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The Maltese is a member of the Bichon family and is one of the oldest European breeds. Maltese have a beautiful mantel of long, silky, white hair. This is teir crowning glory. Maltese are gentle_mannered and affectionate, yet playful and full of animation. Despite their size, they posses the vigor needed for a excellent companion. The Maltese is intelligent and easy to train, but is very strong-willed. They enjoy being groomed, petted and fondled.

Type: Companion Dog
10 inches
4-6 Ibs.
White, slight lemon markings on ears are permissit
Long, straight coat, silky texture.
Maltese are friendly, & very alert.
with Chidren:
It does not tolerate young children.
with Pets:
Does not mix well with other pets.
Care and Training:
Extensive coat care is needed for the Maltese. Shampoo once a week and daily brushing is essential. Special attention is needed to keep the eyes clean as possible. Indoor activity with suffice for exercise, but Maltese will enjoy a walk or a run in the park.
Indoors - Very High, Outdoors - Medium
Living Environment:
An apartment is fine for the Maltese as they are a small, quite dog. The Maltese makes a good dog for the elderly if they can socialize and take time to groom and play with them.
Life Span:
9-11 years
Country of Orgin: Malta
History: The Maltese origins come from Malta dating back to about 1500 B.C. Their popularity rose during the reign of Queen Elizabeth as a companion to the woman of the royal court. The Maltese is featured in many famous paintings. They first appeared in the United States in 1877.




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