The gentle-mannered, glamorous Maltese is small in size yet bold and fearless in temperament. Bred to be a companion dog, this affectionate toy breed also will serve as a reliable watchdog. The lively, playful Maltese enjoys learning tricks as long as he is rewarded. His lush, flat, silky coat should be brushed daily and bathed frequently to prevent matting.
An aristocrat of the canine world for more than 28 centuries, the Maltese is known as the ancient dog of Malta, a Mediterranean island.