#1: Maltese 

With its soft and silky white coat, the Maltese is most likely one of the first breeds that comes to mind when thinking of small dogs.

Temperament: While this breed is a loyal lap dog, they also have lots of energy and enjoy playtime. Maltese dogs are absolutely fearless—a trait believed to be passed on from the breed’s days as rat hunters. They get along well with people of all ages, are easily trained, and love performing tricks.

Grooming: While a Maltese can sport a long elegant coat, most pet parents keep their dog’s coat clipped short so it is easier to maintain. Their eyes must be cleaned often because they are prone to tear stains.

Exercise: Occasional exercise—such as a daily walk or playtime in the backyard or indoors—is sufficient for the Maltese.

Fun Fact: Also called the “Roman Ladies’ Dog,” this breed was associated with prestige in the Roman Empire. Women aristocrats often carried a Maltese around in their sleeves or on their laps, according to the American Kennel Club (AKC). 

Learn more about the adorable Maltese.

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