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Maltese vs Toy Poodle vs Beagle – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Maltese vs Toy Poodle vs Beagle" Compare Maltese and Toy Poodle. Which is better: Maltese or Toy Poodle or Beagle?
Name Maltese Toy Poodle Beagle
OriginsItaly Germany France England
Group Companion Dogs Companion Dogs Hunting Dogs
Popularity Rank334496
Reviews012
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Other Names Maltese Dog, Maltese lion dog Caniche, Barbone, Chien Canne, Teacup Poodle, French Poodle, Pudle, Teddy Poodle English Beagle
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1888 as a Toy breed. Not recognized by the American Kennel Club. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1885 as a Hound breed.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Companion and Toy Dogs group, in the Bichons and related breeds section. Not recognized by FCI. Recognized by FCI in the Scent hounds and related breeds group, in the Scent hounds 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 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
Price $600-$800 1000-1500 $500-$800

General Appearance - Maltese vs Toy Poodle vs Beagle

Size Small Small Small
Weight 6.5-9 pounds (3-4 kg) Male: 6-9 pounds (3-4 kg) Male: 22-25 pounds (10-11 kg), Female: 20-23 pounds (9-10 kg)
Avg. Weight 6.7 pounds (3.5 kg) Male: 7.5 pounds (3.5 kg) Male: 23.5 pounds (10.5 kg), Female: 21.5 pounds (9.5 kg)
Height Male: 8-10 inches (21-25 cm), Female: 8-9 inches (20-23 cm) Up to 10 inches (25.4 cm) Male: 14-16 inches (36-41 cm), Female: 13-15 inches (33-38 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 9 inches (23 cm), Female: 8.5 inches (21.5 cm) Up to 10 inches (25.4 cm) Male: 15 inches (38.5 cm), Female: 14 inches (35.5 cm)

Hair & Care - Maltese vs Toy Poodle vs Beagle

Coat Feathered Dense Curly Thick Dense
Colors White Apricot Black Brown Gray Silver White Fawn Blue Cream Red Beige Tan Red Tricolor White Black
Grooming
Average: The Maltese requires average grooming effort.
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Effortless: The Beagle requires minimal grooming.
Shedding Level
Malteses shed none to minimal.
Toy Poodles shed none to minimal.
Beagles shed moderately.

Characteristics - Maltese vs Toy Poodle vs Beagle

Temperament Active Easygoing Intelligent Responsive Docile Gentle Playful Sweet Tempered Active Faithful Intelligent Alert Instinctual Trainable Friendly Independent Lively Sweet Gentle Intelligent Loving
Intelligent Rank
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
Outstanding: Toy Poodle is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
Trainability
Malteses are quite easy to train.
Toy Poodles are very easy to train.
Beagles are easy to train.
Playfulness
Malteses, like any other dog breed, like playing.
The Toy Poodle is a playful breed.
The Beagle is a highly playful breed.
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
Malteses are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Toy Poodles are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Beagles are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Malteses need a lot of social interaction.
Toy Poodles are a social breed.
Beagles need a lot of social interaction.
Barking
High: The Maltese is a very vocal breed.
Average to high: The Toy Poodle is a vocal breed.
High: The Beagle is a very vocal breed.
Watchdog Ability
Malteses are average watchdogs.
Toy Poodles are good watchdogs.
Beagles are not the best choice if you want a good watchdog.
Territorial
Malteses strongly protect their territory.
Toy Poodles are average defenders.
Beagles can't provide protection for their territory.
Biting Potential Low
The Maltese has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Toy Poodle has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Beagle has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Malteses have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Toy Poodles have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Beagles have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Malteses are not the biggest explorers.
Toy Poodles tend to escape less than other breeds.
Beagles have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
Prey Drive
Malteses have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Toy Poodles have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Beagles have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
Apartment Friendly
Malteses are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Toy Poodles are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Beagles are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Adaptability
Malteses adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Toy Poodles adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Beagles adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Malteses tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
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.
Beagles 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.

Good With - Maltese vs Toy Poodle vs Beagle

Stranger Friendly
Malteses are very stranger friendly dogs.
Toy Poodles are stranger friendly dogs.
Beagles are stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Malteses are kid-friendly dogs.
Toy Poodles are very kid-friendly dogs.
Beagles are very kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Malteses are very cat-friendly dogs.
Toy Poodles are cat-friendly dogs.
Beagles are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Malteses are very dog-friendly dogs.
Toy Poodles are dog-friendly dogs.
Beagles are very dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
Maltese is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Toy Poodle is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Beagle is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Malteses are usually recommended for elderly people.
Toy Poodles are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Beagles are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Malteses are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Toy Poodles are usually friendly towards other pets.
Beagles are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners No
Malteses are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Toy Poodles are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Beagles 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.
Yes
This breed makes good as a service dog.
Therapy Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Yes
This breed makes a perfect 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.
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.
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.
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.
Boat Dog Not really
Maltese breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Toy Poodle breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Yes
Beagle breed usually likes 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 - Maltese vs Toy Poodle vs Beagle

Health Issues
The Maltese is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
The Toy Poodle is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
The Beagle 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 White Dog Shaker Syndrome Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia Canine Diabetes Mellitus Ear Infections Epilepsy Heart Murmurs Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Skin Allergies Slipped Stifle Beagle Dwarfism Cherry Eye Chinese Beagle Syndrome Distichiasis Epilepsy Glaucoma Hip Dysplasia Hypothyroidism Intervertebral Disk Disease Patellar Luxation Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Life Expectancy 15-18 years 14-16 years 12-15 years
Hypoallergenic Yes Yes No
Energy Level
Malteses have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Toy Poodles have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Beagles have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Exercise Need
Malteses exercise need is very minimal.
Toy Poodles need quite a lot of exercise.
Beagles need quite a lot of exercise.
Sleeping Need
Malteses sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Toy Poodles are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Beagles are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Avg. daily food consumption Recommended daily amount: 1/4 to 1/2 cup of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 1/4 to 1 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
Average.
Average to High.
High: The Beagle breed has a strong tendency to overweight.
Weather & Climate Prefers warm weather Prefers average to warm weather conditions Prefers average to warm weather conditions
Stinkiness Medium
The Maltese has an average chance of bad smell.
Low
The Toy Poodle has a low chance of bad smell.
High
The Beagle has a high chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Maltese is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Toy Poodle is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Beagle is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Maltese vs Toy Poodle vs Beagle

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

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