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Maltese Terrier Dog Breed Information

Maltese Terrier Introduction


The little white dog from Malta is noted for its physical beauty and contrasting independence of spirit. This is a dog in the toy category of breeds, however, what it lacks in size and height it makes up for in character and loyal affection.

Maltese Terrier History


The Maltese is thought to be one of the most ancient dog breeds. It has been estimated that the breed originated around 8,000 years ago. Although the ancient Greeks and Romans believed the dog originated on the Island of Malta, there is really no evidence that proves the dog was indigenous to the Island, but rather that the Maltese is descended from a Spitz-type dog bred by the people who lived in Central Europe. Malta was a central point for trading and these little, good looking dogs were sold as wares and commodities would be from there, these little dogs were taken all over the world with traders and travellers reaching as far as South East Asia and China. Beginning around the mid 1800's and early 1900s, speculation into the origins of the Maltese began and what group they should be classified within, given their probable Spitz ancestors but rather small stature. Breeders in England, felt that the Maltese belonged in the Terrier family due to their fearless temperament and the fact that they were rather good ratters. People were unable to agree so the breed was simply to be referred to as the Maltese dog from then onwards. The first English Kennel Club stud book has twenty-four Maltese Dogs registered between 1859 and 1873. A prolific breeder of the time (1875 through 1885) was a Lady Giffard, whose dogs were noted for their long silky coats.

Maltese Terrier Appearance


Average height to withers: Both males and females between 8-10 inches, with females being on the smaller side. Average weight: 2.5-5.5kg for both males and females. Pure in colour and in our heart is how many breeders like to speak of Maltese Dogs. They are almost always white haired, sometimes showing lemon or orange tinges, and have long, luxurious

hair which requires many hours spent on it to make sure it is always in tip top condition. There is no undercoat and this dog does not tend to shed a great deal making it a good choice for those with allergies. They look, physically, almost puppyish for the majority of their lives even as a mature dog being selected and bred to retain cute features such as a little, black button nose, expressive dark eyes and drop ears. An interesting fact is that the nose of the Maltese Dog can change colour in sunlight, changing to a paler colour.

Maltese Terrier Temperament


Maltese Dogs were bred to be cuddly companion and lap dogs for genteel ladies, and as such they still thrive on kindness, love and attention. That said, they are extremely lively and playful, and even as a Maltese ages, the energy level and playfully independent spirit remain intact. They can have a tendency to be snappy with smaller children and should be supervised when playing with children, although socialising them at a young age to a wide range of people and other animals will reduce this behaviour. The Maltese is very active within a house and appears to prefer smaller spaces. They can also suffer from separation anxiety and display undesirable behaviours such as chewing, howling, barking and scratching when suffering from this.

Maltese Terrier Health


On average the Maltese Dog lives up to 12 years of age. It seems to be very healthy as a breed with few congenital problems. They are susceptible to reverse sneezing which is a gagging, choking sound they can make when playing or are excited, however, this is no cause for alarm and no treatment is usually required.

Maltese Terrier Care


With little shedding, the coat of the Maltese Dog does require attention to remove dead hair and ensure minimal matting and tangling. It is likely that professional grooming treatment will be sought at some point in the life of the Maltese, so the coast of this need to be accounted for. The pure white coat can be prone to staining under the eye area but can be dealt with using a clean, damp cloth and a fine tooth comb, taking care not to scratch the delicate eye itself.

Google translate Maltese Terrier Dog Breed Information Introduction The Maltese Terrier 'Small white dog of Malta famous for its physical beauty and contrast the spirit of independence. This is a dog in the category of 'toys' race, however, what it lacks in size and height it makes up for in character and loyal affection. Maltese Terrier History The Maltese is considered one of the oldest dog breeds. It has been estimated that the offspring originated about 8,000 years ago. Although the ancient Greeks and Romans believed the dog originated on the island of Malta, there is absolutely no evidence to prove the dog was indigenous to the island, but that Malta is a descendant of the Spitz-type dog bred by people who lived in Central Europe. Malta is the focal point for trade and this little dog looks good being sold as goods and commodities will come from there, these little dogs taken around the world by traders and travelers reached as far as Southeast Asia and China. Beginning around mid-1800 and the early 1900s, speculation into the origins of Malta began and what the 'group' is to be classified in, given their likely ancestors of Spitz but was rather small. Breeders in the UK, Malta feels that the family belongs to the Terrier because of their fearless temperament and the fact that they are rather good ratters. One can not agree so it's just to breed called a Maltese dog from then onwards. The British Kennel Club stud book first has twenty-four dogs Maltese registered between 1859 and 1873. A prolific breeders of the time (1875 through 1885) was a Lady Giffard, a dog known for its long silky coat. Maltese Terrier Appearance The average height to the withers: Both men and women between 8-10 inches, with a woman on the smaller side. Average weight: 2.5-5.5kg for both men and women. Pure in color and our heart is how many farmers would like to speak Maltese dog. They are almost always white-haired, sometimes showing tinges of lemon or orange, and has a luxurious long hair that needs a lot of hours spent on it to ensure it is always in tip top condition. There is the bottom layer and the dog is not likely to shed much makes it a good choice for those with allergies.

They see, physically, almost puppyish for most of their lives even as an adult dog that is selected and bred to maintain the 'cute' features such as nose, small black button, expressive dark eyes and drop

ears. An interesting fact is that the Maltese dog noses can change color in sunlight, the color changed to pale. Maltese Terrier Temperament Maltese dogs are bred to be friendly and cuddly lap dog for her polite, and thus they are still growing in goodness, love and attention. That said, they were very lively and fun, and even as a Maltese ages, levels of energy and playful spirit remains intact independent. They may have a tendency to be 'sharp' with small children and should be supervised when playing with children, although they are socialized at a young age for many people and other animals will reduce this behavior. The Maltese is very active in a house and seem to prefer smaller spaces. They may also experience separation anxiety and displaying unwanted behavior such as chewing, howling, barking and scratching when suffering from this. Maltese Terrier Health The average Maltese dog lived to 12 years. It seems to be very healthy breed with few inherent problems. They are prone to 'sneeze' is choking on a reverse, they can make a choking sound when playing or being excited, however, this is no reason for alarm and no treatment is usually needed. Maltese Terrier Care With little shedding, coat of the Maltese dog does not need attention to remove dead hair and ensure minimal matting and tangling. It is likely that professionals will be sought medical care at some point in the life of Malta, so that the beach needs to be accounted for. Pure white layer can be susceptible to staining under the eyes but can be handled using a clean, damp cloth and fine tooth comb, so as not to scratch the delicate eye itself.