1. Maltese dogs are one of the oldest toy breeds in the world, dating back over 2,000 years.
  2. They are named after the island of Malta, where they were originally bred as companion dogs.
  3. Maltese dogs were popular among the wealthy and royalty in the 17th and 18th centuries.
  4. They are known for their long, silky white coats that are hypoallergenic and shed very little.
  5. Maltese dogs are intelligent and eager to please, making them easy to train.
  6. They are also affectionate and love to cuddle with their owners.
  7. Maltese dogs are adaptable and can live in apartments or large homes, as long as they get enough exercise.
  8. Despite their small size, Maltese dogs are fearless and will protect their families if they feel threatened.
  9. They are social animals and love to be around people and other dogs.
  10. Maltese dogs have been used as therapy dogs due to their gentle and loving nature.
  11. These dogs can be prone to separation anxiety if left alone for long periods of time.
  12. Maltese dogs are prone to dental issues, so regular dental care is important for their health.
  13. They are also prone to luxating patellas, a condition where the kneecap dislocates, so regular exercise is important to maintain their joint health.
  14. Maltese dogs are good with children, but due to their small size, they should be supervised around young children.
  15. They are known for their high-pitched, almost musical bark that is often used to communicate with their owners.
  16. Maltese dogs have been featured in several movies and TV shows, including “Legally Blonde” and “The Nanny”.
  17. These dogs are popular with celebrities, including Elizabeth Taylor, Halle Berry, and Eva Longoria.
  18. Maltese dogs are not recommended for families with very young children or families who are away from home for long periods of time.
  19. They are generally healthy dogs, with a lifespan of 12-15 years.
  20. Maltese dogs have been nicknamed “the comforter” due to their loving and affectionate nature.