Japanese Chin vs Maltese

Compare the Japanese Chin to the Maltese. Use the tool below to compare temperament, size, personality, maintenance requirements, and everything else between Japanese Chins and Maltese.

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - Both the Japanese Chin and Maltese are excellent choices for new or inexperienced owners.
  • Children - Both the Japanese Chin and Maltese are child friendly.
  • Grooming - The Japanese Chin is easier to groom than the Maltese.
  • Barking - The Japanese Chin has an above-average tendency to bark, while the Maltese has a low tendency to bark.
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Maltese Dog Breed
Breed NameJapanese ChinMaltese
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicNoYes
Lifespan10-12 yrs.12-15 yrs.
Height8-11 in.8-10 in.
Weight4-9 lb4-9 lb
IntelligenceAverageAverage
History
Origin CountryChinaMalta
Origin Year700 AD200 BC
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessGoodVery Good
Family FriendlyGoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyGoodGood
Pet FriendlyGoodVery Good
Stranger FriendlyVery GoodBelow Average
Personality
  • Affectionate
  • Enjoys Attention
  • Loving
  • Does Not Like Being Alone
  • Likes To Snuggle
  • Willing To Please
  • Affectionate
  • Enjoys Attention
  • Jealous
  • Loving
  • Does Not Like Being Alone
Living Environment
ApartmentYesYes
IndoorYesYes
Small YardNoNo
Medium YardNoNo
Large YardNoNo
Temperature Tolerance ¹55°F to 80°F55°F to 80°F
Barks/HowlsOftenBelow Average
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelMediumHigh
Exercise RequiredLow-MediumLow
Top Running Speed12 mph12 mph
StrengthLowLow
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceLowHigh
SheddingLow-MediumLow
DanderLowLow
Drool AmountNoneNone

¹This is estimated min/max temperature range for a healthy adult dog. Dogs that live indoors, puppies, seniors, unwell dogs, and/or dogs with improperly groomed coats may overheat sooner and get cold more quickly.
Instincts & Behavior Comparison
Breed NameJapanese ChinMaltese
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoNo
Family/PackYesYes
IndependentNoNo
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyNoNo
AverageYesYes
Focused & PatientNoNo
Breed Instincts
AggressionVery LowVery Low
Burrow/DiggingVery LowVery Low
ChasingVery LowVery Low
Follow CommandsVery LowVery Low
FightingVery LowVery Low
GuardingVery LowVery Low
HerdingVery LowVery Low
HuntingVery LowVery Low
ProtectionVery LowVery Low
Remove VerminBelow AverageVery Low
SleddingVery LowVery Low
WatchAverageVery Low
Health Comparison
Breed NameJapanese ChinMaltese
Lifespan
Lifespan10-12 yrs.12-15 yrs.
Common Health Issues
CataractsYesNo
Collapsed TracheaNoYes
EntropionYesNo
EpilepsyYesNo
Eye ProblemsYesNo
Heart DiseaseYesNo
Heart MurmursYesNo
HypoglycemiaNoYes
HypothyroidismYesNo
Patellar LuxationYesYes
Portosystemic Liver ShuntNoYes
Progressive Retinal AtrophyNoYes
Reverse SneezingNoYes
White Dog Shaker SyndromeNoYes
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameJapanese ChinMaltese
Coat
FurYesNo
HairNoYes
Coat Type
Double CoatYesNo
Single CoatNoYes
Coat Texture
SilkyYesYes
StraightYesYes
Coat Length(s)
MediumYesNo
LongYesYes
Coat Color(s)
Black & WhiteYesNo
Black, White, & TanYesNo
Lemon & WhiteYesNo
Red & WhiteYesNo
Sable & WhiteYesNo
White & BlackYesNo
WhiteNoYes
White & LemonNoYes
White & TanNoYes