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Size: Small

Weight: 4 - 6 lbs.

Height: 8" - 10"

Life Span: 14 years

Health Problems: Weak digestive system; slipped knee; very sensitive to hot; cold and damp weather; prone to sunburn where hair is parted

Origin: Mediterranean Region (Ancient Times)

Also Known As: Bichon Maltais

Group: Non-Sporting

Category: Companion Dog

Exercise Needs

No special exercise requirements.

Grooming Needs

The Maltese requires frequent grooming. Gently brush your Matlese's coat daily to avoid matting. Regular clipping by a professional groomer is recommended. Keep hair out of the eyes by tying it back around the face or cutting it. This breed does not shed and is a good choice for people with allergies.


Playful, loving and devoted to its owner, this breed tends to be is often a "one-person" dog that's finicky about what it eats. Over-pampering can lead to jealously of visitors, other family members and household pets. However, this breed gets along well with other animals if raised with them from an early age. The Maltese can be difficult to housebreak. Paper-training is recommended. These dogs also can be easily trained to perform a variety of tricks."

Compatibility with Kids

Tendency to snap and / or get jealous does not make this a good breed for households with kids.


The Maltese is thought to be a descendant of dogs brought by ancient Phoenician traders to Malta. The breed likely a descendant of a cross between the Miniature Poodle and a variety of Miniature Terriers.

Dog Food for Your Maltese

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