The Maltese is an adorable and gentle dog breed that is known for being loyal, loving,
and affectionate. They are small dogs, weighing between six and nine pounds on average based on a height between eight and ten inches. Maltese dogs are usually pure white, although there are some with light ivory coats. Their coats are long, straight and silky. One of the great qualities about their coat is that it hardly sheds at all, so this is an excellent dog breed for individuals with pet allergies. They have pendant-shaped ears that droop forward, and their eyes are dark, round, and pronounced. Their sweet little button noses are black with a short stop. Despite the fact that these dogs are little guys, they are quite hardy and sturdy. Training a Maltese dog is not extremely difficult, but it does require patience, time, commitment, and a gentle and loving touch.
One problem that Maltese dogs are prone to experiencing is timidity. In order to stave of this trait, you should regularly expose your doggie to strangers and visitors, and you should encourage your dog to be friendly with guests and approach them. Have guests offer your Maltese a treat so that he or she knows that this is a friend, not a foe. If owners do not make sure to socialize their Maltese dog, there is a chance that the dog will become very frightened and skittish around strangers, and the dog may even react by nipping at unfamiliar people if they try to approach. Maltese dogs are very devoted and loyal to their masters, but it is critical that their masters recognize these attributes as double-edged swords. If a Maltese is properly socialized, then there should be no problems with the dog interacting with strangers and guests.
If you have other animals in your home, you will be pleased to find out that Maltese dogs are characteristically very good with other pets. They generally get along well with cats and other dogs and even smaller animals. However, it is still important that owners monitor the initial interactions between pets because there is always the chance that one of the animals will not be receptive to a new friend. Since the Maltese is so small, owners have to be careful that larger dogs do not get too physical with them, even if they are only aiming to be playful. If there is a problem between your Maltese and another pet, keep them separated a room away from each other for a few days so that they can become comfortable with the other animalâ€™s scent, and then re-introduce them after that waiting period.
As with many small dog breeds, the Maltese is often difficult to housebreak. Owners should aim to paper train their Maltese dog because when the weather is damp, a Maltese should not go outside. Be patient with the dog, and understand that small dogs do not have fully-developed organs until around eight months of age, and therefore they may not be able to accurately read their bodyâ€™s signals when it is telling them that itâ€™s time to go to the bathroom. It is generally better to reward the puppy when he or she does the right thing rather than punishing the dog for accidents, especially before eight months of age. If the dog does not improve after eight months, consult your veterinarian to rule out any medical explanations.
The Maltese is an extremely intelligent and alert breed that loves to learn and play. They are generally very good at learning commands and tricks, even at an early age. To keep your puppy motivated, be sure to praise him or her with affections and occasional treats for good work. Maltese dogs need positive reinforcement from their masters in order to feel happy and satisfied with themselves.