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Maltese vs Shichon vs Shih Tzu – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Maltese vs Shichon vs Shih Tzu" Compare Maltese and Shichon. Which is better: Maltese or Shichon or Shih Tzu?
Name Maltese Shichon Shih Tzu
OriginsItaly United States China
Group Companion Dogs Companion Dogs Companion Dogs
Popularity Rank3330720
Reviews2011
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Other Names Maltese Dog, Maltese lion dog Zuchon, Teddy Bear Chinese Lion Dog, Chrysanthemum Dog
Breed Type Purebred Cross Breed Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1888 as a Toy breed. Not recognized by the American Kennel Club. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1969 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 Companion and Toy Dogs group, in the Tibetan breeds 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 Hybrid Club
Designer Breed Registry
Designer Dogs Kennel Club
International Designer Canine Registry
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
Price $600-$800 800-1200 $800-$1200

General Appearance - Maltese vs Shichon vs Shih Tzu

Size Small Small Small
Weight 6.5-9 pounds (3-4 kg) 10-15 pounds (5-7 kg) 9–16 pounds (4-7 kg)
Avg. Weight 6.7 pounds (3.5 kg) 12.5 pounds (6 kg) 9–16 pounds (5.5 kg)
Height Male: 8-10 inches (21-25 cm), Female: 8-9 inches (20-23 cm) 19-21 inches (49-53 cm) 8-11 inches (20-28 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 9 inches (23 cm), Female: 8.5 inches (21.5 cm) 20 inches (51 cm) 9.5 inches (24 cm)

Hair & Care - Maltese vs Shichon vs Shih Tzu

Coat Feathered Fluffy
Dense
Curly
Silky
Dense
Colors White Apricot
Cream
Red
White
Black
Gray
Silver
Brindle
Liver
Silver
Blue
Gold
Red
Black
Grooming
Average: The Maltese requires average grooming effort.
Effortless: The Shichon requires minimal grooming.
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Shedding Level
Malteses shed none to minimal.
Shichons shed none to minimal.
Shih Tzus shed none to minimal.

Characteristics - Maltese vs Shichon vs Shih Tzu

Temperament Active
Easygoing
Intelligent
Responsive
Docile
Gentle
Playful
Sweet
Tempered
Affectionate
Gentle
Lively
Playful
Friendly
Intelligent
Loving
Social
Active
Friendly
Happy
Lively
Playful
Courageous
Gentle
Intelligent
Outgoing
Intelligent Rank
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
Low: The Shih Tzu if one of the dog breeds that have the lowest degree of obedience intelligence.
Trainability
Malteses are quite easy to train.
Shichons are quite easy to train.
Shih Tzus are quite easy to train.
Playfulness
Malteses, like any other dog breed, like playing.
The Shichon is a playful breed.
Shih Tzus are not the most playful dog 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.
Shih Tzus 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.
Shichons are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Shih Tzus are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Malteses need a lot of social interaction.
Shichons need a lot of social interaction.
Shih Tzus need a lot of social interaction.
Barking
High: The Maltese is a very vocal breed.
Average: The Shichon barks occasionally.
High: The Shih Tzu is a very vocal breed.
Watchdog Ability
Malteses are average watchdogs.
Shichons are average watchdogs.
Shih Tzus are average watchdogs.
Territorial
Malteses strongly protect their territory.
Shichons are extremely protective guard dogs.
Shih Tzus strongly protect their territory.
Biting Potential Low
The Maltese has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Shichon has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Shih Tzu has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Malteses have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Shichons have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Shih Tzus have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Malteses are not the biggest explorers.
Shichons have average wanderlust potential.
Shih Tzus tend to escape less than other breeds.
Prey Drive
Malteses have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Shichons have an average prey drive, which means that they don't have a high impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals, but it might happen.
Shih Tzus have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Apartment Friendly
Malteses are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Shichons are not the best choice for an apartment lifestyle, but they don't mind being inside if you walk them several times every day.
Shih Tzus are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Malteses adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Shichons adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
Shih Tzus 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.
Shichons tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Shih Tzus 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 Shichon vs Shih Tzu

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

Health Issues
The Maltese is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
The Shichon is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
The Shih Tzu 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
Allergies Allergies
Bladder Stones
Distichiasis
Dry Eye
Ear Infections
Ectopic Cilia
Hip Dysplasia
Juvenile Renal Dysplasia
Keratitis
Patellar Luxation
Portosystemic Liver Shunt
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Proptosis
Retained Baby Teeth
Reverse Sneezing
Snuffles
Umbilical Hernias
Life Expectancy 15-18 years 12-15 years 10-16 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.
Shichons have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Shih Tzus have a lower energy level than other dogs.
Exercise Need
Malteses exercise need is very minimal.
Shichons have an average exercise need.
Shih Tzus exercise need is minimal.
Sleeping Need
Malteses sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Shichons sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Shih Tzus like sleeping so they do sleep a lot.
Avg. daily food consumption Recommended daily amount: 1/4 to 1/2 cup of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 1/4 to 1 cup of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. Recommended daily amount: 1/2 to 1 cup of high-quality dry food a day.
Weight Gain Potential
Average.
Average.
Average to High.
Weather & Climate Prefers warm weather Prefers average to warm weather conditions Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness Medium
The Maltese has an average chance of bad smell.
Low
The Shichon has a low chance of bad smell.
Low
The Shih Tzu has a low chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Maltese is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Shichon is an average drooler.
The Shih Tzu is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Maltese vs Shichon vs Shih Tzu

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 3-6 puppies 2-5 puppies

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