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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:
|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|
|Height||Males: 21 – 25 cmFemales: 20 – 23 cm|
|Temperament||Charming, gentle, playful, fearless, affectionate|
|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|
|Living condition||These dogs are energetic but can do well in apartments if exercised properly|
|Health concerns||Portosystemic liver shunt, Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA), Hypoglycemia, White Dog Shaker Syndrome, Collapsed trachea, Reverse Sneezing|
|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.
|Characteristics||Stars (based on 5)||Characteristics||Stars (based on 5)|
|Barking tendencies||(4)||Shedding level||(2)|
|Cat friendly||(4)||Social needs||(4)|
|Child friendly||(1)||Stranger Friendly||(4)|
|Dog friendly||(4)||Territorial aggression||(3)|