We bought our first 2 Maltese in the early 2000 but that did not work out for us, so in 2017 we decided to try this breed again, and we purchased our dogs from Russia and Korea, and they were great, Ok, so Maltese are noisier than shih tzu but they are small, very energetic and very very cute.
We went to our first show with the Maltese in 2020 and did quite well. They are very different from our Shih Tzu, but we love them anyway.
We do have Maltese that are Small and fit the AKC standard and the larger ones that fit the 3-4kg required by the FCI standard. We love our little and regular size Maltese, they are so much fun.