Both Havanese and Maltese breed are the popular choice to be an adorable companion. They descended from the ancient Bichon family. These two breeds may look similar, but on a closer look, you can find slight differences to distinguish them.
The Havanese stands at 8.5 to 11.5 inches and weighs from 7 to 13 pounds, whereas the Maltese are smaller, standing 7 to 9 inches, weighing below 7 pounds. Both of the breeds has silky, long coat that can flow to floor length. The Havanese have wavy coat with varying coat colours but Maltese have straight, white coat. Furthermore, Havanese also have a plumed tail curled upwards over their back.
Even with their excessive coat, neither of them shed too much. Even though they are hypoallergenic, allergy sufferers are advised to spend time with a dog before bringing them home.