The Maltese is a breed of dog in the toy group. It is thought to have originated in south-central Europe from dogs of spitz type. Despite the name, it has no verified historic or scientific connection to the island of Malta.
Origin: Mediterranean Basin
Temperament: Docile, Fearless, Affectionate, Easygoing, Intelligent, Responsive, Lively, Sweet-Tempered, Playful, Active, 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)
Colors: white, and sometimes can have a cream, lemon, beige or tan colored pigmentation of the fur/hair on the ears
Litter Size: 1 to 3 Puppies