The Maltese is a small breed of dog in the Toy Group.
It descends from dogs originating in the Central Mediterranean Area.
The breed name and origins are generally understood to derive from the Mediterranean island nation of Malta; however, the name is sometimes described with reference to the distinct Adriatic island of Mljet, or a defunct Maltese town called Melita.
Life span: 12 to 15 years
Higher classification: Dog
Temperament: Active, Responsive, Easygoing, Fearless