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The Maltese is a toy dog with a compact build and an overall appearance that denotes vigor, eagerness, and affection. The height from the dog’s withers to the ground is equal to the length from the dog’s withers to the tail. They have sloped shoulder blades and well-knit elbows that are held close to the body. Their chest is comparatively deep and their loins are sturdy, taut, and feature a slight tuck-up underneath. The neck of the Maltese is long enough to enable a high head carriage. The breed’s back is level and the ribs are well-sprung. Their limbs are finely boned. Forelegs of this breed are straight, with their pastern joints devoid of any substantial bend. Their strong hind legs are sturdy and moderately angulated at the hocks and stifles. They have small, round feet with black toe pads and a plumed tail that is carried elegantly over the dog’s back. The Maltese’s head is of medium length and well in proportion to the dog’s size. They have a slightly rounded skull with a moderately defined stop. Their eyes are round and dark and their medium-length muzzle is fine and tapered. They have a black nose and teeth that meet in an even or scissors bite. Ears of this breed are low-set and heavily feathered. The coat of the Maltese is long, flat, and silky. It hangs over the sides of the body, and it reaches almost to the ground. The coat color for this breed is pure white. Lemon or light tan shading on the dog’s ears may be present.

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The Maltese is lively, cheerful, and energetic. They are gentle, trusting, and devoted to their master. Because of their high level of intelligence, the Maltese learns tricks easily. They are courageous and will bark if they hear a suspicious noise. They get along well with other animals and pets. While they are very good with kind children, they may snap at inconsiderate children. Some can be difficult to housebreak. They can be picky eaters, and small dog biscuits should be included in their diet to keep their teeth strong and healthy. If over-pampered or neglected, the Maltese may become jealous and unstable.

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8 – 10 inches
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4 – 7 pounds

According to AKC standards, the smaller the better.
5-10 kgs
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General Health

The Maltese is a comparatively healthy breed with few inherent problems. Some health concerns for the breed include luxating patella, progressive retinal atrophy (PRA), and portosystemic liver shunt. The average life span for the Maltese is 12 to 15 years.

A Maltese can live for 15 to 18 years on average.

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The Maltese is an ancient breed with a history that can be traced back many centuries. Some believe that the breed has existed for more than two thousand years, and Darwin believed the breed originated in 6000 BC. It is believed that the Maltese is descendant from a Spitz type dog found among the Swiss Lake dwellers. This dog would have been bred down to obtain the small size of the contemporary Maltese. While there is some evidence that the Maltese originated in Asia, the breed is usually associated with the island of Malta in the Mediterranean Sea. They were probably taken to Europe through the Middle East by nomadic tribes. Today, the breed is a very popular companion and glamorous show dog.

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The long coat of the Maltese should be brushed and combed on a daily basis. The breed should be bathed and dry shampooed regularly, and they should be thoroughly dried afterwards. Their eyes and ears should be cleaned daily to prevent staining, and excessive hair should be removed around the ears. The hair on top of their head is often tied up in a topknot. This breed sheds little to no hair and is highly recommended for those that suffer from allergies.

The Maltese is hypoallergenic.

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Ideal Environment

The Maltese is well-suited to life in a small household or apartment. They are a comparatively active breed indoors and they do not require a yard. They enjoy going for walks, but little effort on behalf of the owner is needed to keep these dogs properly exercised.

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Hi my 18 month Maltese Shitzu has developed bad dermatitis with very inflammed ears, bottom and now feet. Responds well to cortisone (managing on half a tab each day). Even six antihistamines a day did not help. Seems probably allergic to grass and pollen not food or shampoo.does anyone have other suggestions?

hi! i am a vet from hudersfield and the dogs i have delt with in this situatiion they was alergic to flowers and trees, if you have any flowers or trees in your garden that will be the problem. if your situation gets any worser go to the nearest vet to you they will deal with the problem! GOOD LUCK!!!!!


How big does a Maltese get?

they can grow from 12 inch to 40 small cm


I'm thinking of getting a maltese, but i dont really like how the coat is so long as the dog gets older, is it okay for a adult to be kept in a short coat?? and how fast do their hair grow??

I also am thinking of getting a Maltese I first saw a Maltese from girlfriends neighbor and explained that I would love a dog but I have a servere allergrie. She then told me that they are great dogs to have for people who have allergies and I have found that out to be true. Now to answer your question she had her dog cut in what she said was a PUPPY CUT the hair on the dog was short and it looked really good. I also like the hair shorter so when I do get the dog I will be getting that cut. Let me know what happens.


Hi. Is it normal for Maltese's to pant when sleeping? She is a girl about 11 months.


What is the best thing to use for my Maltese tear stains?

Angel Eyes is absolutely wonderful! It is added to food, more in the beginning then tapering off after several months. In the end we now only have to add it a few times per week. Shop around, prices can be competitive.


hi my maltese has black spots on her stomack and they are in her but you can squeze them out like zits can you help me? she is six years old.

Most likely these are black-heads. Nothing to worry about.


hi my maltese has black litle tiny spots on her stomack how do you cure them?what are they?

theyre probabbly thicks my dog had that 2 just buy thick shampoo to get rid of them


Hi, I have a 6 weeks old maltese I'm worried that she's not eating. Is that normal? Should I force her?

Six weeks old, she should still be eating from her mother. Get some of the puppy type milk from the Pet store. You can also get something called Nutra-cal this will supplement what she's not eating; it's in a tube and you squeeze about a table spoon out for her to eat. Another option is getting soft food, while vets don't recommend a complete diet of soft food, it's more appealing to maltese, at least until she starts to get the desire to eat. My maltese is 4 months old and it took him a few days to eat when I first brought him into my home at 8 weeks. My Maltese's sister died at 9 weeks and neither was dewormed. I took Puddles immediately to the vet once I picked him up and it was found that he was innudated with hook worms. He had very little energy and a little appetite. You should really bring her to the vet, it could be some type of worms that have her feeling lythargic and lazy. I really recommend that if she hasn't been dewormed yet.


My maltese Max is very vocial. He barkes at me all the time, I think mostly to play with him, but it gets on my nerves and hurts my ears. How do I get him to stop?

You need to teach him that you are the boss and the boss says stop. I would suggest you contact a certified trainer and take some classes. Don't go to someone that does it for you. What you're looking for is someone who will teach you to communicate with your dog.


My 3 month old maltese puppy have errect ears, is this normal ? They are slowly dropping, when should it fully drop?

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