The Maltese is a very popular toy breed.
Approximate Adult Size : The approximate adult size (two years old or older) of the male Maltese is 8 to 10 inches to the withers (highest point of the shoulder) and 5 to 9 pounds. The female ranges from 8 to 9 inches to the withers and 4 to 8 pounds.
Special Health Considerations : Most dog breeds have certain inherited health problems associated with that specific breed and the Maltese is no exception. Although considered to be a healthy breed, be on the look out for genetic eye disorders, slipped stifle, sun burn, skin and teeth problems.
Grooming : The Maltese is covered with a single layer of long silky hair which is white in color. Her lack of undercoat leaves her at a disadvantage in weather extremes. Her ears should be checked once a week and be kept clean. Her teeth should be brushed at least twice a week with toothpaste and toothbrush designed for dogs. Her toenails may need to be examined for growth and clipped regularly.
Life Span : The Maltese can live between 9 and 11 years with proper nutrition, medical care and excellent living conditions.
History : The Maltese comes from Malta where they were kept as pets by the kings and queens. They were first registered by the American Kennel Association in 1888.
Litter Size : 2 to 4 Maltese puppies
Category : Toy
Terms To Describe : Eager, affectionate, vigorous, playful, lively, fearless, fun, loving, intelligent
Other Names Known By
Melitaie Dog, the Comforter Dog, Ye Ancient Roman Ladies Dog, the Maltese Lion Dog, and the Spaniel Gentle.