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Maltese

August 29, 2010 on 3:03 pm | In Maltese | 25 Comments

Maltese

The Maltese is seen as a ball of hair. Glamorous, difficult and dainty. The Greeks put up tombs for their dogs and a model was found in Egypt as well. They’ve been an aristocrat for 28 centuries, with documentations of the breed as early as 40 A.D.

These have long been household pets for people with means. They were healthy and although small in size large in temperament. They have a long beautiful coat that is hard to overlook when groomed right.

By the standard the Maltese is less than 7 pounds with a preference of 4-6 pounds if the quality is there. They’ll possess a smooth gait with an impression of fast movement. He projects fearlessness with affection. Lively, playful, vigorous describe this breed. This is a companion breed that takes regular grooming to keep tangle free especially after playing in puddles!

His coat should be straight, not curly or wavy and his body is slightly longer than he is tall. This is a hardy companion that is fine boned but not exactly dainty. They do need regular maintenance and grooming to keep the coat beautiful. Even among pet dogs, which can be trimmed to have a shorter coat than show dogs, daily brushing helps keep the coat in good condition.

In a home environment the Maltese is typically active and playful with a devoted nature. They generally trust people and are very intelligent. Like most smart dogs they are good at learning things and indeed need to learn. A balanced attitude is needed to keep the Maltese eager to learn and yet disciplined to not learn the wrong things.

This is generally a healthy breed but not without issues. Good routine preventative care is essential but there are issues that can arise even with that. “Reverse sneezing” is apt to happen when excited, eating or drinking or during exercises. Although relatively common in the breed it is not something that gathers serious concern.

However one thing that appears the same can be a collapsed trachea. This is a condition that seems to affect certain breeds of dogs leading some to believe it is genetic in origin. The dog may cough or ‘honk’ and if very light pressure is placed on the throat causes a reaction it can be a collapsed trachea. X-rays can confirm the condition as well as an endoscope. While doing x-rays it is worth taking chest shots to check for heart disease at the same time. There are treatments available but they don’t always work. Use extreme caution in corrective jerks during training to prevent damaging the trachea or lunging at the leash.

Liver shunts also affect the Maltese and should be considered especially if under a year old. Typical signs can be a puppy that doesn’t thrive despite good nutrition. Poor weight gain, weakness, depression and an apathetic attitude are indications of the disease early on. Other signs are weakness, seizures, excess salivation, vomiting, poor appetite, bladder stones, blindness and balance problems. Lab work including x-rays, ultrasound and radioisotopes can verify this genetic disorder which requires surgery.

Skin allergies, separation anxiety, car anxiety and retinal atrophy can all affect the Maltese also.

This is a good apartment or house dog due to a sometimes low tolerance for damp weather. Inside they can be quite active and playful, but they are happy with some outside play and a regular walk for exercise.

The smaller size means watching to insure your Maltese does not get too overweight. Balance the food with exercise always! With small dogs just a couple pounds can be enough to affect their health and shorten their lifespan.

Dental care is also important either with teeth cleaning by a vet or with natural methods of chewing toys and bones. Keeping the plaque and bacteria down helps eliminate not only dental issues but can lead to heart and kidney disease.

A Maltese is a true companion. They want to be with you whether it’s sitting near you as you watch television or going for a walk. They like to be with their owners and can be playful for most of his life with good care, living well into their teens.

Although the Maltese do not shed seasonally like many breeds do they do shed, which is another reason for regular grooming. While sunshine and fresh air is good it’s important to remember, especially with dog thefts on the rise, that the Maltese is a friendly breed that loves people. This makes a huge target for a thief. Also worth watching – their bone structure makes them physically not a dog for roughhousing with children or larger dogs. They are apt to play full on and, as such, apt to sustain injuries that are serious.

A crate is highly recommended for any puppy but especially small dogs like a Maltese. This allows a safe place to be should you travel and it’s also a place that he can retreat too during holidays and other times when the household is “too busy” for his comfort. Additionally if there should ever be emergency evacuation orders, a Maltese comfortable in his crate is much less stressed and much safer than a loose dog.

A happy, outgoing Maltese is a product of a commitment by the breeder and owner. The breeder selects the healthiest, best animals to increase the chances of quality animals rather than just producing puppies. The breeder cannot control things for life – when you purchase a puppy you pay for a companion and assume the responsibility for his training.

Expose them to as many things as possible and be consistent. Maltese are small and fluffy – the “cute” factor is in full motion and it’s important to be attentive to having discipline in place. Teaching boundaries and manners insures that your dog won’t be a training problem that results in so many dogs being dumped at shelters. Many breeders have a standing offer to always take the dog back should you not be able to keep them and it’s important to honor this agreement if it is in place.

Like other dogs with white hair on the face, tear stains can be noticeable on Maltese. This might be from the water, allergies, infections or blocked tear ducts.

This is an ideal dog for adults who are committed to a pet that is just as committed to them. They are a fairly active breed but not so much so that it’s a marathon to exercise them! With a good balance of love and discipline this is a breed that takes up permanent residence in your heart. Choose an individual wisely and prepare for a wonderful pet in a Maltese.

David Beart is the owner of the Professors House. Our site covers family related issues from raising children to dog health, relationships to cooking.

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A Little Bit About The Maltese As A Companion Dog

August 20, 2010 on 2:15 pm | In Maltese | No Comments

A Little Bit About The Maltese As A Companion Dog

The Maltese was a popular European dog in the 1800’s and was known as Chien de Malte or Bichon Maltaise. It was sometimes called the Shock Dog because of the dog’s shock of white hair. The white coat requires quite a bit of grooming and often once-a-week bathing to maintain the snow-white color.

The Maltese is a delightful pint-size dog. Its stuffed-toy appearance wins the hearts of many and its natural animation makes it appear as a beautiful little mechanical dog. The Maltese is a friendly and loveable pet. More Maltese positive features include charm, an excellent memory and trainability. The Maltese usually does well in obedience training. It is an excellent choice for older children and those who are carefully taught the proper manner in which to handle tiny breeds.

Some writers claim the Maltese’s origin to be around 1500 B.C. Others say the breed as described by ancient historians appeared much different from the petite little dog we know now as the Maltese. It is thought that Phoenician sailors introduced the Maltese ancestors to Malta making it one of the oldest European toy breeds. Because of European references to its early form the Maltese is believed to be of spaniel heritage like the Bichon. In American it is sometimes believed to be more closely related to European terriers. Positive facts place the Maltese in Europe during the 18th century. The first class for Maltese was in London at the Agricultural Hall in 1862. The American Kennel Club accepted its registration in 1888.

In England the tiny dog was well known as a rat catcher. More recently of course the Maltese has the reputation of a lady’s favorite lapdog. The Maltese is known as one of the best therapy dogs due to its loving nature.

The Maltese stands about 9 inches tall and weighs between 4 and 6 pounds. The body is square and solidly constructed set upon straight legs. Characteristic of the breed is its dark eyes, black lid margins, lip margins, and nose rubber. The Maltese carries its long plumbed tail over its back. The coat of a Maltese is snowy white and parts along the spine covering its body with long, flat and silky hair.

Although you may be attracted to a Maltese because of its long, snowy white coat are you able to cope with the reality of keeping it clean and well groomed? If the Maltese is not brushed and combed on a regular basis (several times a week it not on a daily basis) the coat will tangle and mat. Some dogs have been neglected to the extent that they are completely covered in a felted mass that has to be shaved off with a fine clipper next to the skin. Therefore, thorough brushing on a daily basis or at least three times a week is very often the grooming requirement of a Maltese.

As with most toy dogs this size they require minimal exercise. Running around your house or backyard is often enough to keep them in tip top shape.

Probably the best type placement for a Maltese is in a home where they can be pampered and groomed to perfection. They are probably not a good choice as companions to younger children. An older child who is taught how to handle the Maltese is permissible.

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The Maltese Dog Breed Essential Information

August 13, 2010 on 10:27 am | In Maltese | No Comments

The Maltese Dog Breed Essential Information

The Maltese was a popular European dog in the 1800’s and was known as Chien de Malte or Bichon Maltaise. It was sometimes called the Shock Dog because of the dog’s shock of white hair. The white coat requires quite a bit of grooming and often once-a-week bathing to maintain the snow-white color.


The Maltese is a delightful pint-size dog. Its stuffed-toy appearance wins the hearts of many and its natural animation makes it appear as a beautiful little mechanical dog. The Maltese is a friendly and loveable pet. More Maltese positive features include charm, an excellent memory and trainability. The Maltese usually does well in obedience training. It is an excellent choice for older children and those who are carefully taught the proper manner in which to handle tiny breeds.


Some writers claim the Maltese’s origin to be around 1500 B.C. Others say the breed as described by ancient historians appeared much different from the petite little dog we know now as the Maltese. It is thought that Phoenician sailors introduced the Maltese ancestors to Malta making it one of the oldest European toy breeds.


Because of European references to its early form the Maltese is believed to be of spaniel heritage like the Bichon. In American it is sometimes believed to be more closely related to European terriers. Positive facts place the Maltese in Europe during the 18th century. The first class for Maltese was in London at the Agricultural Hall in 1862. The American Kennel Club accepted its registration in 1888.


In England the tiny dog was well known as a rat catcher. More recently of course the Maltese has the reputation of a lady’s favorite lapdog. The Maltese is known as one of the best therapy dogs due to its loving nature.


The Maltese stands about 9 inches tall and weighs between 4 and 6 pounds. The body is square and solidly constructed set upon straight legs. Characteristic of the breed is its dark eyes, black lid margins, lip margins, and nose rubber. The Maltese carries its long plumbed tail over its back. The coat of a Maltese is snowy white and parts along the spine covering its body with long, flat and silky hair.


Although you may be attracted to a Maltese because of its long, snowy white coat are you able to cope with the reality of keeping it clean and well groomed? If the Maltese is not brushed and combed on a regular basis (several times a week it not on a daily basis) the coat will tangle and mat. Some dogs have been neglected to the extent that they are completely covered in a felted mass that has to be shaved off with a fine clipper next to the skin. Therefore, thorough brushing on a daily basis or at least three times a week is very often the grooming requirement of a Maltese.


As with most toy dogs this size they require minimal exercise. Running around your house or backyard is often enough to keep them in tip top shape.


Probably the best type placement for a Maltese is in a home where they can be pampered and groomed to perfection. They are probably not a good choice as companions to younger children. An older child who is taught how to handle the Maltese is permissible.

Get more info and advice on the maltese dog or a full list of dog breeds at this Dog Behaviour website.

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