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Yorkshire Terrier vs Maltese vs Coton de Tulear – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Yorkshire Terrier vs Maltese vs Coton de Tulear" Compare Yorkshire Terrier and Maltese. Which is better: Yorkshire Terrier or Maltese or Coton de Tulear?
Name Yorkshire Terrier Maltese Coton de Tulear
OriginsEngland Italy Madagascar
Group Companion Dogs Companion Dogs Companion Dogs
Popularity Rank93381
Reviews327
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Other Names Yorkie Maltese Dog, Maltese lion dog Coton, Cotie
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1885 as a Toy breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1888 as a Toy breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2014 as a Non-Sporting breed.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Terriers group, in the Toy Terriers section. Recognized by FCI in the Companion and Toy Dogs group, in the Bichons and related breeds section. Recognized by FCI in the Companion and Toy Dogs group, in the Bichons and related 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 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
Continental Kennel Club
Dog Registry of America Inc.
Federation Cynologique Internationale
National Kennel Club
North American Purebred Registry, Inc.
American Canine Association, Inc.
Price $600-$1000 $600-$800 $2400-$3000

General Appearance - Yorkshire Terrier vs Maltese vs Coton de Tulear

Size Small Small Small
Weight 2-3 kg (4-7 pounds) 6.5-9 pounds (3-4 kg) 12-15 pounds (5.5-7 kg)
Avg. Weight 2.5 kg (5.5 pounds) 6.7 pounds (3.5 kg) 13.5 pounds (5.6 kg)
Height 20-23 cm (8-9 inches) Male: 8-10 inches (21-25 cm), Female: 8-9 inches (20-23 cm) 10-12 inches (25-30 cm)
Avg. Height 21.5 cm (8.5 inches) Male: 9 inches (23 cm), Female: 8.5 inches (21.5 cm) 11 inches (27.5 cm)

Hair & Care - Yorkshire Terrier vs Maltese vs Coton de Tulear

Coat Fine Feathered Soft
Colors Gold
Blue
Tan
Black
White White
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
Yorkshire Terriers shed none to minimal.
Malteses shed none to minimal.
Coton de Tulears are low shedders.

Characteristics - Yorkshire Terrier vs Maltese vs Coton de Tulear

Temperament Alert
Energetic
Intelligent
Playful
Courageous
Independent
Loyal
Active
Easygoing
Intelligent
Responsive
Docile
Gentle
Playful
Sweet
Tempered
Affectionate
Lively
Trainable
Intelligent
Playful
Vocal
Intelligent Rank
Smart: Yorkshire Terrier's has great intelligence.
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
Trainability
Yorkshire Terriers are quite easy to train.
Malteses are quite easy to train.
Coton de Tulears are quite easy to train.
Playfulness
Yorkshire Terriers, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Malteses, like any other dog breed, like playing.
The Coton de Tulear is a playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
Yorkshire Terriers don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Coton de Tulears don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Affection Level
Yorkshire Terriers 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.
Coton de Tulears are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Yorkshire Terriers need a lot of social interaction.
Malteses need a lot of social interaction.
Coton de Tulears are a social breed.
Barking
High: The Yorkshire Terrier is a very vocal breed.
High: The Maltese is a very vocal breed.
Average: The Coton de Tulear barks occasionally.
Watchdog Ability
Yorkshire Terriers are good watchdogs.
Malteses are average watchdogs.
Coton de Tulears are average watchdogs.
Territorial
Yorkshire Terriers strongly protect their territory.
Malteses strongly protect their territory.
Coton de Tulears are average defenders.
Biting Potential Low
The Yorkshire Terrier has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Maltese has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Coton de Tulear has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Yorkshire Terriers 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.
Coton de Tulears have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Yorkshire Terriers have average wanderlust potential.
Malteses are not the biggest explorers.
Coton de Tulears have average wanderlust potential.
Prey Drive
Yorkshire Terriers 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.
Coton de Tulears don't have an impulse to catch or chase small animals.
Apartment Friendly
Yorkshire Terriers are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Malteses are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Coton de Tulears are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Yorkshire Terriers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Malteses adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Coton de Tulears adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Yorkshire Terriers 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.
Coton de Tulears 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 - Yorkshire Terrier vs Maltese vs Coton de Tulear

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

Health Issues
Yorkshire Terriers are commonly healthy dogs.
The Maltese is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
The Coton de Tulear 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
Collapsed Trachea
Hypoglycemia
Patellar Luxation
Portosystemic Liver Shunt
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Reverse Sneezing
White Dog Shaker Syndrome
Hip Dysplasia
Luxating Patella
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Life Expectancy 12-16 years 15-18 years 14-16 years
Hypoallergenic Yes Yes Yes
Energy Level
Yorkshire Terriers are high energy dogs.
Malteses have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Coton de Tulears have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Exercise Need
Yorkshire Terriers exercise need is very minimal.
Malteses exercise need is very minimal.
Coton de Tulears have an average exercise need.
Sleeping Need
Yorkshire Terriers don't need too much sleep.
Malteses sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Coton de Tulears 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: 1/2 to 3/4 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. 0.5 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Low to Average.
Average.
Average.
Weather & Climate Prefers average to warm weather conditions Prefers warm weather Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness Medium
The Yorkshire Terrier has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Maltese has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Coton de Tulear has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Yorkshire Terrier is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Maltese is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Coton de Tulear is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Yorkshire Terrier vs Maltese vs Coton de Tulear

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 4-6 puppies

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