AMERICAN KENNEL
CLUB
MALTESE BREED
STANDARD
GENERAL APPEARANCE
The Maltese is a toy dog covered from head to foot with a mantle of long ,silky,white
hair. He is gentle mannered and affectionate, eager and sprightly in action,and
despite his size, possessed of the vigor needed for the satisfactory companion.

HEAD
Of medium length and in proportion to the size of the dog. The skull is slightly
rounded on top. The stop moderate. The drop ears are rather low set and heavily
feathered with long hair that hangs close to the head. Eyes are set not too far apart;
they are very dark and round, their black rims enhancing the gentle yet alert
expression. The muzzle is of medium length, fine and tapered but not snipy. The nose
is black. The teeth meet in an even, edge-to-edge bite, or in a scissors bite.

NECK
Sufficient length of neck is desirable as promoting a high carriage of the head
BODY
Compact, the height from the withers to the ground equaling the length from the
withers to the root of the tail. Shoulder blades are sloping, the elbows well knit and
held close to the body. The back is level in to the body. The back is level in topline,
the ribs well sprung. The chest is fairly deep, the loins taut, strong, and just slightly
tucked up underneath.
TAIL
A long-haired plume carried gracefully over the back, its tip lying to the side
over the quarter.














LEGS AND FEET
Legs are fine-boned and nicely feathered. Forelegs are straight, their pastern joints
well knit and devoid of appreciable bend. Hind legs are strong and moderately
angulated at stifles and hocks. The feet are small and round, with toe pads black.
Scraggly hairs on the feet may be trimmed to give a neater appearance.
COAT AND COLOR
The coat is single, that is, without undercoat. It hangs long, flat, and silky over the
sides of the body almost, if not quite, to the ground. The long head-hair may be tied
up in a topknot or it may be left hanging. Any suggestion of kinkiness, curliness, or
woolly texture is objectionable. Color, pure white. Light tan or lemon on the ears is
permissible, but not desirable.
SIZE
Weight under 7 pounds, with from 4 to 6 pounds preferred. Overall quality is to be
favored over size
GAIT
The Maltese moves with a jaunty, smooth, flowing gait. Viewed from the side, he gives
an impression of rapid movement, size considered. In the stride, the forelegs reach
straight and free from the shoulders, with elbows close. Hind legs to move in a straight
line. Cowhocks or any suggestion of hind leg toeing in or out are faults.
TEMPERMENT
For all his diminutive size, the Maltese seems to be without fear. His trust and
affectionate responsiveness are very appealing. He is among the gentlest mannered
of all little dogs, yet he is lively and playful as well as vigorous.
Champion Heart's Ace's N
Eight's
CH Scurto's XTC
Hannah, who is Cookie and Blings  
grandbaby, has here won Best of
Breed against a Grand Champion.
Champion, Hanna is owned by
Betty   M.
Update: Hanna is now a Grand  
Champion !
Hanna is grandbaby to my Cookie
and Bling. She has just won her
Best of Breed Championship
against a Grand Champion. See her
with her ribbon in this picture taken
at home. The owner and I are very
proud and excited about Hanna's
progress.
Exciting Update !
Hannah has now
won her  own  
Grand
Championship !
7 But ask now the beasts, and they shall
teach thee; and the fowls of the air, and
they shall tell thee:
8 Or speak to the earth, and it shall teach
thee: and the fishes of the sea shall
declare unto thee.
9 Who knoweth not in all these that the
hand of the LORD hath wrought this?
10 In whose hand is the soul of every living
thing, and the breath of all mankind.
JOB 12:7-10 KJV