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Frequently Asked Questions

 

Where did Maltese originate from?

  • It’s thought that Maltese dogs originated in Malta, which is a small island nation south of Sicily, Italy. It’s also where they get their name.

Are Maltese considered a royal breed?

  • This breed was loved by royalty, including Mary Queen of Scots and Queen Elizabeth I. They both had Maltese dogs at their palaces. Maltese dogs have been highly valued throughout time. In fact, it’s said that one Maltese dog was sold for the equivalent of $2,000 in the 1500s.

Will Maltese make my allergies worse?

  • They are considered to be hypoallergenic, so they make great dogs for people with allergies. They do not have an undercoat and shed very little.

Are Maltese picky eaters?

  • Maltese dogs are infamous for being picky eaters. Maybe this goes back to their silver spoon heritage!

Can a Maltese’s nose turn pink?

  • They have a cute black button nose that can turn pink if the dog doesn’t get enough sun. The noses of female Maltese dogs can also turn pink when they are in heat.

 

Are Maltese therapeutic?

  • They make wonderful therapy dogs for many reasons, including their small size and loving personalities. These dogs are real people pleasers—it’s hard not to scoop them up in your arms and cover them with loving kisses!

What is the size of a full grown Maltese?

  • Maltese dogs only grow to around seven to 12 inches in height and weigh about four to eight pounds. They are the perfect size for snuggling on your lap.

How often do I brush my Maltese’s hair?

  • Their coat needs regular brushing to keep it from getting matted. Their long hair can be tied in a topknot to keep it out of their eyes or trimmed short in what’s called a “puppy cut.” This cut makes them look like an adorable baby furball at any age. They do not have an undercoat and shed very little.

What are some of the physical traits of a maltese?

  • ·Maltese dogs also have cute floppy ears, a compact body with sloping shoulders, and a tufted tail that curls over their back. They are nicely proportioned with a slightly-rounded head, a black nose, and brown eyes.

What kind of personality is typical for a Maltese?

  • Maltese are known to have a number of wonderful character traits. They are typically gentle, loving, obedient, affectionate, smart, and trusting. They are also fun, lively, and very playful even as they get older.

  • They adore humans and like to be very close to them—either right underfoot, cozy in your arms, or cuddling in your lap. 

  • Maltese thrive on  attention and closeness.

How often do I brush my Maltese’s hair?

  • Their coat needs regular brushing to keep it from getting matted. Their long hair can be tied in a topknot to keep it out of their eyes or trimmed short in what’s called a “puppy cut.” This cut makes them look like an adorable baby furball at any age.

  • They do not have an undercoat and shed very little.

What are some of the physical traits of a maltese?

  • Maltese dogs also have cute floppy ears, a compact body with sloping shoulders, and a tufted tail that curls over their back. They are nicely proportioned with a slightly-rounded head, a black nose, and brown eyes.

What kind of personality is typical for a Maltese?

  • Maltese are known to have a number of wonderful character traits. They are typically gentle, loving, obedient, affectionate, smart, and trusting. They are also fun, lively, and very playful even as they get older.

  • They adore humans and like to be very close to them—either right underfoot, cozy in your arms, or cuddling in your lap.

  • Maltese thrive on  attention and closeness.

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