Maltese Information

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The Maltese At a Glance
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Country of Origin
Life Expectancy
12 - 14 yrs 
Height Range
9 - 10 in 
Weight Range
4 - 6 lbs 
White. May have a hint of ivory or lemon 
Good; they can be somewhat strong-willed 
With Children
Generally good with older children 
With Animals
Can do well with laid-back pets; can be competitive for attention 
Tolerates heat fairly well 
Definitely indoors 
Exercise Reqd
Enjoys outdoor exercise, but indoor play is usually enough 
Grooming Reqd
Extremely high; daily brushing, weekly shampooing, and regular eye care 
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Maltese Common Health Screenings
The following health screenings are often performed by responsible Maltese breeders:

BAER Hearing Test
CERF Screening (Canine Eye Research Foundation)
Hip Dysplasia (OFA or PennHIP)
Patellar Luxation Test - OFA
Thyroid Function Test (blood test)
vonWillebrand's Disease (vWD) (factor antigen test)

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