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Shetland Sheepdog vs Maltese vs Bichon Frise Comparison - Dog breed selector: Miniature Collie or Maltese Dog or Bichon Frise? Find the right dog for you

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Name Shetland Sheepdog Maltese Bichon Frise
OriginsScotland Italy Spain Belgium
Group Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs) Companion Dogs Companion Dogs
Popularity Rank243346
Reviews624
User Ratings

Other Names Miniature Collie, Shetland Collie (obsolete), Dwarf Scotch Shepherd (obsolete), Toonie Dog (obsolete), Sheltie Maltese Dog, Maltese lion dog Bichon Frise, Tenerife Dog, Bichon A Poil Frise, Bichon Tenerife, Purebred Bichon
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1911 as a Herding breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1888 as a Toy breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1972 as a Non-Sporting breed.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Sheepdogs and Cattledogs (except Swiss Cattledogs) group, in the Sheepdogs 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.
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.
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
The Bichon Frise Club Of America
Price $800-$1000 $600-$800 $700-$1000

Shetland Sheepdog vs Maltese vs Bichon Frise General Appearance Comparison

Size Medium Small Small
Weight 14-27 pounds (6-12 kg) 6.5-9 pounds (3-4 kg) 7-13 pounds (3-6 kg)
Avg. Weight 20.5 pounds (9 kg) 6.7 pounds (3.5 kg) 10 pounds (4.5 kg)
Height 13-16 inches (33-41 cm) Male: 8-10 inches (21-25 cm), Female: 8-9 inches (20-23 cm) Male: 9-12 inches (23–30 cm) Female: 9-11 inches (23-28 cm)
Avg. Height 14.5 inches (37 cm) Male: 9 inches (23 cm), Female: 8.5 inches (21.5 cm) Male: 10.5 inches (26.5 cm) Female: 10 inches (25.5 cm)

Shetland Sheepdog vs Maltese vs Bichon Frise Hair & Care Comparison

Coat Dense Feathered Curly
Colors White
Blue
Merle
Sable
Tan
Black
White White
Apricot
Buff
Cream
Grooming
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Average: The Maltese requires average grooming effort.
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Shedding Level
Shetland Sheepdogs shed moderately.
Malteses shed none to minimal.
Bichon Frises are low shedders.

Shetland Sheepdog vs Maltese vs Bichon Frise Characteristics Comparison

Temperament Affectionate
Gentle
Lively
Responsive
Friendly
Intelligent
Playful
Active
Easygoing
Intelligent
Responsive
Docile
Gentle
Playful
Sweet
Tempered
Affectionate
Playful
Sensitive
Cheerful
Gentle
Intelligent
Intelligent Rank
Outstanding: Shetland Sheepdog is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
Average: Bichon Frise's has average obedience intelligence.
Trainability
Shetland Sheepdogs are quite easy to train.
Malteses are quite easy to train.
Bichon Frises are quite easy to train.
Playfulness
Shetland Sheepdogs, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Malteses, like any other dog breed, like playing.
The Bichon Frise is a playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
Shetland Sheepdogs don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Affection Level
Shetland Sheepdogs 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.
Bichon Frises are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Shetland Sheepdogs are a social breed.
Malteses need a lot of social interaction.
Bichon Frises need a lot of social interaction.
Barking
High: The Shetland Sheepdog is a very vocal breed.
High: The Maltese is a very vocal breed.
Average: The Bichon Frise barks occasionally.
Watchdog Ability
Shetland Sheepdogs are good watchdogs.
Malteses are average watchdogs.
Bichon Frises are average watchdogs.
Territorial
Shetland Sheepdogs are extremely protective guard dogs.
Malteses strongly protect their territory.
Bichon Frises are not the best to protect their territory.
Biting Potential Low
The Shetland Sheepdog has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Maltese has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Bichon Frise has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Shetland Sheepdogs have a low tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Malteses have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Bichon Frises have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Shetland Sheepdogs tend to escape less than other breeds.
Malteses are not the biggest explorers.
Bichon Frises have average wanderlust potential.
Prey Drive
Shetland Sheepdogs 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.
Malteses have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Bichon Frises don't have an impulse to catch or chase small animals.
Apartment Friendly
Shetland Sheepdogs are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Malteses are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Bichon Frises are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Shetland Sheepdogs adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Malteses adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Bichon Frises adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Shetland Sheepdogs 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.
Malteses tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Bichon Frises 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.

Shetland Sheepdog vs Maltese vs Bichon Frise Good With Comparison

Stranger Friendly
Shetland Sheepdogs are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Malteses are very stranger friendly dogs.
Bichon Frises are very stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Shetland Sheepdogs are kid-friendly dogs.
Malteses are kid-friendly dogs.
Bichon Frises are kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Shetland Sheepdogs are very cat-friendly dogs.
Malteses are very cat-friendly dogs.
Bichon Frises are very cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Shetland Sheepdogs are dog-friendly dogs.
Malteses are very dog-friendly dogs.
Bichon Frises are very dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
Shetland Sheepdog is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Maltese is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Bichon Frise is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Shetland Sheepdogs are usually recommended for elderly people.
Malteses are usually recommended for elderly people.
Bichon Frises are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Shetland Sheepdogs are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Malteses are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Bichon Frises are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Good For First Time Owners No
Shetland Sheepdogs 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
Bichon Frises 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 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
Shetland Sheepdog breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Maltese breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Bichon Frise 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.

Shetland Sheepdog vs Maltese vs Bichon Frise Health Factors Comparison

Health Issues
The Shetland Sheepdog 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 Bichon Frise is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems Cancer
Cataracts
Collie Eye Anomaly
Drug Sensitivity
Elbow Dysplasia
Epilepsy
Haemophilia
Heart Problems
Hip Dysplasia
Hypothyroidism
Patellar Luxation
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Trichiasis
Von Willebrand's Disease
Collapsed Trachea
Hypoglycemia
Patellar Luxation
Portosystemic Liver Shunt
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Reverse Sneezing
White Dog Shaker Syndrome
Allergies
Bladder Stones
Hip Dysplasia
Juvenile Cataracts
Patellar Luxation
Vaccination Sensitivity
Life Expectancy 12-14 years 15-18 years 12-15 years
Hypoallergenic No Yes Yes
Energy Level
Shetland Sheepdogs have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Malteses have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Bichon Frises have a lower energy level than other dogs.
Exercise Need
Shetland Sheepdogs have an average exercise need.
Malteses exercise need is very minimal.
Bichon Frises exercise need is minimal.
Sleeping Need
Shetland Sheepdogs are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Malteses sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Bichon Frises like sleeping so they do sleep a lot.
Avg. daily food consumption 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. 1/2 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Average.
Average.
Average to High.
Weather & Climate Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Shetland Sheepdog 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 Shetland Sheepdog has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Maltese has an average chance of bad smell.
Low
The Bichon Frise has a low chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Shetland Sheepdog is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Maltese is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Bichon Frise is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Shetland Sheepdog vs Maltese vs Bichon Frise Reproducibility Comparison

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 4-6 puppies 3-5 puppies 2-5 puppies

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