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Maltese

Sweet tempered and smart with historic links to Malta

BREED HISTORY

It is thought that small white dogs with luxurious coats have been the pampered pets in Mediterranean countries for centuries and these dogs form the ancestry of the Maltese. It is suggested that such dogs were taken to Malta by Phoenician traders and in 1805 a Knight of Malta wrote of the breed of dogs with long silky hair. The Royal Library of Malta houses a portrait dating back to 1833 depicting an example of the breed – very similar to the modern day Maltese.

Read more about the history of this breedHERE

OTHER NAMES – Melitae Dog, Ye Ancient Dogge of Malta, Roman Ladies Dog, The Comforter, Maltese Lion Dog, The Maltese Terrier


LIVING WITH THIS BREED

The glamorous Maltese has been a companion to humans for centuries. Weighing in at less than seven pounds, this tiny dog is handsome, charming, and adaptable enough to continue winning hearts…and laps. The long, white coat of the Maltese is eye-catching and glorious. When a Maltese coat is cut down, it can look either wavy or straight, but the shorter, shaggier hair, especially around her head, really allows you see what a pretty face and sweet expression the breed has. Maltese are full of energy but require only occasional exercise to keep them healthy and happy. Daily walks with their owner or bouncing around in their fenced garden, or even indoors, will usually suffice to keep them fit. Maltese are very intelligent, and in centuries of being companions to humans they have learned how to get exactly what they want from their people. It is important to be consistent with their training, they can be stubborn and determined, but they respond well to positive training methods. Maltese are athletic and talented and make a fun choice as competitive companions in dog sports such as obedience or agility. They’ll be content in a large house or a small city apartment. They’re also portable enough to go wherever you go. And best of all, they love their people and want everyone to be their new best friend.


BREED INFORMATION

This information is taken from kennel clubs and other reliable sources.

COUNTRY OF ORIGINMalta
PURPOSE BRED FORCompanion
OVERALL SIZESmall
TEMPERAMENTFearless, Loving, Lively
EXERCISE NEEDEDUp to 30 minutes per day
IDEAL SIZE OF HOMESmall
HEIGHT – MALE 25 cm / 10 in (to shoulder)
HEIGHT – FEMALE 25 cm / 10 in (to shoulder)
COAT TYPELong and Silky
GROOMING NEEDSDaily
RARE BREEDNo
LIFE EXPECTANCY12 – 15 years

MORE INFORMATION

  • The Maltese is a healthy breed with few health issues, and will usually live well into the double digits.
  • If you enjoy a project and take pleasure in admiring a finished product, the time and care that goes into grooming and maintaining the long coat might be an enjoyable way to pass your Saturday afternoons.
  • They’re extremely alert and can spring into action if they perceive a threat to their humans. But it’s important to train your Maltese not to be overprotective because they can have a tendency to bark excessively and even bite someone they think is a danger.
  • They require daily gentle brushing and combing to the skin to prevent mats and tangles.
  • Training needs to start early otherwise this breed can be stubborn and wilful.

LINKS TO KENNEL CLUB BREED STANDARDS AROUND THE WORLD

Breed standards vary throughout the world, click the buttons below to view the kennel clubs from around the world for more information of those standards, and for further information about Maltese dogs.


PHOTO GALLERY

You can view these beautiful pictures larger and in a slideshow, click on any image to view.


VIDEOS

Enjoy this video about Maltese dogs you can view the entire playlist of videos about this breed on our YouTube Channel by clicking the button below:


WEBSITES ABOUT THE MALTESE

Here’s some websites specifically dedicated to the Maltese breed, click to view them. I am not affiliated with any of these sites, they’re just here for further information. Please note I will not advertise breeders on this site.

Thanks for reading!

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