Silky long hair
Spirited, lively, and playful
Like their relatives Poodles and Bichon
Frisé, they are considered to be largely
hypoallergenic and many people who
are allergic to dogs may not be allergic
to the Maltese.
The Maltese is a dog belonging to the toy group that is covered from head to foot with a
mantle of long, silky, white hair. Adult Maltese range from roughly 3 to 10 lb (1.4 to 4.5
kg), though breed standards, as a whole, call for weights between 4 and 8 lb (1.8 to 3.7
kg). The coat is long and silky and lacks an undercoat. The color is pure white and
although cream or light lemon ears are permissible.
Maltese can be very energetic and are known for their occasional wild outbursts of
physical activity, running around in circles chasing their tail, and bolting at top speed
with amazing agility; given this, they still do well for apartment dwellers. These
intelligent dogs learn quickly, and pick up new tricks and behaviours easily.
As an aristocrat of the canine world, this ancient breed has been known by a variety of
names throughout the centuries. Originally called the Melitaie Dog, he has also been
known as "Ye Ancient Dogge of Malta", the Roman Ladies' Dog, the Comforter Dog, the
Spaniel Gentle, the Bichon, the Shock Dog, the Maltese Lion Dog and the Maltese
Terrier. Sometime within the past century, he has come to simply be known as the