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Maltese puppy

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Maltese adult and puppy
Carboncopys Martini and her pup "Olive"

The Maltese has been known in art work for nearly 3,000 years and is one of the oldest breeds in Europe. 

Ancestors of the Maltese lived in port cities around the Mediterranean where they hunted rats and mice. 

Generally believed to hail from the island of Malta, the Maltese is a member of the bichon family. A royal favourite at the courts of Queen Elizabeth I, Mary Queen of Scots, Queen Victoria, Josephine Bonaparte, and Marie Antoinette, the Maltese has been a pampered pet for hundreds of years.

As an aristocrat of the canine world, this ancient breed has been known by a variety of names throughout the centuries including the Melitaie Dog, "Ye Ancient Dogge of Malta", the Roman Ladies' Dog, the Comforter Dog, the Spaniel Gentle, the Bichon, the Shock Dog, the Maltese Lion Dog and the Maltese Terrier. 

The Maltese stands just 10 inches tall at the shoulder and weighs only seven pounds at his heaviest. His coat is long, straight, silky, white, and falls to the ground. Daily grooming is necessary. A shorter, pet clip may help reduce the amount of grooming necessary. The Maltese has soulful dark eyes that give him an endearing expression.

An alert, animated little dog, the gentle-mannered Maltese makes a good watchdog. He is also affectionate, friendly, and playful. Principally bred to be a companion, he fits well into the smallest accommodation. He enjoys being petted and fussed over but he is a sturdy little dog who enjoys a good romp.

Although he has a reputation for being good-natured, he may be intolerant of small children or other dogs. He can be protective of his owner and will bark or may bite if animals or people infringe on his territory or are perceived as a threat.

The Maltese is intelligent and easy to train but he can be strong-willed. Training should begin early. He requires minimal exercise but does enjoy getting outside for a walk. 


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Photos displayed above courtesy of:
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Shauna Arthur
RR#1, Box 1, Site 12
Rocky Mountain House, AB  T4T 2A1
(403) 729-3356

Zemstars Reg'd

Sylvia Prat
16535 103 St. 
Edmonton, AB   T5X 2E5
(780) 456-7476

Linijen Perm Reg'd

Kathy Slifka
Box 764
Black Diamond, AB  T0L 0H0
(403) 938-0990




Alona Smith
Winnipeg, MB   
(204) 415-7820

Little Bits Maltese

Karen Thomson
General Delivery
Stead, MB  R0E 1Z0

Petit Blanc Reg'd


Happy Tails Rescue
(905) 889-9690


Did you know?

Charles Darwin
placed the origin of
the Maltese
at 6,000 B.C.






Heather Froats
Brockville, ON   


Jessamyn and Barbara
Murillo, ON     P0T 2G0
(807) 935-1997

JBLittle Maltese Reg'd


New Brunswick 


Maureen Gladstone
206 Adair Road
Waterford, NB  E4E 4W2
(506) 433-6601

Station One Reg'd

Helen Johnston
304 Pleasant Drive 
Minto,  NB    E4B 2T1
(506) 327-3544 Cell: (506) 260-4634



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