It is believed the Maltese has existed for at …

It is believed the Maltese has existed for at least 29 centuries, dating back so far it has caused a bit of debate as to the exact origin of the breed. It possibly derived from descendants of a Spitz-type dogs, possibly from Sweden or another ancestor the Tibetan Terrier from ancient Asia.
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Now both theorized ancestors are much larger dogs, like most toy breeds you see today centuries of development has bred the dog down in size, and the beginning of the coat color to its famous white possibly began.
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No matter where it came from, evidence shows that the Maltese most definitely was refined in the Island of Malta, a small isle off the coast of Italy. Get it Malta, Maltese……
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Here’s where it gets a bit tricky, historians speculate that trading is what prompted the spread of the Maltese breed into other areas of the world especially Europe and from there it made its way into Egypt. That is how the story of the little dog with healing powers came to Egypt.
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Not all Maltese were the standard white color at this point as history shows us. During the 1500’s, the breed made its way into Britain and
throughout the centuries, queens had been known for taking quite a liking to smaller breeds like the Maltese. Owning a Maltese was a symbol of importance and stature, only the wealthiest could afford to own the breed. Queens of England would eventually pronounce the Maltese breed to be of royalty and were treated as so as they were given only the highest quality human food and luxurious sleeping areas. 
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During the 1600’s and 1700’s some believe that the breed was developed by mixing light colored POODLES and possibly miniature Spaniels to get them to equal in size to a squirrel. At least some amount of white were in the coat of the Maltese, both parti (two colors) and solid colors other than white were accepted in the show ring up until 1913 in England, and possibly up until 1950 in Australia. A short time thereafter the non-white variety became excluded and today only the White is accepted as the standard of the breed.
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