Oscar, my friends grand childrens Pet MalteseX, these dogs are very popular and now puppy farms are selling them to Pet shops and they make amazing mark-ups in the price. Our Govt. is stepping in to close down puppy farms. This particular breed is ideal for a family dog, loving,fun,loves to play and barks at strangers, good for smaller gardens/yards. Oscar is well loved. Many end up in animal shelters.