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A Brief Look at Maltese Dogs

This beautiful little dog can be seen in art objects datingback as far as 3,000 years! The Maltese dog breed's exact origins are uncertain- they may have obtained their name from the Island of Malta, or from theItalian town of Melita.

Maltese dog fanciers were widespread throughout most ofcontinental Europe, and these stunning small white dogs were especially popularin Britain during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I (1558-1603), having beenbrought to Britain at the time of the Roman invasion or by returning Crusaders.The Maltese was one of the first of the purebreds to be exhibited at dog showsin North America.

The Maltese is affectionate, intelligent and sturdy, andloves to romp and play - especially with children. This tiny breed measures upto 10 inches at the shoulder and weighs up to seven pounds maximum. Maltesedogs have a gorgeous, long, pure-white, silky coat that hangs straight to theground from a center part running from nose to tip of tail. It's expressivedark eyes and dark nose, lips and eye rims enhance the breed's exquisite face.

A very well established dog breed, the Maltese, when bred bya reputable breeder will have minimal health problems. The same, unfortunately,cannot be said for the so-called "Teacup Maltesepuppies" that can be found through onlineclassifieds and in pet stores. These smaller than average puppies tend to havea wide range of health problems, including everything from neurological issuesto metabolic disorders. They are as delicate as flowers, and can easily beharmed or injured.

If you are thinking about adding a Maltese dog or puppy toyour family, great care should be taken to find a reputable Maltese breeder whoplaces the health, well-being and longevity of her puppies before profitingfrom an unfortunate trend. Choose the right breeder, and you can be assured ofgetting a Maltese puppy that will provide you and your family with many yearsof love, joy, laughter and companionship.