Other names: Maltese, Maltese

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The Bichon Maltais is a small, calm and very intelligent dog that has a narrow and long trunk, with a long, silky white coat. He is a very elegant little dog with a proud and distinguished head carriage. The Bichon Maltais is an adorable companion dog, with a very fine coat that should be taken care of with the greatest delicacy. The maintenance of this canine is special. For the rest, his education and his diet are rather easy. He is a very pleasant dog to live with, attached to his master, to children and who loves cuddles. He is lively and alert and possesses robust health.



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Hypoallergenic breed Hypoallergenic breed

Hair type Long
Origin Italy
Template Small
Head shape Square
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 3 kg to 4 kg From 20 cm to 23 cm
Male From 3 kg to 4 kg From 21 cm to 25 cm
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History of the breed

In Rome, in the 1st century BC, the name of the Bichon Maltese is Matrones . During the Renaissance, much later, it is often part of the works of Rubens and Goya . The most beautiful ladies of the time pampered it, especially because of its very pleasant to the touch fur.

Bichon Maltais Pictures

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Physical features

Its coat : silky texture, without waviness, dense, shiny and very long. It easily reaches 20 cm in length and can exceed the height of the withers.
Its color : pure white, but it can sometimes pull on pale ivory.
His head : rather large with a flat skull.
His ears : triangular in shape and drooping. They are located high on the skull and well provided with hair.
His eyes : small, rounded and very dark.
Its body : has a narrow and long trunk, a little over 20 cm at the withers. The limbs are muscular with a strong bone structure.
Its tail : short and drooping.

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

The Bichon Maltais is a playful and gentle dog . Endowed with great intelligence , he is very lively and very attached to his master . However, he has difficulty in loneliness and will not appreciate prolonged absences, after which he will be sensitive. Able to live in the city as in the countryside, it is a good playmate for older children (it may not appreciate the abruptness of the little ones). His good nature can sometimes make you smile. In addition, he appreciates the presence of congeners and other animals.

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The Bichon Maltais must be educated as early as possible so that he cannot adopt bad habits: climbing on armchairs, being capricious, being a pot of glue. He loves cuddles more than anything and will not hesitate to climb on his master’s lap, even without the latter inviting him to do so. In fact, it is important to make this canine understand that these moments of caress are decided by his master or his adoptive family.

For the rest, it presents no difficulty in education. To avoid too much anxiety for this little dog, it is important to teach him very early to be alone from time to time .

Living conditions

Suitable for apartment living
Good for new masters
Love it hot
Love the cold

The Bichon Maltais cannot stand loneliness and its fur requires daily maintenance. Also, this dog is particularly suited to apartment life or houses without a garden . All types of families can welcome a Bichon Maltese , whether it is a family with young children or single seniors, as long as they are there to receive whatever affection these little dogs wish to give.


Ease of gaining weight

Despite what its small size might suggest, the Bichon Maltais is a robust dog who very rarely gets sick . He can very occasionally develop some problems such as eye infections or suffer from weakened teeth and gums. Finally, he can also dislocate a kneecap . In addition, it does not like humidity and cold . It is advisable to be careful in winter so that he does not catch a cold.

Hypoallergenic breed


Litter size

Between 2 and 4 puppies

Major concerns
Tracheal collapse
Patella dislocation
Minor concerns
Hip dysplasia
Elbow dysplasia
Persistent ductus arteriosus (PCA)
Congenital portosystemic shunt
Occasional concerns
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Shaker dog syndrome
Suggested tests

To protect yourself from these risks and insure your companion in the event of health problems, Woopets recommends insurance for Bichon Maltais dogs .

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Life expectancy

Minimum: 12 years old

Maximum: 15 years

The life expectancy of a Bichon Maltese is, on average, between 12 years and 15 years.

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Maintenance and hygiene

Ease of maintenance
Cost of maintenance
Hair loss
Drool level
Ease of grooming

This small dog is subject to an annual moult which should be accompanied by a suitable diet, rich in vegetable fibers. To keep its beautiful white and silky coat, it is important to maintain it scrupulously.

The fur of the Bichon Maltais is long and silky, so it requires careful and daily care. As it can exceed in length the height of the withers, it needs to be brushed every day using a suitable brush to untangle all knots . The Bichon Maltais can take a bath regularly, because it tends to get dirty easily.

The ears should be checked weekly to make sure there is no dirt or signs of infection. If they don’t wear out naturally, her fingernails need to be cut. If you are new to this, it is recommended that you seek advice from a veterinarian. To avoid infections, it is also necessary to thoroughly clean the secretions that embarrass his eyes , this once a week or so, with lukewarm water.

Finally, brushing the dog’s teeth helps eliminate tartar build-up and the proliferation of bacteria.

Price and budget

Purchase price

800 €
1500 €

The purchase price of a Bichon Maltese is between € 800 and € 1,500.

Annual maintenance cost

800 €
900 €

The annual maintenance cost of a Bichon Maltese is between 800 € and 900 €.

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The diet of the Bichon Maltais consists only of high quality croquettes. During the moulting period, this diet must be reinforced to provide more plant fibers . This will allow his coat to remain silky and soft to the touch. Its food is to be divided into 2 meals per day , preferably one in the morning and another in the evening. His diet must be adapted to his weight, age, size and physical activity. To prevent him from obesity, it is necessary to accurately determine his daily ration. For this, you can get closer to a veterinarian

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play

Despite his very good disposition to apartment life, the Bichon Maltais needs outings and exercises . He is energetic and will support all the sports activities that you can offer him. He enjoys walks as much as playing, especially outdoors.

Famous Bichon Maltese breed dogs

Sumo : this is the Maltese Bichon offered to Bernadette Chirac by her grandson Martin , on the occasion of her birthday. After their departure from the Elysee Palace, the former presidential couple placed their animal on a farm in Seine-et-Marne, because Sumo could not bear living in an apartment. Bernadette and Jacques Chirac have regularly heard from him.

On the occasion of his seventy-seventh birthday, the former President of the Republic was offered another Bichon Maltais by the host Michel Drucker , whom he named Sumette .


Classifications & Standards
(FCI) Fédération Cynologique Internationale
(AKC) American Kennel Club
(ANKC) Australian National Council Kennel
(CKC) Canadian Kennel Club
(KC) The Kennel Club
(UKC) United Kennel Club
(NZKC) New Zealand Kennel Club


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FCI Information



FCI Group

Group 9: Companion and Toy Dogs

Recognized by FCI

Since 1955


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