Personality: Lively, bold, and inquisitive—a prototypical ``personality breed``
Energy Level: Somewhat active; Pomeranians are playful and vivacious but also love to be lapdogs
Good with Children: Better with supervision
Good with Other Dogs: With supervision
Grooming: 2-3 times a week brushing
Height: 6-7 inches
Weight: 3-7 pounds
Life Expectancy: 12-16 years
Barking Level: Medium
About the Maltese
Maltese are affectionate toy dogs weighing less than seven pounds, covered by a long, straight, silky coat. Beneath the all-white mantle is a compact body moving with a smooth and effortless gait. The overall picture depicts free-flowing elegance and balance. The irresistible Maltese face—with its big, dark eyes and black gumdrop nose—can conquer the most jaded sensibility.
Despite their aristocratic bearing, Maltese are hardy and adaptable pets. They make alert watchdogs who are fearless in a charming toy-dog way, and they are game little athletes on the agility course. Maltese are low-shedding, long-lived, and happy to make new friends of all ages. Sometimes stubborn and willful, they respond well to rewards-based training.