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Maltese AKC Group: Toy
Height: 9 - 10 inches
Weight: 4 - 7 pounds,
Colors: White
AKC recognized in: 1888

Widely considered to be the oldest of toy breeds from Europe, royals and nobles have adored and favored the Maltese for centuries. Very affectionate and well-behaved, the Maltese exhibit a demeanor comparable and much alike to the ruling class.

When provoked properly, the Maltese is a truly a great joy and delight. Highly intelligent, they are playful and animated. Happy and content being the center of attention, they thrive in keeping the members of the family in rapt attention. A true friend and companion, the Maltese is deeply loving, which further enhances its intelligence and devotion.

The long and elegant mantle of silky, long white hair of the Maltese is very straight, and also lacks an undercoat. Typically non-shedders, this cloak is the Maltese's proud and distinct feature.


Maltese Summary
Affection three paws
Cold Tolerance three paws
Ease of Training three paws
Energy level four paws
Exercise Requirements one paw
Friendliness : Children three paws
Friendliness: Other Animals three paws
Friendliness: Other Pets three paws
Grooming Requirements three paws
Heat Tolerance two paws
Playfulness four paws
Protection Ability one paw
Watchdog Ability five paws

Obedient till the end, the Maltese is also gentle and trusting towards its masters. Typically lighthearted and gentle, it loves to be cuddled and held. Although well-mannered when among other breeds, the Maltese may not suffer the unrestrained rough play of children, so it would be best to keep them in the company of older children.

Maltese seem to form an attachment to one consistent person in their lives, serving and protecting that person for life. This deep need of the Maltese for intense relationships with their human counterpart is so established that they abhor being left alone by their chosen master that they withdraw into solitude when left for long periods of time. This also makes them very capable protectors, barking or even biting when they sense danger or harm.

A fearless and agile breed, the Maltese would do well in protecting its master. Couple this with an intense bond formed between the Maltese and its owner, this breed commits itself fully to its family.

Health and Exercise

Malteses live an average lifespan of 12 to 14 years.

The Maltese is quite vulnerable in very hot, humid or damp conditions, which may lead to respiratory problems when left unchecked.

Another potential problem would be their fragile tummies. Being finicky eaters, the Maltese suffer from indigestion if they eat unfamiliar food or if fed in excess. Dental hygiene is also important to prevent unwanted tooth loss.

Daily gentle brushing and combing is recommended for the Maltese. This is to prevent matting and tangling of its soft and silky coat. Regular bathing and shampooing is also beneficial to take further care of its body covering.

The Maltese's eyes and ears also require regular inspection, with the eyes calling for regular cleaning, as the Maltese may be prone to tearing, while its ears need to be cleaned and made sure to be free from hair and other irritants daily.

Sociable and friendly, play dates with other dogs benefit the Maltese. Suitable for small abodes, the Maltese do not need intense levels of exercise and activity. Daily walks around the block and the occasional run around the yard is a welcome respite from cramped living.

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