Maltese are extra small dog breed that is hardy, vigorous, gentle, affectionate and packs a unique personality in a small body. Nothing makes them happier than constantly being by the side of their owner, who can bring them along when doing daily chores. They do not like being alone and can become anxious and overprotective toward their owner and other members of the household by barking loudly and showing signs of agitation and aggression.
Records mention that Maltese dogs were used to catch mice and rats in port warehouses as early as the Roman era and since then have inherited their characteristic feistiness, stubbornness and tenacity. However, they do respond well to training and win awards because of their intelligence that can really amaze.
A well-trained Maltese dog is cheerful, playful, companionable with humans and quickly adapts to its new environment and members of the household. As with other white dogs, their diet should be adjusted to their proclivity to skin disorders. Their coat is long, straight, with a silky sheen and requires thorugh grooming.
Maltese dogs weigh 3-4 kg and have an average life expectancy of up to 15 years.