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Maltese

Maltese

Maltese dogs are confident and friendly toy dogs, that can be high maintenance but boast a beautiful white silky coat.

Illustration courtesy of the Swedish Kennel Club

About this Breed

The Maltese is a playful toy dog, instantly recognizable by their long and white silky coat. This compact little pooch has a long history, with an origin tracing back at least two millennia. It is believed these guys first popped up in the Mediterranean. The Maltese was popular among British royalty by the end of the 1500s, along with a prominent history among French aristocrats, ancient Egyptians and the Roman Empire. The Maltese we recognize today was developed by English breeders and first made their way to the U.S in the late 1800s. They were first recognized by the AKC as an official breed in 1888.

While Maltese dogs appear gentle, they are quite energetic and agile canines that compete in many performance events. That said, this breed is well suited to being a lapdog with a daily short burst of exercise sufficient to maintain a healthy dog. Don’t let their perceived innocence fool you, the Maltese is a bold and confident dog that will often challenge larger breeds. They also make a good watch dog, due to their intelligence and tendency to bark at strangers and other dogs. Their eagerness to please makes them relatively easy to train, which is necessary to ensure Maltese dogs recognize boundaries and develop into a well rounded dog. The Maltese is a glamorous dog that can be high maintenance. Their impressive coat doesn’t shed heavily but does requires regular brushing. The Maltese is considered a hypoallergenic dog breed — making them a great choice for dog owners with allergies who live in a small apartment.  This miniature breed ranks as the 31st most popular breed by the AKC.

Malteses on Embark

Explore some Embark dogs that share Maltese ancestry.

  • Baxter

    Baxter

    Theo

    Theo

    Jerry RiceCakes (Bunny)

    Jerry RiceCakes (Bunny)

    Zoe

    Zoe

  • Luca

    Luca

    Oden

    Oden

    Brody

    Brody

    Henry

    Henry

  • Aspen John Pollock

    Aspen John Pollock

    Nugget

    Nugget

    Toby

    Toby

    Jimmy

    Jimmy

Favorite Names

For Male

  1. Charlie
  2. Teddy
  3. Oliver
  4. Cooper
  5. Buddy
  6. Max
  7. Toby
  8. Bentley
  9. Milo
  10. Benji

For Female

  1. Bella
  2. Daisy
  3. Luna
  4. Lucy
  5. Chloe
  6. Molly
  7. Lola
  8. Sophie
  9. Zoey
  10. Lily