- AKC recognized in 1888
- Lifespan: 12 - 15 years
- Size: Small
- Energy: Medium
- Recommended Crate Size: 22" dog crate*
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What most people are unaware of about the Maltese are their origin and history. The dog belongs to the toy breed, being considered the oldest one within their peer group. We can trace back their history two millennia ago, at least. In fact, Aristotle mentioned the Maltese during his time. Not to mention ancient Greeks who built tombs for their dogs, as the part of their culture. In Egypt, there were some artifacts that resembled the Maltese. Even though there are some theories and some proof of the dog’s origin, the exact origin remains uncertain.
The Maltese breed has a long lifespan like many other small dogs. This becomes one of the reasons why many people choose the dog for their pet. The Maltese are well known for their expressions. They are full of fun and humor, which tends to lead owners to feel happier being around them. The dog is very affectionate with their owners and families. However, their individualism can make them less welcoming to strangers. Even though they aren’t very big in size, they are fearless and courageous. They are suitable for either an inside or outside environment.
When it comes to the appearance, the Maltese is small. Their coat is silky and long. They have pendant ears with an intelligent and gentle expression. The dog’s hair may hang straight below. Some people give them a fashionable topknot. The most common color of the Maltese is white. There are also lemon and light ivory colors although these are quite rare. The most distinguishing characteristic of the dog is its rounded skull. The eyes are brown and the muzzle is black. Overall the Maltese are very cute, regardless of its color.
The Maltese enjoy lots of foods including natural, canned, and dry. Premium dry food is a must. Both fillers and additives must be minimized or avoided, as these may affect the dog’s health. Canned food is acceptable as long as it contains balanced nutrients. There’s a slight risk of hypoglycemia if the canned products don’t match the dog’s needs. Some ideal options are chopped vegetables, raw chicken meat, and boiled liver as these raw ingredients preferable for dogs. It is important to consult with your veterinarian to ensure all food choices are suitable for your particular dog.
It isn’t hard to groom the Maltese. Frequent brushing and combing with eradicate knots, mats, and dead hair. It’s also important to clean the dog’s ears by gently wiping with cotton buds/pads (not tips!) into their ear canal. The dog also requires regular bathing. Be sure to put water on the dog’s skin before shampooing and use the suitable conditioner and shampoo for the dog. The water should be warm and soothing as the dog doesn’t really like to get soaked wet with cold water.
The dog takes much advantage of regular exercise. The prime reason why the Maltese require being active is their size. They won’t be healthy if they are overweight. Regular exercise keeps the dog in a good shape. It also helps them improve their endurance and overall health. Plus, the Maltese will be happy as they are a fairly active dog. What can people do to keep the dog happy and healthy? A simple routine like dog walking will be sufficient. Young Maltese can be trained in the yard through the use of training and plenty of free play. Be sure to provide plenty of shade during hot days.
Pet Crate Size
Pet Crates Direct recommends the 22" dog crate* for most adult Maltese.
* Links for crate sizes will bring you to the most appropriate Amazon page.
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