Maltese Puppies For Sale

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The Maltese is a popular toy dog breed with ancient origins. Dating back over 2 millennia to Greece, it is by far the oldest toy dog breed in existence. The original breed was almost lost between the 17th and 18th centuries when attempts were made to make the breed too small. A lack of advanced veterinary care and no knowledge of how to care for a “tea-cup” size breed led to the Maltese breed almost disappearing completely. Luckily, the dog breed was saved.

The Maltese, as we know it today, is thought to be the result of British dog breeders, but it is also known that the Maltese is a direct descendant of other toy breeds like the Bichon Frise and the Havanese. The first Maltese is thought to have arrived in the United States in the latter half of the 19th century and first appeared in Westminster Kennel Club shows in the 1870s. To learn more about the Maltese dog breed, read on below.

Country of Origin: The Central Mediterranean Isle of Malta
Related Breeds: Maltipoo, Morkie / Yorktese