Maltese vs Pomeranian

Compare the Maltese to the Pomeranian. Use the tool below to compare temperament, size, personality, maintenance requirements, and everything else between Maltese and Pomeranians.

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - Both the Maltese and Pomeranian are excellent choices for new or inexperienced owners.
  • Children - Both the Maltese and Pomeranian are child friendly, but the Maltese is a better choice for young children.
  • Grooming - The Maltese requires moderate grooming, but the Pomeranian has high grooming needs.
  • Barking - The Pomeranian bark/howls frequently. The Maltese has a low tendency to bark.
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Maltese vs Pomeranian
Maltese Dog Breed
Red Pomeranian Dog
Breed NameMaltesePomeranian
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicYesNo
Lifespan12-15 yrs.12-16 yrs.
Height8-10 in.7-12 in.
Weight4-9 lb3-7 lb
IntelligenceAverageHigh
History
Origin CountryMaltaGermany
Origin Year200 BC1500 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessVery GoodGood
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyGoodBelow Average
Pet FriendlyVery GoodBelow Average
Stranger FriendlyBelow AverageGood
Personality
  • Affectionate
  • Enjoys Attention
  • Jealous
  • Loving
  • Does Not Like Being Alone
  • Enjoys Attention
  • Jealous
  • Does Not Like Being Alone
  • Stubborn
  • Willing To Please
Living Environment
ApartmentYesYes
IndoorYesYes
Small YardNoNo
Medium YardNoNo
Large YardNoNo
Temperature Tolerance ¹55°F to 80°F55°F to 80°F
Barks/HowlsBelow AverageVery Often
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelHighHigh
Exercise RequiredLowLow
Top Running Speed12 mph12 mph
StrengthLowLow
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceHighMedium
SheddingLowMedium
DanderLowMedium
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 NameMaltesePomeranian
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoYes
Family/PackYesNo
IndependentNoYes
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyNoNo
AverageYesYes
Focused & PatientNoNo
Breed Instincts
AggressionVery LowBelow Average
Burrow/DiggingVery LowBelow Average
ChasingVery LowBelow Average
Follow CommandsVery LowBelow Average
FightingVery LowBelow Average
GuardingVery LowBelow Average
HerdingVery LowBelow Average
HuntingVery LowBelow Average
ProtectionVery LowBelow Average
Remove VerminVery LowBelow Average
SleddingVery LowVery Low
WatchVery LowHigh
Health Comparison
Breed NameMaltesePomeranian
Lifespan
Lifespan12-15 yrs.12-16 yrs.
Common Health Issues
AllergiesNoYes
CataractsNoYes
Collapsed TracheaYesYes
Dry EyeNoYes
EpilepsyNoYes
Heat IntoleranceNoYes
HeatstrokeNoYes
Hip DysplasiaNoYes
HypoglycemiaYesNo
HypothyroidismNoYes
Legg-perthes DiseaseNoYes
Patellar LuxationYesYes
Patent Ductus ArteriosisNoYes
Portosystemic Liver ShuntYesNo
Progressive Retinal AtrophyYesNo
Reverse SneezingYesNo
SeizuresNoYes
White Dog Shaker SyndromeYesNo
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameMaltesePomeranian
Coat
HairYesNo
FurNoYes
Coat Type
Single CoatYesNo
Double CoatNoYes
Coat Texture
SilkyYesYes
StraightYesYes
WoolyNoYes
Coat Length(s)
LongYesYes
Coat Color(s)
WhiteYesYes
White & LemonYesNo
White & TanYesNo
BeaverNoYes
Beaver SableNoYes
BlackNoYes
Black & BrindleNoYes
Black & TanNoYes
BlueNoYes
Blue & TanNoYes
Blue BrindleNoYes
Blue MerleNoYes
Blue SableNoYes
ChocolateNoYes
Chocolate & TanNoYes
Chocolate MerleNoYes
Chocolate SableNoYes
CreamNoYes
Cream SableNoYes
OrangeNoYes
Orange SableNoYes
RedNoYes
Red SableNoYes
Tri-coloredNoYes
Wolf SableNoYes