Malttese breed info


Also called Melitae Dog, Ye Ancient Dogge of Malta, Roman Ladies Dog, The Comforter, Spaniel Gentle, Bichon, Maltese Lion Dog, and Maltese Terrier, the Maltese are thought to have originated in Malta in the Mediterranean Sea. They were loved by Greeks and Egyptians and were depicted in art and used to comfort the sick. The Maltese remained a favorite companion throughout history and was one of the earliest lap dogs. They are playful, affectionate, and trusting. They get along great with older children and pets, but they can become intimidated and cranky toward younger children. Early socialization can ensure they grow to be pleasant, gentle, and well-mannered.

History of Maltese Dog


The Maltese was named by the Romans after the island of Malta, where it is indigenous. An ancient mix of Bichon and Spaniel, it has been called many names through the years including the Comforter, the Roman Ladies Dog, the Spaniel Gentle, and the Maltese Lion Dog. They are affectionate and gentle, and often fearless. Maltese dogs were used to comfort the sick because they were believed to possess healing powers. The European aristocracy loved the breed, and it was often the subject of literature and art. The breed arrived in the United States in the 1700s and have become more popular as companion dogs.

Our Team

They All Joined Us!

We are a family owned, and operated business started near Lincoln, Nebraska in l989 and have been richly blessed since. ​ Pam is a full-time homemaker, mother, and previous home-school teacher, along with other titles related to placing Maltese puppies in just the right homes. Ken is a retired middle school math teacher, father, and in charge of keeping all tails wagging! Our five sons also played a vital role in Sonshine Acres Maltese. We just welcomed our 13th grandchild! Another of the Lords blessings in our lives. We made the decision from ‘day one’ not to sacrifice quality for quantity. Moreover, by only raising Maltese puppies, we can concentrate on specifics to this breed. Sweet personalities, intelligence, sound genetic health and, of course, the breed standard physical appearance are our on-going breeding goals. Most of our puppies are 5-6 lbs with some in the 4 lb range or less but seldom larger than 7. We breed for very short noses, the "true baby doll" face. We are committed to providing the cleanest and safest, loving environment possible and welcome people to come and visit. If you’ve never had a well-bred Maltese puppy, you’re about to experience why they are considered "the most desired of all toy breed dogs."

Breed Stats

Pronunciation: Mall-TESE
Common Misspellings: Malteze, Malltese, Maultese, Mallteese
Alternative Names: Maltese Terrier, Bichon Maltiase
Breed Group: Toy
Weight: Under 7 lbs. (3.17 kg) (4 – 6 lbs. preferred in show)
Height: 8 – 10 inches (20.32 – 25.4 cm), measured from floor to withers
Origin: Malta – A small island in the Mediterranean Sea
Date of Origin: 1400 BC or earlier
Patronage: Italy
Ancient Names: Maltese Lion Dog
Purpose: Companion lap dog
Life Span: 12-14 years
Colors, Ancient Times: All colors
Colors, Modern Day: White | Tan or lemon markings on ears are permissible
Date of recognition: AKC:1888
Maturity: Adult at the one year mark
Litter size: 2-5
Shedding: Low
Traits: Affectionate, sweet-natured, eager, alert, intelligent