Lifespan: 14 years
The Maltese are alert, sweet-tempered and affectionate.
Lively, gentle and sweet-natured Maltese look very much like toys with their snow white hair tied up with a ribbon on top of their heads. They are happy and friendly to all, and affectionate and devoted to owners. Daily grooming of the coat is essential.
Originally bred: As a companion.
The playful Maltese enjoys company.
Medium. Loves exercise.
Owners: affectionate, devoted
Other pets: good
Unfamiliar dogs: friendly
Affectionate, playful, gentle owner with plenty of time for grooming.
The long, silky hair will bring in mud and dirt from outside, and the coat needs daily grooming or regular clipping to prevent mats from forming.
The hair on the head of the Maltese needs to be tied up out of the eyes.
- Q: Is it safe to give a Maltese with a tumour charcoal to help?
- A: Activated charcoal is used to prevent absorption of ingested toxins from the gastrointestinal tract, and as such is unfortunately unlikely to be of any benefit to your dog. More »
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