The Maltese has been a treasured companion dog for more than 2,000 years.

Vital Stats

Height: 8 to 10 inches at shoulder
Weight: No more than 7 pounds
Coat: long and silky
Life span: 12 to 15 years or more

Gentle and fearless, the Maltese greets everyone as a friend. His glamorous white coat gives him a look of haughty nobility, but looks can be deceiving.

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, he loves to be with his people. Full Maltese profile on
[usrlist “Affectionate with family:5” “Good for new owners:5” “Dog friendly:4” “Playfulness:4” “Tendency to bark or howl:4” “Easy to groom:4” “Potential for weight gain:3” “Watchdog ability:3” “Vigor:3” “Need for exercise:2” “Drooling potential:2” “Wanderlust:1” “Cold tolerance:1”]