Maltese Dog and the Maltese Characteristics

The official AKC designation of the Maltese dog breed is "Toy." There is no official designation of sub-categories, such as "teacup," although some Maltese are smaller than others and are referred to as "teacup Maltese." Also, though some people refer to the Maltese as a "Maltese terrier," the Maltese is not a terrier. The bloodlines are through the spaniel group.

Pronunciation:   Mall-TEEZ

Plural:   Maltese (not Malteses)

Size and Weight
Dog Size:
4-7 lbs.
6-10 inches
Breed Group:


For all of his diminutive size, the Maltese seems to be without fear. Their trust and affectionate responsiveness are very appealing, and they are among the gentlest mannered of all little dogs, yet are spirited, lively and playful, as well as vigorous. Good at learning tricks if they feel sufficiently rewarded. Bold and quick to sound the alarm in case of suspicious noises. A classical companion dog; graceful and love able. Does quite well with other animals. These dogs can be snappish and inconsiderate with small children. Sometimes they are picky eaters, and would rather eat what YOU eat instead of their dog food. Make sure you only feed them protein, no sugar or carbs. Include small biscuits and dry dog food in their diet to help the teeth stay strong. Do not over-pamper or over-protect these little dogs -- although you will want to -- some can become unstable, and some may become jealous of visitors if overly-pampered.

Lifestyle Requirements
Adequate Living Space:
Small Apartment
Shedding of Coat:
Little to no shedding
Long Coat, very little. Puppy Cut, every 6-8 weeks.
Hypo allergenic:
Very active indoors, outdoor activity -- 10 min. per day.
Purebred Puppy Price:
Monthly Food Cost:
About $15

Obedience Level:
Learning Rate:
Dominance Level:
Energy Type:
Guard/Watch Dog Rating:

Other Information
Country of Origin:
Malta and/or Italy
Life Span:
Avg. 14 years

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