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Life expectancy

The Maltese has a life expectancy of between 12 and 15 years




Adult size

Female Between 8 and 9 in
Male Between 8 and 10 in

Adult weight

Female Between 7 and 9 lb
Male Between 7 and 9 lb
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Purchase price

The Maltese costs between £770 and £1100

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More details about the Maltese

Maltese: Origins and history

The Maltese is an ancient dog, dating back to 500 BC. He was particularly popular among Roman women. Against all odds, his Maltese name actually has nothing to do with the island of Malta, and instead originates from the word “Màlat”, meaning “refuge” or “port” in the Semitic language (spoken in the Mediterranean). Unsurprisingly, the Maltese’s ancestors lived largely in Mediterranean ports, and were tasked with chasing away mice and other pests. The Maltese dog has therefore been around for thousands of years in the Mediterranean, particularly in Italy.

FCI classification of the Maltese

  • Group 9 - Companion and Toy Dogs

  • Section 1 : Bichons and related breeds

Training a Maltese

Intelligent, lively and docile, the Maltese is very friendly and easy to train if you take the time to teach him the basics from when he’s a puppy.

His small size does not justify an omission of training. Even small dogs must have limits, rules, and a basic education to properly integrate into the household, but also into society more generally. 

Therefore, you should train your Maltese as early as possible, to prevent him from learning bad habits. It’s much easier to learn habits than to ‘unlearn’ them, to then have to relearn new behaviours.

You should pay special attention to teaching him how to be alone, since this dog typically experiences separation very negatively.

Maltese: Purchase price

The price of a Maltese Dog varies according to his origins, age and sex. You should budget around  £1110 for a dog registered with the KC. 

As for your monthly budget, you should set aside around £20 to be able to meet this little dog’s needs, including food and treatments (vaccinations, deworming, etc.).

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