Dog Breed profiles
Maltese Breed Profile
Maltese fact file
KC Group: Toy
Height: Not exceeding 25cm from ground to withers
Weight: Not stated in breed standard but usually around 3 - 4kg
Average lifespan: 14 years
Good with children?: Yes recommended
Exercise requirement: Little
Good guard dogs?: Would bark
Moulting level: Low
Colours: Pure white, but slight lemon markings are permitted
Jogging partner: Short runs
- Maltese are merry and full of fun and despite their appearance and reputation are lively dogs.
- Loving and friendly.
- Outgoing and active.
- Maltese are companion dogs who want to spend time with their families so are not recommended for those who are out all day. If given their own space to retreat to, they can be left for a few hours.
- They do not need lots of space and are equally at home in an apartment or a large country house.
- Their sweet nature means they are good with children but interactions must be supervised. Their small stature means they can be injured easily if play is too rough.
- A Maltese needs around half an hour’s exercise a day. A run around the garden is sufficient but he is happy to go for longer walks too.
- Maltese are intelligent and obedient.
- With a regular routine they are usually easy to house-train.
- The Maltese has a soft and silky coat which requires daily grooming. The coat is naturally long but some pet owners choose to have it trimmed shorter which will mean a trip to the groomer every four to six weeks, unless you are able to do it yourself.
- In the past, the breed used to have problems with losing their teeth early, so it is important to keep up with their dental care.
- Maltese are prone to tear staining so their eyes need to be checked regularly and owners should try to keep them as dry as possible.
- Faithful and genial.
- Adaptable to different lifestyles.
- Requires a lot of grooming.
Did you know?
- The Maltese is regarded as one of the oldest dog breeds. It is reported that Charles Darwin placed the origin of the breed at 6,000 BC but research suggests it could have been even earlier.
- The Maltese does not shed his coat making him a good companion for those with allergies.