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Maltese sitting side by side on a bench in the park.

The glamorous Maltese has been a companion to humans for centuries. Weighing in at less than seven pounds, this tiny dog is handsome, charming, and adaptable enough to continue winning hearts…and laps. Here are some reasons why.

1. Although looks aren’t everything, it’s hard not to be wowed by the Maltese.

The luxurious silken white hair drapes his body in a way couturiers would envy. His coat fall almost to the floor and his plume of a tail arches gracefully over his back.

2. The Maltese has an irresistible face.

The very dark, round eyes are rimmed in black, which makes them seem both alert and gentle. Pair that with the black button nose and the long head hair, often tied back with a ribbon, and the Maltese is stunning on the show floor.

Maltese sitting in the windowsill.
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3. The breed is almost as old as time itself.

While that’s a bit of an exaggeration, the history of the Maltese likely dates back to the Phoenicians who brought the dog to Malta. The Greeks of the fourth and fifth century B.C. immortalized the breed in their art and Aristotle described the Maltese as “perfectly proportioned.”

4. It’s too easy to spoil a Maltese.

In their centuries of being companions to humans, Maltese have learned how to get their way. In fact, the breed is known for getting precisely what they want, even from owners who firmly intend not to spoil them.

5. There are positive sides to their orientation to people.

The Maltese is intelligent and lively. Some have described him as a charming ham. And because he’s so people-focused, he takes well to training, especially if it includes treats and praise.

6. Maltese are good watchdogs.

They’re extremely alert and can spring into action if they perceive a threat to their humans.  But it’s important to train your Maltese not to be overprotective because they can have a tendency to bark excessively and even bite someone they think is a danger.

7. They’re tiny athletes.

A member of the Toy Group, Maltese are agile, talented, and trainable. They enjoy competitive sports like agility and obedience.

8. The Maltese is a charming, happy, and adaptable companion.

He’ll be content in a large house or a small city apartment. He’s also portable enough to go wherever you go. And best of all, he loves his people and wants everyone to be his new best friend.

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