The Maltese Dog Breed

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Let me tell you something about the Maltese dog Breed

General

The Maltese is a real companion dog, they are active, happy little dog’s, they tend to be brave and without fear. The Maltese is one of the brightest and most playful of the toy breeds. They love to be with their owners. He or she loves to run and play. They don’t need a lot of exercise a day, but 20 minutes is the absolute minimum and if you want to go for an three hour walk it won’t be a problem at all.

Size

Height: Males 8 – 10 inches (21 – 25 cm) Females 8 – 9 inches (20 – 23 cm)
Weight: 6½ – 9 pounds (3 – 4 kg)

I must say, Nikita is a little bit bigger but these are the standards

 

Coat and Grooming

Maltese don’t have an undercoat and they don’t shed much. Nikita wears a coat in wintertime or a cute sweater for not catching a cold.

When your maltese is in full coat you need to brush daily. Many people don’t have the time to brush their dog daily so they keep the dog trimmed. I personally hand scissor Nikita myself I don’t like her very short trimmed. You should also check the ears, if your maltese has long hairs in the ears you should pluck the hairs, if you don’t know how to do it ask your groomer or you can watch the video below, in this video a little Shih Tzu is getting her ears plucked.

I wash nikita every 6 weeks and I always use a natural shampoo for Nikita because the skin is very sensitive. I recommend this great natural shampoo. You can buy it at Amazon.com: Earthbath All Natural Oatmeal and Aloe Shampoo, 16-Ounce

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Food

Recommended daily amount: 1/4 to 1/2 cup of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. Note: How much your adult dog eats depends on his size, age, build, metabolism, and activity level. Dogs are individuals, just like people

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 Behavior

If you train your Maltese dog well (like all dogs) you have a great compagnion. Nikita good not get training in a group or training program because of her deafness. So I read a lot of books and had a clear picture in my mind how I want her to be and she turned out exactly like that. Nikita is well behaved, she can stay home alone, without barking. I take her everywhere, also to restaurants. What I wanted for Nikita was that she becomes a happy, playfull dog with good manners. Why? because some people don’t like dogs, or not that much, so Nikita is for example not allowed to jump up to someone. I never want her to get blamed for something because I didn’t train her well.

Sadly Nikita passed away in december 2015 due to cancer. She will stay in my heart forever.

We bought ourselves a new Maltese and named her Yara. Yara was Nikita’s best dog friend in life. We have trained Yara the same way as we did Nikita. The big difference for us is that Yara is hearing perfectly 🙂 Yara is only a little anxious about all kind of things, Why? We got Yara when she was 11 weeks old, she was the smallest of the litter. The breeder was very very sweeat for the pups but she did not go outside so much. And the most important fase of socialisation is form 8 to 12 weeks, your puppy has to get used to everything, sounds, other people, other dogs, little kids, the vet ect.ect. If you do not do that, your dog can get afraid easily about the smallest things, but don’t worry, if you are willing to help your dog, you have to be patience and consistent and not over protected and then you will get a happy balanced and well behaved fearless dog.

 

Cheers Simone, Yara & (Nikita)

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2 Responses

  1. Martina says:

    Very cute dog and I’m glad you didn’t allow her deafness to make you give up on training her 🙂

  2. Simone says:

    Hi Martina, No I will never give up on her. We just find other ways. And now we have to get used if a dog hears, we are not used to that 🙂 But we always tell people start with signs right away, dogs respond very well to sign language.

    Cheers Simone

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