Sweet and cuddly dog breed with a clownish personality, the Coton de Tulear is always ready for a good time. This smart little dog with the cottony coat originated in Madagascar and is related to the Bichon Frise and the Maltese. Here are a few tips on properly grooming your Maltese we hope you find helpful. Maltese Ears You should check your Maltese ears on a weekly basis. A helpful, detailed chart to show the growth of Maltese puppies. Expected growing rates, elements that affect how fast a puppy grows, and common questions.