Maltese with traditional cut
Maltese with traditional cut

A classic lap dog

Vital Statistics:

  • Life span:
    12-15 years
  • Adult weight:
    4-7 pounds
  • Adult height:
    5-8 inches

What’s good and bad about the Maltese?


  • Good watchdog
  • Intelligent and lively
  • Loves attention, pampering and your lap
  • Doesn’t shed much, may be fine for owners with allergies


  • Grooming demands are high – daily brushing is required to maintain a lustrous coat, not to
    mention keeping his
    coat white and avoiding tear stains
  • Usually difficult to housebreak
  • Will be neurotic and timid if over protected and over indulged

Here’s a fully grown Maltese.