Origin: This ancient dog was described by the Greek philosopher Theophrastus as belonging to the “Melita” breed, an archaic ame for Malta. It was developed in Italy with the addition of miniature spaniel and poodle blood.
Description: Height: dogs, 8- to 10 inches ( 21- 25 cm)q bitches, 8 to 9 inches (20-23 cm.). Weight: from 6 1/2 to 9 pounds (3-4 kg.). Its muzzle should be one – third the length of its total head. It shoud have a black nose with opoen nostrils and a distinct stop. Eyes: large, deep ocher. Ears: pendent, heavily covered with hair. Tail: richly feathered, falling over its back. But the most important characteristic of the Maltese is the beauty of its coat. It should be made up of shiny, thick heavy hair about 8 1/2 inches (22cm) long – long enough to reach the ground. Its color is pure white, although light ivory is acceptable. Daily comping is indispensable.
Personality: Astute, playful, intelligent, and devoted to its master. It is easily a lramed by suspicious noises.
Uses: It is a classical companion dog, graceful and lovable. It maylive to be as old as eighteen, but it is important to keep it out of the damp.
Note: It does not shed in spring and fall. Its coat, therefore always looks luxurioius.