Facts About The Maltese:

The Maltese was first registered by the AKC (American Kennel Club) in 1888. This
dog is classified in the Toy Dog Group.

History:

Some historical evidence links the Maltese to the genetic make up of the Lhasa Apso,
the Tibetan Terrier, the Tibetan Spaniel, and even the Pekingese. By all accounts, the
Maltese is a truly ancient breed of dog. – Aristotle wrote about the Maltese in 350
BC. Aristotle attributed the origin of the dog to the Island of Malta in the
Mediterranean Sea. The name Maltese is derived from the area of Malta. It is
believed that the dogs arrived in Europe through the migration of nomad tribes.

Physical Characteristics:
*Small in size
*Beautifully appointed
* luxurious silky white coat hanging straight to the ground
*Common color is pure white - light ivory cream


Size & Height
*Height from 1-10 inches
*Weight from 4 to 10 lbs.


Personality:


*Adaptable
*Playful
*Intelligent
*Will exercise themselves





Physical Accommodations:
*Active in doors
*Enjoys walks in the park
*Playful up to their old age
*Most comfortable in mild weather


Health Problems:

*Sunburn *Various skin problems
*Respiratory problems
*Problems with the eyes
*Problem with the teeth
*Some digestive problems
*May be difficult to feed


The long, silky, dazzling white hair of the Maltese requires daily combing and
brushing. Be gentle with this little creature because the coat is very soft. The eyes
should be cleaned daily to prevent staining

The Maltese's beard needs to be cleaned after eating to maintain the dog’s pristine
appearance. Bathing is needed on a regular basis. The Maltese must be thoroughly
dried after a water bath. The ears are of some concern and should be free from any
hair in the canal. The Maltese sheds little to no hair

These dogs offer their owners years of faithful companionship and gives loving
obedience to the right family.
Chrisman Maltese
Facts About The Maltese