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Did you know...?

Thousands of years ago, Maltese were so popular with Mediterranean women, they carried them in their sleeves!

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Maltese Characteristics

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.

Pronunciation:   Mall-TEEZ

Plural:   Maltese (not Malteses)

Size and Weight

Dog Size:Miniature
Weight:4-7 lbs.
Height:6-10 inches
Breed Group:Toy

Temperament

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.

Lifestyle Requirements

Adequate Living Space: Small Apartment
Shedding of Coat: Little to no shedding
Trimming: Long Coat, very little. Puppy Cut, every 6-8 weeks.
Hypo allergenic: Yes
Activity: Very active indoors, outdoor activity -- 10 min. per day.
Purebred Puppy Price: $600-$5,000
Monthly Food Cost: About $15

Personality

Obedience Level: Good
Learning Rate: Fast
Dominance Level: Submissive
Energy Type: Mixed
Guard/Watch Dog Rating: Average

Other Information

Country of Origin: Malta and/or Italy
Life Span: Avg. 14 years

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