Exercising Your MalteseGood Exercises For Your Maltese

The Maltese was developed from dogs originating in the Mediterranean island nation of Malta. It is said to have miniature spaniel and poodle blood. This is an old breed, even mentioned in ancient Roman writings. The breed eventually became popular with royalty all over the world.

Breed Type

Companion Dog

Physical Characteristics

  • small, hardy dog with silky hair
  • compact, fine-boned body but sturdy


  • spirited, lively and playful yet gentle, loving, trusting and devoted to its master
  • active and playful, loves to play outdoors
  • need lots of attention from loving owner

Best Exercises

  • short walks (15 – 20 minutes) vigorous or casual
  • romps in the back yard
  • lively indoor games

Suggested Exercise Plan

These lively little dogs need action and attention every day to avoid disruptive, attention-getting behaviors like lots of barking. However, the exercise sessions do not have to be that long. At least two sessions of 15 to 20 minutes will help keep this dog happy.

Things To Note

Maltese are susceptible to “reverse sneezing” when overexcited from play. It  sounds like a honking, snorting, or gagging, but it is not dangerous.

Despite the long coat, this is not an “outdoor dog”, limit time out in cold weather.