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Check out these Maltese in action, taken at the Belgrave and District KC in Australia.

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The Maltese is covered from head to toe with a mantle of shiny white hair. He has black buttons for eyes, hanging ears and is one of the sweetest of all breeds, gentle and kind. He is intelligent and enjoys learning because it means being close to his people.

The breed is okay with older children as he is quite playful, but is best with adults who appreciate his refinement, cleanliness and portability. He is non-shedding and quite hypoallergenic, but must be brushed daily or trimmed regularly to avoid tangles.


He has been an aristocrat of the canine world for over 28 centuries. No Roman milady was complete without her silky white dog. They were originally called “Ye ancient dogge of Malta” because that is where they were first recognized. Unlike many other toy dogs such as the Pomeranian, the breed has always been miniature sized.

By the Numbers

Size: Weight under 7 pounds, 4 to 6 pounds preferred.
Coat Care: 10 -- Needs extensive daily brushing and care to keep the white coat white and free of tangles.

Trainability: 8 – high. They are easy to train given sufficient reward.
Energy level: 6 -- medium. They are refined and aristocratic, but also playful and friendly.

Good with Children: 7 – medium. They are good with children and eager to play, but very gentle and need kids who are equally kind.

Noise level: medium – 6. Will set off an alarm if necessary, but are otherwise quiet.
Low Shedding/hypoallergenic: – 3, low. They shed very little and are quite hypoallergenic.

To get more information or to find a puppy, contact the American Maltese Association to start your search.

This is 13 year old Ellie, who lives in Australia.

This is 13 year old Ellie, who lives in Australia.

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