Aug 8, 2013
Origin and brief history:
The Maltese is one of the oldest dog breeds, and this ancient breed has an interesting history. It has been known by several different names throughout it’s history but the official name was decided by the Kennel Club sometime in the 19th century.
Maltese dogs are believed to have originated from the Mediterranean area. They seem to have originated from the island of Malta, from which they were named after. Historians think they were bred to have a small size, and possible to hunt rodents.
Around the 18th century, the breed almost disappeared, so it was bred with similar dogs, like poodles in order to preserve them. Thus, Maltese of today, are slightly different in appearance from the historical Maltese from hundreds of years ago. Today, they are a very popular small dog breed.
They make excellent companion pets, and are known to love their owner’s and be very cuddly. They love to play and get attention. Unlike some other breeds, Maltese have no issue with small apartments and closed areas. Some people report a lot of barking from their Maltese.
They require diligent grooming in order to maintain their appearance and health. It is recommended that they get regularly groomed about every other month. It is crucial to keep their faces clean and wipe away any tear stains with a damp cloth. Maltese are known to get cavities, so keeping their teeth clean and brushed can prevent this. The coat of a Maltese should be brushed regularly to prevent matting.
There are a few different ways that people like to groom their Maltese’ coat. Some like to let the coat grow out very long, as is often seen in dog shows. Others keep it very short and trimmed, to resemble a puppy. Some keep the body short with longer fur growth around the ears.
Specification of breed:
Male Maltese can weigh around 4-8 pounds, and their height is usually about 9 inches. The females average about the same size, but can be slightly smaller. Their weight is usually 2-8 pounds and height around 8 inches. Maltese are small dogs that fit in the “toy” category.
Maltese have a long expected lifespan of around 12 years.
Something to keep in mind if considering buying a Maltese, is that many people report loud, high-pitched barking. The frequent barking is a common reason for Maltese abandonment. Maltese love getting attention, so make sure you are looking for a lap dog that you have time to dote over. Maltese can be a high-maintenance breed, when compared to short-hair independent dogs.
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