The Maltese is a small breed of dog originating in the Central Mediterranean Area. Beneath the all-white mantle is a compact body moving with a smooth and effortless gait. The breed is easily distinguished by its straight and long white coat. They are one of the most gentle mannered of all little dogs, highly intelligent but are also full of energy and very playful, making them great family dogs.
- Dog Breed Group: Toy group
- Height: 7 to 10 inches
- Weight: 7 to 9 pounds
- Life Span: 12 to 15 years
- Other Names: ancient dog of Malta