The Maltese also known as Bichon Maltese is the most ancient toy breed of Europe. Its origins aren’t well known. It may descend from Spitz or an Asian breed such as Tibetan Terrier. Its name means “refuge” or “port” and it was used as hunter for the rats that have been crawling through deposits or commercial vessels. It received its name in 1888 at a canine exhibition in America.
Maltese is a small pup, a toy dog which has a shoulder height of 20-25 cm and a domed skull, round dark eyes surrounded by a dark halo, a wide, black nose and low ears covered by long hair. Its weight is 2-3 kg. It carries its tail over the back and moves it to one side and has small, round feet. The Maltese had a distinctive long, white, silky coat with no undercoat that doesn’t shed.
Maltese is a devoted puppy to its family and loves a lot its owner and his company. It is eager to learn, fearless, friendly and sociable and has a very high energy level, that’s why it needs different activities.
Maltese is friendly with other dogs and pets and it is playful and perfect for children. It is sociable with its family, intelligent and easy to train. It loves to make its owner happy.
Maltese is not prone to excessive barking. It barks when it notices suspicious activity and also loves to cuddle without being overly demanding of attention. However, it likes to be pampered and petted all the time.
Maltese requires grooming, daily brushing although it doesn’t shed. It needs to have its hair cut around the eyes.
It has a life expectancy of 12-14 years up to 18 years. It is prone to heart issues such as prolapsed valve syndrome and enlarged ventricle and it can deal with dental issues if its teeth are not properly cleaned. It is sensitive to cold and very warm weather.
Maltese needs trainers that encourages it because of it is sensitive. It doesn’t need much activity. It can play indoor and is well-suited to apartment life.
It should be fed with quality food to avoid dental problems. It should be also brushed and cleaned daily around its eyes which weep. Its ears, pot and feet should be washed and cleaned daily. Its nails need to be cut twice per month.
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