Facts About The Maltese:














The Maltese was first registered by the AKC (American Kennel
Club) in 1888. This dog is classified in the Toy Dog Group.

History:

Some historical evidence links the Maltese to the genetic make up of
the Lhasa Apso, the Tibetan Terrier, the Tibetan Spaniel, and even
the Pekingese. By all accounts, the Maltese is a truly ancient breed of
dog. – Aristotle wrote about the Maltese in 350 BC. Aristotle
attributed the origin of the dog to the Island of Malta in the
Mediterranean Sea. The name Maltese is derived from the area of
Malta. It is believed that the dogs arrived in Europe through the
migration of nomad tribes.

Physical Characteristics:
*Small in size
*Beautifully appointed
* luxurious silky white coat hanging straight to the ground
*Common color is pure white - light ivory cream


Size & Height
*Height from 1-10 inches
*Weight from 4 to 10 lbs.


Personality:


*Adaptable
*Playful
*Intelligent
*Will exercise themselves





Physical Accommodations:
*Active in doors
*Enjoys walks in the park
*Playful up to their old age
*Most comfortable in mild weather




Health Problems:





*Sunburn *Various skin problems
*Respiratory problems
*Problems with the eyes
*Problem with the teeth
*Some digestive problems
*May be difficult to feed


The long, silky, dazzling white hair of the Maltese requires daily
combing and brushing. Be gentle with this little creature because the
coat is very soft. The eyes should be cleaned daily to prevent staining

The Maltese's beard needs to be cleaned after eating to maintain the dog’
s pristine appearance. Bathing is needed on a regular basis. The
Maltese must be thoroughly dried after a water bath. The ears are of
some concern and should be free from any hair in the canal. The
Maltese sheds little to no hair

These dogs offer their owners years of faithful companionship and gives
loving obedience to the right family
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