About the Breed

The Maltese is a toy breed that originates from the Mediterranean island of Malta. This small, white and fluffy dog has been a companion to people for centuries, and it is known for its affectionate and sociable nature. Despite their small size, Maltese dogs are intelligent and can be trained to do many tricks. They make great family pets but may require extra care due to their sensitive health needs. History The exact origins of the Maltese breed are unclear, however, it is thought that they originate from the Mediterranean region between Italy and Malta. It is believed that these dogs were first bred in Malta around 1000 BCE by the Phoenicians who valued them as royal companions due to their beauty and loyalty. The story of the Maltese being presented as a gift from King Solomon to Queen Sheba during her visit to Israel further solidifies this breeds reputation as a royalty companion. During Medieval times in Europe, these dogs were given as gifts among noble families and were often seen carried in ladies arms or embroidered on tapestries. In 1888, the American Kennel Club officially recognized this breed which helped popularize them throughout North America as well. Temperament Maltese are friendly, affectionate dogs that love being with people making them ideal family pets especially for those with children or other pets in the house. They adapt quickly to new environments and strangers making them great companions for those who travel frequently or have multiple visitors at home often. These dogs are also very playful so they need plenty of exercise such as daily walks or playtime outdoors to stay happy and healthy both physically and mentally. Despite their small size they can be quite vocal so some owners may find it necessary train them on basic commands such as quiet or sit at an early age so they can control excessive barking when needed. Health & Weight Maltese typically weigh between 4-7lbs when full grown which makes them one of the smallest breeds out there; however, this does not mean that they dont need proper nutrition for growth and development just like any other dog would require despite its size. It is important for owners to make sure their dog gets enough exercise each day since a lack of activity could result in obesity which might cause joint problems later on down the line due certain breeds having fragile bones naturally. Additionally, regular health checks should be conducted by veterinarian professionals since these small dogs tend susceptible certain illnesses such heart disease, digestive issues, eye conditions, skin irritations among others. The Maltese is an old-world toy breed known for its loyalty toward its owners but also its intelligence which makes training easier than expected compared with other breeds. Due to their small size, these dogs require extra care when it comes feeding habits, exercise plans, health checks along with socialization activities since socializing helps strengthen relationships between humans/pets thus increasing level of happiness within households. All things considered, having a Maltese around will certainly bring lots joy into any home despite its size!

Healthy weight:

10 to 15 lbs.

Recommended Food

Medium or Large breed dog food such as Royal Canin Golden Retriever or Hills Science Diet

Breed Colors

  • White
  • Cream
  • Apricot
  • Silver
  • Blue
  • Gold

Ideal for owners that

  • Patient
  • Loving
  • Gentle
  • Dedicated
  • Consistent
  • Responsible

Health Considerations

  • Respiratory problems
  • Brachycephalic Syndrome
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Eye problems
  • Heart Murmurs
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Collapsed Trachea
  • Hemorrhagic Gastroenteritis
  • Liver Disease

This breed may be cute, but these are some of their common health issues to be aware of.

Temperment & Skills


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