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

Summary
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 DogTime.com

Affectionate with family:
5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)
Good for new owners:
5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)
Dog friendly:
4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Playfulness:
4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Tendency to bark or howl:
4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Easy to groom:
4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Potential for weight gain:
3 out of 5 stars (3.0 / 5)
Watchdog ability:
3 out of 5 stars (3.0 / 5)
Vigor:
3 out of 5 stars (3.0 / 5)
Need for exercise:
2 out of 5 stars (2.0 / 5)
Drooling potential:
2 out of 5 stars (2.0 / 5)
Wanderlust:
1 out of 5 stars (1.0 / 5)
Cold tolerance:
1 out of 5 stars (1.0 / 5)
Average:
3.2 out of 5 stars (3.2 / 5)