The Maltese is an ancient toy breed loved for its gentle temperament and elegant, long white coat. Weighing just 4-7 pounds, Maltese has a compact yet graceful build. Believed to originate from the island of Malta, they were revered by royalty as affectionate lapdogs. The Maltese thrives on human companionship and is devoted to its family. Maltese are lively, playful dogs requiring daily walks and activities despite their size. Their long, silky coat requires significant brushing and grooming to prevent matting. Given proper attention to exercise needs and coat care, the Maltese makes a wonderful, devoted companion animal who aims to please their owner.