Grooning - Daily combing and brushing
of the long coat is important but be gentle, as the coat is very soft. Clean
the eyes daily to prevent staining, and clean the beard after meals for the
same reason. Bathe or dry shampoo regularly - making sure the animal is thoroughly
dry and warm afterward. Clean the ears, and pull out hair growing inside the
ear canal. The eyes should be checked regularly and cleaned if necessary.
The hair on the top of the head is often tied up in a topknot to keep it away
from the eyes. Some pet owners opt to clip the hair short for easier and less
time consuming grooming. The Maltese sheds little to no hair and is good for
- This ancient dog was described by the Greek philosopher Theophrastus
as belonging to the "Melita" breed, an archaic name for Malta. It
was developed in Italy with the addition of miniature spaniel and poodle blood.
It was thought that these lively little dogs were first brought to England by
Crusaders returning home from the Mediterranean. The breed became particularly
popular with women, who often carried them in their sleeves and even to their
beds. The dog was not only popular with women though. Publius, the Roman governor
of Malta, prized his Maltese enough to commission a portrait of "Issa"
and even have poetry written about her. Today, the glamorous Maltese is an adored
pet and sought-after show dog.
- The Maltese is spirited, lively and playful. Gentle, loving, trusting
and devoted to its master. Highly intelligent. Good at learning tricks if he
feels sufficiently rewarded. Bold and quick to sound the alarm in case of suspicious
noises. It is a classical companion dog; graceful and lovable. They do well
with other animals. Maltese love to play outdoors but have a penchant for jumping
in puddles. A bath must follow! These dogs can be snappish with inconsiderate
children and may be difficult to housebreak. Sometimes they are picky eaters.
Include small biscuits and dry dog food in this breed's regular diet to help
the teeth stay strong and healthy. Do not over-pamper or overprotect these little
dogs, for some become unstable, and some may become jealous of visitors.