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(dog, not falcon)

Group (AKC):


Country of OriginMalta (go figure!)
Type of coatLong, straight coat, silky texture.
GroomingExtensive coat care. Shampoo once a week, daily brushing is essential. Special attention is needed to keep the eyes clean as staining is possible.
Average height10 inches
Average weight4 - 6 lbs.
Activity levelIndoors - Very High, Outdoors - Medium
WatchdogVery High
ProtectionVery Low
IntelligenceHigh, Obedience - High, Problem Solving - High
TrainabilityIndoor activity with suffice for exercise, but he will enjoy a walk or a run in the park.
Compatibility with childrenIt does not tolerate young children.
CharacterFriendly, alert
Ideal home environmentAn apartment is fine for he is a small, quite dog.
Ideal ownerMakes a good dog for the elderly if they can socialize and take time to groom and play with him.
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Additional notes:

The Maltese is a member of the bichon family and is one of the oldest European breeds. Its beautiful mantel of long, silky, white hair is its crowning glory. It is gentle-mannered and affectionate, yet playful and full of animation. Despite its size, it posses the vigor needed for an excellent companion. The Maltese is intelligent and easy to train but is very strong-willed. It enjoys being groomed, petted and fondled (oh behave! - think "affection" only!).

Short History:

Its origins come from Malta dating back to about 1500 B.C. Its popularity rose during the reign of Queen Elizabeth as a companion to the women of the royal court. The Maltese is featured in many famous paintings (none by Van Gogh). It first appeared in the United States in 1877.

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