Why Maltese are the Best Dogs?
Although their flowing white locks attract the eye, Maltese are especially beloved by their gentle, smart nature. Find out more about life with the Maltese.
With her tiny size with her flowing white coat and easy-to-train brains, The Maltese have a beautiful appearance and brains that are hard to beat. This breed has been loved since the very beginning of time in Italy and is long considered a movable and adorable pet.
“They were bred to be gentle-mannered, affectionate, and faithful to their owners–and that’s just what they are,” says Jami-Lyn Deese, DVM, the founder of Veterinary Housecall Care in the Chicago region.
Don’t be deceived; although she is small in stature, the active Maltese dog is spirited and has the personality of a larger dog. Her appealing appearance and personality make her a favorite of crossbreeders, which has led to popular hybrid dogs such as The Maltipoo (Maltese and Poodle mix) as well as The Morkie (Maltese mixed with Yorkshire Terrier Mix) and The Malshi (Maltese and Shih Tzu mix) as well as the Mauxie (Maltese and Dachshund mix).
The Maltese puppy is the perfect lap dog with its fluffy white fur, cute eyelashes, a black button nose, and a sly smile. “They’re like a little stuffed animal,” Deese claims.
The Maltese is a small and athletic body, with small floppy ears and a tail that curves to her back. When the Maltese achieve her full height of 7-9 inches and 4 to 6 pounds of weight hair, the white locks turn smooth and silky and require daily brushing and baths to keep her elegant appearance.
Maltese dogs don’t shed much. While every dog isn’t 100% allergy-free, some, such as the very low-shedding Maltese, could have less impact on allergic sufferers than some breeds.
While Maltese owners who are planning to show their dogs how to behave will be able to maintain their long flowing locks, many people who have the Maltese as a companion will opt for regular trims and shorter hairstyles to ease maintenance.
The gentle, playful, clever loveable, and trainable – Maltese enthusiasts claim that their charming dogs are among the very best there. “They’re a small dog breed that has a good temperament,” Deese states. “They’re just playful, they’re vigorous, cute, and they’re affectionate.”
Derse states that Maltese are generally friendly can get along with people of all ages, and get along well with other dogs, particularly if they are socialized early.
“For a small dog breed, I think these guys are a good option for people and families,” she adds. But, just like any pet, owners must instruct their children on how to deal with animals and always be aware of their interactions, particularly when children and puppies are still young.
A modest space is adequate for this tiny dog. Although the lively Maltese loves to go for walks and run through a yard that is fenced in, she does not require excessive exercise. Her primary requirement is to be close to her loved ones. And the person, Deese states, does incline to spoil the dog to a tee. She claims that the Maltese’s feet hardly ever even touch the ground.
“A Maltese owner often has them in a purse or has them in their lap,” Deese claims. “They never have them touch the floor. So when they come into the hospital, we’ll put them on the floor and put a leash on them, and they have no idea what to do. That’s what they’re bred for–they were bred to be lap dogs.”
But that doesn’t mean that they’re lazy. Maltese excel in agility and obedience training, particularly when they’re paired with plenty in positive reinforcement.
Although they can tolerate some time alone, they prefer being with their families. If left to themselves for too long or provided enough exercise, barking could be a problem with the Maltese. Regular positive reinforcement training and lots of focus can help reduce her tendency to bark.
The flowing white coat needs some cleaning, Deese says. Their beautiful fur may become dirty, which is why regular brushing is essential. Regular trims can prevent your hair out of into their eyes too. However, even with consistent grooming, Deese advises that owners should not be expecting their Maltese to appear like a dog that has been shown.
“If you’ve ever seen the [American Kennel Club] ones in the show ring, their hair is draping and flowing on the ground,” she says. “It’s regal-looking.” If there weren’t a team of groomers daily retainer, the typical dog owner is unlikely to have their dog appear stunning.
Maltese breeds have to be bathed regularly and conditioning their coats for their hair to look at their best. As with other breeds, they will have to keep up with their rapidly growing nails by regularly trimming them and paying particular attention to avoid damaging the nails quickly since most Maltese have black toenails, which makes observing the nerves in that bundle more difficult. Other grooming routines, such as cleaning your ear and teeth, which are crucial as your dog ages, assist in maintaining you are Maltese healthy in between the visits to the vet.
Tear staining can also be a common issue but not always serious in Maltese that can result in an oxidized hue to the hair surrounding the dog’s eyes. Consult your vet about the issue to make sure there’s no root cause. When you’re confident that there’s no medical cause for the staining, lessen the appearance of staining by regularly cleaning the area and keeping your hair as dry as you can.
One of the many benefits of this breed is that Maltese’s longevity is 12-15 years on average. Because they are a miniature toy breed, this breed is delicate, and owners must be careful to ensure that she does not be thrown off a height or fall and risk being injured. Both Maltese puppies and mature dogs are well-behaved, however as with many breeds of small size, they are susceptible to dental issues. It’s essential to consult your veterinarian regarding taking care of the Maltese pearly whites with regular dental visits.
Legge-Calve-Perthes Disease (LCPD) is another orthopedic issue that is worth noticing. It can affect the hips of Maltese puppies, but it is not often seen in puppies older than a year old. Additionally, knee problems like luxated patellas may be a problem for your Maltese which means that the kneecap is weakened with time and can slip out of alignment. Maltese owners need to speak to their veterinarian about any health issues and find out whether they can follow steps to keep their puppy healthy and happy for the years to come.
Your Maltese breeder must conduct all health tests as recommended by OFA before selling pups; if you’re looking to adopt your Maltese, request the rescue for any available health information.
The dog’s name implies that the Maltese are a native of Malta is an archipelago that lies beneath Sicily. Although it’s not clear what the origins of the dog are, it’s believed that the Greeks and Romans who lived in the region during ancient times were devoted to the tiny white dog, which elevated her to status symbol levels.
According to the Maltese, Ye Old Dodge of Malta is popularly known in breeder circles and has been in the lap of luxury for a long time. This Melitaie Dog has even been inscribed into ceramics dating back to the time of the Golden Age. Aristotle expressed his opinion on the Maltese as he described them as “perfect in their small size.” In the Dark Ages in Europe, the Maltese were in danger of extinction after breeders crossed them with Chinese breeds of dogs, including the Shih Tzu and the Pekingese.
The first time they were shown was in the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in 1877. The breed was advertised as the Maltese Lion Dog. The AKC officially recognized the breed in 1888; it has since grown in popularity with American families and enthusiasts of dog shows alike. Although the Maltese haven’t ever taken home the highest prize in the show, Best in Show, these beautiful dogs have taken home many times the Toy Group multiple times.
The Greeks loved the canine so much that they built tombs for them. Greek pottery dating back to around 5 A.D. is decorated with dogs that look like the Maltese.
Over time, the Maltese have acquired a variety of nicknames and names, including Maltese dog, Roman ladies’ dog, and – perhaps the most famous name of all time–the Maltese Lion dog.
Many celebrities are also fans of the Maltese. Famous owners include Tony Bennett, Halle Berry, Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, Barbra Streisand, and James Brolin.
Publius, Governor of Malta during the early 1st century A.D., owned a Maltese named Issa, which was so well-known that it inspired a poem with the same name composed by Marcus Valerius Martialis, which is a recitation of the following: “Issa is more playful than Catulla’s sparrow. Issa is purer than a dove’s kiss. Issa is gentler than a maiden. Issa is more precious than Indian gems.”