|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 satisfactory companion.
Of medium length and in proportion to the size of the dog. The skull is slightly rounded of 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 snippy. The nose is black. The teeth meet in an even, edge-to-edge bite, or in
a scissors bite.
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 e;bows well knit and held close to the body.
The back is level in top line, the ribs well sprung. The chest is fairly deep, the lions taut, strong,
and just slightly tucked up underneath.
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 the stifles
and hocks. The feet are small and round, with toe pads black. Scraggly hairs on 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.
A true "silky" coat is one that falls flat to the body.
Weight under 7 pounds, with 4 to 6 pounds preferred. Overall quality is to be favored over size.
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 the elbows close. Hind legs to move in a straight line. Cow hocks
or any suggestion of hind leg toeing in or out are faults.
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.
Approved March 10, 1964
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