One of the oldest -- and smallest -- of dog breeds, the pure white Maltese falls under the American Kennel Club's toy group designation. The Maltese matures at no more than 7 pounds, with most specimens weighing between 4 and 6 pounds. Maltese puppies stop growing about the age of 8 months.
By the time your Maltese reaches her first birthday, she's reached her full size, but it's a safe bet she hasn't grown significantly in the previous four months. The Maltese breed doesn't vary a great deal in size, but you can get a better idea of your puppy's mature appearance by meeting her mother and father. If you bought your puppy from a breeder, ask to see the parents.
Small Dog, Big Attitude
Even though your Maltese is a toy dog, she thinks she's much bigger. Make sure she doesn't get into trouble by attempting to challenge larger canines.
Jane Meggitt has been a writer for more than 20 years. In addition to reporting for a major newspaper chain, she has been published in "Horse News," "Suburban Classic," "Hoof Beats," "Equine Journal" and other publications. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English from New York University and an Associate of Arts from the American Academy of Dramatics Arts, New York City.