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Pomeranian vs Maltese vs Toy Poodle – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Pomeranian vs Maltese vs Toy Poodle" Compare Pomeranian and Maltese. Which is better: Pomeranian or Maltese or Toy Poodle?
Name Pomeranian Maltese Toy Poodle
OriginsGermany Poland Italy Germany France
Group Companion Dogs Companion Dogs Companion Dogs
Popularity Rank2233449
Reviews221
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Other Names Pom, Pom Pom, Deutsche Spitze, Zwergspitz, Spitz Nain, Spitz Enano, Zwers Maltese Dog, Maltese lion dog Caniche, Barbone, Chien Canne, Teacup Poodle, French Poodle, Pudle, Teddy Poodle
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 1888 as a Toy breed. Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Spitz and primitive types group, in the European Spitz section. Recognized by FCI in the Companion and Toy Dogs group, in the Bichons and related breeds section. Not recognized by FCI.
Breed Recognition 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 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 Dog Registry of America Inc.
Price $600-$800 $600-$800 1000-1500

General Appearance - Pomeranian vs Maltese vs Toy Poodle

Size Small Small Small
Weight 3-7 pounds (1-3 kg) 6.5-9 pounds (3-4 kg) Male: 6-9 pounds (3-4 kg)
Avg. Weight 5 pounds (2 kg) 6.7 pounds (3.5 kg) Male: 7.5 pounds (3.5 kg)
Height 7-12 inches (18-30 cm) Male: 8-10 inches (21-25 cm), Female: 8-9 inches (20-23 cm) Up to 10 inches (25.4 cm)
Avg. Height 9.5 inches (24 cm) Male: 9 inches (23 cm), Female: 8.5 inches (21.5 cm) Up to 10 inches (25.4 cm)

Hair & Care - Pomeranian vs Maltese vs Toy Poodle

Coat Fluffy Feathered Dense Curly Thick
Colors Blue Gray Red Tan Brown Orange White Black White Apricot Black Brown Gray Silver White Fawn Blue Cream Red Beige
Grooming
Average: The Pomeranian requires average grooming effort.
Average: The Maltese requires average grooming effort.
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Shedding Level
Pomeranians shed moderately.
Malteses shed none to minimal.
Toy Poodles shed none to minimal.

Characteristics - Pomeranian vs Maltese vs Toy Poodle

Temperament Active Friendly Lively Sociable Extroverted Intelligent Playful Attentive Docile Trainable Active Easygoing Intelligent Responsive Docile Gentle Playful Sweet Tempered Active Faithful Intelligent Alert Instinctual Trainable
Intelligent Rank
Very smart: Pomeranian is an excellent dog breed.
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
Outstanding: Toy Poodle is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Trainability
Pomeranians are easy to train.
Malteses are quite easy to train.
Toy Poodles are very easy to train.
Playfulness
Pomeranians, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Malteses, like any other dog breed, like playing.
The Toy Poodle 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.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Affection Level
Pomeranians are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Malteses are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Toy Poodles are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Pomeranians need a lot of social interaction.
Malteses need a lot of social interaction.
Toy Poodles are a social breed.
Barking
Average to high: The Pomeranian is a vocal breed.
High: The Maltese is a very vocal breed.
Average to high: The Toy Poodle is a vocal breed.
Watchdog Ability
Pomeranians are average watchdogs.
Malteses are average watchdogs.
Toy Poodles are good watchdogs.
Territorial
Pomeranians strongly protect their territory.
Malteses strongly protect their territory.
Toy Poodles are average defenders.
Biting Potential Low
The Pomeranian has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Maltese has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Toy Poodle has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Pomeranians have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Malteses have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Toy Poodles have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Pomeranians are not the biggest explorers.
Malteses are not the biggest explorers.
Toy Poodles tend to escape less than other breeds.
Prey Drive
Pomeranians have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Malteses have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Toy Poodles have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Apartment Friendly
Pomeranians are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Malteses are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Toy Poodles are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Pomeranians adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Malteses adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Toy Poodles adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Pomeranians tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Malteses tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Toy Poodles 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 - Pomeranian vs Maltese vs Toy Poodle

Stranger Friendly
Pomeranians are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Malteses are very stranger friendly dogs.
Toy Poodles are stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Pomeranians are not the most kid-friendly dogs.
Malteses are kid-friendly dogs.
Toy Poodles are very kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Pomeranians are very cat-friendly dogs.
Malteses are very cat-friendly dogs.
Toy Poodles are cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Pomeranians are average friendly towards other dogs.
Malteses are very dog-friendly dogs.
Toy Poodles are dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
Pomeranian is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Maltese is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Toy Poodle is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Pomeranians are not the best breed for elderly people.
Malteses are usually recommended for elderly people.
Toy Poodles are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Pomeranians are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Malteses are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Toy Poodles are usually friendly towards other pets.
Good For First Time Owners No
Pomeranians are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Malteses are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Toy Poodles are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog Yes
This breed makes good 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 Yes
This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a 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
Pomeranian breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Maltese breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Toy Poodle 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 - Pomeranian vs Maltese vs Toy Poodle

Health Issues
The Pomeranian is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
The Maltese is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
The Toy Poodle is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems Allergies Cataracts Collapsed Trachea Dry Eye Epilepsy Heat Intolerance Heatstroke Hip Dysplasia Hypothyroidism Legg-perthes Disease Patellar Luxation Patent Ductus Arteriosis Seizures Collapsed Trachea Hypoglycemia Patellar Luxation Portosystemic Liver Shunt Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Reverse Sneezing White Dog Shaker Syndrome Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia Canine Diabetes Mellitus Ear Infections Epilepsy Heart Murmurs Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Skin Allergies Slipped Stifle
Life Expectancy 12-16 years 15-18 years 14-16 years
Hypoallergenic No Yes Yes
Energy Level
Pomeranians have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Malteses have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Toy Poodles have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Exercise Need
Pomeranians exercise need is minimal.
Malteses exercise need is very minimal.
Toy Poodles need quite a lot of exercise.
Sleeping Need
Pomeranians sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Malteses sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Toy Poodles 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. 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.
Weight Gain Potential
Average to High.
Average.
Average to High.
Weather & Climate 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.
Prefers warm weather Prefers average to warm weather conditions
Stinkiness Medium
The Pomeranian has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Maltese has an average chance of bad smell.
Low
The Toy Poodle has a low chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Pomeranian is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Maltese is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Toy Poodle is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Pomeranian vs Maltese vs Toy Poodle

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 2-5 puppies 3-5 puppies 2-4 puppies

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