The Maltese is a gentle and affectionate toy breed known for being playful, lively, and fearless. These clever little dogs have been considered dog aristocracy for 3,000 years and the breed has a rich history.
Other small breeds have been bred down from larger sizes, but the first Maltese were the same size as the dogs of today, and even though they’re small, Maltese tend to be brave.
The long and silky coat lacks an undercoat and the breed sheds next to nothing. Many choose to cut the coat to minimize the amount of brushing.
These dogs are lively and playful, and generally cuddly. They like company and adore their humans.