Dog Profiles - Description of Maltese


Description: The Maltese is a member of the bichon family and is one of the oldest European breeds. He has a beautiful mantel of long, silky, white hair. This is his crowning glory. He is gentle-mannered and affectionate, yet playful and full of animation. Despite his size, he posses the vigor needed for a excellent companion. The Maltese is intelligent and easy to train but is very strong-willed. He enjoys being groomed, petted and fondled.

Height: 10 inches

Weight: 4-6 lbs.

Colors: White, slight lemon markings on ears are permissible.

Coat: Long, straight coat, silky texture.

Temperament: Friendly, alert. Very good watch-dog. Very poor guard-dog.

Care and Exercise: Extensive coat care. Shampoo once a week, daily brushing is essential. Special attention is need to keep the eyes clean as staining is possible. Indoor activity with suffice for exercise, but he will enjoy a walk or a run in the park.

Training: Learning Rate: High. Obedience: High. Problem Solving: High.

Activity: Indoors - Very High, Outdoors - Medium

Living Environment: An apartment is fine for he is a small, quite dog. Makes a good dog for the elderly if they can socialize and take time to groom and play with him.

Health Issues: Generally very healthy. Subject to genetic eye disorders

Life Span: 9-11 Years

Litter Size: 2-4

Country of Origin: Malta

History: His origins come from Malta dating back to about 1500 B.C. His popularity rose during the reign of Queen Elizabeth as a companion to the women of the royal court. The Maltese is featured in many famous paintings. He first appeared in the United States in 1877.

Registration: ACA, AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI (Group 9), KC(GB), UKC