Maltese are famous for their white, silky long hair - their crowning glory. These beautiful dogs are affectionate, gentle-mannered yet animated and playful. Despite its small size, the Maltese possesses the energy needed for an excellent companion. 

Maltese are true lap dogs. True to their name, they usually will lie contentedly on their owner's lap when relaxing - their sole purpose is to be constantly as near as possible to their owner. The loving nature of the Maltese has earned them the reputation of being the best therapy dogs in the world. 

With their tiny size, the Maltese seem also, not to fear anything. A lot of Maltese relatively seem unresponsive to animals much bigger than them, which makes these beauties very friendly with other dogs and yes, even cats. As puppies, Maltese are playful and lively, but even as they grow old, their level of energy and playfulness does not lessen-they will still be playful, but prefer to play with you right on your lap! 

They make great pets for apartment dwellers as they don't need much exercise. They do not shed , which makes them great companions for people with allergies. Their affection, loyalty and trust have made these beauties a popular breed choice for almost 28 centuries.

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About Maltese Dogs

If you are looking for a toy dog, get something that is completely adorable like the Maltese. This small breed of dog has silky white hair that is usually cut short by most Maltese owners.

This ancient breed is called many names such as Roman Ladies' Dog, Maltese Lion Dog, Ancient Dog of Malta and the Bichon. The Kennel Club however settled for the name Maltese for this breed.

Many people think that the Maltese is a Spitz but its history reveals a different story. There is evidence that the breed must have come from Asia and reached Europe through Central Asia. The toy dog may be related to the Tibetan Terrier but this is unconfirmed. The oldest records mentioning the dog can be found in a Greek town called Vulci where a dog much like the Maltese is portrayed as a Melitaie. According to archeologists, this record dates back to 500 BC making it a rather old breed.

These toy dogs are even mentioned in Roman and Greek literature. The great Greek philosopher Aristotle was the first person to mention the name of the breed Melitaei Catelli. This record dates back to 370 BC. Older texts mentioning the Maltese have also been found giving a rather colorful history for the breed. In the first century, Martial a Roman poet wrote about a Maltese named and said that it is a small, white dog. The dog was owned by Publius of Malta, the Roman governor at the time the text was written. The dog's long history links it to Malta even in the writings of Abbe Jean Quintin d'Autun in the year 1536.

By the 17th century, breeders started making the breed much smaller. Later on it was bred with other small dogs such as and Poodles which resulted to 9 different types of Maltese dogs by the 19th century.

Maltese are always hungry for attention and love. They are playful, lively and very friendly. Some of these toy dogs however are not very friendly with children so adult supervision is needed when your Maltese is playing with kids. Enrolling your Maltese in training is a good idea so he or she will learn how to treat children. Socializing them with children at a young age is also recommended by experts.

The breed is easy to train but be sure to give them rewards whenever they do something right. Lots of love and attention keeps the Maltese happy so spend time with your toy dog and you will be rewarded back. (www.coolchecks.net)

If it's not a Maltese...It's just another dog!

Toy breeds are not proportionally easier to care for and live with than big dogs. Heavens, no, they bring with them many special considerations. The Maltese is gorgeous, aristocratic, and will definitely make you look good! But be sure you can bond with these special dogs before you bring one home.

 

The coat of the Maltese needs constant attention. Perhaps this fact is what clues in the dog that he or she is something special. They show outright disdain for untidiness, do not like any changes in their routine, are not great to have around toddlers because of their size, and hate being set apart from a family gathering. They thrive on gentleness, and if children understand this, they will romp like any vigorous breed. Very young children should be supervised around these dogs.

 

Maltese mature slowly and can be said to remain a puppy longer than any other dog, sometimes perpetually. They are ideal, however, for elderly and solitary people, because they adapt to what suits the owner in terms of comfort. They dislike being wet, and having extremes of temperature, but they do adapt well in spite of the superiority act.

 

These dogs thrive on daily affection, which is good news for owners since Maltese are so luxurious to touch. They live to fifteen years and have relatively few health problems. One of the bothersome problems with Maltese is tear staining from runny or weeping eyes. Sometimes the problem can be resolved with eye drops from your vet. Make sure the topknot hair is not getting in your dog's eyes and causing this problem.

 

Be very watchful that your Maltese puppy does not jump down off furniture. They can break their legs. They have tremendous jumping agility and will try to jump too early. Once they are trained, they are incredibly strong and hardy. Make sure all family members understand the dynamics for keeping your new Maltese safe and happy, and you will have a lifetime friend. (www.hubpages.com)

Puppy Emergency Supply List:

 

   1. Honey-Rubon gums in the event of hypoglycemia

 

2. 3cc syringes (no needle)- Use to administer canned food for force feeding or electrolytes.

 

3. Children's dye free benadryl. Give 1cc orally in the event of an insect sting.

 

4. Molassess- Administer 2cc by mouth several times in one day for mild constipation.

 

5. Puppy crate-not too large. At least two, large bath towels. One for inside crate, one to cover crate with.

 

6. Hot pack hand warmers- Keep on hand in case of power failure in cold weather. Active 2 packs and place inside of adult tube type sock and tie shut. Place inside small crate with puppy and fluffy towel. Cover crate with second towel.

 

* These are things I have found on the internet and in no way takes the place of a veterinarian in case of an emergancy.