Hailing from Malta, the Maltese has ancient origins, appearing in Greek and Roman literature from as far back as 500 BC. Small in stature yet big in heart, these dogs make for great companions, and have even found recent purpose as therapy dogs. Pure white in colour, the Maltese has a soft and silky coat which makes it perfect for cuddling. A lively breed, these dogs make for great playmates and thrive off regular human contact. Persistent barkers if not correctly trained during development, these dogs are otherwise relatively low maintenance, and shed very little. This hypoallergenic quality makes them especially suitable for puppy-seekers that are prone to allergies derived from dog hair.
Lifestyle and Living Environment
Despite their generally loving and playful nature, these dogs are not recommended for families with young children. This is for the welfare of both the children and the dog; clumsy toddlers may accidentally cause harm to these dogs due to their small size, whilst if irked the Maltese is prone to becoming snappy, this presenting a danger to young children. The Maltese is highly adaptable to different environments, its slight size lending it well to apartment living. Its exercise needs are relatively minimal however still essential that they are fulfilled, at least 30 minutes per day required. This can be achieved through both general playtime and walks, owners advised to wait until their Maltese is at least 8 months old before taking them too far on these walks as their bones require this time to develop.
Common Health Issues
Patellar Luxation, Portosystemic Liver Shunt, Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA), Hypoglycemia, White Dog Shaker Syndrome, Collapsed Trachea.