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The Maltese is a beautiful, elegant and spirited dog that is perfect for people of any living situation. Their good looks and adaptability means that they really are suited for everyone.
This is a beautiful toy breed of dog whose correct name is the Maltese and not Maltese Terriers as they are commonly referred to. If you’re after a dog to spend all your time with and that will love you as much you love them, then this is the perfect breed.
The Maltese is one of the oldest breeds of dogs with Darwin believing that the dog dates back as far as 6000BC. The exact history of this breed is unknown but it is known that the Maltese was a prized possession to the people of Malta and the dogs were also an exotic trade animal in the Middle East. One theory about the origin of the breed is that the Maltese descends from a type of Spitz kept by the Swiss lake dwellers and they it was bred down to its current size. However, there is also some evidence that the breed originated in Asia.
The Maltese is a toy breed of dog, meaning that it is small and compact in size. Their distinguishing characteristic is a beautiful white coat that is long and silky, and reaches almost to the ground. Maltese have black eyes and a black nose and their ears are low set and pendant shaped, and sit close to the head.
The Maltese is not a working dog at all but rather a dog that will just love you and give you plenty of affection. It is a very sociable little dog and it will make everyone feel happy. Maltese are very lively, intelligent little dogs and love nothing more than to be pampered. They get along very well with any other pets that you may have and are good with children, as like as the children are kind to the animal (they can snap at rough or unthoughtful children). The Maltese also like to let you know who is coming, and they will raise the alarm if they hear anything suspicious.
Caring for Maltese
The Maltese will thrive on a standard diet that you can obtain from vets, pet stores, or supermarkets and you should give them a mix of wet and dry food. It is important to give your Maltese biscuits that they need to chew on in order to keep their teeth healthy. Also, the Maltese can be known for being picky eaters so you should try and give your dog a varied diet as much as possible in order to try and avoid this happening.
The Maltese has a beautiful long coat that will require regular grooming if you want to keep it in full coat. You will need to brush and/or comb it daily to ensure that the coat does not tangle or matt. If you don’t want to deal with the full coat, you can always have the coat clipped so that it is shorter (if it is a pet dog only, and not a show dog) but you will still need to brush your dog regularly. Weekly bathing is also recommended, and blow-drying the coat is ideal. The Maltese can suffer from tear staining around the eyes so you will need to be prepared to clean the eyes regularly. As they are largely an inside breed, you will need to clip your dog’s claws regularly, and trim the hair around their foot pads using small, sharp scissors. Despite the beautiful long coat, the Maltese actually sheds very little.
The Maltese will live for between 12 and 16 years on average. They are a healthy breed all round but they can be prone to some problems such as a luxating patella, progressive retinal atrophy (PRA), and portosystemic liver shunt. Your breeder should be aware of these problems and working to ensure that their animals are free from these problems or not breed from animals that have been shown to have them.
The Maltese is the ideal dog if you are after a dog that will be happy to spend all its time indoors near you. They do love to play in a garden but they prefer to be where their owners are, so they really are the perfect companion. Because of this, they are ideal for apartments and other small living spaces, as well as any size of home, but if you do have a small space, be sure to try and keep it exercised by taking it for a daily walk.
The Maltese is a very intelligent dog so, while they are not a working dog per se, they can be easily trained. You can easily teach your Maltese all of the standard things such as sit, stay, and fetch, but they are also very happy to learn tricks (such as roll over, high five and any others that you can think of). However, it is known that the Maltese can be difficult to housebreak so training will be required if you want them to use a litter box inside or to let you know when they need to go outside to do their business. Even though the Maltese is very happy to be a human companion, you will need to ensure that you are the pack leader otherwise behavioural problems may develop (such as separation anxiety, barking, and guarding behaviours, which are not natural Maltese traits).
Buying and Owning a Maltese
If you are thinking about bringing a Maltese home, you will need to be sure that you are adequately prepared. This means that you will need to purchase food and water bowls, essential grooming equipment (brushes, combs, shampoos, nail clippers etc), collars and leads, toys, and a nice warm bed. It is important that you keep your Maltese warm and out of the damp.
You should also purchase worming and flea products as required, and these are usually given monthly. Your breeder will be able to tell you how often worming and fleaing is required. Your breeder should also give you a record of your puppy’s vaccinations and when the next one is due. If your dog is not already desexed, you should do so as soon as the vet is willing. Don’t forget that your dog will need to be registered with the council.
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