Many people look at how small their little Maltese puppy is at three months and wonder just how big it might grow. They wonder what size their Maltese might be? There are a few factors which can affect the growth rate of a Maltese puppy and affect Maltese size. Generally though they will fit within a fairly standard growth range as they age.
It isn't hard to figure out how big your Maltese puppy will grow. The breed standard for this small white dog limits weight to just 7 pounds at maturity and states that 4 to 6 pounds is preferred. If you don't show your dog, an extra pound or so is acceptable -- but more than that probably indicates obesity and its attendant health risks. The standard doesn't call for a height limit, but most Maltese dogs mature between 8 and 10 inches high at the shoulder. Perhaps the best way to determine the eventual size of your Maltese puppy is to meet the parents. If you buy from a breeder, note the mother's size when you inspect her. If the father isn't on the premises, the breeder should be able to provide you accurate information about his size.
As one of the smallest of the toy breeds -- already the littlest of canines -- a full-grown Maltese might be dwarfed by a large breed puppy. However, a Maltese thinks she's a big dog, so make sure she doesn't try to pick a fight with a larger canine. One of the oldest of all dog breeds, today's Maltese, named from their homeland of Malta, looks much the same as her counterpart in ancient Rome. If you share your life with a Maltese, your dog resembles the pet kept by wealthy households for the past 2, years.
The Maltese is a small, hardy dog with silky hair. The body is compact, fine-boned, but sturdy and slightly longer than it is tall with a level topline. The chest is deep. The skull is slightly rounded on the top with a moderate stop.