General Characteristics:

Famous for its show-stopping, floor-length coat, the Maltese is an affectionate and trusting breed. They make for good family dogs as they are lively and playful. Predominantly an indoor dog that thrives even in apartments and small confines, the Maltese is a hardy and adaptable pet, They are light shedders and are acceptable pets for most allergy sufferers. 


Avg. Weight Male:
Under 3 kg
Avg. Weight Female:
Under 3 kg
Average Lifespan:
12 – 15 years

Genetic Predisposition:

A genetic predisposition means that an individual may have a tendency to develop certain diseases as a consequence of inherited defects in the genes. Although some disorders occur because of spontaneous mutation of genes, many genetic disorders are inherited. These conditions are seen quite often in canines, mostly but not exclusively, in purebreds. Having said that, this breed has an increased risk for the following conditions which may or may not manifest:

Luxating Patella

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