For more than 28 centuries, the Maltese has been the aristocrat of the dog world. The inhabitants of ancient Malta were well known for their sophisticated, peaceful and artistic society, and the Maltese provided the perfect complement to their way of life.
This vibrant little breed is more than just a pretty accessory. The hardy Maltese was once used as a ratter and will signal the approach of strangers just like a large watchdog.
The Maltese are very energetic, but still do well in apartment settings. They play well indoors, and will run around franticly for short periods chasing their tails or bolting from room to room. They stay active well into their old age and do not require a large amount of exercise. They'll usually tire themselves out!
Maltese are not good in families with small children because of their small size. They are, however, amazingly gentle dogs and are highly intelligent. Because of their attachment to their family they don't do well when left alone for long periods of time.
Because of their long, white coat the Maltese does require grooming time if their coat is left long. Many owners clip them shorter to cut down on this. The coat sheds very little, however, and these dogs are good for people with allergies.
The Maltese was first registered with the AKC in 1888. For more information on this fascinating little breed visit the American Maltese Association
website at www.americanmaltese.org
or the American Kennel Club
. If you would like to adopt a homeless Maltese, visit www.malteserescue.homestead.com
, or PetFinder.com
||Under 10 inches
||Under 7 pounds
||Single coated; long, straight & silky.
||No special grooming. The coat is not cut.
||FCI, AKC, KCGB, CKC, ANKC, UKC
||Originally known as the Maltese Lion Dog or Maltese Terrier.