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Maltese Information

BREED GROUP:  Companion and Toy Dog Breeds

WEIGHT:  4-8 lbs.

HEIGHT:  7-10 in.

COLOR(S):  Pale ivory white to pure white with or without minimal traces of pale cream shades with black points.

COAT:  Long, straight, dense, glossy, silky, single coat (without undercoat). , silky, Glossy, shiny, dense, silky in texture. Never with traces of waves or curls. Length of coat on body should exceed the dog's height at the withers.

OTHER NAME(S):  BICHON MALTIASE;

APPEARANCE:  Head: Medium length, and rounded on top, with short muzzle. Eyes: Set wide, very dark and round, but never bulging. Ears: Drop ears, set low. Nose: Black and self-colored according to coat. Bite: Scissor or level. Neck: Medium length and slightly arched. Topline: Level. Chest: Fairly deep, with ribs well sprung. Body: Back is short and straight, with muscular loins . Legs: Forelegs are straight and strong. Hind legs are muscular, with stifles and hocks well bent. Feet: Small, round and compact, with arched toes. Tail: Carried over back, longhaired plume. Movement: Smooth flowing gait, with graceful movements. Temperament: Alert, and a good family pet.