What breed of dog is a Maltese? Facts and Pictures


Q: What breed of dog is a Maltese? A: The Maltese is thought to have been descended from a Spitz-type dog found among the Swiss Lake Dwellers and was selectively bred to attain its small size. There is also some evidence that the breed originated in Asia and is related to the Tibetan Terrier; however, the exact origin is unknown.

One of the brightest and gentlest of the toys, the Maltese is exceedingly playful and enjoys clever games of dexterity such as “pull the hidden toy from under the cabinet with your paw.”
The exercise needs of the Maltese may be met with a romp in the courtyard, a short leash-led walk, or vigorous indoor games. Its coat, which may be clipped for easier maintenance, requires combing on alternate days and needs special grooming attention. The Maltese is generally considered an unsuitable outdoor dog but can fare well in either the city or the country.

Breed Characteristics

Adaptability

5 stars Dog Friendly

5 stars Shedding Level

1 star
Affection Level

5 stars Exercise Needs

1 star Social Needs

5 stars
Apartment Friendly

5 stars Grooming

5 stars Stranger Friendly

5 stars
Barking Tendencies

5 stars Health Issues

3 stars Territorial

4 stars
Cat Friendly

5 stars Intelligence

5 stars Trainability

3 stars
Child Friendly

1 star Playfulness

3 stars Watchdog Ability

4 stars

 

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