Maltese dogs are a small breed of companion dogs that originated in the Mediterranean island of Malta. They are highly intelligent, loyal, and affectionate, and they make great family pets. Maltese have a long, silky white coat and an adorable, lively personality. They also tend to be quite active and independent, but need plenty of socialization and training to ensure they are well behaved. Maltese are also known for their playful and loving nature, often forming strong bonds with their owners.