The Maltese is a a lively, playful, and affectionate breed. They are most commonly bred to be companion animals because of their lovable nature. Some Maltese dogs may not interact well with small children, but overall they absolutely love humans and are extremely friendly. The Maltese would do well in a home with a small yard or in apartment setting when exercised regularly.
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Top 10 Facts:
1. The Maltese is actually one of the most ancient breeds around. Now cuddly companions, these dogs were once worshiped by the Egyptians and they have been depicted on Greek vases dating back to the 5th century. Charles Darwin is said to have predicted the breed’s existence dating back as far as 6,000 B.C.
2. Poets have described the Maltese as “the tiniest dog nature has ever produced,” “gentler than a maiden,” and “purer than a dove’s kiss.”
3. One of the nicknames of the Maltese is the “Comforter Dog.”
4. The Maltese has only one accepted color being pure white. Some lemon markings are acceptable as well.
5. There has been some debate as to what the Maltese should be classified as. It is currently classified as a toy breed, but some think that it should be in the terrier group because of it’s terrier-like temperament while others think that they should be in the spaniel group because of it’s adept hunting abilities.
6. Despite their silky locks, this breed is not a big shedder. Their hair is more like human hair, in that it grows and falls out occasionally.
7. Their beautiful coats do require regular maintenance. They most be combed daily and bathed at least twice a week.
8. Many royals have owned Maltese dogs as pets. Some of these famous PetParents include Henry VIII, Marie Antoinette, and Queen Victoria.
9. More recently the King of the Rock n’ Roll adopted this breed. Elvis owned a Maltese named Foxhugh.
10. The diet of a Maltese is also very important. It contributes to the breed’s characteristic long white shiny coat.