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
Height: 10 inches
Weight: 4-6 Ibs.
Colors: White, slight lemon markings on ears are permissit
Coat: Long, straight coat, silky texture.
Temperament: 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.
Activity: 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.