The Maltese is a gentle yet rather lively little dog that is sweet-natured and really does love to be around people and be very sociable.
These small dogs are known not to be the fastest learners, but are however very affectionate and devoted to their owners and will want to please them.
Good with Children:
Easy to Train:
Good with Other Pets:
Size: 20-25 cm (8-10 in)
Weight: 2-3 kg (4.5-6.5 lb)
Coat: Straight and long with a silky texture
Lifespan: 14 years
These dogs love to play and love being around people. The Maltese is described as being lively, alert, sweet-tempered and affectionate.
They have medium exercise requirements and do enjoy a good exercise and play. Two good walks each day will keep this little dog happy and content.
Owners: Are devoted to their owners and will show you lots and lots of affection.
Children: Usually good around children, should be no problems here.
Other Pets: Are known to be very good around other small pets including cats.
Strangers: Are friendly towards strangers and will want to play with them.
Other Unfamiliar Dogs: Are friendly towards unknown dogs.
What to Watch Out For
The hair on the head of the Maltese needs to be tied up or cut to keep it out of their eyes so that they can see where they are going.
Their fur will need daily grooming to prevent mats from forming and could also bring mud and dirt into the house from outside after walks.
Quite a few health risks to take note of; patellar luxation, progressive retinal atrophy, entropion, glaucoma, hypothyroidism, hypoglycaemia, deafness and dental problems.
The perfect owner will be gentle and affectionate and have plenty of time available for the dogs daily grooming requirements and play.