Maltese Dog Breed
Maltese Dog Classification:
Maltese dogs are companion dogs.
Other Names: Bichon Maltaise, Maltese
Maltese in Foreign Languages:
ou bichon maltais
Italian: cane maltese
Spanish: perro maltÚs
Turkish: Malta k÷pegi
Origins: Maltese were originially
bred as a ratting dog.
Description: Maltese are small
dogs, with short compact bodies and short
legs. They have long, silky fur with black
button eyes, and and a black nose.
Size: Maltese dogs weigh 2 to
7 lbs, they stand 8 to 10 inches tall.
||3 - 7 lbs
||8 - 10 inches tall
||2 - 7 lbs
||8 - 9 inches tall
Coat: Maltese dogs have long white
silky coats. Maltese dogs sometimes have
Disposition: Maltese dogs are
cuddly, and affectionate but may snap
at small children. Maltese are playful
and bold, especially when you consdier
their size, they are quick to sound alarm
when strangers approach.
Type Dog: Maltese dogs are companion
Litter Size: Maltese give birth
to an average litter of 3 puppies.
Behavior: Maltese dogs are notoriously
difficult to house train. Maltese do not
require a lot of attention or stimulation.
Maltese dogs can "demand" attention
Traits: Cuddly, affectionate,
Country of Origin: Central Mediterranean
Life Span: The maltese typically
lives 12 to 15 years.
Club Recognitions: FCI, AKC, ANKC,
CKC, KC (UK), NZKC, UKC