The Maltese belongs to the Companion and Toy Dogs in the FCI grouping.
The Maltese is classified under the Toy group in the AKC grouping.
Is the Maltese allowed as a pet in a Singapore HDB flat?
Malta or possibly Melita (Sicily), antiquity. One of the oldest breeds. (Yes, there are Egyptian tomb paintings of Maltese, or something vaguely like them.) The Maltese arrived in Britain with the Romans. It is odd to think of Roman legions carrying fluffy little Maltese around with them, but there you are.
Behaviour and Temperament
Though small the Maltese is fearless, lively, loyal, sparkly. Everyone is a potential friend to the Maltese. He has an open and sweet-nature that makes him a good candidate as a therapy pet.
Likes to be pampered. Cannot handle severe weather. Will alert to the presence of strangers. Some are barkers. Maltese don't do really well spending time alone. If left alone for too long, they will likely develop destructive habits out of boredom or anxiety. Consider crate training your Maltese to keep him out of mischief when you are away for short stretches.
What are some Physical Features of the Maltese?
The Maltese stands between 12.5 and 25.5 cm; and weighs from 1.5 to 3 kg. Colour is white.
Coat Type and Recommended Grooming
Long, silky, single; even a hint of a double coat would ruin the outline for a show dog. Very high maintenance; brushing every day to prevent knots and matting. Maintenance for a show coat is even more, including “wrapping” the hair in cloth to keep it from matting. To prevent tear and food stains: gently wash the fur below your dog's eyes daily, and the beard on his chin after every meal. Many Maltese owners in Singapore cut their dog's hair shorter to make grooming easier. Professional grooming recommended. Minimal shedding.
Heart problems (PDA, mitral valve insufficiency), patellar luxation.
Low; the Maltese gets along well with a few short walks a day, along with short play sessions indoors or out.
Adaptable to any living situation. They are naturally active and will usually get enough exercise, even within a small apartment, to stay healthy and fit.
Attached to whole family. Fine with older kids and strangers, although some individuals are reserved; most Maltese should not be placed in home with toddlers. Although most Maltese are usually happy to have furry playmates around the house or at the dog park, some are not good with other animals, and have a tendency to be protective of their owner's affections.
Maltese' intelligence makes them highly trainable, although housetraining may require some extra effort. They are eager to please and respond well to positive reinforcement training packed with rewards in the form of praise and treats.
The Maltese makes a wonderful therapy dog. Will excel in agility and obedience training.