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The Maltese came from Bologna, and the Bichon Tenerife came from Tenerife. Maltese have a beautiful mantel of long, silky, white hair. This is their crowning glory. They may sometimes have a hint of lemon or tan on their ears, although this is undesirable in the show ring. They are short, petite sized dogs and have short triangular drop ears. Maltese are gentle-mannered and affectionate, yet playful and full of animation. Despite their size, they posses the vigor needed for an excellent companion. They are a healthy and happy breed, and can live for at least 15 years! The Maltese is intelligent and easy to train, but is very strong-willed. They enjoy being groomed, petted and fondled.
Type: Companion Dog
Height: 5 - 10 inches.
white. slight lemon or tan markings on ears are
permissible, but undesirable.
Maltese are friendly and alert. They are very lively as puppies,
running around the house in sudden bursts of happiness. They are
agile, entertaining and happy dogs. Maltese are generally good
with older children, and are fairly adaptable. They are
comforters, fastidious and loyal. They are wary of strangers,
but friendly. They are trusting and fearless as well. They can
be prone to anxiety if left alone for long periods of time, but
are otherwise playful and fun.
Watch-dog: Very High.
The Maltese is a very alert dog and will bark at anything
Care and Training:
Extensive coat care is needed for the Maltese. Shampoo once a
week and daily brushing is essential to keep the coat from
matting. Special attention is needed to keep the eyes clean as
staining is possible. Indoor activity will suffice for exercise,
but Maltese will enjoy a walk or a run in the park. They should
be trained from puppyhood not to bark unwarranted or bite, as
teething causes most puppies to want to bite everything. But all
training should be done with a positive, firm attitude.
Activity: Indoors -
Very High. Outdoors - Medium. Puppies sometimes like to zoom
around the house in "figure eights" in a sudden burst of joy.
Life Span: 14 - 15
Country of Origin:
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