Maltese is a breed of smaller dogs. They have been mixed with the poodle to also make the breed Maltipoo. The Maltese is a smaller white dog that normally weighs about 7 lbs or sometimes a bit more. Many people like this small breed because they are small enough to carry around with you and do not need a large yard to run free in all the time. They work out great in an apartment or home with very little yard space.
These dogs do not shed a large amount of hair. This is one reason they are a great dog for someone who has problems with allergies. It is also nice to not have the fur all of your furniture and clothing. These dogs can be groomed and cut into a short cut which is considered a puppy cut. If they have this hair style, they will shed even less. It also makes their hair easier to take care of and brush.
The Maltese breed also makes a great pet for someone with children. These dogs stay small and are very good with children. They also are known to have a long life span and live as long as 18 years sometimes. As long as you take care of them well, this pet will be in your family for a long time. They do like to bark and run after other dogs so you have to watch them well or keep them on a leash. They sometimes forget they are a small dog.
You will have to clean your Maltese eyes regularly. They get a lot of tear stains that have to be taken care of or will star to look bad on their face. They are also prone to getting some ear mites so you must take care of the hair that grows in their ears. This is all simple stuff that is just part of taking care of your pet.
These dogs are great family pets. Many celebrities to include Elvis Presley, Halle Berry, and Eva Longoria have chosen this breed for their personal pets. Consider a Maltese when picking out your next pet.