The Maltese is a dog breed born from the lap of luxury. They have been around since before the Bible. They have a marvelous coat that makes them look like a work of art, but much care is required to keep them looking this good. Thankfully, they don’t shed a lot, but most people prefer to keep them with short coats so that they’re not collecting dust and dirt from every surface they walk on. They can be quite affectionate and make excellent alert watchdogs as well. Fearless by nature, they have no problems taking on the challenges of an agility course.