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Breed Standards for the Maltese



General Appearance:

The Maltese is a diminutive dog with a compact, square body, covered all over with long, flat, silky, white hair hanging almost to the ground.




Well known for the striking contrast between its white coat and dark eyes and eye rims.




Carried over the back, its tip lying to the side.








Weight is 4 – 6 pounds; Height is 9 – 10 inches.




Long a favorite lapdog, the gentle Maltese fills this role admirably.  It also has a wild side, and it loves to run and play.

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