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Maltese

Tags: toy, Small-sized, High energy level, Adaptable to apartment life

Although my name points to the island of Malta, there's really no proof I started there. For sure I've been around the Mediterranean and Europe for centuries -- more or less in my present size (10 inches at the shoulder, 4-6 pounds) with my long, silky coat -- chasing rats from the wharves by the harbor or chasing chills from the laps of royalty. I was accepted to the AKC's Toy Group in 1888.

Rave review

  • Adaptable to apartment life -- with appropriate exercise
  • Affectionate family friend
  • Busy is better than bored
  • Classy canine
  • Coat needs special care
  • Energizer doggie

Report card

  • Even-tempered, good-natured
  • Intelligent and ready to learn
  • Playful pal
  • Socialization and training should start early
  • Takes to training

What to expect

I'm a perfect apartment dog, but I do expect daily exercise -- a stroll around the block, some socializing in the small-dogs section of the dog park, whatever you think is best. And when we get home, a nice brushing and de-matting will keep me looking spiffy. Frequent baths and grooming twice a year are also on my list of expectations.

Watch for

Possible eyelash disorders, patellar luxation, and hydrocephalus.

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