The Maltese is a polite, gentle, lively, intelligent, and playful small dog breed that can bring a lot of love and happiness into your life. The Maltese, which may also be referred to as Maltese Lion Dog, is a great small dog that you will easily fall in love with. When we think about dogs, we often do not think of their blood line or where they came from, the Maltese descends from Miniature Spaniel and Poodle. The Maltese may be a member of your family from anywhere between 12 and 15 years, giving you plenty of time to love them! The Maltese belongs to the Toy breed group due to many factors that resulted in them being put into this group. The Maltese is a very popular small dog due to its polite, gentle, lively, intelligent, and playful personality, owners are very happy with their decision on choosing them as their new family member. The Maltese may be the perfect dog for your lifestyle, continue reading to learn more and help you decide if this is the small dog for you!

Body Characteristics

The Maltese is a hardy, compact, and fine-boned with a deep chest and low-set ears small dog with a Long length tail that could be the perfect addition to your family! The Maltese, or Maltese Lion Dog, varies in height from anywhere between 8in to 10in, which may be a deciding factor for many who are looking into this small dog. The Maltese can weigh between 4lbs to 7lbs making it an excellent choice for those who are looking for a Small small dog! The Maltese is a small dog with a Long, silky, straight, and reaches to the ground type coat, which make it a great indoor and outdoor companion. Those who are looking to buy one of the Maltese will find that they are available in the colors of White or Cream.


For those who are searching for an intelligent dog that will listen to commands, the Maltese is the dog for you! The Maltese is above average when it comes to training, you will be able to train it fast and be able to teach it some things other dogs may not be able to learn. The Maltese is very playful, but can have its moments where it would rather lay around than play, but that will not be very often. The Maltese is average in the energy category, it can be both equally energetic and lazy which is actually the perfect medium. The Maltese will constantly want to spend time with you showing how much you mean to them, they are a great addition to any family. The Maltese is average when it comes to children, it may be perfectly fine with them or it may not want anything to do with them, it is hit or miss. The Maltese is rated below average with new people so it is best to ensure that it is on a leash when taking it on walks. The Maltese is a good watch dog, however on occasion it may lose interest in trying to to warn you of anything suspicious. The Maltese is above average with other dogs and will get along with them very well, however on occasion it may need time to itself. The Maltese may not take much interest in the cats that are in your home, but it will not bother them or cause any problems.


The Maltese sheds very little, if at all, it would be a great indoor pet as it would not leave fur all over your home. The Maltese is hypoallergenic and is a great dog for those who have allergies but still want a pet. The Maltese requires little grooming, thus you will have more time and money to put towards other things for your small dog. The Maltese is average when it comes to health, it may have some health issues but not more than the normal dog. If you are looking to bring the Maltese into your home, some of the health problems you might have to encounter include Pateller Luxation, Hypoglycemia, and White Dog Shaker Syndrome. The amount that you may spend on a dog for each year varies on the type of dog you get, the Maltese can cost you about $1300 per year.