Max and Chief and Flash rescued through the Northcentral Maltese Rescue

The Maltese is a perfect companion dog and great for apartment dwellers.  They do not like being left alone for long periods.  The Maltese is gentle, playful and spirited, and completely loyal to their master.  They are high maintenance dogs in grooming, and need brushing on a daily basis – especially after a romp outdoors.  Will not react well to neglectful children, and should be supervised when with small children.  Read PGAA’s Hypoallergenic Dogs article.

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Notes for owners
Long.  Little shedding Daily Good apartment and companion dog.  Will not take well to aggressive children.  Could be OK for allergy sufferers.

Relevant Web Sites

AKC Breed Profile

American Maltese Association (has Rescue and Breeder sections)

Northcentral Maltese Rescue (a National Maltese rescue organization)



We STRONGLY recommend that you get your dog from a respectable breeder or rescue organization.  Pet store puppies may get their dogs from Puppy Mills that normally breed only for profit, not quality or concern for the puppy or its eventual owner.
If you would like help locating a breeder or rescue agency near you please E-Mail PGAA (, and let us know your city/state and the type of dog you are looking for.  Do not assume that PGAA has qualified all of the breeders or rescues on this site.  Do your own check of each breeder or rescue — be sure that you are comfortable with the organization before you buy, adopt or turn-over a dog.