The Maltese was originally bred to be an excellent companion and it is probably one of the oldest toy dog breeds in the world. Even though he is small he is fearless but can be very gentle in the same time which makes him a good therapy dog. The average height of a Maltese is 8 inches to 10 inches weighing about 5 to 9 pounds. They have a lifespan of 12 to 15 years.
Originally bred as a companion the Maltese is one of the cutest toy dog breed that you can find. Many owners of this dog breed had confirmed that the Maltese is just like an accessory that you love the most. He is very affectionate, friendly, gentle, obedient, intelligent and highly trainable which makes him a perfect family companion as well as a good therapy dog. The Maltese loves all the energy demanding activities like fly-ball, Frisbee, running, swimming and many other fun dog games. If he is left alone more than a few hours a day he can become bored and might become very loud and destructive. The Maltese is a great watchdog because he is very reserved with strangers and will always let you know when a stranger is approaching your property. He is known to behave well when children are around but very small children should always be well supervised when they encounter any type of dog breed because they might have the tendency to tease and no dog will accept that. Obedience training and early socialization are very important in this case and can make a big difference if you want to be the owner of an obedient dog.
Maltese is a very intelligent dog breed. They can learn new commands very quickly which makes them quite easy to train. Usually they enjoy any type of activity so training will not be a problem for them. In fact it can be something that they will really enjoy.
Shedding should not concern you at all if you plan to buy this type of dog breed. In fact you will never find a hair in your house because the Maltese is not a type of dog breed that sheds hair.
The Maltese, like many other dog breeds, need daily exercise. Don’t worry, those needs can be met quite easy with simple walks or playing some fun games. His coat needs to be shaped two or three months and proper brushing should be done every now and then.
The Maltese was bred almost 2 thousand years ago and it is probably one of the most ancient of the toy-type dog breeds around the world. Many writers and artists have immortalized this cute toy dog in the early great culture of Egypt, Rome and Greece.