The Maltese (Latin: Canis Melitaeus) is a breed of dog introduced in Nintendogs + Cats. It comes from the Central Mediterranean area, around Malta and the Italian island of Sicily. The oldest record of this breed was recorded in Greece.

The Maltese is usually a show dog, given that it has long, silky fur. They, like other breeds such as the Bichon and other small dogs, are prone to reverse sneezing (also known as the mechanosensitive aspiration reflex).


3DS (NTSC): "Receiving its name from the island of Malta, this breed boasts a silky, pure-white coat."

3DS (PAL): "This breed from the Mediterranean boasts a soft coat of pure white."

Unlocking the BreedEdit


The Maltese can only come in one colour option: White. However, it can have either brown, gray, or black patches on their faces and bodies.


One of your neighbors owns a Maltese. She is:

  • Sadie/Lulu (PAL), owned by Sally (Competitions Only)


Trivia Edit

  • The breed was originally going to appear in Nintendogs, but it got incomplete and uses an earlier placeholder Beagle model. The only way to acquire the breed in Nintendogs is to use a save file editor.
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    The "Maltese" displayed in-game in Nintendogs. Its character model is represented by a Beagle.

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