Maltese are active little dogs, though they also have a reputation for being snappy . The Cavalier is widely known to be a happy, carefree and pleasant dog - very calm and with low aggression levels. This cross breed carries the beneficial traits of both breeds, and with responsible breeding and the Cavalier influence, its temperament should be very stable. On the whole it is a very reasonable, attentive and happy dog, although one should always be careful to not leave any dog alone with young children. Maltaliers are often bred back to Cavaliers, producing a 3/4 cross with a more distinct Cavalier type. This should further soften the dog's temperament. The Maltese is a low shedder, the Cavalier a moderate shedder. If the coat is long, a weekly brush with a fine comb is recommended. Owners also trim the muzzle area and routinely clean the ears. If you don't feel like trimming the coat, it can be clipped and still look attractive .Variation is the theme. And with such a diversity in appearance between litter mates, choosing a puppy means you can find something that suits your specific needs.