Country of Origin: Mediterranean Basin
Height: Male: 21–25 cm, Female: 20–23 cm
Weight: Male: 3–4 kg, Female: 3–4 kg
Life Expectancy: 12 – 15 years
Temperament: Playful, Affectionate, Docile, Lively, Intelligent, Fearless, Sweet-Tempered, Responsive, Gentle, Active, Easygoing
Litter Size: 2 - 5 puppies
Health Problems: N/N
Brief info: Maltese were regarded as meet playfellows for mincing mistresses and were often carried in the sleeve as a sleeve dog.
The Maltese is a hardy little companion dog with a luxurious silky white coat hanging straight to the ground on each side of a center part line. The coat is single, with no undercoat, and should not be wavy, curly or kinky. It should be made of shiny, thick, heavy hair which is about 8 inches (22cm.) long. The color is pure white, although light ivory is acceptable.
The long pendant ears and tail are thickly covered with hair and the tail drapes over the back. The eyes are dark, round, large and deep with dark rims. The muzzle tapers slightly and should be one-third the length of the total head. It should have a black nose with open nostrils and a distinct stop. The body is slightly longer than tall with a level topline. The Maltese is fine-boned, but sturdy. A properly built Maltese seems to float along the ground under his cloud of white hair.