This popular toy dog is simply adorable. He packs in white fluffy fur, a black button nose and saucer-sized eyes into a tiny little body weighing less than 7 pounds. Charming, playful and sweet, this pup brightens up any household. It’s no wonder the Maltese is one of the most popular toy dog breeds.
This breed has been in existence for nearly 3,000 years, as evidenced by their presence in ancient paintings, statues and ceramic art. Considering how adaptable the Maltese is, it’s no wonder they survived for so long.
With his long, white locks, it’s important to brush him daily and groom him often to keep him looking great.
Maltese is an ancient dog breed which was known by different names previously like “Maltese Terrier,” “the ancient dog of Malta,” “Melita,” “the Roman Ladies’ Dog” and “Maltese Sleeve Dog.”
The exact origin of this breed is still unknown, but it is thought to have been descended from a type of dog found among the Swiss Lake Dwellers. Some people also say that this breed is originated in Asia and is related to the Tibetan terrier. The breed has existed for the past 3000 years. Their existence has been evidenced by ancient paintings, statues, and ceramic arts which proves that these are very adaptable and thus survived for so many years.
The Maltese has a long, silky and white coat but no undercoat. Some may have curly hair as well behind their ears. If someone loves dogs but has a dog allergy, then Maltese is the best option for them as these don’t shed.
Regardless of their non-shedding trait, regular grooming is required to prevent the coat from getting loaded with mats. The grooming may include a common cut for Maltese known as the puppy cut which includes trimming and shaving the entire body hair (including the legs, chest, head fur) to one-inch length.
No doubt, Maltese are exceptionally playful, jolly and loving pooches, however, they are not a highly energetic breed, and that’s is why they need a minimal amount of exercise. But, hey, don’t underestimate them, they are not lazy!
Exercise is essential for them because it helps to boost their immune system and repair their respiratory system. As a small breed, they have small joints and those need proper rest. Which is why it’s perfect to take them for a morning walk!
Yes, a regular morning walk helps them to manage their weight along with their proper healthy diet.
Maltese exercise needs can easily be broken down into three
main groups. These are:
- A daily walk
- Let them freely play with toys and other puppies.
- Mental Stimulation
To keep your Maltese healthy, he requires a daily walk of between 20-30 minutes
Maltese are known as companion dogs. They are very playful and lively. Their energy level remains the same even if they age. They are very active and enjoy being inside the house making the house lively. They prefer enclosed spaces or small yards. They love humans and prefer to stay around them.
Some Maltese may get annoyed with small children and should be kept under supervision when allowed to play with them. However, this habit can be reduced if they are allowed to socialize with children at a smaller age.
Maltese may have some tooth problems which may result in cavities and later on, they may fall out if not taken proper care of them as the dog ages. Therefore, one needs to take adequate care of their teeth by brushing teeth every week with a soft-bristled brush and special dog toothpaste to prevent cavities and other tooth problems.
Besides this, many Maltese may show signs of tear staining under the eyes. This depends on the dog’s eyes water and the size of tear ducts, but this can be a problem in this breed. To prevent this, solutions or powders made for tear stains are available in the market.