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.
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Reprinted from Breeders Best: Maltese © 2004. Permission granted by Kennel Club Books, an imprint of BowTie Press.Page 1 | 2
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