If you are looking for a small-sized pooch that is excellent with other dogs, extremely cat friendly and amazingly adaptable, the Maltese might just be the breed for you.
The breed’s name varied throughout the centuries. They were originally called the Canis Melitaeus in Latin, and also known in English as the ancient dog of Malta, the Roman Ladies’ Dog or the Maltese Lion Dog.
Though the exact origin is unknown, this ancient breed is thought to have 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.
Aristotle was the first to mention its name Melitaei Catelli in one of his first written documents around 370 BC.
These pooches have slightly rounded skulls, with a finger-wide dome, a black button nose and brown eyes, while their body is quite compact.
Their coat is long, silky and of pure white color. Some might have curly hair, however, this is considered a fault.
As far as the size is concerned, adult Maltese can range from roughly 3 to 10 lb, though breed standards, as a whole, call for weights between 5-8 lbs.
When it comes to their disposition, these cuddly companions are extremely lively and playful. Some may occasionally be snappish with smaller children, but socializing them at a young age will reduce this habit.
- cat & dog friendly
- good watchdogs
- daily grooming required
- susceptible to reverse sneezing, which sounds like a honking, snorting, or gagging sounds
Should I adopt/buy The Maltese?
These small-sized pooches are loyal companions and will provide you little to no problems when it comes to health, however they do require thorough grooming and patience when it comes to kids.
So, if you want a small fluffy breed that you will be playing with and taking care of on a daily basis, the Maltese will definitely give all the love back.