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The Maltese is a toy dog covered from head to foot with a mantle of long, silky, white hair. He is gentle-mannered and affectionate, eager and sprightly in action, and, despite his size, possessed of the vigor needed for the satisfactory companion.
Color, pure white. Light tan or lemon on the ears.
For all his diminutive size, the Maltese seems to be without fear. His trust and affectionate responsiveness are very appealing. He is among the gentlest mannered of all little dogs, yet he is lively and playful as well as vigorous.
The Maltese has been in existence since approximately 6000 B.C., found solely on the island of Malta. The Maltese made its way through Europe via trade with seafarers from across the Roman Empire.