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Also referred to as Bichon Maltiase

Find some great facts about this breed. Learn about the average
height & weight, the typical colorings & temperaments, plus information
about their activity level, age expectancy, typical health concerns & more!

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All About the Maltese

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Average Height & Weight

The Maltese is considered a SMALL dog based on the average height and weight.


Males – Height: 9 to 10 inches.

Weight: 4 to 7 pounds.

Females – Height: 9 to 10 inches.

Weight: 4 to 7 pounds.

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Typical Coloring

Maltese are commonly white, white and lemon, or white and tan.





Bred as a companion dog, Maltese have sweet, gentle personalities and are fiercely devoted to their owners. They are brave and fear nothing, despite their small size, and they are easy to train, as long as owners offer them the proper rewards.




Activity Level

Maltese are a high-energy breed but don't require a lot of exercise!

Maltese are an energetic breed, but because they are so small they don’t require a lot of exercise. A short walk or even an indoor game of fetch will suffice. In fact, they love to play games of any type.


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Breed Characteristics



Age Expectancy

12 to 14 years

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Known Breed-Related Health Issues

The most common health concerns for Maltese include patellar luxation, open fontanel, hypoglycemia, hydrocephalus, distichiasis and entropion. Deafness and white shaker-dog syndrome are less common but still occur within the breed.




Ideal Climates for this Breed

Maltese have a low tolerance for hot climates and a medium tolerance for cold climates thanks to their long hair. Still, they prefer to stay indoors.





Family Orientation
(good with kids, or other pets?)

Maltese generally do well with children, who are not intimidated by their small size. Some Maltese bark a lot, which can be off-putting to younger kids. The breed is friendly toward other dogs and other household pets, though often shy around human strangers.




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