Maltese Breed Information and Photos

Breed Description: The Maltese is one of the oldest and hardiest of the toy breeds. Its small, elegant body is covered with a silky white coat that is contrasted by dark eyes and a black nose. This breed has courage and an acute sense of hearing, which makes it a good watch dog. The Maltese has a playful and affectionate demeanor that makes him a wonderful companion.

Group: Toy Group.

Purpose of Breed: Ratting, Companionship

Country of Origin: Malta.

Average Size: Range from 9 inches to 10 inches and 4 to 6 pounds. Color(s):Typically white, but beige and lemon markings are sometimes seen.

Coat Type: Very long (floor length), silky and dense.

Grooming: The coat of the Maltese takes considerable care and must be brushed daily and kept dry to prevent matting. This breed requires standard care for pads and nails. Ears and eyes need to be cleaned and examined frequently.

Exercise Needs: The Maltese needs moderate amounts of exercise and adapts very well to apartment living.

Temperament: The Maltese is an intelligent little dog with a charming personality. They are outgoing and lively and make wonderful lap dogs. This affectionate breed is a good choice for the elderly, but may not be suitable for young children prone to rough-housing. The Maltese is friendly and alert. It is naturally suspicious of strangers and makes a good watch dog.

Common Ailments: Susceptible to eye problems and patellar luxation.

Life Expectancy: Averages 12-14 years.

Trivia: The ancient Greeks erected tombs to honor their Maltese.

More Information: American Maltese Association, Inc.

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December 27, 2010

Olive is a 1 and a half year old Maltese. My daughter bought Olive when she was 9 weeks old from a breeder. Olive is the best dog. She loves everyone and loves to play with her toys, to go to dog parks, and go into stores.

Olive (Maltese)

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November 30, 2009

Max is 8 month old Maltese. Max was a bit unplanned. We'd (my fiance and I) planned on getting a dog later in the summer once we'd moved and settled. We'd successfully gone to the pet stores and left without a new family member in the past and I had planned to rescue a dog.

white maltese

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April 25, 2012

Sophie is a 5 month old Maltese. She likes to play with chew toys and fetch. She is just adorable! She gives me a lot of company and laughter!

Sophie (Maltese)

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December 4, 2012

Got her back in 2004 for a surprise birthday present to my brother.

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Lady is about 13 years old. Not really sure what breed she is but I have been told she was a Maltese. We got her from the Animal Shelter about 4 years ago. She likes to play with her toy dolphin, and loves to go to the park and run around.

Lady (Maltese?)

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June 9, 2010

This is Snowball an 8 year old Maltese. I got Snowball 8 years a go. Snowball liked to run, chase, play tag, chew on plastic bottles and loved to eat crackers. RIP Snowball, we love you.

Snowball (Maltese)

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February 23, 2012

Lulu is a 9 year-old Maltese. We got her nine years ago in Brooklyn. She likes to run round and around the dining room table. She just loves to snuggle.

Lulu ( white Maltese dog) wearing a red dog coat.

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February 28, 2011

Lucia is a 12 year old Maltese that I got her on Valentines Day. She was a Valentine's Day present. She likes to get dressed up. She is a Diva Doggie!

Lucia (Maltese)

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January 5, 2016

We got her almost 2 years ago, from a breeder. She is very quiet, didn't have the opportunity to play or even learn how to jump at her previous home, so she is happy to be where I am. She likes to sleep. She likes her cat brother and they get along really well. He is an 11 year old Himalayan.

Chloe (Maltese)

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October 11, 2016

I got Chloe Mae from a friend that I worked with back in 2004. She was 8 weeks old and weighed only 8 ounces. She likes to play with her babies (stuffed toys).

Chloe Mae on red blanket

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April 27, 2006

Cookie is a 6 year old Maltese. We adopted each other when her her owner passed and her niece didn't want another dog. Her dog would just nip at Cookie if she barked at anything.

Cookie (Maltese)

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July 30, 2012

Lulu is a 9 year old Maltese. We all missed our Snowball who passed away and knew we needed another furry family member to fill our heart. So 9 years ago my family and I saw Lulu and it was love at first sight. She has been a true joy and the love of my life ever since.

Someone holding Lulu up to a chalk board that says, "Lulu was here".

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July 7, 2005

Misty was just a puppy in this picture. She is now 11 years old and we love her very much. Sadly she has gone blind and just likes to sleep most of the days now.

Misty (Maltese)

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