Maltese

maltese ocala floridaThe Maltese is a perfect lap dog.

They love affection and are extremely playful with a willingness to please their owner, making them a joy to work with.

Since they are highly intelligent be sure you are smarter than a fifth grader.

Size

The Maltese has a compact and square body that is slightly longer than it is tall with a level top line.  Very alert yet gentle.  Lively and active.  Their trot appears to make them float over the ground in a graceful flowing gait.  Height: Males 8 – 10 inches (21 – 25 cm) Females 8 – 9 inches (20 – 23 cm)
Weight: 6½ – 9 pounds (3 – 4 kg)

Temperament

Their irresistible look can make you melt, but underneath that innocence they are spirited, lively, stubborn and bold.

You do not want to over cuddle them as they could develop behavioral issues like snapping, barking, guarding and separation anxiety.

In short, they will rule the roost if you allow them to, so buyer beware.  Be firm and be sure they understand the chain of command and that they are living in your house and not the other way around. Be the leader they are looking for.  Most dogs love boundaries and rules, but the Maltese requires them in order to thrive.

They get along well with other animals and devoted to its master. Very good at learning tricks. House breaking can be a challenge.  Consistency and carefully watching them during this process is a big help.

Exercise

Maltese love to run and play so an indoor romp chasing a ball several times a day is a good thing.  A short leash walk or run around the yard will also work. They will remain playful well into old age.bentley michelinespups ocala

Care

The Maltese sheds little to no hair and is good for allergy sufferers. Their long white hair, if allowed to grow, can hang to the ground and makes them very distinguished looking.

Keeping them in a puppy cut can reduce the amount of maintenance required.  A brushing every other day will keep them looking and feeling good.  Washing their eyes daily will help with the staining.

Health

The life expectancy is at least 15 years. Prone to sunburn along the hair parting, skin, eye issues, respiratory, and slipped stifle. Some may be difficult to feed with weak, upset digestion. They may get the chills, and they experience discomfort in hot weather. Maltese should be kept out of damp areas. Also prone to teeth problems. Feeding a good quality hard kibble and as natural as possible and brushing their teeth helps.

Summary

The Maltese makes a lovely companion dog but requires a firm hand so they don’t develop the small dog syndrome (I’m the boss).  Their care is relatively easy and need a clip only 3-4 times a year if you want less maintenance.   This active and playful dog can be just the thing for someone who loves to teach a dog tricks.

Do your homework and make sure this breed is a good match for you and your family. 

 

 

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