Did you know...?
Thousands of years ago, Maltese were so popular with Mediterranean women, they
carried them in their sleeves!
The official AKC designation of the Maltese breed is "Toy." There is no official
designation of sub-categories, such as "teacup," although some Maltese are smaller than
others and are referred to as "teacup Maltese." Also, though some people refer to the
Maltese as a "Maltese terrier," the Maltese is not a terrier. The bloodlines are through
the spaniel group.
Plural: Maltese (not Malteses)
Size and Weight
For all of his diminutive size, the Maltese seems to be without fear. Their
trust and affectionate responsiveness are very appealing, and they are among
the gentlest mannered of all little dogs, yet are spirited, lively and playful,
as well as vigorous. Good at learning tricks if they feel sufficiently rewarded.
Bold and quick to sound the alarm in case of suspicious noises. A classical
companion dog; graceful and loveable. Does quite well with other animals.
These dogs can be snappish and inconsiderate with small children. Sometimes they
are picky eaters, and would rather eat what YOU eat instead of their dog food.
Make sure you only feed them protein, no sugar or carbs. Include small biscuits
and dry dog food in their diet to help the teeth stay strong. Do not over-pamper or
over-protect these little dogs -- although you will want to -- some can become
unstable, and some may become jealous of visitors if overly-pampered.
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||Little to no shedding|
||Long Coat, very little. Puppy Cut, every 6-8 weeks.|
||Very active indoors, outdoor activity -- 10 min. per day.|
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