Maltese Breed Profile


Among the endearing qualities of the Maltese is that they are spirited, lively, playful, gentle, loving, trusting, devoted, intelligent, and bold.

Family/Child Friendly

This breed of dog is not recommended for children due to the tendency to be snappish.

Lifespan and Weight

The average lifespan of this breed of dog is around 15 years. However, with the advancement of veterinary medicine, pets have been known to live up to 20 years and even longer. The average weight of this breed of dog is around 6 to 9 lbs.

Common Diseases

The most common diseases and medical conditions associated with this breed of dog include but are not limited to sunburn along the hair part, skin problems, respiratory problems, slipped stifle, upset digestion, and chills.

Housebreaking and Shedding

Housebreaking can be difficult with this breed of dog. Shedding is minimal, however, grooming is labor intensive. Brush daily to maintain.

Best Owner Compatibility

Can be suited for the apartment or condo environment. Not suitable for the frequent traveler. Best Owner has lots of love and attention to give and lots of toys to play with.

Where to Buy

The best places to buy this breed of dog are from reputable breeders, animal shelters, and rescue organizations.

Average Cost

The average cost for this breed of dog is around $950. Routine veterinary care should be included in your budget.

Aggression Factor

This breed of dog has a tendency to be snappish towards both children and adults.

Noise Factor

This breed of dog makes for a great watchdog to announce guests arrival.

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