Coton de Tulear vs Maltese

Breed Snapshot

Life Expectancy:
15 to 19 years
Size:

Small

Maintenance Level:

Medium

Shed Level:

Low

Best For

Coton de Tulear dogs are best for stay-at-home and less active parents who can spend ample time with their pups as well as families with children and other pets. Homes with a fenced yard are...

Coton de Tulear dogs are best for stay-at-home and less active parents who can spend ample time with their pups as well as families with children and other pets. Homes with a fenced yard are a plus. First-time pet parents will do well with Coties, too.

Coton de Tulear Temperament

Cotons du Tulear are happy, easy-going and lovable, with a talent for charming the pants off people. They were bred to be your canine BFFs, and they take that job seriously—it may, in fact, be the only thing they do take seriously. With their comedic sense of timing, goo...

Cotons du Tulear are happy, easy-going and lovable, with a talent for charming the pants off people. They were bred to be your canine BFFs, and they take that job seriously—it may, in fact, be the only thing they do take seriously. With their comedic sense of timing, good humor and the way they try to “talk” to you with their human-like vocalizations, Coties will keep your loneliness at bay and bring sunshine to even your gloomiest days.

Although they’re not yappy like some small dogs, Coties will bark to let you know someone’s at the door or in the yard. But don’t expect them to make good watchdogs unless you prefer your burglars to be greeted with kisses. Cotons are way more bark than bite, and once they’ve told you company’s arrived, they’ll rush to be the first to welcome the newcomers with sweet, slobbery greetings.

These bubbly extroverts love meeting new people and also get along well with other dogs and cats. If you can’t be home most of the day or take your Cotie with you when you leave, a pet sibling will soothe their loneliness and help prevent separation anxiety. Cotons de Tulear get along great with kids of all ages, which make them terrific family dogs.

Cotons’ eagerness to please makes them obedient and easy to train. They also do well in agility and conformation (dog show) sports. But while they have a lot of energy to burn, they’re not hyper, and it doesn’t take much to tire them out. They’re really happiest just keeping you company and following you around all day. Sure, your therapist might accuse them of being co-dependent, but you’ll be too charmed to care.

Coton de Tulear Traits

Friendliness
Exercise Needs
Health Issues
Barking Tendencies
Grooming Needs
Shedding Level
Training Needs
Good With Kids
Good With Cats
Good As A Service Dog
Good For Apartments & Small Homes
Biting Tendencies
Energy Level
Good With Other Dogs
Playfulness
Sensitive to Cold Weather
Sensitive to Warm Weather
Good For First Time Pet Parents

Breed Snapshot

Life Expectancy:
12 to 15 years
Size:

Extra Small

Maintenance Level:

Medium

Shed Level:

Low

Best For

The Maltese breed can thrive in small or large homes as long as they have a lap to snuggle in. New and experienced pet parents will love this easy-going breed who gets along with people...

The Maltese breed can thrive in small or large homes as long as they have a lap to snuggle in. New and experienced pet parents will love this easy-going breed who gets along with people and even cats. However, take care around young children or bigger pets who might accidentally hurt the sweet, tiny dog.

Maltese Temperament

From deep in their history, Maltese dogs have a love for laps and their people. Truly, their favorite place is to be wherever you are. Their intense love for their family means they may feel anxious if they’re alone for too long, leading them to bark if they get...

From deep in their history, Maltese dogs have a love for laps and their people. Truly, their favorite place is to be wherever you are. Their intense love for their family means they may feel anxious if they’re alone for too long, leading them to bark if they get bored or worried.

If you live in an apartment, be warned: This tiny dog can carry a persistent bark that some neighbors won’t appreciate. Training and socialization are important to help your pup be at ease with the noises that come with apartment life and lessen their need to bark.

These friendly, social butterflies love people and other pets, including cats. Because they’re about the same size as a cat, the two can get along surprisingly well. But even though they’re fearless, their small weight and height make them fragile. So, they should always be supervised around very young children and babies to make sure the pup isn’t injured or overwhelmed by rough play.

The tiny Maltese has a sweet personality that makes them great therapy dogs. But more than anything else, they just want a chance to sit in your lap and be close to you.

Maltese Traits

Friendliness
Exercise Needs
Health Issues
Barking Tendencies
Grooming Needs
Shedding Level
Training Needs
Good With Kids
Good With Cats
Good As A Service Dog
Good For Apartments & Small Homes
Biting Tendencies
Energy Level
Good With Other Dogs
Playfulness
Sensitive to Cold Weather
Sensitive to Warm Weather
Good For First Time Pet Parents
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