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Maltese: A Fearless And Gentle Dog

Maltese: A Fearless And Gentle Dog
Maltese

Today, we will talk about one of the oldest dog breeds in the world – the amazing Maltese. The origin of this interesting dog breed is the island of Malta. Located in the strategic part of the Mediterranean, Malta has been an important base for many civilizations and cultures including Phoenicians, Greeks, Carthaginians, Romans, Arabs, Romans, etc. It is considered that Phonecians brought Maltese to Malta. Every other culture and civilization that occupied Malta was fascinated by this amazing breed. Unfortunately, after the fall of the Roman Empire, Europe entered the Dark Ages and Maltese were on a brink of extinction. However, Chinese breeders rescued the breed and later reintroduce it to Europe.

Maltese: Dog Breed Info

Physical Characteristics

Size 

Typical Maltese stands 7 to 9 inches tall and weighs under 7 pounds.

Coat

Maltese has a stunning white, straight, silky coat that reaches all the way to the ground.

Personality & Temperament

Maltese are people-oriented dogs, they are gentle, sweet and they consider everyone they meet a friend. On the other hand, they can be stubborn and manipulative as they always get what they want.

Health & Lifespan

This is a generally healthy dog breed. However, they can still suffer from certain health issues such as:

The life expectancy of a typical Maltese is between 12 and 15 years.

Care 

Exercise

Even though Maltese are high-energy fur balls, they don’t require too much exercise. Generally, daily walks with an occasional play or exercise session are enough to keep them happy and healthy.

Grooming

That long, white coat may seem royal and glorious, but it also requires extensive care and grooming. Daily combing and brushing is a must if you want to prevent mats and keep your dog’s coat in a top shape. Regular bathing and coat conditioning are also essential for the good health and look of the dog’s coat.

Nails tend to grow fairly quickly, so make sure you trim them regularly. Also, check your dog’s ears and remove debris, dead hair, and wax to prevent ear infections.

Maltese are prone to dental disease, so brush your dog’s teeth on a daily basis.

Nutrition

Whether you buy commercial or produce homemade dog food, make sure it has high-quality ingredients and all the nutrients your dog needs. Also, keep a close eye on your dog’s weight and portion his meals based on his age, activity level, and size.

Trainability

When training a Maltese, the key is consistency. These are intelligent dogs capable of learning, but they can also be stubborn and have a mind of their own. Therefore, be consistent, persistent, patient, and eventually, you will succeed.

Commonly Asked Questions

Do Maltese bark a lot?

Yes, they bark a lot and they are prone to uncontrollable barking.

Can Maltese stay home alone?

Maltese can stay home alone, but they should never be alone for more than eight hours (two hours for puppies under six months).