Maltese

Gentle, playful, and charming, the Maltese is a beloved member of the toy group of dogs. Weighing in at less than seven pounds, the Maltese is a petite pooch with a remarkably long, silky, hair-like coat that comes in a trademark white color. With origins rooted in the Mediterranean area—hence the name—, this dog has been around since ancient times and was  bred to be a companion from the start. The Maltese is favored for its lively, playful, yet gentle temperament and has a life-expectancy of 15 years. Did you know that the most popular hair cut for a Maltese is called “the puppy cut”?

The Maltese has a withers height between 7”-9” (18-23 cm) and a weight in the range of 3-8 lb (1.4-3.6 kg). The Maltese has an overall body length of roughly 13.5”-17.5” (34-44 cm), standing height of 12”-15” (30-38 cm), and a typical lifespan of 12-15 years.

Set of seated and standing side elevation drawings of the Maltese dog breed

Gentle, playful, and charming, the Maltese is a beloved member of the toy group of dogs. Weighing in at less than seven pounds, the Maltese is a petite pooch with a remarkably long, silky, hair-like coat that comes in a trademark white color. With origins rooted in the Mediterranean area—hence the name—, this dog has been around since ancient times and was  bred to be a companion from the start. The Maltese is favored for its lively, playful, yet gentle temperament and has a life-expectancy of 15 years. Did you know that the most popular hair cut for a Maltese is called “the puppy cut”?

Series of illustrations of the Maltese dog breed lying down, and standing and sitting seen from the front

The Maltese has a withers height between 7”-9” (18-23 cm) and a weight in the range of 3-8 lb (1.4-3.6 kg). The Maltese has an overall body length of roughly 13.5”-17.5” (34-44 cm), standing height of 12”-15” (30-38 cm), and a typical lifespan of 12-15 years.

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Height: 
12”-15” | 30-38 cm
Width:
Depth:
Length:
13.5”-17.5” | 34-44 cm
Withers Height:
7”-9” | 18-23 cm
:
Weight:
3-8 lb | 1.4-3.6 kg

Coat Color: Pure white

Temperament: Gentle, lively, playful, fearless

Breed Size:
Small
:
Lifespan:
12-15 years

Drawings include:

Maltese side elevation (standing), side (sitting), front (standing), front (sitting), side (lying down)

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