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Maltese profile

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A little about the Maltese - Breed traits

The Maltese are pint-sized bundles of fun that make good family pets, though they can be less tolerant of small children. They love learning new tricks and are affectionate and lively.  







Diseases that the Maltese breed is predisposed to include Patellar Luxation, Open Fontanels, Hypoglycaemia, Hydrocephalus, Distichiasis, Entropian, Peridontal Disease, Hypothyroidism and Portosystemic Shunts. 

Insurance for Maltese Cross

View our page on insurance for Maltese Cross breeds to see the common health issues vets describe for Maltese Cross breeds and what you should be covered for. 


The Maltese has an elegant appearance and distinctive white coat. A long, silky, low-shedding coat that is prominently white and fluffy. While the breed's coat can be left long and flowing, practicality comes into play with daily brushing to prevent matting. Many owners opt for regular trims to keep the fur at a manageable length, making maintenance more straightforward.

Training and exercise

Known for being a great lapdog, they don't require much exercise. While they enjoy leisurely walks and occasional playtime in the yard, their exercise needs are relatively low. Preferring quality time with their owner over vigorous activities, Maltese dogs are affectionate companions. Their intelligence shines through in training sessions, excelling in both agility and obedience exercises.

Please be advised the information provided is purely an indicator of breed traits and characteristics and that within some breeds there can be significant variation.