Maltese

Characteristics


Size:

25% Complete (success)

Grooming:

100% Complete (success)

Exercise:

25% Complete (success)

Intelligence:

50% Complete (success)

Good with Kids:

75% Complete (success)

Breed Description


Overview:

These dogs do not like problems therefore they agree with whatever they get. They are friendly and intelligent. They like to be close to the family and bond very closely to the handler. They are a good choice for a family pet and they can be kept in a flat.

 

Country of origin:

Italy/Malta

 

Size type:

Small dog breeds

 

Breed group:

Toy dog breeds (AKC)

Companion dogs (UKC)

 

Character:

These are friendly, lovable and playful dogs which besides being sociable, are eager to learn, but sensitive. They can get along really well children and bond very closely with their handler.

 

Height:

The shoulder-height is 21cm (8 ½ - 9 ½in) for dogs and 20 – 23 (7 ½ - 9in) for bitches.

 

Weight:

3-6kg

 

Temperament:

The Maltese likes to avoid causing any problem and therefore usually gets on well with other dogs, household animals, and children. The breed cause no difficulties with visitors.


Coat:

The Maltese has a white coat of long silken hair without an undercoat, which is worn with a parting down the Centre of the back.

 

Care:

Grooming requirement for this are substantial, including daily brushing and combing and regular washing. There is a special lotion to remove the ugly “tear” stains. Hairs can grow in the corner of the eyes which cause irritation. Prevent this removing this by removing them. These dogs do not shed hair, the dead hairs can be removed from the brush after grooming. The coat is supposed to be long, reaching the ground. The hair in front of the eyes is usually held together with a hair band. Keeping the coat in show condition require considerable effort. Owner of show dogs oil the hair and wind the hair in curling paper to prevent it from splitting.

 

Training:

Training these dogs is relatively easy because they like to be with their family and will adapt to almost any circumstance. They are very sensitive for harsh and should never be trained with hard approach.

 

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