Maltese Terrier

Growth Size

The Maltese Terrier grows to a height of 20 – 30cm, and a weight of 4 – 5kg.

Lifespan

12 – 15 years.

Temperament

Maltese are sociable dogs that make wonderful family pets. They love lots of attention from their owners and are great with young children. They prefer enclosed spaces and small yards, and although they don’t require excess amounts of walking, they do enjoy going on walks and outings with their owners

Training Difficulty

These intelligent animals respond well to obedience training, especially if they begin training as puppies. This will help in preventing long term behavioural issues and keep their social manners in check.

Recommended Owners

Maltese are recommended for apartment living. They are a good 'low space' dog as they do ok without a backyard. Though regular walks are still a must!

Origin

One of the oldest breeds of dog, the Maltese is thought to have been brought to the Mediterranean over 2000 years ago! Their popularity has endured, but the modern Maltese is quite different from earlier versions of the breed.

Diet

Half to a quarter of cup of food a day for adult dogs, spread across two meals. Some Maltese can suffer from digestive issues, so make sure you feed a high quality, low filler dog food.

Please note! The dietary guidelines specified above are only a guide and feeding may vary based on your pet's size, activity level, and metabolism.

Grooming

Weekly grooming is required to rid them of knots and matting of their coat. If a Maltese does develop a matted coat, professional grooming will be required. Regular grooming is also an excellent way to bond with your pet.

Comments

The Maltese is considered to be one of the best hypoallergenic dogs, and many people who are allergic to dogs may be fine with this breed.