Maltese

Average Height

20 -25cm

Average Weight

3 - 4kg

Expected Lifespan

12 -15 years

Ancient European Healer

The Maltese is one of thee most ancient breeds around today. These little beauties were made famous by various poets and artists in the very early cultures of the Romans, Egyptians and the Greeks.

The Greeks adored the Maltese so much that they would build tombs for their beloved pets. They were also seen as prized possessions to many European cultures too as they believed that these little dogs had healing powers. If someone was ill, they would place a Maltese on the pillow of the person who was sick so that they could be healed by the dog. Still to this day, the Maltese is used as a therapy dog for many people around the world. No wonder they are being used to help people, they are so darn cute!

The Maltese make for great family pets, however they do not do well in homes were there are toddlers as this breed is very small. Although they are very intelligent dogs, they are quite difficult to potty train so it is important to be patient when training your little Maltese.

If you have other pets in your home and you are looking to add a little Maltese to the mix then here is some great news…they are very friendly with other animals that they meet and they want to make friends with anyone who comes into contact with them.

The Maltese Anatomy

Head

Skull is slightly rounded, flat on top and has definite stop. Muzzle is fine and slightly tapered. Ears are set high above the zygomatic arch, close to the sides of the skull, and are not erect. Eyes are dark and round. Nose is black. Mouth has a scissor bite.

Body

Compact body with level back. Chest is deep, reaching below the elbow. Forelegs are straight and parallel from one another. Pasterns are short and vertical. Hindquarters are muscular, hind legs are straight and parallel, stifles and hocks are moderately angled. Tail is set high and arches over the back. They are single coated with silky, straight hair.

The Maltese Coat and Colours

One colour throughout the entire coat.

  • White

Some Maltese Traits

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Friendliness
Trainability
Energy
Sensitivity
Grooming Frequency
Shedding

Common Medical Conditions in Malteses

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This occurs when the dog’s kneecap is dislocated from its normal position in the groove of the thigh bone. When…

This is when there are low levels of blood sugar (Glucose) in the dogs body. Glucose is a main energy…

The portal vein is an important blood vessel which enters the liver and allows toxic elements in the blood to…

This is when there is a degeneration of the retina, or photoreceptors within the eye that aid in the ability…

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