A cute, fluffy white dog with floppy ears and dark eyes and nose, sits in the sun on a patch of grass, wearing a striped harness. In the distance out of focus is a windmill.


Love lap dogs and white fluffy dog breeds? Then you'll love the Maltese dog. Whether you’re thinking of borrowing one or getting your own, we’ve pulled together lots of fun and interesting facts you should know about the breed.

A collage of images of Maltese dogs. They are all small, white dogs with long hair although their hair has been styled in a variety of ways.

This sweet, pure white toy breed originated in the Mediterranean, likely around the island of Malta. Their size ranges from 3 to 10 lb (1.4 to 4.5 kg), while their coat is long and silky. Many owners choose the popular “puppy cut”, an all over short trim that makes Maltese dogs of any age resemble a pup.

The average lifespan of the breed is 12-15 years. If you are wondering whether Maltese are hypoallergenic, they are considered to be, so can be a good choice for those who don't like hoovering!

There are a few different Maltese cross breeds now, from a Mauxie (Maltese Dachshund mix) to the Havamalt, a Havanese Maltese. The most common cross is a Maltipoo, a Maltese cross Poodle.

How much exercise does a Maltese need?

Despite their small size, they are lively, active little pups! Maltese dogs like to keep busy within the home and, according to the Maltese Club of Great Britain, they only need up to 30 minutes of exercise a day. This makes the breed ideal for urban and flat living.

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"Angel requires somebody gentle and caring who will give her lots of cuddles. She enjoys gentle exercising and leisurely walks, but mostly she prefs to be curled up next to you and snuggling.” - Angel, Owner of Nicola

What is the temperament of a Maltese?

Originally bred to be cuddly companions, Maltese dogs are a true lap dog and prefer to be by their humans at all times. They’re very happy, friendly and full of fun.

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"Stella requests a lot of love and attention and is very loyal and playful. She loves company and needs to stay with someone all the time. She wants to be friends with everyone. However, her favourite hobby is taking a nap all day long and like someone just to stay next to her while she sleeps." - Karile, Owner of Stella

Are they easy to train?

According to the Maltese Club of Great Britain, Maltese dogs are very bright, intelligent and are on their best behaviour when with their pack. Owners in the BorrowMyDoggy community tell it best:

“Baby is a well behaved, happy little dog. She doesn’t bark at home, but does like to greet other dogs with excited barking whilst on her walks. She is used to sitting quietly in dog friendly cafés, restaurants, pubs, etc and has never been allowed to jump on the furniture or the beds and does not even try.” - Owner Lyn on her Maltese, Baby

Owner, Megan ,on her Maltese, Izzy:

Not everyone likes small dogs, but a few minutes with Izzy turns them into dog-crazy fools.

Owner, Alison, on her Maltese, Pip:

Like any dog, he likes to go for walks, but he is at his happiest when curled up at your feet.

Most common Maltese names on BorrowMyDoggy:

  • Charlie
  • Alfie
  • Ollie
  • Teddy
  • Milo

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High paws to our lovely community for letting us share these facts about their Maltese dogs. Paws crossed you found them helpful :)

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