AKC PuppyFinder: Maltese Puppies

Breed Traits
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  • Personality: Gentle, playful, affectionate; fearless in a charming toy-dog way
  • Energy Level: Somewhat Active; A classic lapdog, but Maltese still like brisk walks, playtime, and learning tricks
  • Good with Children: Better with Supervision
  • Good with other Dogs: With Supervision
  • Shedding: Infrequent, Hypoallergenic
  • Grooming: Weekly
  • Trainability: Responds Well
  • Height: 7-9 inches
  • Weight: under 7 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 12-15 years
  • Barking Level: Barks When Necessary
Breed Description
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Beneath that stunning floor-length coat is an affectionate, playful and fearless little dog. The Maltese has been prized as much for personality as for looks for thousands of years. He's the perfect combination of lapdog and feisty, intelligent companion. Your Maltese puppy will be hearty family playmate, adaptable and eager to learn. Frequent grooming and reward-based training will bring out the best in your gentle, charming new family member.

History & Job
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Origin: Malta

Year Recognized: 1888

Breed History & Job Description: Malta, smack in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, was a highly civilized commercial hub of the ancient world—think of a Bronze Age Manhattan with ox carts instead of subways. It was here that seafaring traders bartered luxury goods (including a certain little white lapdog) for export around the world. For three thousand years Maltese have been favored pets of nobles and notables. Among those who figure into Maltese history and legend are Aristotle, St. Paul the Apostle, Mary Queen of Scots, and Napoleon.

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Maltese are generally a healthy breed and not commonly afflicted with serious disease. Like all breeds there may be some health issues. Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of Maltese are healthy dogs.


Recommended Health Test from the National Breed Club:


  • Cardiac Exam
  • Patella Evaluation
Breed Club
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  • Breed Club: American Maltese Association
  • Breed Club Link: http://www.americanmaltese.org/
  • Breed Standard: View
  • Group: Toy
  • 2016 Popularity: 33
  • Breed Referral Contact: Julie Phillips - 239-549-4446
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  • Breed Club Rescue: American Maltese Rescue Organization
  • Breed Club Rescue Email: ponylady@mcn.org, Edie Gobbi
  • Breed Club Rescue Phone: 707-964-4592
  • Breed Club Rescue Link: http://www.americanmalteserescue.org/


Click here to see all Maltese Rescue Groups.

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