The Maltese is a small breed of dog in the Toy Group. It descends from dogs originating in the Central Mediterranean Area. The breed’s name and origins are generally understood to derive from the Mediterranean island nation of Malta . The Maltese had been recognized as a FCI breed under the patronage of Italy in 1954, at the annual meeting in Interlaken, Switzerland.
Maltese are cuddly companion dogs, lively, playful, and even as a Maltese ages, its energy level and playful demeanor remain fairly constant. It can be snappish with smaller children and should be supervised when playing, although socializing them at a young age will reduce this habit. They also adore humans, and prefer to stay near them. They are very active within a house, and, prefer enclosed spaces, does very well with small yards. For this reason, the breed also fares well in apartments and townhouses, and is a prized pet of urban dwellers.
Between 21 and 25 cm / From 2 to 3 kg.
The coat is long and silky and lacks an undercoat. Some Maltese can have curly hair, but this is considered a fault.
The color of the coat is pure white.
(Source: Wikipédia & The Ultimate Dogs, Dog Breeds & Dog Care by Dr Peter Larkin & Mike Stockman, August 2015)