Maltese Breed Information

BREED TYPE / MIX Purebred ENERGY Moderate SHEDDING Minimum TRAINING Determined TEMPERAMENT Affectionate, Gentle, Intelligent, Loving, Playful ADULT WEIGHT 4-7 lbs ADULT HEIGHT 9-10 in LIFE SPAN 12-15 yrs

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Maltese Care

Maltese Grooming

The Maltese grooming needs depend on the length and haircut style of their gorgeous coats. The Maltese participants in canine show rings generally have long, luxurious coats and require daily brushing, combing, and spritzing. The most famous Maltese haircuts are the Maltese puppy cut and the Maltese Teddy Bear cut. The Maltese puppy cut and the Maltese short hair require up to three weekly brushes, and the Maltese Teddy Bear cut requires a brush every two days.  

It is beneficial for the Maltese to have their nails clipped every two months, their teeth brushed weekly, and their ears cleaned regularly. It is also recommended to bathe the Maltese every 4 to 6 weeks in order to keep their coats healthy, silky, and shiny.   

Maltese Exercise Needs

The Maltese are moderately active dogs. They love to chase, fetch, and chew canine toys, play with other dogs, entertain kids, and impress family members with tricks. They also love lazing around, cuddling, and being pampered and spoiled. Two walks per day combined with fun activities indoors are enough to keep the Maltese happy, in shape, and ready for cuddles.   

Maltese Health

The Maltese is one of the healthiest dogs in the canine kingdom. Although they are generally healthy for most of their lives, they can sometimes be prone to certain health conditions such as dental conditions, luxating patella, white dog shaker syndrome, and eye conditions such as cataracts and progressive loss of sight during old age.  

Maltese Life Span

The Maltese lifespan is 14-16 years. The Maltese life expectancy can extend to 18 and even 20 years if the dog is properly cared for, exercised, and fed high-quality dog food.  

Maltese Training

The Maltese are very smart dogs. Their cheerful nature and eagerness to learn allow for training sessions to be fun and entertaining activities. They are clever, fast-learning students with a knack for tricks and a great love for stunts. They are quick to pick up on basic commands and are more than capable of taking on complex tasks like obedience and agility.  

The Maltese are easy to housebreak, leash train, and socialize. They are outgoing friendly dogs that love to meet and interact with new people, kids, and other pets.  Introducing them to other dogs, cats, new situations, and new places when they are puppies is a great way to ensure they grow into well-behaved sociable dogs.  

The Maltese are independent dogs. They are more than happy to entertain themselves when left alone. They love to nap, play with toys, and nap some more when they are home alone. They are also moderately quiet and not prone to excessive barking. It is always best, even with naturally independent dogs, to gradually leave them alone for short periods of time when they are young, in order to avoid any problematic behavior in the future.