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Breeds 101

Maltese


Maltese is gentle, playful, and energetic dog.

Maltese DogThe most ancient of the toys, the Maltese has been popular for centuries with people of wealth.

As with other ancient breeds, the origin of the Maltese remains a mystery; the dogs appear in Greek art dating back to the fifth century. Most associate the breed with the Isle of Malta. Maltese likely were distributed as exotic items of trade from Malta, eventually making their way throughout the civilized world.

Maltese is small (tiny) size dog, 9 to 10 inches, 4 to 6 pounds. He is usually pure white color.

Maltese has gentle, playful, and energetic temperament. It is fearless for its small size. Often showers affection on family and friends, and is almost invariably good with children. Have a high energy level.

Someone with a lot of time for a dog is a best owner for Maltese.

Needs: Lots of attention; daily grooming is absolutely essential; frequent dental care.. It relishes exercise, but when there is no opportunity for this, it will adapt to more sedentary life. Apartment living is fine with walks and playtime.

Life expectancy: 12 to 15 years.

More funny fact:

It is likely that Phoenician traders brought the “Melita” (old term for Malta) breed to Malta over 2,000 years ago. Today’s Maltese may be the result of crossing miniature spaniels with the Miniature Poodle.

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