Description: These dogs were bred to be pampered and pleased. Nobles carried Maltese around in their big bells sleeves and kept them in their laps. True to their breeding, these dogs are very clean, sweet-tempered, friendly, lovable, playful, sociable, maybe a little stuck up, eager to learn and very sensitive. They bond very closely with their family/owners/handlers. These polite dogs may not take well to an excessive amount of excitement/activity such as that caused by young children.
Height: 10 inches
Weight: 4 - 6 lbs.
Colors: White, slight lemon markings on ears are permissible.
Coat: Long, straight coat, silky texture.
Temperament: Friendly, alert
With Children: It does not tolerate young children.
With Pets: Does not mix well with other pets.
Watch-dog: Very High
Guard-dog: Very Low
Care and Training: Extensive coat care. Shampoo once a week, daily brushing is essential. Special attention is need to keep the eyes clean as staining is possible. Indoor activity with suffice for exercise, but he will enjoy a walk or a run in the park.
Learning Rate: High, Obedience - High, Problem Solving - High
Activity: Indoors - Very High, Outdoors - Medium
Living Environment: An apartment is fine for he is a small, quite dog. Makes a good dog for the elderly if they can socialize and take time to groom and play with him.
Health Issues: Generally very healthy. Subject to genetic eye disorders
Life Span: 9 - 11 Years
Litter Size: 2 - 4
Country of Origin: Malta
History: His origins come from Malta dating back to about 1500 B.C. His popularity rose during the reign of Queen Elizabeth as a companion to the women of the royal court. The Maltese is featured in many famous paintings. He first appeared in the United States in 1877.
First Registered by the AKC: 1888
AKC Group: Toy