Maltese Dogs are charming family pets, equally enjoying indoor and outdoor activities with their family. Belonging to the toy group, Malteses are compact, but hardy. They are vigorous little dogs, who preserve a puppy’s attitude and zest even when they grow older.
Their coat is single, which means that it has no undercoat. A Curly or wavy coat is undesirable in Malteses. The hair should be approximately 8 inches long. Its body is relatively long with a level top line. According to the standard, the Maltese should weigh from 4 to 6 pounds and stand 10 inches in height.
Dark and round eyes have a playful and alert expression. Ears are dropped and rather low-set. The muzzle is of medium length, and the head is in proportion to the body.
Health and Characteristics
These cute creatures are gentle, friendly, intelligent, and affectionate. They adore human company and make charming escort pets. Despite their small sizes, they can be good watch dogs. This breed is very healthy.
These pooches head is in proportion to the size of the body. The large eyes are dark and round; the nose should be black with open nostrils; the body is compact, with sloping shoulder blades and fairly deep chest. The tail is longhaired and carried gracefully over the back.
Maltese Mix Poodle
These dogs shed very little and are good for fastidious people and allergy sufferers. They are not recognized as a separate breed and cannot compete with purebreds, but some associations already accept some crosses of the Poodle.
The Malti-Poos are very popular in the USA for their intelligence and easy disposition. They are good with other pets and tolerate children. These little creatures are very active indoors and can do without any yard, but still, they enjoy walking in the fresh air.
An owner of this breed should be warned against overprotecting his little companion. Their distinctive feature is a mantle of long, silky, white hair.
These dogs are lively and playful. They are loving and devoted to the master, highly intelligent and capable of learning difficult tricks. If your pet hears some suspicious noises, it will be quick to alarm the owners.
These dogs belong to the toy type and grow to a height of 9-10 inches at withers. They can weigh less than 7 pounds, however, their preferable average weight should be 4-6 lbs. Life expectancy for the breed is 12-14 years.
Dogs of this breed were also called Terriers; however, they do not exhibit any terrier traits. The breed belongs to the spaniel family, not the terrier. Some people still erroneously call these dogs terriers. The breed was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1888.
Their distinctive feature is a mantle of long, silky, white hair. Highly intelligent, the canines of this breed are capable of learning difficult tricks. Just like a human, these animals are also different; each of them possesses its own temper distinct from others.
Puppies of this breed are actually rather healthy and robust, just like a mature dog. As their bones are still developing and are not very strong, the puppies should be discouraged from jumping off high objects like sofas, and from rambunctious play to avoid any injuries.
Shih Tzu Maltese Mix
As these animals have very long hair, regular grooming is required to prevent their coats from matting. As tear staining can be a problem in this breed, it is necessary to keep the face dry and clean to minimize a problem of the staining.
Dogs of this breed have hair, but not fur. These animals have almost human hair DNA and are considered to be hypoallergenic hounds. That is why many people who are allergic ones, in general, may not be allergic to this type.
Toy Maltese Puppies
This breed is suitable for an apartment living; they need minimal exercise. These pups are rather healthy, though they should be discouraged from jumping off high objects like sofas, and from a rambunctious play where developing hind leg knees can be over stressed.
These are bright, loving, gentle mannered, very energetic and playful animals. They have a white, silky, single coat that is so long that hangs almost to the ground. This breed is non-shedding; it doesn’t produce an allergy reaction.