Canis ISSN: 2398-2942 Maltese Introduction Biological Data Introduction General information Originated in the Mediterranean, probably Malta, through the agency of the ancient Phoenician traders. Its size and good nature make it an ideal companion. Its long heavy white coat needs constant grooming to prevent tangles and matting (a problem especially with puppies when their adult coat starts to grow through at around 8 months of age). This coat, however, does not shed. It relishes exercise but will adapt to a quieter lifestyle. Biological Data This article is available in full to registered subscribers Sign up now to purchase a 30 day trial, or Login Further ReadingPublicationsRefereed papers Recent references from PubMed and VetMedResource. Other sources of information For information on Genetic Testing Providers (labs), genetic tests, and tests by breed, visit International Partnership for Dogs: https://dogwellnet.com/. For a list of DNA tests available for certain breeds worldwide, visit Kennel Club Worldwide DNA tests: https://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/health/for-breeders/dna-testing-simple-inherited-disorders/worldwide-dna-tests/. The Kennel Club Breed-specific requirements and recommendations including health screening: www.thekennelclub.org.uk/media/9846/abs_breed_specific_requirements_and_recommendations_web.pdf. Herrief V The Maltese Today. Howell. ISBN 0876052316. Organisation(s) Visit the Kennel Club website to search for details of KC-registered breed clubs: www.thekennelclub.org.uk/services/public/findaclub/breed/. Visit the American Kennel Club website to search for details of AKC-recognized breed clubs: www.akc.org/clubs/search. American Maltese Association: www.americanmaltese.org.