Maltese


(Toy Group)

"..long, silky, white hair. He is gentle-mannered and affectionate, eager and sprightly..

"Temperament: For all his diminutive size, the Maltese seems to be without fear. His trust and affectionate responsiveness are very appealing. He is among the gentlest mannered of all little dogs, yet he is lively and playful as well as vigorous" (AKC Standard).

"The Maltese is a gentle, playful, spirited toy. They are considered one of the brightest of their kind, and enjoy participating in all family events. They need lots of personal attention, and do not require lots of outside time. These dogs are very responsive to training, and will anything to remain the object of your family's affections. They make fine pets for novice owners as well as for the elderly.

"..if these dogs are pampered too much, they will become snappy and overbearing. They may also have some difficulty adjusting to strangers. And finally, the Maltese can be noisy and hard to housebreak" (http://www.petcare.umn.edu/Dogs/breedinfo.cfm?BreedID=130).

"The distinctive, pure-white, silky-coated Maltese, aka "ye ancient dogge of Malta," hails from that tiny island off the coast of Sicily. Of spaniel origin, it is a member of the bichon family of breeds...

"A tiny breed, the Maltese should weigh between 4 and 6 pounds. Breeding deliberately for excessively small Maltese is a questionable practice avoided by good breeders as it endangers the life of the mother and often results in unusually frail puppies...

"Group: Toy (AKC); Companion (UKC).

"The breed's small size means that Maltese owners should choose a veterinarian experienced with Toy breeds. "Most vets know everything about labs, but ask yours about Toy dog experience. For instance, Maltese are very sensitive to anesthesia...

"Notoriously picky eaters, young Maltese require moist, palatable, nutrient-dense food at least three to five times a day. "A Maltese would rather starve to death than eat dry food," Gram says...

"Because of the puppies' delicate nature, many breeders refuse to place puppies until 12 weeks of age, and some won't release puppies until 6 months...

"Generally healthy, sturdy little dogs...

"The single coat (without undercoat) grows like human hair, with year-round gradual shedding...

"While potential Maltese owners might recognize the challenges of grooming inherent in the breed, they may be less likely to recognize the importance of training. "Maltese are mischievous little devils!" Linden warns. Fierheller adds, "the biggest mistake many new Maltese owners make is to baby and spoil their puppy and not teach good manners...

"While small enough to fulfill their own exercise needs indoors, Maltese want to be with their people wherever they go. Fortunately, Maltese travel well...

"They are so people-oriented that when you are out of the room and they can't see you, they go ballistic...

"They may be manipulative sometimes, but they are also "very sweet, and very loyal.""(Adamson, Eve. "Friendship to Go." Dog Fancy, September 2003, 46-51).

"This pet is great for small homes and requires very little exercise to stay healthy" (http://www.abcpets.com/dogsnew.html).

"Long ago, people put the little dogs right next to them in bed when they were ill, believing that the Maltese had healing and comforting qualities... gentle-mannered little imps...

"Clean teeth are also a very important part of longevity... keeping up with healthy mouth and gums can make a big difference in their quality of life" (Abbott, Vicki L. "Maltese." Breed Column. AKC Gazette, Dec. 2003, 52).


Links & Pictures:

Maltese Association, American
Maltese Wee Rescue Austin Area
Maltese Only
Maltese Magazine


Colby Glass, MLIS