Man’s Best Friend – Maltese Dogs

Maltese dogs and puppies have been known as man’s best companion. Renowned for their cuteness, Maltese are small dogs that belong to the toy group (AKC Maltese breed). There are very tiny Maltese dogs – teacup miniature Maltese. The most remarkable feature of the dogs is their silken white hair with no undercoat. Since Maltese do not have fur like other breeds, they lose hair like humans. Hence Maltese are good pets, especially for those individuals that suffer from allergies.

The Maltese dogs are fearless, friendly, eager to learn, and sociable. Maltese easily befriend children, other dogs and cats.

Maltese weight between three to ten pounds and are seven to nine inches in height. Maltese dog has a round dark eyes surrounded by a dark halo, wide and black nose and domed skull. The dogs have low ears covered by long hair and small, round feet.

Maltese dogs has a lifespan of 12-15 years, though some live up to 18 years.

Taking Care of Maltese

It is very important to take proper care of these dogs. Keeping Maltese clean and tidy makes the skin of the dog healthy and also assists in the reduction of body odor. Maltese should be given a bath every 10 days. You can make use of dog shampoo and dog conditioner for an efficient bath.

The dogs need enough attention to provide them with enough socialization to be friendly with strangers and other dogs. Dog experts agree that the Maltese are difficult to housebreak and many recommend crate training.

Feeding crunchy high-quality Maltese dog food can help keep their teeth clean, while feeding table scraps or people food may make Maltese dogs more picky eaters. Maltese love to be lap dogs, but overindulging them may lead to excessive shyness and distrust around other people and dogs.

Grooming of Maltese dog needs to be given proper importance. These pets need to be combed and brushed every other alternative day. Regular brushing keeps the coat of the dogs healthy. The ideal brush to be used is a pin brush with open spaces. Brushes that have balls on their pins should be avoided. Start the brushing process by taking the lower layers of hair and slowly move upwards. The process should be done gently in order to avoid matting. You can use splashes of water or leave on conditioner.

Irritating hairs around the eyes of the dogs need to be removed.

The Maltese dogs needs socialization; they can become destructive if left alone for long periods of time. Though these dogs has a social and friendly manner, small children often aren’t aware of how to handle a small dog properly and need supervision. Toy breeds in particular are more fragile, and thus the Maltese can easily be harmed or even killed in the home. Also, the pets typically need only short walks plus playtime in the home or backyard to satisfy their exercise requirements; they can become exhausted easily if taken on an extended walk.

How to Find Teacup Maltese Dog for Sale

It is not hard to find miniature Maltese for sale. And finding teacup Maltese for sale is not hard too. Try search Google for good deals. You can find a lot of Maltese breeders directories online. You could also look for in your local newspapers.


Feeding of Maltese

Most of the owners of the pets often question as what is best dog food for Maltese. These dogs need to be fed with proper nutrition to maintain their health and beauty, keep them active and allow them to stay longer. Generally, all the breeders provide proper feeding instructions. However, if no instructions have been provided, the items to be included are meat proteins for vigor and vitality, fatty acids for liver function and healthy skin and minerals and vitamins for body function and bone structure.

The needs of Maltese puppy change as they grow up. Generally, there is a change in nutritional value every three months. They are different types of dog foods easily available in the market, but you should choose only those foods that are specifically meant for indoor small dogs. Most of the manufacturers have the key ingredients listed in the label of their product.

You should buy only the best dog food for your pet.

Training of Maltese

Though Maltese are small in size (especially teacup Maltese), but they need to be trained properly so that they behave themselves. Many owners get carried away by their cuteness and small size and fail to establish a proper control.

However, tiny Maltese should be treated in the same way as a large dog is treated. You need to apply strict limitations and rules so that your dog controls his barking and does not chew anything and everything that comes in his path. However, these rules need to be coupled with proper dedication and care. The best solution is to apply all the rules as your dog takes his first step into the house.