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Name Toy Poodle Maltese German Shepherd
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Group Companion Dogs Companion Dogs Pastoral / Herding Dogs
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Other Names
What other names do they have?
Barbone
Pudle
Teacup Poodle
Teddy Poodle
Maltese lion dog
Maltese Dog
Alsatian wolf dog
Berger Allemand
Deutscher Schäferhund
Schäferhund
Alsatian
Breed Type
Which dog is purebred or crossbreed? Toy Poodle vs Maltese vs German Shepherd breed type comparison:
Purebred Purebred Purebred

Toy Poodle vs Maltese vs German Shepherd Price and Availability Comparison

Price
Which is cheaper, Toy Poodle or Maltese or German Shepherd? Which is more expensive?
$1000-$1500 $600-$800 $800-$2000
Availability
Which is easier to get, Toy Poodle or Maltese or German Shepherd?
Rare: You may rarely see each other in everyday life, but you might catch a glimpse of each other at dog shows.
Very frequent: The Maltese is quite easy to get.
Very frequent: The German Shepherd is quite easy to get.

Toy Poodle vs Maltese vs German Shepherd Size Comparison

Size
Which is bigger, Toy Poodle or Maltese or German Shepherd? Which is the smallest dog, Toy Poodle or Maltese or German Shepherd?
Small Small Large
Weight
Which is heavier, Toy Poodle or Maltese or Maltese? Toy Poodle vs Maltese vs German Shepherd weight comparison:
Male: 6-9 pounds (3-4 kg) 6.5-9 pounds (3-4 kg) Male: 66-88 pounds (30-40 kg), Female: 49-71 pounds (22-32 kg)
Average Weight
Which dog has a smaller / higher average weight?
Male: 7.5 pounds (3.5 kg) 6.7 pounds (3.5 kg) Male: 77 pounds (35 kg), Female: 60 pounds (27 kg)
Height
Which is taller, Toy Poodle or Maltese or German Shepherd? Toy Poodle vs Maltese vs German Shepherd height comparison:
Up to 10 inches (25.4 cm) Male: 8-10 inches (21-25 cm), Female: 8-9 inches (20-23 cm) Male: 24-26 inches (60-65 cm), Female: 22-24 inches (55-60 cm)
Average Height
Which dog has a smaller / higher average height?
Up to 10 inches (25.4 cm) Male: 9 inches (23 cm), Female: 8.5 inches (21.5 cm) Male: 25 inches (62.5 cm), Female: 23 inches (57.5 cm)

Toy Poodle vs Maltese vs German Shepherd Grooming, Hair and Care Comparison

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat/fur do they have? Toy Poodle vs Maltese vs German Shepherd coat comparison:
Dense
Curly
Thick
Feathered Fuzzy
Colors
What are the original Toy Poodle, Maltese and German Shepherd color?
Apricot
Black
Brown
Gray
Silver
White
Fawn
Blue
Cream
Red
Beige
White Silver
Tan
Red
Black
Grooming
Which dog is easy to maintain, Toy Poodle or Maltese or German Shepherd? Toy Poodle vs Maltese vs German Shepherd grooming comparison:
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
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Average: The Maltese requires average grooming effort.
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Average: The German Shepherd requires average grooming effort.
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Shedding Level
Who sheds more Toy Poodle or Maltese or German Shepherd? Toy Poodle or Maltese or {name3 shedding:
Toy Poodles shed none to minimal.
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Malteses shed none to minimal.
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German Shepherds are heavy shedders.
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Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
Which dog should be bathed more: Toy Poodle or Maltese or German Shepherd?
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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6-8 weeks
Rarely. Bathing your dog is beneficial to them in more ways than just one.
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8-12 weeks
Very rarely. Bathing your dog is beneficial to them in more ways than just one.
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Toy Poodle vs Maltese vs German Shepherd Personality / Temperament Comparison

Temperament
Which one has a better personality? Which is a better family dog, Toy Poodle or Maltese or German Shepherd? Toy Poodle vs Maltese vs German Shepherd behavior/temperament comparison:
Active
Faithful
Intelligent
Alert
Instinctual
Trainable
Active
Easygoing
Intelligent
Responsive
Docile
Gentle
Playful
Sweet
Tempered
Alert
Courageous
Intelligent
Obedient
Confident
Curious
Loyal
Watchful
Intelligent Rank
Which is the smarter dog? Which is best? Toy Poodle vs Maltese vs German Shepherd intelligence:
Outstanding: Toy Poodle is one of the brightest dog breeds.
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Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
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Outstanding: German Shepherd is one of the brightest dog breeds.
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Trainability
Toy Poodle vs Maltese vs German Shepherd trainability comparison.
Toy Poodles are very easy to train.
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Malteses are quite easy to train.
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German Shepherds are easy to train.
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Playfulness
Toy Poodle vs Maltese vs German Shepherd playfulness comparison:
The Toy Poodle is a playful breed.
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Average: Malteses, like any other dog breed, like playing.
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Average: German Shepherds, 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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Sensitive: German Shepherds don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household, and frequent guest visits.
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Affection Level
Which is the more affectionate dog breed: Toy Poodle vs Maltese vs German Shepherd?
High: Toy Poodles are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
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High: Malteses are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
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High: German Shepherds are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
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Social Needs
Toy Poodle vs Maltese vs German Shepherd social needs comparison:
Toy Poodles are a social breed.
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Malteses need a lot of social interaction.
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German Shepherds need for social interaction is average.
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Barking
Which dog barks more/less: Toy Poodle vs Maltese vs German Shepherd?
Average to High: The Toy Poodle is a vocal breed.
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A lot: Maltese is a particularly loud breed.
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Low to Average: The German Shepherd rarely barks.
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Watchdog Ability
Which is the better watchdog: Toy Poodle or Maltese or German Shepherd?
Toy Poodles are good watchdogs.
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Malteses are average watchdogs.
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German Shepherds are one of the best watchdogs.
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Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Which is a better guard dog Toy Poodle or Maltese or German Shepherd? Which dog is most likely to protect its owner? Which is the best dog to use for protection?
Toy Poodles are average defenders.
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Malteses strongly protect their territory.
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German Shepherds are extremely protective guard dogs.
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Biting Potential
Which breed of dog is most likely to bite? Biting potential comparison:

Low 🔽

The Toy Poodle has a low chance of biting somebody.

Low 🔽

The Maltese has a low chance of biting somebody.

High 🔼

The German Shepherd has a high chance of biting somebody.
Bite Force
Which bite is stronger: Toy Poodle or Maltese or German Shepherd?

Between 100 and 200 PSI 🔽

Toy Poodle bite force: Weak.

Between 100 and 200 PSI 🔽

Maltese bite force: Weak.

Between 200 and 400 PSI

German Shepherd bite force: Ordinary.
Mouthiness
Which is the better dog? Toy Poodle vs Maltese vs German Shepherd mouthiness comparison:
Toy Poodles have a lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
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Malteses have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
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German Shepherds have a strong 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?
Toy Poodles tend to escape less than other breeds.
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Malteses are not the biggest explorers.
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German Shepherds are not the biggest explorers.
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Prey Drive
Which dog has a higher prey drive? Which can be better for hunting?
Toy Poodles have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
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Malteses have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
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German Shepherds have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
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Apartment Friendly
Which dog is more apartment friendly Toy Poodle or Maltese or German Shepherd?
Very house-friendly dog the Toy Poodle breed.
Very house-friendly dog the Maltese breed.
It is not the best choice if you want to keep them indoors, however, with careful exercise and several walks a day, they will tolerate the indoor environment, so it is possible to keep German Shepherd indoors.
Adaptability
Which dog has a higher adaptability potential? Which is the better dog?
Toy Poodles adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Malteses adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
German Shepherds adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Which dog can be left alone: Toy Poodle or Maltese or German Shepherd?
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.
Malteses tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.

Toy Poodle vs Maltese vs German Shepherd Good With Comparison

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

Toy Poodle vs Maltese vs German Shepherd Health Comparison

Health Issues
Toy Poodle vs Maltese vs German Shepherd health comparison. Which is the healthier: Toy Poodle vs Maltese vs German Shepherd?
The Toy Poodle 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.
German Shepherds are commonly healthy dogs.
Health Problems
Which one has more or less genetic/health problems: Toy Poodle vs Maltese vs German Shepherd? What are the allergies, genetic diseases and concerns for them? Toy Poodle vs Maltese vs German Shepherd health problems comparison:
Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia
Canine Diabetes Mellitus
Ear Infections
Epilepsy
Heart Murmurs
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Skin Allergies
Slipped Stifle
Collapsed Trachea
Hypoglycemia
Patellar Luxation
Portosystemic Liver Shunt
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Reverse Sneezing
White Dog Shaker Syndrome
Allergies
Blindness
Bloat
Cancer
Cataracts
Cherry Eye
Chronic Diarrhea
Cruciate Ligament Rupture
Cushing's Syndrome
Degenerative Myelopathy
Demodectic Mange
Diabetes
Digestive Problems
Elbow Dysplasia
Epilepsy
Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency
Heart Disease
Hemophilia A
Hemophilia B
Hip Dysplasia
Hypertrophic Osteodystrophy
Lens Luxation
Lupus
Megaesophagus
Myasthenia Gravis
Nail Bed Disease
Osteochondrosis
Pannus
Panosteitis
Paralysis
Perianal Fistula
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Retinal Dysplasia
Seborrhea
Vitiligo
Von Willebrand's Disease
Wobbler's Syndrome
Veterinarian Visits
Which one may need more or less veterinary visits?
Average
The Toy Poodle should have a complete physical check-up at least once per year.
Average
The Maltese should have a complete physical check-up at least once per year.
Rare
The German Shepherd should have a complete physical check-up at least every 12-18 months (but preferably once per year).
Life Expectancy
Toy Poodle vs Maltese vs German Shepherd lifespan comparison. How long do Toy Poodle, Maltese and German Shepherd breeds live? Which one has a longer lifespan/life expectancy?
14-16 years
The average lifespan of Toy Poodle: 15 years
14-18 years
The average lifespan of Maltese: 16 years
9-13 years
The average lifespan of German Shepherd: 11 years
Hypoallergenic
Toy Poodle vs Maltese vs German Shepherd hypoallergenic comparison. Which dog is hypoallergenic or not?
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Energy Level
Who has more energy a Toy Poodle or Maltese or German Shepherd? Toy Poodle vs Maltese vs German Shepherd energy level comparison:
Toy Poodles 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.
German Shepherds are high-energy dogs.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
Toy Poodle vs Maltese vs German Shepherd exercise need comparison. Which dog needs more activity? Which dog needs the most exercise: Toy Poodle or Maltese or German Shepherd? Which dog needs the most walking? Which dog is the laziest?
Toy Poodles need quite a lot of exercise.
Malteses exercise need is very minimal.
German Shepherds need quite a lot of exercise.
Sleeping Need
Which one sleeps the least/most: Toy Poodle or Maltese or German Shepherd?
Toy Poodles are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend too much time with sleeping.
Malteses sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered a lazy breed.
German Shepherds don't need too much sleep.
Average daily food consumption
Which dog eats more: Toy Poodle or Maltese or German Shepherd?
1/4 to 1 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. 3 to 4 cups 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? Toy Poodle vs Maltese vs German Shepherd weight gain potential comparison:
Average to High: If you don't pay attention to the Toy Poodle's weight, he can easily gain weight.
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Average: The Maltese has an average risk for obesity.
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Low to Average: The German Shepherd has a low to the average risk for obesity.
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Weather and Climate
Which dog is best for hot or cold weather: Toy Poodle vs Maltese vs German Shepherd?
Prefers average to warm weather conditions
Different dogs have different preferences when it comes to weather conditions.
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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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Stinkiness
Which dog breed smells the least? Which dog smells the most? Which is best, Toy Poodle vs Maltese vs German Shepherd?

Low 🔽

The Toy Poodle has a low chance of bad smell.

Medium

The Maltese has an average chance of bad smell.

Medium

The German Shepherd has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling Tendency
Which dog drools the most? Which dog drools the least?
The Toy Poodle is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency.
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The Maltese is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency.
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The German Shepherd is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency.
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Toy Poodle vs Maltese vs German Shepherd 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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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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Therapy Dog
Which one could be a therapy dog: Toy Poodle or Maltese or German Shepherd? Which is better for autism?

Yes

This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
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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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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.

Yes

After proper training, they can excel at this kind of work.
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.

Yes

This breed would make an excellent search and rescue dog.
Boat and Sailor Dog
Which one could be a boat dog: Toy Poodle vs Maltese vs German Shepherd?

Not really

Toy Poodle breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
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Not really

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

German Shepherd 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.

Yes

In history, this breed was unfortunately used for combat dogs.

Toy Poodle vs Maltese vs German Shepherd 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 Toy Poodle and Maltese and German Shepherd have?
2-4 puppies 3-5 puppies 6-10 puppies

Toy Poodle vs Maltese vs German Shepherd Recognition Comparison

AKC Group
Which dog is recognized by the AKC?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1888 as a Toy breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1908 as a Herding breed.
FCI Group
Which dog is recognized by the FCI?
Not recognized by FCI. Recognized by FCI in the Companion and Toy Dogs group, in the Bichons and related breeds section. Recognized by FCI in the Sheepdogs and Cattledogs (except Swiss Cattledogs) group, in the Sheepdogs section.
Breed Recognition
What other organizations and kennel clubs recognize these dog breeds?
Dog Registry of America Inc. 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
German Shepherd Dog Club Of America

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