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Maltese vs Yorkshire Terrier vs Cavalier King Charles Spaniel – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Maltese vs Yorkshire Terrier vs Cavalier King Charles Spaniel" Compare Maltese and Yorkshire Terrier. Which is better: Maltese or Yorkshire Terrier or Cavalier King Charles Spaniel?
Name Maltese Yorkshire Terrier Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
OriginsItaly England England
Group Companion Dogs Companion Dogs Companion Dogs
Popularity Rank33919
Reviews233
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Other Names Maltese Dog, Maltese lion dog Yorkie Cav, Cavalier, Cavie
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 1885 as a Toy breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1995 as a Toy 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 Terriers group, in the Toy Terriers section. Recognized by FCI in the Companion and Toy Dogs group, in the English Toy Spaniels 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 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 $600-$1000 $1200-$1500

General Appearance - Maltese vs Yorkshire Terrier vs Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Size Small Small Small
Weight 6.5-9 pounds (3-4 kg) 2-3 kg (4-7 pounds) 10-18 pounds (5-8 kg)
Avg. Weight 6.7 pounds (3.5 kg) 2.5 kg (5.5 pounds) 14 pounds (6.5 kg)
Height Male: 8-10 inches (21-25 cm), Female: 8-9 inches (20-23 cm) 20-23 cm (8-9 inches) 12-13 inches (30-33 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 9 inches (23 cm), Female: 8.5 inches (21.5 cm) 21.5 cm (8.5 inches) 12.5 inches (31.5 cm)

Hair & Care - Maltese vs Yorkshire Terrier vs Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Coat Feathered Fine Feathered
Colors White Gold Blue Tan Black Tan Blenheim Tricolor Ruby
Grooming
Average: The Maltese requires average grooming effort.
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Average: The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel requires average grooming effort.
Shedding Level
Malteses shed none to minimal.
Yorkshire Terriers shed none to minimal.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels shed above average.

Characteristics - Maltese vs Yorkshire Terrier vs Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Temperament Active Easygoing Intelligent Responsive Docile Gentle Playful Sweet Tempered Alert Energetic Intelligent Playful Courageous Independent Loyal Affectionate Courageous Intelligent Cheerful Gentle Social Polite Quiet Active Graceful Fearless Friendly Nonaggressive Sporty No tendency towards nervousness
Intelligent Rank
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
Smart: Yorkshire Terrier's has great intelligence.
Average: Cavalier King Charles Spaniel's has average obedience intelligence.
Trainability
Malteses are quite easy to train.
Yorkshire Terriers are quite easy to train.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are quite easy to train.
Playfulness
Malteses, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Yorkshire Terriers, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Sensitivity Level
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.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels 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.
Yorkshire Terriers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Malteses need a lot of social interaction.
Yorkshire Terriers need a lot of social interaction.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels need a lot of social interaction.
Barking
High: The Maltese is a very vocal breed.
High: The Yorkshire Terrier is a very vocal breed.
Average: The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel barks occasionally.
Watchdog Ability
Malteses are average watchdogs.
Yorkshire Terriers are good watchdogs.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are not the best watchdogs.
Territorial
Malteses strongly protect their territory.
Yorkshire Terriers strongly protect their territory.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are not the best to protect their territory.
Biting Potential Low
The Maltese has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Yorkshire Terrier has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Malteses 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.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Malteses are not the biggest explorers.
Yorkshire Terriers have average wanderlust potential.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels tend to escape less than other breeds.
Prey Drive
Malteses have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Yorkshire Terriers have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels 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.
Apartment Friendly
Malteses are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Yorkshire Terriers are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Malteses adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Yorkshire Terriers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels 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.
Yorkshire Terriers tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels 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 Yorkshire Terrier vs Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

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

Health Issues
The Maltese is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Yorkshire Terriers are commonly healthy dogs.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
Health Problems Collapsed Trachea Hypoglycemia Patellar Luxation Portosystemic Liver Shunt Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Reverse Sneezing White Dog Shaker Syndrome Collapsed Trachea Hypoglycemia Patellar Luxation Portosystemic Liver Shunt Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Reverse Sneezing Dry Eye Episodic Falling Syndrome Hip Dysplasia Mitral Valve Disease Patellar Luxation Syringomyelia
Life Expectancy 15-18 years 12-16 years 10-14 years
Hypoallergenic Yes Yes No
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.
Yorkshire Terriers are high energy dogs.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Exercise Need
Malteses exercise need is very minimal.
Yorkshire Terriers exercise need is very minimal.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels have an average exercise need.
Sleeping Need
Malteses sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Yorkshire Terriers don't need too much sleep.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Avg. daily food consumption Recommended daily amount: 1/4 to 1/2 cup 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. 1 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Average.
Low to 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.
Medium
The Yorkshire Terrier has an average chance of bad smell.
High
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel has a high chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Maltese is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Yorkshire Terrier is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Maltese vs Yorkshire Terrier vs Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

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 4-6 puppies 3-5 puppies

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