Where Are Maltese Dogs From?
The Maltese breed has been a popular lapdog of nobles and royalty for many centuries. As their name suggests, they originated on the small island of Malta, south of Sicily. They are a member of the group known as bichons, which are dogs from the Mediterranean that share ancestry with Portuguese Water Dogs and Poodles. The small stature of the Maltese was ideal for ladies of nobility to carry them in their sleeves and pockets. Despite that small size, they are very hardy and adaptable dogs that enjoy agility and obedience competitions as much as providing companionship.