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Maltese puppies are affectionate, cuddly, joyful, and bouncy little dogs. They are playful and kind, sporty and fun, they love to be surrounded by their human family and they never grow old – neither in spirit nor in appearance. Adorable Maltese pups want nothing more than to bring joy and love into their homes; they are natural born entertainers, perfect little cuddle buddies, they are easy to train, eager to please, and they are always happy and cheerful. 

Small, gracious, and elegant, the Maltese has an average height between 9 to 10 inches and an average weight between 4 to 7 pounds. Their small stature is beautifully matched with a long white silky coat, a round face, expressive dark eyes, a tiny black nose, feathered floppy ears, and a puffy tail. 

BREED TYPE / MIX Purebred ENERGY Moderate SHEDDING Minimum TRAINING Determined TEMPERAMENT Affectionate, Gentle, Intelligent, Loving, Playful ADULT WEIGHT 4-7 lbs ADULT HEIGHT 9-10 in LIFE SPAN 12-15 yrs

Maltese Characteristics

  • Maltese are cheerful, devoted, and all-around happy dogs. They are very receptive to human emotion and they make wonderful therapy dogs
  • Highly social and friendly, Maltese are known to make fast friends with everyone they meet, they are friendly with children of all ages, other pets, and strangers
  • The Maltese has a long lifespan (14-16 years) and is believed to be amongst the healthiest of dog breeds
  • Clever, curious, and eager to please, the Maltese puppies are easy to train and they find the process very enjoyable
  • The Maltese retain their playful nature and young looks well into their teen years
  • The Maltese shed very little and are considered to be hypoallergenic dogs  
  • The Maltese is easy to adapt and thrives in both small apartments and big homes as well as in active and calm lifestyles
  • Fearless, alert, and vigilant, the Maltese is an excellent watchdog

Maltese Breeders

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It truly takes a special breeder to assist with nourishing and raising a Maltese puppy properly. Like people, the most critical moments in a puppy's life starts in the beginning. Providing a safe, natural, comfortable, and healthy environment for the nursing mother and her baby is essential. Only the nation's best Maltese breeders can provide the best quality of life. Here at Premier Pups, we work hand-in-hand with our breeders. We spend consistent on-site time with our selected breeders and can undoubtedly say that our puppies come from a caring environment. The footage produced in our videos is 100% real. We take un-staged, unedited, and only authentic scenes at our breeder locations. We only align ourselves with Maltese breeders whose standards are much higher than the rest. 

Maltese Appearance

Elegant and sweet with a proud and gracious demeanor, the Maltese has often been called “a living piece of jewelry”. Small in stature, the Maltese has an average weight between 4 to 7 pounds and an average height between 9 to 10 inches. The Maltese has a small compact body, a medium length muzzle, a gorgeous round face, round dark expressive eyes, feathered drop ears, and a puffy tail worn gracefully over the back.  The Maltese has a gorgeous pure white silky coat that is shiny, straight, and quite long. The Maltese coat is hypoallergenic with minimal to no shedding.  

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Chino Formerly Maddox , a Maltese puppy from Dallas, Tx Snuggled, a Maltese puppy from Heath Ohio Ollie, a Maltese puppy from Fenton, Michigan Abby, a Maltese puppy from Baltimore, MD Fluffy, a Maltese puppy from Maine Prince Aka Max, a Maltese puppy from San Jose, CA Leon aka Lennox, a Maltese puppy from Chicago, IL Jon Snow and Evie, a Maltese puppy from Tampa Florida Jon Snow, a Maltese puppy from Tampa, FL

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Maltese Temperament

The Maltese are sweet, highly affectionate and devoted dogs who love nothing more than to be near their family where they can perform tricks, entertain with stunts, and receive kisses, belly rubs, praise, and cuddles. Gentle, playful, and fun, the Maltese is excellent around children of all ages and gets along great with other pets especially if games like fetch and chase are involved. The Maltese is lively, playful, sporty, and athletic. They enjoy and excel at canine sports such as agility, rally, obedience, and tracking and they love to participate in family activities, especially ones that allow them to be in the center of attention. Though very small and precious, the Maltese are as feisty and vigilant as they are adorable. They make excellent watchdogs, and will bark any unwelcomed intruder right out the door.  

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Maltese History

The Bichon Maltese, also referred to as “Ye Ancient Dogge of Malta”, “the Roman ladies' dog” and “the canine aristocrat”, is an ancient breed as old as time. The Maltese have been represented in ancient Egyptian drawings, ancient Greek monuments, English literature, and French poetry throughout history.

From the Island of Malta and across Europe, Asia, and the United States, the Maltese has gathered an impressive number of admirers and the well-deserved title of “more precious than gems” companion pet. Sweet, affectionate with an elegant demeanor, and a joyful personality, the Maltese has earned the favor of pharaohs, aristocrats, noble and royal families around the world for thousands of years, with more notable admirers like King Henry VIII, Queen Elizabeth I, Queen Victoria and Aristotle.  

During the 1800’s the Maltese became known as a “living piece of jewelry” and would soon become one of the most popular companion pets at royal courts around the world. Enchanted by their small size and elegant demeanor, the ladies of the courts started to carry the Maltese on their sleeves as a symbol of wealth and luxury.  

Today, the precious and charming Maltese is considered to be one of the most popular breeds in the world. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the average lifespan of a Maltese? The average lifespan is 12 to 15 years.

Does the Maltese shed a lot? No. The Maltese sheds very little if at all. They are considered one of the best breeds for people who suffer from dog allergies.

Is the Maltese a good option for a family with children? Maltese’s are very small dogs who enjoy play, however, they are not often recommended with families that have small children as young children may not quite understand how to be gentle, especially if left unsupervised.

What colors do the Maltese come in? White. Thought they do have some tan or lemon markings around their ears the rest of their coat is fully White.

What if any healthy issues should I be concerned with? All dogs will face ailments as they grow older, just like humans. The most common health issues found in the Maltese are patellar luxation, progressive retinal atrophy (PRA), patent ductus arteriosus, portosystemic liver shunt, white dog shaker syndrome, and hypoglycemia.

Is the Maltese an intelligent breed? Yes, the Maltese are highly intelligent. They love learning new skills and performing learned tricks, which makes training a pretty simple process.

How much exercise does a Maltese need? This breed requires a minimal amount of exercise each day to remain fit and healthy. Short strolls either in a park or a yard are great for these pooches.

How often does a Maltese need to be groomed? This depends on the look that you’re going for. If you prefer your Maltese to have a longer coat then you’ll need to brush your little one daily as well as wash their face to avoid tear staining around the eyes. If you are keeping your dog’s coat shorter, brushing every couple of days as well as cleaning of the face each day is sufficient. A weekly bath will also keep your Maltese’s coat clean and soft.

Do Maltese come in different sizes? No. Unlike Poodle mixes, there is only one Maltese.

Are Maltese’s easily trainable? Like most small dogs, the Maltese is a spirited animal that tends to do things on their terms. The most effective way to train your Maltese is with proper socialization at an early age as well as practicing patience, consistency and most positive reinforcement. These dogs love to be told they did something well, so this is a big benefit in terms of training.

Where does the Maltese originate? This breed was founded on the Mediterranean island of Malta and was developed to be the companion pet of wealthy, cultured families.

What are Maltese halos? Halos are a part of the Maltese’s black points and are quite beautiful. Not all Maltese have these.

What's the best type of food for My Maltese? It's always best to feed a high quality dry dog food instead of wet canned food to help your dog maintain healthy gums and teeth. For optimal health, offer a formula with wholesome ingredients and all-natural preservatives (such as a vitamin blend and/or herbs). Avoid artificial preservatives when you can.

What breeds are similar to the Maltese? The Papillon and the Bichon Frise are both very similar to the Maltese breed.

I’ve seen advertisements for “tea cup” Maltese, what does this mean? Please be aware that there is no official separate breed called a “teacup Maltese.” This is a marketing and advertising ploy rather than a true recognized type of dog.