The Maltese is a really unique looking dog, which boasts a very elegant appearance and moves really
gracefully. This adorable little toy dog has a compact but sturdy body, and with its flowing coat of hair comes
across as petite and very glamorous. The coat of these dogs is long, white, and very silky. Some may also have
beige or yellow markings on the coat.
The face of this dog is small, adorable, and sports an alert and intelligent expression. Some Maltese dogs may
have curly or woolly hair rather than the typical smooth, silky hair. The skull of these dogs is slightly rounded,
and the black button nose and dark eyes stand out against the white face of the animal.
Although the Maltese dog tend to be sweet, affectionate, and gentle in most cases, he can also display a jealous
streak as he tends to be very competitive when it comes to getting attention. These dogs do not like to be
treated roughly, and it is therefore best not to have them around younger or boisterous children. The breed can
get on well with other animals providing they don’t feel threatened by them. The Maltese dog is a very
intelligent, alert, and eager dog, but can be quite shy when it comes to meeting strangers.
Height & weight
The Maltese dog tends to reach around nine to ten inches in height, and in terms of weight will normally reach
around four to six pounds.
Common health / behavioral problems
Although this dog breed is not really prone to many health problems, a couple of the issues that may affect the
health of these dogs include luxating patella and eye problems.
The Maltese should not pose any problems when it comes to training, as this breed is very eager, responsive,
and intelligent, which makes life far easier for the owner when it comes to training. As with all dogs breeds,
however, you should always exercise patience and understanding during the training process.
Ideal living conditions
The Maltese is a small, indoor toy dog, and does not need much space when it comes to living conditions. This
is a pet that would therefore fare just as well in an apartment as in a house, and will be happy to amuse himself
indoors, as the breed does not require a great deal of exercise.
Maltese does not require a great deal of exercise, and in most cases will be happy to play and exercise indoors.
However, these dogs do like some activity, and will enjoy being taken for a daily walk, which should easily be
enough to fill their exercise requirement needs.
Diet & nutrition
Your Maltese should enjoy a well balanced and nutritious diet, and should be fed on high quality food that will
provide nourishment and will keep him full for longer. Regular, small portions are well suited to this breed, and
you should ensure that he always has access to fresh water.
A healthy and fit Maltese dog can expect to live for around twelve to fourteen years.
Although this breed does not need much in the way of exercise, the grooming requirements for this breed are
high. You will need to brush his coat daily in order to keep it in good condition, and a weekly shampooing is also
recommended. You should ensure that you keep a regular check on the dog’s eyes, as they can be prone to eye
As the name would suggest, the Maltese dog breed originated from Malta.