The Maltese breed has a long history and has been a preferred breed among nobility or hundreds of years. It is seen as a glamorous breed and are known for their outstanding friendship.
This even allows them to have the ability to provide therapy for humans. They are a very kid friendly breed, which makes them ideal to keep as a family pet. Another great trait of this breed is their easy trainability. This article will discuss some of basic information about the Maltese breed, how to care for them properly, and where to buy and adopt an adorable Maltese puppy.
Basic information About Maltese Dogs
The Maltese is a member of the toy category of dogs. They are known to be quite gentle, and very playful. They have charming personalities and are very affectionate towards humans. This breed is very obedient and is renowned for its agility.
The Maltese dog stands at about 7 to 9 inches tall, and typically weighs less than 7 pounds. On average, a Maltese’s life expectancy is between 12 and 15 years. Maltese dogs are known for their long silky coat. This coat makes many people perceive the dog as a luxurious breed. The Maltese has a pair of dark eyes and a small dark nose, which gives them an innocent looking face.
The diet of a Maltese is very important to its health. The Maltese has a very sensitive digestive system. Owners are advised to feed the Maltese only high-quality and premium foods. This breed can eat a dry food, wet food, or a combination of both. Many owners opt for a strictly wet food diet for their pet.
The Maltese can also be fed natural foods, such as raw chicken, vegetables, cooked meats, and cottage cheese. Some vets recommend that the Maltese is fed raw foods, as opposed to cooked foods, because the raw food is easier on their digestive systems.
Overall, the Maltese diet should consist of mostly meat, some vegetables, and a small amount of grains and potatoes. Fruits can be given to the Mounties as a treat. It is important not to feed this breed table scraps as doing so can upset their delicate digestive system. As with any small dog, this dog should not be given cooked bones.
Specific Care for the Maltese
The Maltese dog is known to be high maintenance. They require daily brushing and many owners choose to include a leave-in conditioner in order to keep the dog’s long coat from becoming tangled. Unconditioned hair can make brushing the Maltese quite difficult.
The Maltese dog requires its teeth to be brushed, ears to be cleaned, and its face to be washed on a daily basis. Its nails should be kept short at all times to avoid scratching. Many owners choose to keep a topknot in their Maltese dogs hair at the top of their head. This is to prevent the long hair from falling down into the pup’s face.
If you choose to own a Maltese, you will need to take it to the veterinarian for vaccines and worming. You will need to check its bottom regularly to make sure that it doesn't have any excrement stuck to its fur. It is important to check the Maltese regularly for fleas and ticks, as these pests like to hide within the long hair of the Maltese.
Lastly, The Maltese should be let outside on a daily basis for fresh air and sunshine. Use caution when introducing the Maltese to large dog breeds.
Buying and Adopting a Maltese Puppy
A purebred Maltese puppy will typically cost above $800 and can cost more than $2,000. A mixed-Maltese breed can cost between $400 and $500. Purebred Maltese puppies can be purchased through reputable breeders (sanctioned by the American Kennel Club Breed Clubs) which exist in all US states. The Breed Club specific to the Maltese breed is called the American Maltese Association.
To adopt a Maltese puppy, one option is to visit the American Kennel Club rescue Network which is a nationwide Network. Various other rescue groups, public animal shelters, and Humane Societies also regularly have Maltese dogs for adoption.