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Maltese Dog Breed

This is an ancient breed of dog that is believed to have descended from dogs in the Central Mediterranean Area with some claiming that it has the lineage of the Miniature Spaniel and Poodle. It was first recognized in Malta, where it derives its name and has been called different names through the centuries – in Latin, it was called the “Canis Melitaeus”, and in English it was known as “Maltese Lion Dog,” “Roman Ladies’ Dog” and the “ancient dog of Malta.” The Maltese is a small breed weighing from 6.5 to 9 pounds and standing at a height of 8 to 10 inches. It has a slightly rounded skull, a black nose, a medium length muzzle and a moderate stop. It has drop low-set ears that are heavily feathered and set close to the head. Its eyes are large, round and black with dark rims. Its coat is a single layer of long and silky hair that is typically pure white. Other permissible colours are cream, pale ivory tinge and traces of pale orange shades.

The Maltese breed is an ideal companion dog. It is playful, lively, intelligent, lovable and very devoted to its owner. They are good at learning tricks and do well with other dogs as well as non-canine pets. They can also be good watch dogs as they are alert and quick to yap at the slightest sound of a suspicious noise. They like to play outdoors but can still be active indoors. They should be kept away from damp areas and are also prone to teeth problems. They can live up to 15 years or more.

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