There is a dispute as to whether the breed originates from Malta or Melita in Sicily. Statues depicting a similar-looking type of dog have been discovered in Egyptian tombs and it's possible the Romans brought the breed to England.
Appearance of Maltese Puppies/ Dogs
Long facial hair tied back with ribbon.
Silky long white coat
Tail carried over back with hair to one side
Dark brown, oval-shaped eyes with black rims
Well-feathered, long ears hang close to head
Short, cobby-or square-body
Life Span Over 12 years
Height range Up to 10in (Up to 25cm)
Weight range 4-7lb (2to 3Kg)
Character Brave, energetic, and fearless dog, but also gentle mannered and amiable.
Exercise gentle exercise.
Grooming good daily grooming with a bristle brush; the topknot is tied with a bow.
Feeding relatively small appetite.
Temperament tendencies Thanks to a long partnership between this breed and Man, they have a special temperament.
Gentle, good with children and obedient. Very loving and intelligent and capable of learning many commands.