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The Maltese dog is a small, white, long-haired dog that is known for its playful and affectionate personality. They are originally from the Mediterranean island of Malta, and have been prized companions for centuries. Maltese dogs are full of energy, but they require only occasional exercise to keep them healthy and happy. A short walk or playtime in the yard is usually enough to satisfy their needs. They are also relatively low-maintenance dogs, and their long hair only needs to be brushed a few times a week.

Maltese dogs are very intelligent and trainable. They are eager to please their owners, and can learn basic commands quickly. They are also very good with children, and make loving and loyal companions. But most of all, they love to be with their people. Even novice pet parents and apartment dwellers will find these pups to be excellent furry family members. These features make these loving dogs strong contenders for any future pet parents thinking of adding a Maltese puppy to their home.

Quick Facts

  • Origin: Mediterranean, specifically Malta
  • Size: Small
  • Breed Group: Toy
  • Lifespan: 12-15 years
  • Coat: Long, silky, and straight white coat (though some may have slight lemon or tan markings)
  • Temperament: Gentle, affectionate, playful, and alert
  • Exercise Needs: Moderate exercise requirements, daily short walks and indoor playtime are suitable
  • Training: Intelligent and eager to please, but can be a bit stubborn; consistent, positive reinforcement training works well
  • Grooming: High-maintenance coat that requires daily brushing and regular professional grooming
  • Health: Generally healthy, but may be prone to dental issues due to their small size, as well as certain genetic conditions like luxating patella.
  • The Maltese has long been favored by pet owners. Even Aristotle wrote about a dog some believe to be a distant ancestor of the breed.
  • Elizabeth Taylor, one of the biggest stars of classic cinema, loved toy-sized dogs and was often photographed with them. One of her most famous dogs was a Maltese named Sugar. When Sugar died, Taylor got a new Maltese named Daisy. Taylor certainly had a special love for the Maltese breed.
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Maltese Puppies Personality

Throughout his long history, the Maltese has been given many names, such as the “Melitae Dog,” “Ye Ancient Dogge of Malta,” the “Roman Ladies Dog,” “The Comforter,” the “Spaniel Gentle,” the “Bichon,” the “Maltese Lion Dog,” and the “Maltese Terrier.” Today, he is known simply as the Maltese.

This elegant toy dog breed is famed for the silky white hair covering his body. Straight and thick, the coat falls all the way to the floor. Many years ago, Maltese came in many colors, but these days they are always white. When a properly built Maltese moves, he seems to float beneath his cloud of white hair. Because he doesn’t have an undercoat, the Maltese sheds little, and many people consider the breed to be hypoallergenic.

But the Maltese is more than his coat. Completing the picture is a slightly rounded skull, black nose, drop ears, dark, alert eyes, short, straight legs, and a graceful tail. He’s a sweet, intelligent dog who is devoted to his people. And as one of the smallest of the toy breeds, he’s well suited to apartment or condo living. Wherever he lives, the Maltese is responsive to his environment and makes an effective watchdog.

Although they look delicate and aristocratic, Maltese can have a lot of energy. They learn quickly if rewarded for their efforts. Because they have a long history as companion dogs, Maltese require a lot of human attention and suffer from separation anxiety. If left alone for hours each day, they can bark and become destructive.

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Color Coat and Grooming

Maltese are typically pure white but can show touches of lemon or tan, most commonly on the ears. The Maltese coat is more prone to saliva and tear staining and to coat yellowing. They are also prone to ear problems due to having excess hair down their ear canal compared to other breeds, so if you don’t regularly visit a groomer those areas will need extra attention at home also. Use an ear cleaner like Fidos Ear Drops to regularly wipe the visible areas of the ear canal and ear folds clean. Whitening shampoo is also very popular for the Maltese, with Bio Groom Super White being our current best seller. Fidos Tear Stain Remover can be safely used on the eyes, around the mouth, and on the paws for tear and saliva staining.ossible ear mites as well. It’s also important to keep their litter boxes clean so they don’t turn their nose up at it.

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