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Maltese

Maltese

There is really nothing like an adorable Maltese puppy. As the dog grows, some parents prefer the look of the Maltese with silky, long hair while others prefer a shorter puppy cut. But don’t be fooled by appearances. No matter what style of hair the Maltese has, this playful breed will grow up to be a loving wonderful companion dog if you’re willing to devote some time to training and grooming.






Size:
4-7 lbs.
Exercise Requirements:
The Maltese is a lively, energetic breed, but a few short daily walk will suffice. Maltese are quite happy burning off energy playing indoors with chew toys.
Mess Factor:
Shedding and slobbering are not issues with this pup.
Barking and Volume:
Frequent woofing can be a problem with the Maltese, especially if they get excited or aren’t properly housebroken. They can also be extremely protective and may bark at strangers or when they hear loud noises.
Training Requirements:
Maltese can be difficult to housebreak, so consistency and starting early is key. (Crating may also help). A puppy class can help stave off behavioural issues like frequent barking and will teach your pet how to follow basic commands.
Ongoing Costs:
Health Factors: Health problems can include retinal atrophy (limited vision in low light that may lead to vision loss), a luxating patella (sliding kneecaps) and respiratory ailments (if they are kept in overly wet or damp environments). *A reputable breeder can help minimize the risks of genetic disorders.
Grooming: Professional grooming is required once a month.
Training: Moderate training. A basic puppy class should suffice.
Grooming Requirements:
Maltese require daily brushing and should receive professional grooming once a month. A weekly bath is key to keeping their white coats looking good. You’ll also need to clean their eyes daily to prevent tear staining.
Kid Compatibility:
If socialized properly, Maltese can make a great family pet. It’s a good idea to wait until children have passed toddlerhood before purchasing a Maltese, however, because the dog may nip if surprised or poked by children.
Longevity:
15 years.
Friendliness: Towards Animals
Maltese are not great with other dogs and will bark (or snap) at animals that threaten their territory.
Friendliness: Towards People
Maltese are extremely loyal and loving to their owners, but can be standoffish and defensive around new faces. It’s important to introduce them to new people early on.
BE PREPARED FOR: An energetic–but sometimes feisty–dog who is protective, loyal and loving.

Links and Resources:
Clubs
American Maltese Association
Rescues
Northcentral Maltese Rescue
Video
Maltese doing tricks




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