maltese breed information


These lovable, small white dogs were first recognized in Malta and have been owned by royalty all over the globe for 28 centuries. Classified as a “toy” breed, Maltese have always enjoyed a life of luxury, with their only job being to keep their owners company.

The Maltese is covered in long, white silky hair from head to toe and require meticulous grooming to maintain its beautiful appearance. They are gentle, affectionate and full of energy, making them fabulous family dogs. Because they shed less than most dogs, they are an excellent choice for those with allergies.

Although their silky hair makes them great companions for those with allergies, Maltese are still prone to a number of hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect their health – not to mention your budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses Maltese are prone to include heart problems such as patent ductus arteriosis and portosystemic shunts; developmental problems such as cryptorchidism; knee problems such as medial patellar luxation; and disorders such as Shaker Dog Syndrome.

Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your silky Maltese has the misfortune of inheriting his father’s bad heart or his mother’s bum knees, you’re covered.

Common health issues

Use the condition checker tool to learn what common conditions your pet may have.

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