Are You a Maltese Person?

Is the Maltese dog breed right for you?

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Children can make a lot of noise. Generally, a Maltese can cope with this, probably better than you can yourself. However, your Maltese must always have the opportunity to retire from the chaos of daily life when he wishes to do so, and if you have a penchant for gentle classical music, he will probably appreciate a little of that, too. A simple wire crate in the house will serve as an ideal getaway for your Maltese and is an excellent training device too. Because your Maltese will undoubtedly have to be left alone for short periods in his crate, such as when you go out to do the shopping, you will probably want to leave on a radio for him to listen to. A program that combines chat with light music is always a good option, so that he doesn't feel too alone.

As you are undoubtedly an animal lover, you may have other pets at home. You will therefore have to have the common sense to introduce to them to each other carefully, always keeping in mind that the newcomer is a Toy breed. The Maltese is a tough little character, but he is not so robust as a German Shepherd or Rottweiler! Successful introduction will depend more on the temperaments of your other pets, for Maltese are usually prepared to socialize with most animals. When your Maltese has chosen his closest friends, his relationship with them will be truly sincere, just as your own will be with him.

Next step: Maltese Overview

Reprinted from Breeders Best: Maltese © 2004. Permission granted by Kennel Club Books, an imprint of BowTie Press.

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Belkis   Ft. Lauderdale, FL

3/6/2011 9:11:55 AM

I purchased two maltese boys over the Christmas break. They would grow to be a bit larger than a normal size maltese the breeder had warned.I didnt care, it was love at first site. True to her word..they are roughly 7 and 9 lbs. Harry (tubby one) and Sparky are full of energy, mischievious, but honestly the most affecionate dogs I have ever owned. I bought expensive good quality dog clippers, keep them in the puppy cut..every 2 - 3 weeks and bathe them weekly. They bucked me at first but now it is a ritual, and they are ok with it. If you have the time for the grooming which is really the only downside that I see, you will have years of "puppyhood" and an incredible amount of love. :)

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marilyn   estill, SC

2/1/2011 8:25:23 PM

My maltese was 14 and a half years old when we had to put him to sleep almost two years ago. He was our baby and went almost everywhere with us. I would never have another breed of animal other than a maltese. The love they give can not be explainable unless you have owned one. Snowflake ruled our house and we let him. He was a wonderful traveler and very welled mannered. I am definitely a maltese person. I think I am getting ready to adopt another maltese, but this time a lady so there will be no comparison.

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mocha RN   west hempstead, NY

8/9/2010 5:05:06 AM

to responding to Sandra Irwin-- I just purchase two Maltese they were flown in. I found the pups on puppy find- the breeder was very accommodating and answered all the questions i had. the price was very reasonable. Since I had the pups they are doing great and settled in--giving them lots of love of
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I hope this will help if you have not purchased a loving friend as of yet.

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janet   bethlehem, PA

7/22/2010 4:32:54 AM

I prefer big dogs

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