The Maltese is described as a gentle, playful, and charming dog who is categorized in the toy group of dog breeds. The Maltese’s most common color is white with the exception of a light tan at times. This breed is not known to shed much at all, many consider them hypoallergenic. They are considered a small dog breed with a height ranging from 7-9 inches and an average weight which is typically under 7 pounds. They have a life expectancy of 12-15 years.