Thinking about purchasing an Maltese? Then read our breed profile including a brief description, information on height, weight, color, coat, temperament, grooming, activity and history. Purchasing a new puppy is a commitment that may last ten or more years so please educate yourself on the Maltese breed, including all stages of their life from puppy hood to older dog.
Ask yourself will I be a good owner? Do I have the time it takes to train a new puppy? Do I have the resources to give my new dog a rewarding life. Do I have a local veterinarian that I can take my new dog to? Do I have a groomer or can I do the grooming myself on a regular basis. Fundamental requirements for a being a good Maltese owner;
Before making a purchase talk to the breeder, ask them many questions about their dogs and the breed in general. A good breeder will teach you about the Maltese and they will have many questions for you about your home and life style and if this breed is suited for you and your family.
Questions you may want to ask an Maltese Breeder:
It is recommended that you sign a contract with the breeder so that there will be no misunderstandings on the arrangements made. Then bring home your new Maltese and enjoy as "there is no greater love then a dog's devotion."
The Maltese is a member of the Bichon family and is one of the oldest European breeds. They are directly related to the Bichon and Bolognese. All came from the same initial breed, simply developing on different islands created their different traits, as well as their difference names. The Maltese came from Malta, the Bolognese came from Bologna, and the Bichon Tenerife came from Tenerife. Maltese have a beautiful mantel of long, silky, white hair. This is their crowning glory. They may sometimes have a hint of lemon or tan on their ears, although this is undesirable in the show ring. They are short, petite sized dogs and have short triangular drop ears. Maltese are gentle-mannered and affectionate, yet playful and full of animation. Despite their size, they posses the vigor needed for an excellent companion. They are a healthy and happy breed, and can live for at least 15 years! The Maltese is intelligent and easy to train, but is very strong-willed. They enjoy being groomed, petted and fondled.
Type: Companion Dog
Height: 5 - 10
white. slight lemon or tan markings on ears are permissible,
are friendly and alert. They are very lively as puppies, running around the
house in sudden bursts of happiness. They are agile, entertaining and happy
dogs. Maltese are generally good with older children, and are fairly adaptable.
They are comforters, fastidious and loyal. They are wary of strangers, but friendly.
They are trusting and fearless as well. They can be prone to anxiety if left
alone for long periods of time, but are otherwise playful and fun.
Watch-dog: Very High. The
Maltese is a very alert dog and will bark at anything unusual.
Maltese Care and Training:
Extensive coat care is needed for the Maltese. Shampoo once a week and daily
brushing is essential to keep the coat from matting. Special attention is needed
to keep the eyes clean as staining is possible. Indoor activity will suffice
for exercise, but Maltese will enjoy a walk or a run in the park. They should
be trained from puppyhood not to bark unwarranted or bite, as teething causes
most puppies to want to bite everything. But all training should be done with
a positive, firm attitude.
Activity: Indoors - Very
High. Outdoors - Medium. Puppies sometimes like to zoom around the house in
"figure eights" in a sudden burst of joy.
Maltese Health Issues: Maltese are generally healthy. They are, however, subject to genetic eye disorders. Other health issues include collapsing tracheas, liver shunts, hypoglycemia, skin allergies, and white shaker dog syndrome (disease that causes the dog to have full body tremors, most common in West Highland White Terriers, Maltese, Bolognese and Poodles).
Life Span: 14 - 15 years.
Country of Origin:
First Registered by the AKC:
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