Dog Breed Group: Companion Dog
Life Span: 12-15 years
Weight: Male: 2.5-3.5, Female: 2-3
Height: Male: 8-9, Female: 7-8
Origin of Name: The Maltese are a breed of dog in the toy group.
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Malta is located 60 miles south of Sicily in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea. In ancient times, the island was an intersection for pilgrims, migrants and wealthy merchants from three continents. As far as 3500 BC. Malta was a thriving port and a seat of finance and culture.
1500 BC over a period of 2,000 years. This strategic gateway was conquered and captured by the waves of seaside empire-builders — the Phoenicians, the Greeks, the Carthaginians, the Romans, the Arabs, and the Normans, for whom this island was a valuable commodity, Such as spices, silks, gems, and a clearing. Some small white lapdogs favored by leisured women around the world. It is likely that Malta was introduced into Malta by the Phoenicians, who ruled the Mediterranean Sea before the rise of Greece.
The Greeks of the fourth and fifth centuries BC Bewitched by the geometric beauty of the Maltese and leave behind a rich heritage of breed-specific treasures: the ""Melitta Dog"" is depicted on Golden Age ceramics, and Aristotle described it as ""perfectly proportioned"" Is referred to, which is in spite of a low stature.
The elite of the Roman Empire fulfilled the role of Maltese in status symbols and fashion statements. A Roman matron was not entirely without a ""Roman Ladies Dog"" peeping out of his sleeve or chest. Even the crusty emperor Claudius succumbed to the lure of the breed. Maltese was an ongoing motif in Roman myths, poems, and legends in which the breed symbolized loyalty. St. Paul, a legend, concerns the early apostles of early Christianity. The apostles' works recall Paul's ship in Malta, where he miraculously healed the father of Publius, the Roman governor of the island. The grateful publius, so the story goes, presented Paul with a Maltese.
After the fall of Rome, it was the Chinese breeders who protected the Maltese from extinction during the Dark Ages of Europe. The Chinese imbued the prudent cross with their native toy breeds and exported a more sophisticated Maltese to Europe. With its boundless charm and attractive looks, it is no surprise that Maltese was a fixture in the dog show from the beginning. At New York's first Westminster show, in 1877, the breed was featured as the Maltese Lion Dog.