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The Maltese, the oldest European toy breed, has been depicted on objects of art as old as 3000 years. The name Maltese comes from the old Latin name, Canis Melitaeus, which referred to the dog's place of origin. There is debate as to whether this was actually the Island of Malta, or the town of Melita in Sicily. Throughout Europe, the Maltese was often used as an object of barter along trade routes and it gained human interest wherever it was left. The main function of this charming toy breed has always been to serve its master as friend and companion. The breed has been recognized and exhibited since 1862 in England, since 1877 in the States, and since 1901 in Canada. This tiny breed fits well in any size accommodation and does not require very much exercise.

**Edited & Acquired from the Canine-connection**