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The Maltese is one of the many bichon
breeds found in areas around the Mediterranean. It is believed to be at least
two thousand years old and was kept as a companion by nobility. Ancient authors
often remarked on the beauty of the Maltese; the Greeks were so enamored with
the breed that they even erected tombs for them. English travelers during the
sixteenth and seventeenth centuries brought examples home with them but the
breed was not seen in the U.S. until the late nineteenth century.
The Maltese is a small dog with a
compact body that is equal in height and length. It has a medium-length head
with a slightly rounded skull and a firm jaw. The nose is small and black. The
eyes are dark and round and the drop ears are set low. The long plume of a tail
is carried arched over the back. The single coat is silky and flat. It hangs to
either side of the body from a center part. The long hair on the head is usually
tied into a topknot. It is usually pure white but may have some light tan or
lemon on the ears, although this isn't desirable.
5 to 8 inches
4 to 7 pounds
The Maltese is a fearless dog that is
trusting and gentle with friends but somewhat wary of strangers. It is
affectionate and playful, although it may be prone to some anxiety.
This breed makes a good pet for a
family or individual in a city or suburban home. It does well in an apartment.
Attention, grooming, socialization.
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source: dog bible