|Country of origin:||Italy|
|Registries:||AKC, UKC, CKC|
|Size:||5 to 8 in tall; 4 to 7 lbs|
|Longevity:||13 to 15 years|
|Exercise:||Low activity level|
This easy-going little dog has been a companion breed since its earliest history. Once called the Maltese Terrier, the ancient “Melita” (an archaic name for Malta) breed probably came to Malta 2,000 years ago with the Phoenicians. It is likely that today’s Maltese, also known as the Bichon Maltais, was bred from miniature spaniels and the Miniature Poodle. The Maltese relishes exercise, but will also adapt to a more sedentary life. It behaves well around children and other dogs, and suits city living. The only drawback is the breed’s luxurious coat, which mats easily and demands daily grooming.