Height: 8-10 in
Weight: 4-7 lb
friendly, alert, gentle, affectionate, clean, suspicious
Origin: Malta. The Maltese has been around for 28
centuries! They are definitely one of the oldest breeds.
This dog was a favorite of royalty. The Maltese coat is
long, straight, silky, shiny and thick. Their coat color
is white. Tail is covered in long hair and it is held
curled over the back. They should sleep and live indoors
where they are near their family members. Exercise:
requires minimal daily exercise - following his or her
master around the home is quite sufficient. Training:
socialization, obedience. The Maltese can be challenging
to housetrain; requires patience. Good with older
children. When around children, it is recommended that
they be under constant supervision. Ideally they are
raised around children from puppyhood.
Grooming: requires frequent grooming care, brushing or
combing on a daily basis to keep coat looking its best.
Coat does not shed. Long lived dog, up to 18 years. Lovely
companion animal for elderly, single adults, families
living in apartments or a home without a yard. Will bark
at suspicious noises and strange people; good watch dog.
health concerns: slipped stifle(s), eye infections,
hypoglycemia, teeth/gum weaknesses. It is important to
seek out a reputable Maltese breeder in order to acquire a
healthy companion for you and your family. The Maltese is
good with pets and with other dogs.