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Beagle vs Maltese vs Shar-Pei – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Beagle vs Maltese vs Shar-Pei" Compare Beagle and Maltese. Which is better: Beagle or Maltese or Shar-Pei?
Name Beagle Maltese Shar-Pei
OriginsEngland Italy China
Group Hunting Dogs Companion Dogs Companion Dogs
Popularity Rank63364
Reviews203
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Other Names English Beagle Maltese Dog, Maltese lion dog Chinese Fighting Dog
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1885 as a Hound breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1888 as a Toy breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1992 as a Non-Sporting breed.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Scent hounds and related breeds group, in the Scent hounds 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 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 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 $500-$800 $600-$800 $1000-$1200

General Appearance - Beagle vs Maltese vs Shar-Pei

Size Small Small Medium
Weight Male: 22-25 pounds (10-11 kg), Female: 20-23 pounds (9-10 kg) 6.5-9 pounds (3-4 kg) 40-55 pounds (18- 25 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 23.5 pounds (10.5 kg), Female: 21.5 pounds (9.5 kg) 6.7 pounds (3.5 kg) 47.5 pounds (18- 25 kg)
Height Male: 14-16 inches (36-41 cm), Female: 13-15 inches (33-38 cm) Male: 8-10 inches (21-25 cm), Female: 8-9 inches (20-23 cm) 18-20 inches (46-51 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 15 inches (38.5 cm), Female: 14 inches (35.5 cm) Male: 9 inches (23 cm), Female: 8.5 inches (21.5 cm) 19 inches (48.5 cm)

Hair & Care - Beagle vs Maltese vs Shar-Pei

Coat Dense Feathered Dense
Colors Tan Red Tricolor White Black White Apricot Blue Cream Red Brown Fawn Black
Grooming
Effortless: The Beagle requires minimal grooming.
Average: The Maltese requires average grooming effort.
Average: The Shar-Pei requires average grooming effort.
Shedding Level
Beagles shed moderately.
Malteses shed none to minimal.
Shar-Peis shed none to minimal.

Characteristics - Beagle vs Maltese vs Shar-Pei

Temperament Friendly Independent Lively Sweet Gentle Intelligent Loving Active Easygoing Intelligent Responsive Docile Gentle Playful Sweet Tempered Affectionate Independent Reserved Devoted Loving Suspicious
Intelligent Rank
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
Average: Shar-Pei's has average obedience intelligence.
Trainability
Beagles are easy to train.
Malteses are quite easy to train.
Shar-Peis are quite easy to train.
Playfulness
The Beagle is a highly playful breed.
Malteses, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Shar-Peis, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Sensitivity Level
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Shar-Peis are less sensitive than other dog breeds.
Affection Level
Beagles 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.
Shar-Peis may seem unfriendly sometimes due to their independence.
Social Needs
Beagles need a lot of social interaction.
Malteses need a lot of social interaction.
Shar-Peis are kinda antisocial.
Barking
High: The Beagle is a very vocal breed.
High: The Maltese is a very vocal breed.
Low: The Shar-Pei barks none to minimal.
Watchdog Ability
Beagles are not the best choice if you want a good watchdog.
Malteses are average watchdogs.
Shar-Peis are average watchdogs.
Territorial
Beagles can't provide protection for their territory.
Malteses strongly protect their territory.
Shar-Peis are extremely protective guard dogs.
Biting Potential Low
The Beagle has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Maltese has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Shar-Pei has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Beagles have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Malteses have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Shar-Peis have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Beagles have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
Malteses are not the biggest explorers.
Shar-Peis tend to escape less than other breeds.
Prey Drive
Beagles have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
Malteses have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Shar-Peis 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
Beagles are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Malteses are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Shar-Peis are apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Beagles adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Malteses adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Shar-Peis adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Beagles 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.
Shar-Peis handle alone time quite well.
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.
Yes
In history, this breed was unfortunately used for combat dog.

Good With - Beagle vs Maltese vs Shar-Pei

Stranger Friendly
Beagles are stranger friendly dogs.
Malteses are very stranger friendly dogs.
Shar-Peis are not stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Beagles are very kid-friendly dogs.
Malteses are kid-friendly dogs.
Shar-Peis are not kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Beagles are average friendly towards cats.
Malteses are very cat-friendly dogs.
Shar-Peis are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Beagles are very dog-friendly dogs.
Malteses are very dog-friendly dogs.
Shar-Peis are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
Beagle is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Maltese is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Shar-Pei is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Beagles are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Malteses are usually recommended for elderly people.
Shar-Peis are not recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Beagles are generally with other pets.
Malteses are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Shar-Peis are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners No
Beagles are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Malteses are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Yes
Shar-Peis are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going 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.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog Yes
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) Yes
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 Yes
Beagle breed usually likes being on a boat.
Not really
Maltese breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Shar-Pei 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.
Yes
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.

Health Factors - Beagle vs Maltese vs Shar-Pei

Health Issues
The Beagle 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.
Very healthy dog breed.
Health Problems Beagle Dwarfism Cherry Eye Chinese Beagle Syndrome Distichiasis Epilepsy Glaucoma Hip Dysplasia Hypothyroidism Intervertebral Disk Disease Patellar Luxation Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Collapsed Trachea Hypoglycemia Patellar Luxation Portosystemic Liver Shunt Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Reverse Sneezing White Dog Shaker Syndrome Bloat Cancer Cutaneous Mucinosis Demodectic Mange Elbow Dysplasia Entropion Fever Glaucoma Hip Dysplasia Hypothyroidism Osteochondrosis Dissecans Patellar Luxation Pyoderma Seborrhea
Life Expectancy 12-15 years 15-18 years 8-10 years
Hypoallergenic No Yes No
Energy Level
Beagles 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.
Shar-Peis have a lower energy level than other dogs.
Exercise Need
Beagles need quite a lot of exercise.
Malteses exercise need is very minimal.
Shar-Peis exercise need is minimal.
Sleeping Need
Beagles 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.
Shar-Peis like sleeping so they do sleep a lot.
Avg. daily food consumption 0.5 to 1.5 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. 2 to 2.5 cups of a high-quality dog food daily, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
High: The Beagle breed has a strong tendency to overweight.
Average.
Average to High.
Weather & Climate Prefers average to warm weather conditions Prefers warm weather Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness High
The Beagle has a high chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Maltese has an average chance of bad smell.
High
The Shar-Pei has a high chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Beagle is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Maltese is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Shar-Pei is a big drooler, so if you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, you should choose a dog from another breed.

Reproducibility - Beagle vs Maltese vs Shar-Pei

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 2-14 puppies, average 7 3-5 puppies 4-6 puppies

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