Height: 10 in. Weight: under 7 lbs., preferably 4-6 lbs. Life Span: 12-14 years
The Maltese is a member of the bichon family and is one of the oldest European breeds. He has a beautiful mantel of long, silky, white hair, this is his crowning glory. He is gentle-mannered and affectionate, yet playful and full of animation. Despite his size, he posses the vigor needed for a excellent companion. The Maltese is intelligent and easy to train but is very strong-willed. He enjoys being groomed, petted, and fondled.