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.

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

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

Color: White

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

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