Maltese live from between 12 to 16 years of age.
Average height & weight
25cm to 30cm
3kg to 4kg
Breed personality, characteristics & temperament
Maltese are not working dogs, although some have gained excellent results in obedience trials and even make good watchdogs. A Maltese is here just to give love and shower you with affection, to let you know who is at the door and generally just make everyone it meets feel happy and welcome. It is very intelligent and lively – and just loves to be pampered.
Compatibility with other pets
Maltese are definitely house dogs, and although they will find a securely fenced garden a joy to play in, they prefer to be inside with their owners. If kept in a flat or a unit a daily walk on a lead is desirable.
Although Maltese make very glamorous show dogs, when kept as pets they do not have to remain in full coat – the hair can be trimmed back and shaped for ease of care. Daily brushing is essential to keep all the knots and matts at bay, and the dog will enjoy a weekly bath – but remember to blow dry thoroughly. A good bristle brush, a small face comb and scissors for trimming away hair from the pads of the feet are essential tools, along with nail clippers, boracic acid and a toothbrush for cleaning stained areas around the eye.
Please take note
Although this is classified as a toy breed, the Maltese still require normal exercise and an adequate diet to ensure they do not run to fat.
Anyone that is looking for a happy live-in companion will find this an excellent choice of dog.
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