Maltese Dog Breed

Happy Maltese Running in the Grass
  • Other names:
  • Maltese Lion Dog
  • Melitae Dog
  • Ye Ancient Dogge Of Malta
  • Roman Ladies Dog
  • The Comforter
  • Spaniel Gentle
  • Maltese Terrier
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The maltese is a popular toy dog breed known for their elegant looks and their long silky white hair. The breed is a companion breed and desire to be with their owners as much as possible. Their small size makes them great apartment dogs, but it can also makes the maltese a fragile dog.

Maltese are prone to being spoiled and can develop unfavorable temperaments towards other dogs and children if they are overly pampered by their owners. As a companion dog they can develop separation anxiety if left alone for long periods of time.

Maltese Breed Details

Breed Specs
Purebred12-15 yrs.8-10 in.4-9 lbs
  • Friendliness
  • Overall
  • Family Friendly
  • Kid Friendly
  • Pet Friendly
  • Stranger Friendly
  • Maintenance
  • Easy to Groom
  • Energy Level
  • Exercise Needs
  • General Health
  • Shedding Amount
  • Behavior
  • Barks / Howls
  • Easy to Train
  • Guard Dog
  • Playfulness
  • Watch Dog
  • Ownership
  • Apartment Friendly
  • Can Be Alone
  • Good for Busy Owners
  • Good for Novice Owners
  • Intelligence
* The more green the stronger the trait.

Below are the characteristics and traits of the maltese dog breed.

Maltese Breed Description

The maltese is one of the smallest toy dog breeds. This combined with the popularity of even smaller versions of toy dogs has made the maltese sought after since they rarely get to 7 pounds and are 8-10 inches tall. Their small size makes them an ideal companion dog for owners who enjoy taking their dog with them with hassle. The only drawback to the breeds size is their fragility as they can easily get injured by rough play whether its from other pets or people.

The maltese is intelligent and has a happy personality. Well rounded maltese are friendly and warmly greet strangers and other pets, however they can be timid towards other dogs and children (especially if the maltese has been spoiled by their owner).

The breed is well known for their long silky coat, which, if cut properly, gives the illusion that the dog is floating across the room rather than walking. The maltese lacks an undercoat so they shed very little and are considered a hypoallergenic dog. However, since the coat is white it can easily get stained and it can tangle easily so the maltese requires frequent grooming.

Maltese Coloring

Below are common colors and color variations of the Maltese dog breed.

Maltese Photos

Below are pictures of the Maltese dog breed.

Maltese Dog Breed
Happy Maltese Running in the Grass

Maltese Health

Below are health issues and concerns most common in Malteses

  • Collapsed Trachea
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Portosystemic Liver Shunt
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy
  • Reverse Sneezing
  • White Dog Shaker Syndrome
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Maltese Breed Recognition

The following dog breed registries and organizations recognize the Maltese as a dog breed:

  • American Canine Registry
  • American Kennel Club
  • America's Pet Registry
  • Australian National Kennel Council
  • Canadian Kennel Club
  • Continental Kennel Club
  • Dog Registry of America Inc.
  • Federation Cynologique Internationale
  • Kennel Club of Great Britain
  • National Kennel Club
  • New Zealand Kennel Club
  • North American Purebred Registry, Inc.
  • United Kennel Club
  • American Canine Association, Inc.
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Maltese Breeders

Interested in the Maltese? Contact a breeder below:

Breeder Name
Ashcraft Kennels
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