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  • ABOUT THE MALTESE BREED

The Maltese is a breed of dog in the toy group. Historically the breed name and origins were thought to have derived from Malta, however more recently they are thought to have originated in south-central Europe from spitz-type dogs.

  • Appearance

Characteristics include slightly rounded skulls, with a finger-wide dome, a black button nose and brown eyes. The body is compact with the length equaling the height and the tail is almost always curled. The drop ears with (sometimes) long hair, and eyes surrounded by darker skin pigmentation (called a "halo"), gives Maltese their expressive look. Lacking exposure to a lot of sunlight, their noses can fade and become pink or light brown in color. This is often referred to as a "winter nose" and many times will become black again with increased exposure to the sun. The Maltese's paws are very sensitive to touch.


Maltese showing tear staining
The coat is long and silky and lacks an undercoat. Some Maltese can have curly hair (especially behind their ears), but this is considered a fault. The colour of the coat is pure white. A pale ivory tinge is permitted on the ears. In some standards, a pure white coat with slight lemon markings is tolerated.

The Maltese does not shed, and is therefore a good choice for people with dog allergies. They can exhibit signs of tear-staining.[citation needed] Some people prefer their dogs to have the coat short, clipped to a few centimetres in length.

Adult Maltese range from roughly 1.4 to 4.5 kg (3 to 10 lb).[citation needed] The international FCI standard specifies a weight of 3–4 kg (6.6–8.8 lb); the American Kennel Club calls for a somewhat lighter weight of 4–7 lb (1.8–3.2 kg), with 4–6 lb (1.8–2.7 kg) preferred,They are usually 18 to 30 cm (7 to 12 in) tall.

Temperament
Maltese are bred to be companion dogs. They are extremely lively and playful, and even as a Maltese ages, its energy level and playful demeanor remain fairly constant. Some Maltese may occasionally be snappish with smaller children and should be supervised when playing, although socializing them at a young age will reduce this habit. They also adore humans, and prefer to stay near them. The Maltese is very active within a house, and, preferring enclosed spaces, does very well with small yards. For this reason, the breed also fares well in apartments and townhouses, and is a prized pet of urban dwellers. Some Maltese may suffer from separation anxiety.They are ranked 59th of 79 breeds assessed for intelligence by Stanley Coren

 

Characteristics include slightly rounded skulls, with a finger-wide dome, a black button nose and brown eyes. The body is compact with the length equaling the height and the tail is almost always curled. The drop ears with (sometimes) long hair, and eyes surrounded by darker skin pigmentation (called a "halo"), gives Maltese their expressive look. Lacking exposure to a lot of sunlight, their noses can fade and become pink or light brown in color. This is often referred to as a "winter nose" and many times will become black again with increased exposure to the sun. The Maltese's paws are very sensitive to touch.

Maltese showing tear staining
The coat is long and silky and lacks an undercoat. Some Maltese can have curly hair (especially behind their ears), but this is considered a fault. The colour of the coat is pure white. A pale ivory tinge is permitted on the ears. In some standards, a pure white coat with slight lemon markings is tolerated.

The Maltese does not shed, and is therefore a good choice for people with dog allergies. They can exhibit signs of tear-staining.[citation needed] Some people prefer their dogs to have the coat short, clipped to a few centimetres in length.

Adult Maltese range from roughly 1.4 to 4.5 kg (3 to 10 lb).[citation needed] The international FCI standard specifies a weight of 3–4 kg (6.6–8.8 lb); the American Kennel Club calls for a somewhat lighter weight of 4–7 lb (1.8–3.2 kg), with 4–6 lb (1.8–2.7 kg) preferred,They are usually 18 to 30 cm (7 to 12 in) tall.

  • Temperament

Maltese are bred to be companion dogs. They are extremely lively and playful, and even as a Maltese ages, its energy level and playful demeanor remain fairly constant. Some Maltese may occasionally be snappish with smaller children and should be supervised when playing, although socializing them at a young age will reduce this habit. They also adore humans, and prefer to stay near them. The Maltese is very active within a house, and, preferring enclosed spaces, does very well with small yards. For this reason, the breed also fares well in apartments and townhouses, and is a prized pet of urban dwellers. Some Maltese may suffer from separation anxiety.They are ranked 59th of 79 breeds assessed for intelligence by Stanley Coren