The Maltese

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Maltese dogs have rightfully gained their status of “perfect pets”. They score very high when it comes to cuteness and friendly attitude, especially puppies. Full of energy and enthusiasm, with a remarkable intelligence and sense of observation, this dog breed can be a great addition to your family.

The Maltese

If you want to adopt a pet but you are still not sure what kind of dog would best get used to your household, read below. You might discover that Maltese dogs can be the companions that will fill your heart with joy and excitement. Characteristics Originating from the Central Mediterranean area (the island of Malta, to be more specific), the Maltese dog is a small breed which prefers enclosed spaces such as small yards or apartments. They can be distinguished by their pure white, silky coat, although there are dogs belonging to this breed with cream or ivory coats. Their eyes are very expressive, with a bright, black color.

In spite of the fact that their size is small, they are "large" in temperament. They require a great deal of socialization and they will suffer very much if left alone. That is why you may want to plan your holidays ahead and think of a solution in advance if you want to part from your dog for a longer period.

It is important to train Maltese dogs as soon as you get them, in order to make sure that they do not acquire an undesirable behavior. They are very smart so they will learn your commands in no time. However, you need to be consistent with the commands. This way, you will ensure that the dog knows exactly what he is allowed to do and what not. Though most owners tend to disregard the training of their dog, it should not be so. Teaching your dog some basic manners will make the life of both of you easier.

Every dog breed has its particularities when it comes to the way they should be taken care of. With Maltese dogs it is no difference. If you decide to adopt such a dog, you will have to groom it regularly. Their coat tangles easily so you make sure you find time to brush it daily. The great thing is that they have little to no shedding and they are hypoallergenic, which means that you will have no allergy attack if you stay around them.

The eyes of the Maltese breed need to be cleaned on a daily basis because they are the subject of tear staining and they risk to get infected.

Since their breed is a small-sized one, these dogs have the tendency to get easily overweight. So, try to find a balance between diet and exercise. Playing with them outdoors regularly is the best way you can help them to stay in shape. Generally seen as toy dogs, Maltese dogs are perfect for owners who want a pet that stays mostly indoors and is happy to be near its human friends as they watch TV or carry out their chores.

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