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||The Maltese is spirited, lively and playful. Gentle, loving,
trusting and devoted to its master. Highly intelligent. It is a classical companion dog;
graceful and lovable.
|Country of Origin:
||15 or more years
||Daily combing and brushing of the long coat is
important but be gentle, as the coat is very soft. Clean the eyes daily to prevent
staining, and clean the beard after meals for the same reason. Bathe or dry shampoo
regularly - making sure the animal is thoroughly dry and warm afterward. Clean the ears,
and pull out hair growing inside the ear canal. The eyes should be checked regularly and
cleaned if necessary. The hair on the top of the head is often tied up in a topknot to
keep it away from the eyes. Some pet owners opt to clip the hair short for easier and less
time-consuming grooming. The Maltese sheds little to no hair and is good for allergy
|Good With Children:
||May be snappy
|Good With Pets:
|Good With Strangers:
||May be snappish
||Prone to sunburn along the hair parting; skin,
respiratory, eye and tooth problems, 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. It is a good idea to paper-train this
breed - to avoid going out in weather extremes.