Maltese puppies for sale

BREED INFORMATION

MALTESE


The Maltese is a purebred appreciated for its intelligence, loving temperament and cute appearance. It has a beautiful white coat and expressive eyes. It is used in rally, tracking, obedience, agility, and therapy.

Temperament

Affectionate, kind, playful, active, intelligent

Adult Weight 4-7 lbs
Adult Height 9-10 in
Life Expectancy 12-15 yrs
Maintenance    
Low High
Training    
Easy Hard
Shedding    
Min Max
Adaptability    
Easy Hard
Active    
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Maltese is a loving toy breed that weighs less than seven pounds with a beautiful long, and silky coat. This breed is irresistible with its big, dark eyes and free flowing elegance. This breed is low-shedding, long lived, and all around fearless.

The Maltese was introduced to Malta, which lies 60 miles south of Sicily, in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, by the Phoenicians who ruled the Mediterranean before the rise of Greece. The “Melitaie Dog” is depicted on Golden Age Ceramics, and was even referred to as “perfectly proportioned” by Aristotle. The Maltese was perfected as a fashion statement by the Aristocrats of the Roman Empire. After the fall of Rome, it was actually Chinese breeders who kept the Maltese from extinction.

Maltese are toy dogs which only have a shoulder height of 7-9 inches and weigh 4-6 pounds on average. The skull is slightly rounded on top and the ears are rather low set and heavily feathered with long hair. Its body is compact with a fairly deep chest and fine-boned legs. The coat is single, without undercoat that hangs long and flat. They are a pure white color, but light tan or lemon on the ears is permissible.

The breed has a gorgeous long white coat that requires gentle brushing and combing to prevent mats and tangles. They need regular baths to keep their coat looking its best. Their ears should be checked weekly to remove debris and accumulated wax. Their teeth should be brushed frequently since they are prone to dental disease.

This small pup is full of energy but actually only requires occasional exercise to keep them happy and healthy. A daily walk or a game of tennis ball will usually suffice to keep them fit.

They are friendly with other dogs and pets, and because of their playful personality they are good around children. They take pride in making their owner happy and they are among the gentlest mannered of all small breeds.

Maltese are highly intelligent, and because of their long history as a companion animal, they have learned to get what they want from their owners. This means that training needs to be consistent because they tend to be stubborn and determined. They do respond well to positive training methods though and can make a well-behaved pet. This breed makes a fun choice as competitive companion in dog sports such as agility and obedience.

It has a life expectancy of 12-14 years but some have been known to live up to 18 years. This breed is sensitive to cold and very warm weather. It is prone to some heart issues such as collapsed valve syndrome. They play well indoors and is well-suited to apartment life as they are not prone to excessive barking.