Generally, Maltese dogs are classified into two based on the pooch’s body size – we have the Toy Maltese and the Teacup Maltese dogs.
Some breeders also acknowledge the existence of the Miniature Maltese dog, but this classification isn’t nearly as popular as the Toy and Teacup Maltese groupings.
Maltese dogs, by default, are classified as a toy dog breed and it is only when this pooch is smaller than normal, that it is considered to be a teacup. And apart from the differences in height and weight, both Toy and Teacup Maltese dogs are practically the same in other aspects including physical appearance, personality, and grooming requirements.
How Does A Maltese Dog Look?
Perhaps the most distinguishing feature of a Maltese dog, be it teacup or toy, is the pooch’s thick, single-layered coat that comes in a snowy white coat!
And in addition to the coat, the typical Maltese dog can be easily identified by its small, rounded head and body, with ears that are mostly dropped downwards. The Maltese dog also has eyes and nose that are dark in color and in sharp contrast to the pooch’s white coat.
Is The Maltese A Good Family Dog?
Both Toy and Teacup Maltese dogs are renowned for being gentle, playful and affectionate towards just about anybody they come across.
The Maltese does well in a family setting, and thanks to this pooch’s small size, it can adapt well to living in either a small house or a large apartment with lots of space.
Additionally, owning to their temperaments, Maltese dogs are extremely good and gentle with children. With proper socialization, they get along well with other dogs and domestic pets. However, due to the Maltese’s frail nature, this pooch is best suited for homes with older, mature children that know how to handle small dogs like the Maltese.