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Size : 2-3 kg (4-7lb) , 20-25 cm (8-10 in )

Grooming : time –consuming

Training : average

Colours : white

This easy going little dog has been a companion breed since its earliest history . once called the maltese terrier , the ancient (malita : an archaic name for malta ) breed probably came to malta 2000 years ago with the Phoenicians . it is likely that today maltais , also known as th bichon maltais , was bred from miniature spaniels and the miniature poodle .

The maltese relishes exercise , but will also adapt to a more sedentary life . it behaves well round children and other dogs , and suits city living, the only drawback is the breed’s luxurious coat , which mats easily and demands daily grooming .