Maltese dogs are believed to be the oldest of all the Toy breeds from Europe. These dogs were very popular with royals, nobles and the aristocracy. Both very affectionate and well-mannered, these dogs display regal and graceful mannerisms.


Maltese dogs don't need lots of exercise. They do well with apartment living as long as they get a walk daily and some indoor playtime. These dogs also enjoy running and playing in a safely fenced yard. These are very social dogs and they love play dates at the park. Always supervise them and keep them safely leashed when out in public.


Maltese dog coats require brushing and combing daily to keep away matting. They have a very silky and soft coat that must be cared for gently. These dogs need regular bathing or dry shampooing. Clean their eyes daily to avoid staining. Their ears also must be kept clean and away from stray hair. Maltese dogs don't fare well in intensely hot or damp locations. They can be picky eaters and have indigestion. Take care of their teeth to avoid tooth loss. Health concerns include skin disorders, eye problems, and respiratory issues.


Maltese dogs are full of delight and joy. These highly intelligent little dogs are very playful and animated. They're quite social, and love being the center of attention whether with their family or in a show ring. Maltese dogs are bright, affectionate, deeply devoted and very endearing.


Maltese dogs own a mantle of long and silky hair that carries quite an elegant look. Their coat is straight, pure white, and has no undercoat. In fact, their luxurious white coat is considered their hallmark. This is a non-shedding breed.


Maltese dogs are trusting, obedient and gentle. They're usually amiable and good natured little dogs that love being held and cuddled. This breed is tolerant of other pets but not good for ill-mannered children. They usually bond closely with one person and don't like being left alone for a long stretch of time. At times, they can be over-protective regarding their owner, family and territory. If they feel threatened, they'll bark or bite. These are agile, vigorous and fearless dogs. They commit themselves completely to their families.


Maltese dogs might be hard to housebreak so crate training should be used. They need to be socialized early in life. Their training should never be harsh. It must be conductive using consistency, patience, love and rewards. They're great with learning tricks. This breed doesn't need a lot of obedience training because they're naturally obedient to their master.