About the Maltese Breed
This small, compact, square proportioned dog has its body hid underneath its iconic coat. The expression of the Maltese comes across vividly because of the way the hair parts and frames the eyes. With a smooth trot, the Maltese appears to almost float across the ground, an image aided by the long fur which can get long enough to skirt the ground.
The fur is a bright white, and has helped the Maltese to attract its wide fanbase. Long and silky, it needs grooming once every two or three days, and in show dogs, is left to grow to its natural length. Non-showing owners may have their Maltese’s coat clipped, however, for ease, practicality and hygiene reasons. It is thought in the early days of the breed that the colours of the coat were more varied, but somewhere along the line it became pure white.
One of the oldest lapdogs, the Maltese is perfectly suited to the job of companion and lap warmer. It has a long history, and eventually came to England as early as the 1400s, and became a fashionable pet of upper class women.
However, despite being a wonderful lapdog, the Maltese can also have a wild, fun and feisty side to it.