6 Smallest Dog Breeds. #5 The Maltese is a small breed of dog in the Toy Group. It descends from dogs originating in the Central Mediterranean Area.Characteristics include slightly rounded skulls, with a finger-wide dome, a black button nose and brown eyes. The body is compact with the length equaling the height. The drop ears with (sometimes) long hair.Maltese are bred to be cuddly companion dogs. They are extremely lively and playful.
This finely carved ivory doll with moveable arms and legs was found in the grave of a girl approximately five years of age in Tarragona, Spain, a port city south of Barcelona. It dates to the 3rd or 4th century CE. The unusual presence of the doll may indicate that the child was especially dear to her family, or very attached to the doll in life. Museu Nacional Arquelogic de Tarragona (Spain)