Maltese Dog Breed Information

Maltese Quick Facts
Breed Group: Toy
Origen: Italy
Nickname: Malte
Weight: 4-7 lbs
Height: 9-10 inches
Color(s): white

Maltese Appearance

The Maltese is an extremely stylish little dog with a sweet expression and a dignified posture. This breed is the most ancient of the European toy breed. The body is compact, fine-boned, but sturdy and slightly longer than it is tall.

The Maltese had fine muzzle and round dark eyes with an alert appearance. His ears are set low and covered with long hair. The tail is carried over the back. The Maltese has a white coat of long silken hair without an undercoat. The weight of the Maltese is around 4-7 pounds; and the height around 9-10 inches.

Maltese Temperament

The Maltese is gentle, loving, trusting and devoted to its master. They are extremely lively and playful. They love to play outdoors. Despite his innocent look, it may be bold, aggressive and may challenge larger dogs.

They are reserved with strangers, and some bark a lot when the bell ring but after a while is usually fine with visitors. It is a classical companion dog; elegant and lovable. They do well with other dogs and pets. The Maltese are very sociable and eager to learn but very sensitive. They can get along very well with children and bond very closely with their handler.

Is Maltese the Right Dog Breed for You?

The Maltese is a good dog for apartment life and makes an effective watchdog. They are very active indoors and will do okay without a yard. Training The Maltese is relatively easy because they like to be with their family and will adapt to almost any circumstance.

They are very sensitive to harsh words and should always be trained with encouragement rather than unkindness. Maltese are notoriously difficult to housebreak and excessive barking may need to be controlled.

Maltese Life expectancy

The life expectancy of the Maltese is around 12-14 years.

Maltese Health problems

The Maltese is relatively healthy. There are some concern associated with this breed including patellar luxation (dislocated knee caps), open fontanel, hypoglycemia, hydrocephalus, entropion, hypothyroidism, and portacaval shunt. Some of them could develop dental problems. Feeding dry dog biscuits in addition to their normal food can help the teeth stay clean and healthy. They are also sensitive to anesthetics, vaccines and chemicals, and should never be casually medicated or sedated.

Maltese Care and Grooming

The Maltese coat needs brushing and combing every one or two days. Regular grooming is also required to prevent the coats of non-shedding dogs from matting. Hair can grow in the corner of the eyes which cause irritation and should be removed. The coat is supposed to be long, reaching the grown. Keeping the coat in show condition requires considerable effort. Use dry shampoo regularly, and bathe only when necessary.

Maltese Shedding

The Maltese have little to no shedding, and therefore may be well suited to allergy sufferers.