The Maltese is a small breed of dog in the Toy Group. It descends from dogs originating in the Central Mediterranean Area. The breed name and origins are generally understood to derive from the Mediterranean island nation of Malta.
Life expectancy: 12 – 15 years
Temperament: Docile, Fearless, Easygoing, Intelligent, Affectionate, Lively, Responsive, Sweet-Tempered, Active, Playful, Gentle
Weight: Male: 6.6–8.8 lbs (3–4 kg), Female: 6.6–8.8 lbs (3–4 kg)
Height: Male: 8–10 inches (21–25 cm), Female: 8–9 inches (20–23 cm)