A Maltese will make the perfect family dog or great company for someone living on their own. They are full of character and their abundance of energy will keep you entertained for hours. Even as your Maltese puppy matures, you will find your white little loyal companion to be just as energetic and playfulness as always! Expect your Maltese to be very active when inside the house. For this reason, the Maltese also does well in apartments and townhouses, and is a perfect pet for those living in the city or without yard space. This lively and playful dog breed is also quite intelligent, and should be easy to train, however you may need to rely on reward based training to get the job done. For those with children, like all dogs, the first interactions should be supervised. Prevent incidents by socialising your Maltese early on. Also, be mindful that your Maltese may be prone to suffer from separation anxiety, so if spending time away from home leave toys and activities to stimulate your pup's mind.
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Small / Toy
Weight between 4 and 6 pounds is preferred by the AKC.
8 to 10 inches (20.3 to 25.4 cm)
4 to 7 pounds (1.8 to 3.2 kgs)
12 to 15 years
Maltese are one of the oldest European dog breeds, believed to date back BC. It is not clear whether they originated from Sicily or Malta.
Energy Level:The Maltese is tireless and exuberant.
Exercise Needs:The Maltese needs little exercise; a short walk or yard play is sufficient.
Training Compatability:The Maltese is quite Easy to train. Doesn't take long.
Popular Maltese Cross-Breeds:
Maltichon - Maltese X Bichon-Frise
Morkie, Malkie, Yorktese - Maltese X Yorkshire-Terrier
MaltiPoo - Maltese X Poodle
Maltese Ratese - Maltese X American-Rat-Terrier
Malteagle - Maltese X Beagle and Maltese
Malt-Zhu - Maltese X Shit-zhu
Light tan or lemon markings may appear on your Maltese, especially on the ears. This is acceptable to the AKC.
The Maltese is:
Grooming:Your Maltese will require daily grooming.
Coat Length:The Maltese has a long coat.
Shedding:The Maltese does not shed.
Breathing difficulties, Delicate digestion, Eye infections, Skin Allergies, Slipped stifle
The Maltese is also prone to being sunburnt easily.
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