The ever popular and beautiful Maltese was once described by Aristotle as 'a cloud floating in the sky.' One of the oldest and most beloved dog breeds, the Maltese has been winning hearts and praise for ages and originally descends from the central Mediterranean area. Maltese puppies sport a cute button nose and lively personality making them irresistible to cuddle and as such have been a favorite among celebrities and royalty, such as Marie Antoinette and Elizabeth Taylor.

An adult Maltese weighs 5 to 8 pounds and are wonderful companion dogs. This breed sheds less than most and are considered hypoallergenic. The pale ivory coat of a Maltese is long and silky with no undercoat. These tiny dogs prefer smaller spaces, making them a prized pet of urbanites everywhere. Puppies need proper socialization and do well with children but because of their small stature and delicate nature should never be unsupervised with children under 10.

How to care for your Maltese puppy: The gorgeous coat of a Maltese puppy should be brushed daily to avoid mats and tangles and professional grooming is recommended every 4-6 weeks. Nails should be trimmed and teeth brushed weekly to keep your precious puppy happy and clean. Feed a high quality dog food and be careful not to allow your Maltese puppy to overindulge to avoid obesity. Give an occasional treat to spoil your fur baby and as a reward during training.

What to look for when choosing a Maltese puppy for sale: Look for a bright, vibrant puppy with a healthy coat and clear eyes. Your potential puppy should be active, alert and playful with a good disposition. Many Maltese breeders who have good puppies for sale will offer tips on training and the best food to feed your new pet so be sure to ask. Maltese puppies thrive on love and attention and easily bond with their humans so set aside plenty of time to see to their needs and cuddle them frequently.