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The Maltese is a dog with long white hair and no undercoat to speak of at all. These dogs are fairly high maintenance, and do require quite a fair bit of grooming on a regular basis. They require a daily brushing and combing regimen, and also must have special lotion applied around the eyes to remove ugly tear stains. Any dead hair needs to be brushed out, as the Maltese does not shed. Maltese dogs have irritating hairs around the eyes which need to be removed by careful clipping. Despite it's high maintenance, the exercise needs of these dogs are fairly uncomplicated. They have no trouble adapting themselves to the overall activity level of it's family.
Originating from Italy/Malta, the Maltese stands at an average shoulder height of only 7.75 inches - 9.75 inches (20 cm - 25 cm). This dog is incredibly eager to learn, and has a reputation for being friendly and highly sociable. These dogs have no trouble with getting along well with children, other dogs, and any other household pets for that matter. Maltese dogs are very sensitive breed, however, and encouragement rather than harsh words should always be used when training this breed.