The Maltese is one of the oldest dog breeds known to man, dating back as far as ancient Greece. This toy breed was thought to have been used by the Greeks and Romans in religious ceremonies due to its pure white coats symbolizing purity and innocence. The breed eventually made its way over to Malta, where it earned its name. From there, the breed was popularized throughout Europe and eventually came over to England within the 18th century. With a whimsical personality and friendly demeanor, it’s no wonder that this small companion dog isn't reserved only for royalty; rather, they're adored by all today! In 1888, the American Kennel Club admitted them into their registry under Toy Group classification where they remain today.