This small dog is bold and loves to run and play. It is reserved with strangers and some bark a lot.
This ancient dog from the island of Malta is the oldest of all toy dogs. Used as a royal lapdog and companion, this little dog is admirable, gentle, playful, energetic, bold, and feisty. It enjoys running, playing, and even challenging larger dogs. It may be a reserved with strangers and some tend to bark, but they are excellent companions. Although they may not be able to protect much, they are superb watchdogs. They require daily exercise, so either a fun game indoors or a short walk will be plenty for these little dogs. Their ideal human companions are singles, seniors, families with older children, and royalty. Due to having long white hair, they require combing every day or two, and possibly some trimming in certain areas to refrain from getting dirty.
Breed Details & Traits
Weight: under 7 lb, preferably 4-6 lb
Lifespan: 12-14 years
Feisty, Gentle, Playful,
Common Health Concerns for Maltese:
- Dental Problems
- Open Fontanel
- Patellar Luxation
- Portacaval Shunt
Less Common Concerns for Maltese:Return to Trupanion Pet Health Guide
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