or Poodle or Pomeranian?
Malteses sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered a lazy breed.
Poodles are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend too much time with sleeping.
Pomeranians 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: Maltese or Poodle or Pomeranian?
Recommended daily amount: 1/4 to 1/2 cup of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 2 to 3 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 / Prone to Obesity
Which dog breed is more prone to obesity? Maltese vs Poodle vs Pomeranian 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 Poodle's weight, he can easily gain weight.
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Average to High: If you don't pay attention to the Pomeranian's weight, he can easily gain weight.
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Weather and Climate
Which dog is best for hot or cold weather: Maltese vs Poodle vs Pomeranian?
Prefers warm weather
Dogs that prefer warm weather conditions are typically breeds that were originally bred in warmer climates.
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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 cold weather conditions
The Pomeranian can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
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Stinkiness
Which dog breed smells the least? Which dog smells the most? Which is best, Maltese vs Poodle vs Pomeranian?

Medium

The Maltese has an average chance of bad smell.

Medium

The Poodle has an average chance of bad smell.

Medium

The Pomeranian 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 Poodle is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency.
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The Pomeranian is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency.
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Maltese vs Poodle vs Pomeranian 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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Yes

This breed makes good as a service dog.
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Yes

This breed makes good as a service dog.
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Therapy Dog
Which one could be a therapy dog: Maltese or Poodle or Pomeranian? 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 Poodle vs Pomeranian?

Not really

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

Poodle breed usually likes being on a boat.
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Not really

Pomeranian 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 Poodle vs Pomeranian 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 Poodle and Pomeranian have?
3-5 puppies 2-4 puppies 2-5 puppies

Maltese vs Poodle vs Pomeranian 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 1887 as a Non-Sporting & 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 Companion and Toy Dogs group, in the Poodle section. Recognized by FCI in the Spitz and primitive types group, in the European Spitz 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
United Kennel Club
Canadian Canine Registry
American Canine Registry
American Kennel Club
America's Pet Registry
Canadian Kennel Club
Dog Registry of America Inc.
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
Canadian Canine Registry

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