Maltese


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Maltese dogs
Vital Statistics:
Place of Origin: Malta
Group: Toy, Companion
Height: 8-10 in.
Weight: 4-7 lbs.
Life span: 15 yrs. plus
Trainability: moderate
Good with children: yes with kind children
Good with other pets: yes

The Maltese was thought to belong to the "Melita" Breed, an ancient name for Malta. The Maltese was bred in Italy with the addition of miniature spaniels and poodles. It was thought the Maltese were brought to England by the Crusaders.

What do the Maltese look like?

The Maltese is about 4-7 lbs. and about 8-10 inches tall. It has a wide black nose and dark eyes. Special attention should be given to the eyes as tear staining can occur. Daily cleaning is essential. Without sun exposure the nose may turn pink or light brown, but may revert to black when exposed to sun again. The coat is long and silky with no undercoat. Maltese shed very little if at all. Color is white, sometimes with cream or yellowish ears.

What is the Maltese's temperament?

Their size may make people think otherwise, but the Maltese appears to be fearless. The Maltese gets along well with other dogs, even much larger ones. It's good with cats as well. The Maltese has a high energy level even confined to a home and it is very playful It 's good with children, but best raised with them. The Maltese is great for apartments.

What are the Maltese's uses?

The Maltese will alert its family upon hearing strange noises. Most of all it is a loyal and loving companion dog.

Possible Health Issues

Eye problems, dental problems, liver shunt, colitis, Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease, patellar luxation.