Maltese Life Span Chart: How Long Can Maltese Dogs Live?
The Maltese life span chart is based on the average life expectancy of dogs in general. For example, a dog with a normal weight and height will likely live longer than one that weighs less or is shorter. The Maltese breed was developed over centuries to be a working dog, so it makes sense that they would live longer than other breeds.
The Maltese lifespan chart is not meant to be exact. Some Maltese may live much longer than others.
The chart is simply meant to give you an idea of what your Maltese’s expected lifespan might be.
If you are concerned about your pet’s longevity, then see our article on How Long Do Maltese Dogs Live?
How Old Is My Dog?
A Maltese puppy typically reaches sexual maturity at around 6 months of age. They usually reach full adult size (and often even taller) by 8 months of age. A Maltese male can get up to 12 inches tall and weigh anywhere from 40-60 pounds while a female can grow up to 14 inches tall and weigh between 30-50 pounds. Most Maltese puppies stay with their parents until they are about 3 years old before being able to fend for themselves.
Maltese Life Expectancy
The American Kennel Club does not keep official statistics on the life spans of mixed breed dogs, so there is no concrete data on the average lifespan of a mixed breed. There is some information out there, however, that suggests mixed breeds tend to live longer than purebreds because they do not have to deal with the genetic drawbacks of inbreeding.
When looking at the average lifespan of mixed-breed dogs in general, you can expect your mixed breed to live up to 15 years. If you adopted a mixed breed dog from a shelter then you can expect it to live longer than that due to the fact that shelter dogs are usually already between 1-5 years of age.
This means that as a mixed-breed, you can expect your dog to live up to 10 more years!
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Prevalence of respiratory symptoms with pets in Maltese homes by M Markwick – Annals of tourism research, 2001 – Elsevier
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The cultural roots of Maltese identity. Christian myths and social memory in a Mediterranean frontier society by C Camilleri – 2014 – um.edu.mt