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Breed: Maltese:

  • The Maltese is an ancient breed, known in Mediterranean countries since the earliest times.
  • Small statues of Maltese were found in the tomb of Ramses II, who ruled from 1290 to 1223 B.C.
  • The breed became popular in Britain in the 1500s. perhaps earlier.
  • A Maltese first appeared in a North American Dog Show in 1877.
  • The Maltese is a little square dog with a well rounded head.
  • They stand up tot 10 inches high at the withers and weight between 4 and 9 pounds.
  • They have dark eyes, and a black nose, and their ears are flat (almost triangular) covered with long hair.
  • Their coat is white with long, straight, silky hair that requires extensive grooming to keep in top condition.
  • They can occassionally have slight lemon or beige markings.
  • Despite their small size, they are not weak dogs -- they love exercise.
  • They also enjoy attention and human company.
  • Maltese are intelligent, affectionate, good natured, and hardy dogs.