The Magnificent Maltese!


Behavior common of the Maltese

The Maltese is very small but has a very big heart and is one of the most affectionate breeds out there. They have a very gentle manner and rank among the small dogs when it comes to gentleness.  It is a wonderful companion dog and has served in this capacity for many hundreds of years. While they are small, they love to play and can often even outlast dogs that are much larger than them when it comes to playtime.

While the nature of the Maltese is to be playful and sweet, a lot is dependent on how they are raised. Proper training, socialization and attention are needed in order to assure that your dog develops in this manner. They need to have a certain amount of independence and not be babied too much, as is the tendency for many owners since the dog is so small. While they do not need a tremendous amount of vigorous exercise, they do need to be walked daily to burn up some energy. Even if you live in a small apartment, which is a great size for them, they need to be walked daily to calm nervousness and keep them in shape.

A Maltese is very trainable and eager to learn in every way but house training them is known to be a difficult process. Crating is recommended with this breed for the first six to eight months at least so you can control them and house train them better.

Appearance of the Maltese

Simply put, a Maltese is known for being very tiny. They are all white with a soft, silky coat that goes right to the floor.  They have a dark nose and dark eyes with a tapered muzzle and a long neck. The Maltese is usually only about eight to ten inches high and weighs anywhere from four to eight pounds, making them very small. They do not have any kind of undercoat and are considered to hypoallergenic, making them ideal for people who may have dog allergies to have a pet with any of the sneezing.

Grooming your Maltese

A Maltese will not shed much if at all. You do want to make sure that you brush it daily to be sure that you do not get any tangles or mats. Matting is a known problem with the dog’s coat, so if you brush regularly you can save yourself and the dog some aggravation and trouble. Because of their white coat, a Maltese will get dirty quickly and easily, so regular brushing can help you avoid a weekly bath and you will only have to bath your dog every two or three weeks. Maltese also frequently have a problem with tear staining because of their white hair. If you cleanse their faces regularly with a soft cloth and cleanser you can cut back on this problem.

History of the Maltese

The Maltese is one the earliest known lapdogs and can be traced back to nearly 3500 B.C. on the island of Malta, which is off the coast of Italy. It is often considered to be the most ancient of all of the toy breeds in Europe. Ancient Greeks and Romans have long written about the Maltese and they developed into companions and lapdogs for royalty of the English over time. Maltese became rarer during the herding times of the seventeenth century but the dog had made a comeback by the 1800s and became one of the most popular breeds of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.