Maltese Dogs

Maltese dogs are so adorable. If you have ever had one you will know this already. They are playful, affectionate and love a cuddle. Also they have an expressive face that can always put a smile yours

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The Maltese Dog has been around for centuries. A record of the breed was found on a Greek Amphora (type of container) by archaeologists and they dated the item from around 500BC. Over the many, many years they have had numerous names such as:

The Maltese Terrier
Ye Ancient Dogge of Malta
The Maltese Lion Dog
The Melita dog (taken from the Greek word, Meli meaning honey
The Roman Ladies Dog and
Bichon Maltese

They are a small breed of dog in the toy group.  They have a silky white coat that sheds very little fur if any at all.  Many people get these dogs as they don’t malt and are hypo-allergenic.  Great if you have an allergy.  If you have a long haired Maltese, you will need to brush them daily to prevent tangles and mats. TOP TIP: If the fur has matted don’t bathe them. It can make it worse as the water will tighten the hair. Brushing them also keeps them clean.  If you have a short haired Maltese, they will need to brushed regularly. These dogs can get dirty very easily so make sure you keep on top of the grooming.

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One of the problems with white fur is that it can stain. With Maltese dogs tear staining is an issue.  If left your dog will end up with long, dark streaks under their eyes and may start to resemble Alice Cooper. If you notice tear staining your vet will be able to recommend dog safe cleaning fluid to ensure the hair is kept clean and stain free.

They are bred to be cuddle companions or lap dogs.  These dogs excel at this role.  They love being around people, being picked up and being cuddled or having a snuggle on the sofa. They absolutely adore humans and they will always want to be with you.

All dogs need exercise, but generally Maltese dogs don’t need as much as some other breeds. However, they do love to run around so make sure they have a place to let of steam and run about. At least one walk a day is also advised to keep them fit and healthy.

Maltese – Health Issues

Health wise they can live anywhere between 10-15 years and have happy, healthy lives.  However, be aware there are potential hereditary defects and disorders which may affect them such as:

Retinal Detachment
Progressive Retinal Atrophy
Cleft Palates
Patellar Luxation
Patent Ductus Arteriosus
Deafness and
Dental Problems

They may never suffer with any of these but its always best to know about possible problems so they can be treated at the earliest opportunity.

If you are thinking about getting a Maltese dog or already have one and have questions about some of the issues raised in this blog feel free to leave a comment or send a private message on our Facebook page.

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