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Beagle vs Neapolitan Mastiff vs Maltese – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Beagle vs Neapolitan Mastiff vs Maltese" Compare Beagle and Neapolitan Mastiff. Which is better: Beagle or Neapolitan Mastiff or Maltese?
Name Beagle Neapolitan Mastiff Maltese
OriginsEngland Italy Italy
Group Hunting Dogs Working Dogs Companion Dogs
Popularity Rank610733
Reviews200
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Other Names English Beagle Neo, Italian Bulldog, Italian Mastiff, Mastino Napoletano, Italian Molosso, Can39;E Presa Maltese Dog, Maltese lion 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 2004 as a Working breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1888 as a Toy breed.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Scent hounds and related breeds group, in the Scent hounds section. Recognized by FCI in the Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattledogs group, in the Molossian type 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 No set 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
Price $500-$800 $1500-$2000 $600-$800

General Appearance - Beagle vs Neapolitan Mastiff vs Maltese

Size Small Giant Small
Weight Male: 22-25 pounds (10-11 kg), Female: 20-23 pounds (9-10 kg) Male: 130-150 pounds (59-68 kg), Female: 100-120 pounds (45-54 kg) 6.5-9 pounds (3-4 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 23.5 pounds (10.5 kg), Female: 21.5 pounds (9.5 kg) Male: 140 pounds (63.5 kg), Female: 110 pounds (49.5 kg) 6.7 pounds (3.5 kg)
Height Male: 14-16 inches (36-41 cm), Female: 13-15 inches (33-38 cm) Male: 26-30 inches (65-75 cm), Female: 24-28 inches (60-70 cm) Male: 8-10 inches (21-25 cm), Female: 8-9 inches (20-23 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 15 inches (38.5 cm), Female: 14 inches (35.5 cm) Male: 28 inches (70 cm), Female: 26 inches (65 cm) Male: 9 inches (23 cm), Female: 8.5 inches (21.5 cm)

Hair & Care - Beagle vs Neapolitan Mastiff vs Maltese

Coat Dense Dense Feathered
Colors Tan Red Tricolor White Black Mahogany Blue Tawny Black White
Grooming
Effortless: The Beagle requires minimal grooming.
Easy to groom: The Neapolitan Mastiff doesn't require a lot of grooming.
Average: The Maltese requires average grooming effort.
Shedding Level
Beagles shed moderately.
Neapolitan Mastiffs shed moderately.
Malteses shed none to minimal.

Characteristics - Beagle vs Neapolitan Mastiff vs Maltese

Temperament Friendly Independent Lively Sweet Gentle Intelligent Loving Protective Fearless Stubborn Dominant Obedient Trainable Active Easygoing Intelligent Responsive Docile Gentle Playful Sweet Tempered
Intelligent Rank
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
Trainability
Beagles are easy to train.
Neapolitan Mastiffs aren't famous for their trainability.
Malteses are quite easy to train.
Playfulness
The Beagle is a highly playful breed.
Neapolitan Mastiffs are not the most playful dog breed.
Malteses, 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.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Affection Level
Beagles are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Neapolitan Mastiffs are average dogs regarding their affection level.
Malteses are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Beagles need a lot of social interaction.
Neapolitan Mastiffs need for social interaction is average.
Malteses need a lot of social interaction.
Barking
High: The Beagle is a very vocal breed.
Low to Average: The Neapolitan Mastiff rarely barks.
High: The Maltese is a very vocal breed.
Watchdog Ability
Beagles are not the best choice if you want a good watchdog.
Neapolitan Mastiffs are one of the best watchdogs.
Malteses are average watchdogs.
Territorial
Beagles can't provide protection for their territory.
Neapolitan Mastiffs are extremely protective guard dogs.
Malteses strongly protect their territory.
Biting Potential Low
The Beagle has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Neapolitan Mastiff has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Maltese has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Beagles have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Neapolitan Mastiffs 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.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Beagles have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
Neapolitan Mastiffs are not the biggest explorers.
Malteses are not the biggest explorers.
Prey Drive
Beagles have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
Neapolitan Mastiffs don't have an impulse to catch or chase small animals.
Malteses have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Apartment Friendly
Beagles are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Neapolitan Mastiffs are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Malteses are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Beagles adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Neapolitan Mastiffs don't adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
Malteses adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
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.
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
Malteses 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.
Yes
In history, this breed was unfortunately used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With - Beagle vs Neapolitan Mastiff vs Maltese

Stranger Friendly
Beagles are stranger friendly dogs.
Neapolitan Mastiffs are not stranger friendly dogs.
Malteses are very stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Beagles are very kid-friendly dogs.
Neapolitan Mastiffs are average friendly dogs towards children.
Malteses are kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Beagles are average friendly towards cats.
Neapolitan Mastiffs are average friendly towards cats.
Malteses are very cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Beagles are very dog-friendly dogs.
Neapolitan Mastiffs are not dog-friendly.
Malteses are very dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
Beagle is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Neapolitan Mastiff is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Maltese is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Beagles are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Neapolitan Mastiffs are commonly okay with elderly people.
Malteses are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Beagles are generally with other pets.
Neapolitan Mastiffs are generally with other pets.
Malteses are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Good For First Time Owners No
Beagles are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Neapolitan Mastiffs are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Malteses 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.
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
Neapolitan Mastiff breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Maltese 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.
Yes
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 - Beagle vs Neapolitan Mastiff vs Maltese

Health Issues
The Beagle is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Very healthy dog breed.
The Maltese is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems Beagle Dwarfism Cherry Eye Chinese Beagle Syndrome Distichiasis Epilepsy Glaucoma Hip Dysplasia Hypothyroidism Intervertebral Disk Disease Patellar Luxation Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) No set Collapsed Trachea Hypoglycemia Patellar Luxation Portosystemic Liver Shunt Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Reverse Sneezing White Dog Shaker Syndrome
Life Expectancy 12-15 years 8-10 years 15-18 years
Hypoallergenic No No Yes
Energy Level
Beagles have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Neapolitan Mastiffs 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.
Exercise Need
Beagles need quite a lot of exercise.
Neapolitan Mastiffs exercise need is minimal.
Malteses exercise need is very minimal.
Sleeping Need
Beagles are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Neapolitan Mastiffs 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.
Avg. daily food consumption 0.5 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 5 to 6 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.
Weight Gain Potential
High: The Beagle breed has a strong tendency to overweight.
High: The Neapolitan Mastiff breed has a strong tendency to overweight.
Average.
Weather & Climate Prefers average to warm weather conditions Prefers warm weather Prefers warm weather
Stinkiness High
The Beagle has a high chance of bad smell.
High
The Neapolitan Mastiff has a high chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Maltese has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Beagle is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Neapolitan Mastiff is a big drooler, so if you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, you should choose a dog from another breed.
The Maltese is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Beagle vs Neapolitan Mastiff vs Maltese

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 6-12 puppies 3-5 puppies

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