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Suited For Apartment Living
Suited For First Time Dog Owners
Sensitivity Level
Ok To Be Left Alone At Home
Deals Ok With The Cold Weather
Deals Ok With The Hot Weather
Affectionate With Family
Children Friendly
Friendly With Other Dogs
Strangers Friendly
Shedding Amount
Drooling Potential
Easy To Groom
General Health
Potential For Weight Gain
Easy To Train
Potential For Mouthiness
Prey Drive
Likely To Bark Or Howl
Wanderlust Potential
Energy Level
Exercise Needs
Dog Breed GroupCompanion Dogs
Height8 inches to 10 inches tall at the shoulder
WeightUp to 7 pounds
Life Span12 to 15 years

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About the Maltese dog breed:

The Maltese is a toy breed of dog. They weigh between 3-10 pounds. They most distinctive characteristic of the breed is their coat. They have very long, wavy hair. They do not have an undercoat. They are almost always pure white but can be found in cream and light lemon shades as well. They have long, drop ears. Their noses are black but when not exposed to sunlight can fade to a brown or even a pink shade. They have very dark eyes. The Maltese exact origin is unknown but their is some evidence that suggests the breed was first created is Asia. It is believed they are decendents of the Spitz family.The breed was traced back to 6000 BC by Darwin. It is thought that Maltese were originally bred for rodent control but they are best known as a companion dog. The breed was a favorite among the royal and the rich. Some of the most famous Maltese owners include Queen Elizabeth I, Queen Victoria, Josephine Bonaparte, and Marie Antoinete.

Also Known As

Bichon Maltaise

Country of Origin: Italy


Maltese have a fairly friendly temperament. They are very protective and will bark or even bite if they feel you are threatening them or their owners. They are not an ideal pet for young children. They can be intolerate and young children and other pets often irritate them. It is often said that a maltese does not comprehend how small it is. They seem fearless at times often attacking much larger animals if they feel threatened by them. For this reason it is better to not have larger dogs if you have a Maltese. Maltese, unlike some other smaller breeds, do have a playful side.

Health Problems

The Maltese are a relatively healthy breed. They can live for up to fifteen years. Some problems that are commonly associated with the breed are luxating patella (slipping kneecaps), Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA), and Portosystemic liver.


Maltese do not require a great deal of exercise which makes them an ideal pet for apartment living. They are playful at times, especially in the first few years. Maltese enjoy shorts walks and games of fetch.

Special Grooming Needs

Maltese have very long hair that resembles human hair more than fur. They do not have an undercoat so shedding is limited but they still require a good deal of grooming to prevent matting. Many Maltese owners clip the hair to for easier maintenence. Others prefer to keep the hair longer. Professional grooming may be required to ensure that a Matlese coat is healthy. Maltese are also prone to “tear staining”, which is when the liquid produced by the eyes stains the area around the eye. Wiping the eye are of a Maltese is necessary to prevent staining.
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