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Maltese Dog Breed Information

Despite of its small size, Maltese has gained reputation as a brave dog. This small and hardy dog has silky hairs, and a compact & fine boned body. If you are looking for being owner of this lively and playful dog, the article is for you:


Breed Name Maltese
Origin Central Mediterranean Area
Other names Maltese Lion Dog, Roman Ladies dog, Cokie, Spaniel Gentle
Life span 13-16 years
Breed group Gun Dog, AKC Toy, Companion dog
Size type Small
Breed type Purebred
Height Males: 21 – 25 cmFemales: 20 – 23 cm
Weight 5—8 pounds
Temperament Charming, gentle, playful, fearless, affectionate
Coat color White
Coat characteristics Silky, long and straight
Feeding 1/4 to 1/2 cup of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals
Litter size 4 puppies
Training requirements Moderate
Living condition These dogs are energetic but can do well in apartments if exercised properly
Exercise requirement Moderate
Health concerns Portosystemic liver shunt, Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA), Hypoglycemia, White Dog Shaker Syndrome, Collapsed trachea, Reverse Sneezing
Grooming needs High
Bred for Companionship
Similar dogs Yorkshire Terrier, Chihuahua, Chinese Crested
Clubs recognitions CKC: Continental Kennel ClubFCI: Fédération Cynologique InternationaleAKC: American Kennel ClubUKC: United Kennel Club

KCGB: Kennel Club of Great Britain

CKC: Canadian Kennel Club

ANKC: Australian National Kennel Club

NKC: National Kennel Club

NZKC: New Zealand Kennel Club

APRI: American Pet Registry, Inc.

ACR: American Canine Registry

DRA: Dog Registry of America, Inc.

NAPR: North American Purebred Registry, Inc.

ACA: American Canine Association Inc.

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