Maltese Breed Standards

When looking for a Maltese puppy look at the parents and look for dogs that are the closest to the breed standards. This is what to look for:



General Appearance

Smart, white-coated dog, with proud head carriage.

Characteristics

Lively, intelligent, alert.

Temperament

Sweet-tempered.

Head and Skull

The skull is gently rounded viewed from the front and sides but never domed or appleheaded. Stop well defined. Muzzle broad, not snipey. Slightly shorter from nose to stop than from stop to occiput. Muzzle never shorter than in the ratio of 1:2. Nose black.

Eyes

Oval, not bulging, dark brown, black eye rims, with dark haloes.

Ears

Long, well feathered, hanging close to head; hair to mingle with coat at shoulders.

Mouth

Jaws strong, with perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws. Teeth even.

Neck

Medium length.

Forequarters

Legs short and straight. Shoulders well sloped.

Body

Well balanced, essentially short and cobby. Good spring of rib, back level from withers to tail.

Hindquarters

Legs short, well angulated.

Feet

Round, pads black.

Tail

Feathered, carried well arched over back.

Gait/Movement

Straight and free-flowing, without weaving. Viewed from behind, legs should neither be too close nor too wide apart.

Coat

Reasonable length, never impeding action, straight, of silky texture, never woolly. Never crimped and without woolly undercoat.

Colour

Pure white, but slight lemon markings permissible.

Size

Height not exceeding 25 cms (10 ins) from ground to withers. Weight range is 4 - 7lbs

Faults

Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog and on the dog’s ability to perform its traditional work.

Note

Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.

*Note for prospective puppy buyers


Size – the Kennel Club Breed Standard is a guide and description of the ideal for the breed; the Size as described does not imply that a dog will match the measurements given (height or weight). A dog might be larger or smaller than the Size measurements stated in the Breed Standard.

2 comments:

apollospace17@gmail.com said...

Sally,

Thanks again for the visit, and for the information regarding the breed. Great advice and something we have never experienced before is that we actually got to see the parents! At best other breeders have only let us see photos of the parents, and we had no idea if they were recent of not. Plus photo's are always taken when the dog looks it's very best. We got to see the parents in your home, up close, watch them play and interact with us. What a fantastic way to see in person the traits our new baby is going to get.

apollospace17@gmail.com said...

Sally,

Had to write again. We love the fact that you are breeding for particular traits particularly a shorter snout. This gives the puppies what I refer to as a "Baby Doll" face. I love this look and based on your breeding standards all of our puppies should have this trait!

Joe and Ronna

Bend,, Oregon