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Maltese

An aristocratic-looking toy dog, with dark eyes and a pure white coat that is long and silky, the Maltese is a most striking dog.

The need-to-know
  • Dog suitable for non-experienced owners
  • Basic training required
  • Enjoys gentle walks
  • Enjoys walking half an hour a day
  • Little toy dog
  • Minimum drool
  • Requires grooming daily
  • Hypoallergenic breed
  • Chatty and vocal dog
  • Guard dog. Barks and alerts
  • Great with other pets
  • Great family dog

Key Facts

Lifespan: 12–15 years
Weight: 2–4kg
Height: 20–25cm
Colours: White
Size: Small
Kennel Club group: Toy

Ratings

Family-friendly: 5/5
Exercise needs: 2/5
Easy to train: 4/5
Tolerates being alone: 1/5
Likes other pets: 4/5
Energy level: 3/5
Grooming needs: 2/5
Shedding: 2/5
Maletese dog lying on the sofa

Personality

Despite their small size the Maltese is a comparatively robust little dog who as long as they are well-bred and socialised, are active, friendly, trusting and alert. They bond very closely to their owners and will want to go everywhere with them.

Maltese running along the person

History and Origins

Country of Origin: Malta

This is one of the earliest of the small companion dog breeds and they may well have existed in Malta for hundreds of years, although the earliest records are from the early 1800s where they became known as lapdogs of the nobility - and were frequently seen in the paintings of the time. Throughout the 19th and 20th centuries they became increasingly popular both in Malta and wider afield, and thanks to both their appearance and their temperament they quickly found fans around the world, first appearing as a show dog in England in 1859.

did you know?

Did you know?

  • The Maltese was loved by royalty and it is said that when Mary Queen of Scots was beheaded, her loyal Maltese was hiding under her skirts and was only discovered after the execution.
  • Maltese’s have been known by many names over the years including: Melitae Dog, Ye Ancient Dogge of Malta, Roman Ladies Dog, The Comforter, Spaniel Gentle, Bichon, Maltese Lion Dog and the Maltese Terrier.
  • They’re very good jumpers and are known to have no real fear of gravity!
  • There was a millionaire Maltese called Take Trouble who was worth $2 million.
Dog with red collar looking out the window
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