Aristotle has been quoted saying that the Maltese is “perfectly proportioned,” notwithstanding a diminutive stature. This beautiful dog has been cherished since her earliest days in ancient Italy. These dogs were bred to be gentle-mannered, affectionate, and faithful to their owners.
The Maltese is truly the most perfect lap dog, with her fluffy white fur, adorable black-button nose, dark eyes, and energetic demeanor. They have a compact, athletic body, small floppy ears, and a tufted tail that curves over her back. Maltese dogs don’t shed much, so they may have a lower impact on people with allergies.
These gentle, playful, smart, affectionate, and trainable dogs would make a great family pet. They are generally agreeable and get along with children, adults of all ages, and live well with cats and other dogs, especially when socialized as a pup.
Height: 7 to 9 inches
Weight: 4 to 6 pounds
Life Expectancy: 12 to 15 years