Maltese is a breed of decorative miniature dogs. Other names are Maltese Bichon, Maltez. It is currently impossible to assert with complete certainty that this breed was bred in Malta. Dogs of this breed have been known for many centuries in Malta, but at the same time, they were very popular in the Philippines and China. They were probably brought to these countries by merchants from Malta. Maltese were popular with the Romans since the days of Phidias.