Energetic, loyal and intelligent, the Maltese makes the perfect companion dog. Small, and covered in a luxurious mane of silky white fur, the Maltese is a simply stunning dog breed, which is a popular pet. This breed is very affectionate and ideal for both first time dog owners and experienced dog owners.
The exact origins of the Maltese aren’t known. It is estimated that this breed first emerged around 6,000 B.C. It has been suggested that this breed, which is said to be descended from a Spitz type of dog, emerged from Asia, but the general consensus is that this dog originated in Malta. Throughout history, the Maltese has been popular with royalty all around the world.
The Maltese is a small dog breed, which is considered a toy dog. In the past, when the Maltese was slightly larger than its modern counterpart, the Maltese was used as a gun dog. Due to its small size, the Maltese is a very popular lapdog and companion dog. In fact, in the past, women use to carry their Maltese around town with them, and even sleep next to them.
The Maltese has a body that is pretty much the same length as its height. This breed has a very long, white coat, which is soft and silky. It requires frequent grooming. They do not have an undercoat and they don’t shed much. This makes this breed ideal for people have allergies. The average male Maltese is 8 to 10 inches tall, and the average female Maltese is 8 to 9 inches tall. On average, the Maltese weighs up to seven pounds.
Lively, playful and very affectionate, the Maltese is a breed that simply adores the company of others. Maltese like to spend as much time as possible with their owners, and are prone to developing separation anxiety. This means that if you work long hours, this breed is not for you. While they are a small dog, they are very fearless. They will greet everyone, whether they know them or not, as a friend.
This breed generally has a gentle and sweet disposition. Like all dogs, the Maltese needs to be properly socialized to become a well-rounded dog. If you don’t socialize a Maltese properly, or provide them with the exercise and mental stimulation that they need, the can develop behavioural problems, like obsessive barking.
Maltese is generally a companion dog, as they love spending time with people. However, they are also used as therapy dogs.
While a small dog, the Maltese still requires daily exercise, and be played with regularly. All dogs have an instinct to roam, and you need to ensure that you walk them to fulfil this instinct. You must walk a Maltese every day. The Maltese also love to play and are very playful and active indoors too.
The Maltese is a fairly intelligent breed that does well with obedience training. Like most dog breeds, the Maltese responds best to positive training methods and positive reinforcement, like treats and praise. While the Maltese learns tricks well and performs well in obedience training, they can be more difficult that other breeds to housebreak.
Playful, cute and affectionate, the Maltese is a charming dog breed, which makes an ideal companion dog. They require lots of attention, exercise and, of course, affection from their owners.