Maltese Dog

Maltese male

The Maltese is one of the most intelligent and most gentle of all the toy dog breeds. This lively and agile little toy dog loves to play games. Maltese are bred to be cuddly companion dogs, and thrive on love and attention. They are extremely lively and playful.

Minimum Exercise:

Exercise/Activity Level: Low. Does well as an apartment dog and with a small garden to run and play in. Will appreciate short walks of half an hour a time. Sensitive to bad weather and would rather stay in on cool or wet days.

Size: 8-10 inches

Weight: 4-7 lbs

Colour: White, cream, white & cream

Town or Country: Both – especially suited to town

Low Allergy: Yes

Best Suited for: Town and city households with low living space and low to moderate exercise time, who would like a really cuddly, funny and undemanding companion.

Group: Toy

Originally From: Malta

Original Purpose: Companion

Living Space: Low

Coat: Medium to long, soft, fluffy, wavy

Grooming: High. Maltese require a lot of grooming including daily combing and brushing and regular bathing. The coat is parted down the centre of the back and should almost reach the ground. These dogs do not shed their hair and the dead hair should be brushed and plucked out. The hair in front of their eyes should be held up to allow the Maltese to see.

Children: Can be snappish with smaller children’s rough handling so supervision is required. Older children will be fine. Early socialisation can overcome this.

Sociability with strangers: Medium. Maltese should have early socialisation while they are puppies to give them more confidence and overcome their distrust of strangers.

Sociability with animals or other dogs: High

Trainability: High. Wants to please. Maltese enjoy obedience training and some will do well in competitive obedience and agility competitions.

Noise Level: High. Tends to be barky. Training can manage this.

Known Health Issues: Eye infections, teeth problems including gingivitis, liver problems and low thyroid.

Lifespan: 12-15 years

Special Needs: Difficult to housetrain. Use a wide collar or a harness to avoid injury when taking them for a walk.    Send article as PDF