Maltese​

A gentle and fearless dog breed, the Maltese greets everyone as a friend. Their glamorous white coat gives them a look of haughty nobility, but looks can be deceiving.

Even though these are purebred dogs, you may find them in the care of shelters or rescue groups. Remember to adopt! Don’t shop if you want to bring a dog home.

 

This is a sprightly, vigorous dog who excels not only as a companion but also as a therapy dog and competitor in such dog sports as agility, obedience, rally, and tracking. But most of all, they love to be with their people. Even novice pet parents and apartment dwellers will find these pups to be excellent furry family members.

Vital Stats

Dog Breed Group

Companion Dogs

Height

8 to 10 inches tall at the shoulder

Weight

Up to 7 pounds

Life Span

12 to 15 years

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Breed Characteristics

Adaptability

3/5

All-Around Friendliness

4/5

Health And Grooming Needs

2/5

Trainability

3/5

Physical Activity

3/5