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Ranking as the eleventh animal in the Chinese Zodiac, the dog is the symbol of
loyalty, honesty and intelligence. The year 2018 is defined as the Year of the Dog. This
collection of stamps features sixteen different dog breeds, painted by well-known artist Andrew Micallef.

Maltese Dog
The Maltese dog is reputed as one of the oldest dog breeds. Phoenician sailors visiting
the island of Malta for trading, around 1500 B.C., are credited for discovering the first
Maltese dogs. This elegant, lovable dog is famed for the silky white hair covering its body.

Pharaoh Hound
The Pharaoh Hound is one of the oldest known breeds of domestic dog and it is
believed that Phoenician traders were the first to bring these dogs to the Maltese
Islands. Known locally as 'Kelb tal-Fenek', this dog is very fond of running and hunting,
but is also devoted to and protective of its human family.

German Short Haired Pointer
The German Shorthair Pointer was developed in Germany in the mid to late 19th
century to be a multipurpose hunting dog. Highly energetic and intelligent, the
German Shorthair is a versatile hunting breed and an excellent swimmer.

Scottish Terrier
Developed in Scotland in the 1800s, the Scottish Terrier is part of the Terrier Group
breed. This compact and energetic dog is especially known for its bearded muzzle and
unique profile.

Border Collie
It is believed that the Border Collie may have developed from various sheepdogs used
to protect flocks of grazing animals along the border of England and Scotland. The
Border Collie features in many different colours and is characterised by its incredible
agility, intelligence, obedience, and unwavering sense of loyalty to its master.

Labrador Retriever
The history of the Labrador Retriever began in the 19th century when the English
aristocracy began to import them from Newfoundland. This remarkable dog has
long been regarded as the most suitable family pet and makes an excellent working
companion for various purposes. Labrador Retrievers are also successfully used as
guide dogs for the blind.

Golden Retriever
The history of the Golden Retriever began in Scotland in the 19th century when
several British gentry were developing a perfect hunting dog. Affectionate, obedient
and extremely loyal to its human family, Golden Retrievers are also trained as guide
dogs for the blind.

Originating from Germany in the 1800s, the Boxer was originally used as a hunting
companion, and over the centuries was selectively bred to become a search and
rescue dog. The Boxer's high level of intellect and devotion to humans make this dog an excellent family pet.

Oder Form
Irish Setter
Bred as field hunting dogs in Ireland in the early 1700's, the Irish Setter has a naturally
strong olfactory sense and superior hunting skills. This dog is today considered more
popular as a pet.

French Bulldog
The French Bulldog has enjoyed a long history as a companion dog. Created in
England to be a miniature Bulldog, it accompanied English lace makers to France,
where it acquired its Frenchie moniker. Originally called the Bouledogue Français, it is
loved for its sweet, lovable nature.

Cavalier King Charles
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel breed has descended from spaniel roots. In the
18th century these dogs came to be known as King Charles Spaniels because of close
association with the King. These dogs are famed for a very gentle and affectionate

The Pug is an ancient breed with its origins in China. Apart from being one of the
world's most physically distinctive dogs, the Pug is also well loved for its charismatic
personality and charm.

The Chihuahua breed was discovered in the Mexican state of Chihuahua and is known
for being the smallest dog breed in the world. This breed has a varied temperament,
and while it is reserved towards strangers, it has an extreme devotion to its master.

Yorkshire Terrier
Developed in England in the mid-19th century, the Yorkshire Terrier is a miniature
dog breed. The trademark of this breed is its coat colour: a clear shade of tan with a
dark steel blue hue. Yorkshire Terriers are small in stature but have a large personality
with love for adventure.

Bernese Mountain Dog
Originated as a farm dog, the Bernese Mountain Dog comes from the canton of Bern,
hence its name, and is famous for being the only Swiss mountain dog with a silky,
long coat. It is a large sturdy dog breed, with a friendly and calm disposition.

Chow Chow
This breed was introduced to England in the late 18th century and was given the
Chinese name Chow Chow. Known as the "Wild Dog of China", the Chow Chow
is a breed with a scowling expression and a unique black tongue. This dog can be
stubborn and independent but is also devoted and protective of its human family
  • Date Of Issue:
  • 23 Oct 2018
  • Designer:
  • Andrew Micallef
  • Perforation:
  • 13.75 x 13.75 (comb)
  • Process:
  • offset
  • Sheet:
  • Sheet of 16 stamps
  • Denominations:
  • 59c
  • Watermark:
  • Maltese Crosses
  • Size:
  • Sheet Size: 169mm x 169mm Stamp Size: 35mm x 35mm

Issue Items

Issue Products

  • Items marked with a in standard issue belong to the standard issue.
  • FDC w set Dogs 2018 - €13.50

    in standard issue
  • MaX Cards Dogs 2018 68-83 Set x 16 - €6.00

  • Max Cards Dogs 2018 w/s 68-83 Set x 16 - €16.00

  • Mint Set Dogs 2018 - €11.14

    in standard issue
  • PP Dogs 2018 - €14.09

    in standard issue
  • SF w set Dogs 2018 - €13.50

    in standard issue

Issue Stamps

  • 59c Dogs 2018 Chihuahua

  • 59c Dogs 2018 Scottish Terriers

  • 59c Dogs 2018 Border Collie

  • 59c Dogs 2018 Yorkshire Terrier

  • 59c Dogs 2018 Chow Chow

  • 59c Dogs 2018 German Pointer

  • 59c Dogs 2018 Irish Setter

  • 59c Dogs 2018 Labrador

  • 59c Dogs 2018 Pharoahs Hound

  • 59c Dogs 2018 Bernese Mountain Dog

  • 59c Dogs 2018 Boxer

  • 59c Dogs 2018 Cavalier King Charles

  • 59c Dogs 2018 French Bulldog

  • 59c Dogs 2018 Golden Retreiver

  • 59c Dogs 2018 Maltese Dog

  • 59c Dogs 2018 Pug