Of bichon stock, this tiny, attractive dog has a long, silky, pure-white coat which contrasts starkly with its dark, oval-shaped eyes and black eye rims.
The coat may have slight lemon-coloured markings, notably in the vicinity of the head.
History of Maltese
Possibly the oldest of Europe’s toy breeds, the ancestors of the Maltese were thought to have been introduced to Malta by the Phoenicians. This lively, intelligent breed has since attracted countless generations of enthusiastic owners.
Belying its “chocolate-box” appearance, this dog, once called a Maltese Terrier, was a renowned rat-catcher.
Other Names of Maltese: Bichon Maltiase.
Identification keys of Maltese
stop is centred between tip of nose and occiput
pure black nose
dark brown eyes
long, straight coat should not impede the dog's action
Continental Toy Spaniel: Phalene Closely related to the Papillon the Phalene can be readily distinguished from it by its ears, which hang down on the sides of its head.
History of Continental Toy Spaniel (Phalene)
The breed was popular in Italy during the Renaissance, and was well known in European royal […]
Japanese Chin There is a distinct similarity between this breed and the Pekingese, but the Japanese Chin is both taller and of a lighter build. The coat of a puppy is relatively short compared with that of an adult dog.
History of Japanese Chin
Queen Victoria, a keen dog lover, had two Japanese […]
Papillon This dainty little dog is closely related to the Phalene, but it can easily be distinguished by its erect ears. Its name, Papillon, the French for “butterfly”, refers to the shape of its ears.
History of Papillon
This breed often featured in paintings by the Flemish artist Van […]
Tibetan Terrier Despite its diminutive size, this breed is still used to herd stock in its native Tibet. This dog is not a true terrier, however, and is more like a small Old English Sheepdog.
History of Tibetan Terrier
The breed was introduced to Europe by Dr. Greig, who brought a pair to England in […]
Havanese This dog is of bichon stock, and is related to such breeds as the Bichon Frise. It has a profuse double coat and is usually cream, gold, silver, blue or black.
History of Havanese
It is believed to have been brought to Cuba by sailors from the Canaries.
This breed is become […]