Once known as “Ye ancient dogge of Malta”, the gentle and elegant little Maltese has been gracing the laps of aristocrats for 28 centuries. They have retained their tiny size throughout their long history as a breed, never having been bred down in size as have some other toy breeds. They continue to delight today with their affectionate and lively personalities, portable size, and long, white, silky coat. Even with their genteel and diminutive size, they tend to be quite fearless and energetic and make excellent family pets. Their iconic tresses, if kept long, require daily brushing and frequent grooming to maintain their beauty and keep them mat free.