Maltese stand about 9-10 inches and with a weight range of 4-7 lb, and are always white in color, with a long flowing coat. They are fun loving, sweet breed that is considered one of the
oldest European breeds. The Maltese were a favorite breed among Kings and Queens and the aristocracy, and are still considered a favorite breed today. They have a sweet disposition and are
graceful and regal in the way they carry themselves
The Maltese coat is non-shedding and when groomed properly is long, white and silky. It does not carry and undercoat and is very straight and a bright white in color. The maltese do not come in any other colors are known for their beautiful flowing long white coat.
The Maltese has an excellent disposition which is laid back, happy and delights in interaction. They are extremely smart, attentive, and playful. They love their humans and are very social. They are happy and content as the center of their owners love or out and about, whether in the show ring or on a walk. You will love their bright, perky, and loyal personality that exemplifies a great four legged companion.
The Maltese is kind, trusting, and obedient. They are typically good natured and amiable and love to be held and cuddled. They are very loyal, cuddly and will most often will establish a close bond with one person. They do not like to be alone for long periods of time as they are socialable and require human touch and love on a regular basis. As sweet as they are, they may have a tendancy to be over-protective of their owner, family, and territory, and bark or bite if they perceive a threat. But what we love about the breed, is they are a fearless, orderly, and an agile breed. The Maltese commit themselves fully to their owner and families, as they are very relationally oriented.
The Maltese coat is beautiful, but in order to keep it long and silky it requires daily brushing and combing to prevent matting. The coat is extremely soft and silky, so gentle care is highly recommended, with a dog shampoo that detangles. They need to be bathed or dry shampooed on a regular basis in order to keep their coat in good condition. The eyes need daily cleaning to prevent tear-staining. It is also important to keep their ears clean and free from stray hair. They may be prone to eye problems, skin disorders, and respiratory problems, whether genetically or not taken care of properly. Of course, with all breeds dental hygiene is important to prevent tooth loss.
When you are ready to start housetraining your Maltese, crate training is recommended. Potty training is a gentle process that must never be harsh in nature. You will meet with success if you are able to house break your Maltese with love, consistency, reward, and patience. They are naturally intelligent and will learn quickly! The Maltese is a breed that aims to please and does not need extensive obedience training, as they naturally want to please their owners.
The Maltese is a small breed, and though they are energetic does not require a high level of exercise. They do very well in apartment or condominium living. They enjoy a daily walks, indoor play sessions, or a romp and run in a secured small yard. The Maltese loves to be social, so a play date at the park is always welcomed.
If you are looking for Maltese puppies for sale from a high quality breeder Maltese breeder or to adopt a Maltese from a Maltese rescue then make sure you understand as much about the dog breeds you are interested in as you can. Every breed is different and it definitly varies from small breeds to large breeds. It is important to do your research first and decide what will work best for you lifestyle and what you need.