The Maltese originates in the Mediterranean, most likely from the island of Malta. The ancient Greeks and Romans were quite fond of the breed, as they are so often depicted in their art and stories. They weren’t popular in the US until the 1950s.
How Many Types of Malteses Are There?
While some do exist, Tea Cup Maltese are not a recognized breed as Maltese are not meant to be less than 3 pounds and are often beset with health problems.
Maltese are small dogs, most weighing 4-7 lbs and standing around 8-10 inches tall.
What Colors Do Malteses Come In?
Maltese are white, sometimes with lemon markings.
How Much Do Malteses Shed?
Maltese have hair instead of fur, and have little to no shedding.
Sheds a LittleSheds a Lot
Do You Need to Groom a Maltese?
Despite its size, the Maltese requires attentive clipping, as their hair grows fast and very long. You’ll need to clip your Maltese’s hair every 6-8 weeks if you decide on the more low-maintenance close-cropped cut, or dedicate hours of brushing every week if you prefer the longer haired look.Their hair does have a tendency to become matted, so frequent brushing is key.
Maltese Temperament, Personality & Training
How Much Do Malteses Bark?
Maltese feel best when with their human companions and tend to have separation anxiety if left alone for too long, which can manifest iteslf in barking. However, as with any dog, they can be discouraged from barking as frequently with proper training and exercise.
Are Malteses Good with Kids?
Maltese are outgoing, friendly, energetic dogs, but they are also more fragile than their confidence belies. They can get along well with children but children as long as they’re socialized properly, but children must be taught to be very gentle with them because they are susceptible to head and neck injuries.As with any breed, it is recommended that your child is always supervised when interacting with your Maltese to keep both the child and dog safe.
Needs Lot of SupervisionVery Tolerant
Are Malteses Good Family Dogs?
The Maltese derives true pleasure from human company, and he also loves exercise so a family dedicated to getting moving with their pup is ideal. The sole purpose of the breeding of this dog was always and forever to be a human companion, so this is an ideal family pet.
Independent SpiritFamily Dog All the Way
Are Malteses Good with Cats?
Maltese are timid, relaxed, and non-confrontational dogs, which makes them an easy bedfellow to a (friendly) cat. Of course, each dog (and cat) has his own preferences and temperament, but you can feel fairly confident your Maltese, if properly socialized to your cat and/or introduced at a young age, should get along just swell.
Likely to ChaseHey, New Pal!
Are Malteses Easy to Train?
Maltese are among the easiest to train of all the Toy breeds. They are especially easy to train when they are young. They are incredibly intelligent and charming, and so have a tendency to become spoiled, so a conscientious owner is key to avoid raising a Maltese with less-than-stellar manners!
Do Malteses Have a Lot of Health Problems?
Maltese are a fairly sturdy, healthy breed, though like most dogs, there are some issues it encounters more than other breeds.
Prone to IssuesGenerally Healthy
What Diseases are Malteses Prone To?
Patellar luxation: Also known as slipped kneecaps, this is a common problem in many dog breeds. Patellar luxation is when slight abnormalities cause the knee joint to slide in and out of place. This can cause pain and occasional lameness. Surgical treatment is available for severe cases although many dogs lead normal lives without treatment.
White Dog Shaker Syndrome The Maltese is more prone than other dogs to White Dog Shaker Syndrome, an autoimmune disorder causing full-body tremors. Episodes usually begin at a young age (under three) and are brought on by stress or over excitement. This condition isn’t painful and won’t affect your dog’s personality.
Portosystemic Liver Shunt: Portosystemic shunt (PSS) is a hereditary issue that obstructs proper blood flow to the liver. Since the liver is responsible for detoxifying the body, PSS sends the toxins in unfiltered blood to the heart, brain and other body parts. Signs can include but are not limited to behavioral changes, loss of appetite, hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), jaundice, urinary tract problems, vision problems, and stunted growth. PSS can be life-threatening if not treated early. Antibiotics, and diet changes can help in the short term, but surgery is the only permanent treatment for the problem.
Progressive Retinal Atrophy: (PRA) is a group of genetic diseases that affect the retina. They are progressive degenerative diseases and will eventually cause blindness in both eyes. There is no effective treatment to stop PRA.
Others:Hypoglycemia, thyroid disorders, collapsed trachea, asthma, other eye problems such as cataracts and corneal ulcers, dental issues (it is important to brush your Maltese’s teeth on a regular basis). To identify some of these issues, a veterinarian may recommend hip, eye, and imaging tests for the dog. When given the proper diet and special attention paid to this small breed’s eyes and teeth, many of these issues can be kept at bay.
Purchasing vs Adopting a Maltese
How Much Does a Maltese Cost?
You can adopt a Maltese at a much lower cost than buying one from a breeder. The cost to adopt a Maltese is around $300 in order to cover the expenses of caring for the dog before adoption. In contrast, buying Maltese from breeders can be prohibitively expensive. Depending on their breeding, they usually cost anywhere from $1,000-$4,000.
Purchase from Breeder
Where Can I Adopt a Maltese
The easiest way to adopt a Maltese would be through a rescue that specializes in Malteses. A great place to start would be by starting a breed search on Adopt-a-Pet.com. The search will show you all the available Malteses in your area.
Maltese Shelters and Rescues
There are animal shelters and rescues that focus specifically on finding great homes for Maltese puppies. Browse the list of Maltese rescues and shelters near you, below.
For a comprehensive list of all shelters and rescues, including organizations that specifically focus on a Maltese, try our search page. We have more than 17,000 organizations in our database with furry pals waiting for a new home!
Where Can I Find a Maltese Breeder?
We recommend you rescue a Maltese (or any dog) before you buy a puppy from a breeder. There are millions of homeless dogs across the country, many of which are purebred and who need homes. Adopting a Maltese can be life changing — not only for the dog, but also the adopter.
If you’re not convinced and your intention is to buy a Maltese from a breeder, it is safest to purchase a puppy from a reputable breeder. When working with a breeder verify that the breeder you’re purchasing from does genetic testing of their animals and be sure to verify the puppy’s health information. Also make sure that the breeder will take back any pets they sell if for any reason the pet cannot stay in their home, and that the breeder will commit to finding those pets a new home if needed.
Please understand that you may have to drive several hundred miles in order to find a reputable, safe, and dependable breeder to purchase your Maltese and you’ll be paying $600 more on average. Imagine all the chew toys and dog sweaters you could get if you adopted a Maltese instead!
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