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Maltese are wonderful companion dogs. However, they are not appropriate pets for small children. Maltese are high-maintenance dogs with long life expectancies. Constant grooming is a must and so are regular dental examinations and cleanings. The work and investment will be paid back many times over by this sweet breed.
The one big thing people need to know about Maltese is that they have no undercoat and can freeze to death in the winter if left outside very long, and in the summer they can get sunburned. Maltese are great companion dogs, but not great with small children since they like to pick them up and many times drop them. They usually love people and want to be with them out of the house as well as in the home. They also need to be groomed often, since they are always white in color. Maltese can have a small amount of tan color on their bodies.
Most people love the Maltese because of their small size; however, many of them now are being bred much too large. When someone buys a Maltese they are all very small as puppies but some grow larger because of poor breeding. The average size of a normal Maltese is 5 to 6 lbs and not more than 8 lbs. The dogs that are bigger still make wonderful pets, however.
Maltese are a not a good choice for families with young children or planning to have children. Maltese are frequently surrendered when they show aggressive behavior toward the toddler or small child. Most reputable Maltese rescue organizations do not adopt Maltese to families with children younger than 6-10 years of age. Maltese enjoy older, calm children.
A Maltese is a great choice for a person who has previous experience grooming a Maltese or a Poodle. As the Maltese puppy grows, the grooming requirements increase. It is common for Maltese hair to mat (clump together) if daily brushing is not performed. Although a Maltese does not shed, their white coat requires bathing every couple of weeks. It is important to keep the hair around eyes trimmed or secured with a rubber band as hair rubbing the eye leads to brown tear stains. Many Maltese owners like the short puppy haircut, which is done every 6-8 weeks by a groomer. The cost of professional grooming should be a consideration when planning to adopt a Maltese rescue.
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Like most people, you’ve probably heard time and again that if you have kids, you should adopt a Maltese puppy (or, gasp! find a Maltese puppy for sale). The rationale is that an adult shelter dog is an unknown quantity, so buying or adopting a Maltese puppy is safer. Actually, the opposite is closer to the truth. Puppies are not usually a great choice with kids; they have very limited control over their biting/mouthing impulses, and when you mix that with lots of energy and unbelievably sharp little teeth, it’s a recipe for your small fry to be in tears. Puppies are tiny chewing machines and can destroy a favorite stuffed animal or security blanket in short order. Adult dogs, on the other hand, are generally calmer, and their personalities are already fully developed and on display. When you meet an adult dog, you can see how they are with kids and with other animals. This takes the guesswork out of wondering how a puppy will turn out as a full-grown dog.
Puppies teethe. They have a biological need to chew, they want to play constantly, and they can’t discriminate between appropriate chew toys and, say, your favorite pair of Manolos. Puppies eventually can be trained out of this behavior, of course, and there are exceptions to every rule, but generally speaking, an adult Maltese (or any adult dog) is much less likely to shred your drapes like coleslaw or function as a “helpful” canine document shredder.
Pop quiz: how often does a two-month-old puppy need to be taken out to do his business during the day? A) every six hours; B) every eight hours; or C) every two hours?
If you answered B, or even A, you’re an eternal optimist! The correct answer, though, is C: every two hours. When you’re housetraining a puppy, the general rule of thumb is that they can hold their bladder one hour for each month they’ve been alive (up to a max of about eight to ten hours). So a three-month-old Maltese puppy needs to go outside every three hours, a four-month-old needs to go every four hours, and so on. If you’re retired, or you work from home, or you’re taking the puppy to work with you or to a doggy daycare (make sure your puppy is up-to-date on all vaccines before considering that last option), great! But if you’re planning on leaving your dog alone during your workday, you’ll definitely want to adopt a full-grown dog, ideally from a Maltese rescue that can help you find the right dog for your lifestyle.
Time to get real: when we ask people what reservations they have about Maltese adoption, we hear the same things over and over again. If you’re operating under any of these mistaken beliefs, you just might be missing out on meeting the best friend you’ll ever have. So it’s time for us to set the record straight:
Here’s the truth: you absolutely can find a Maltese, even a Maltese puppy, for adoption in an animal shelter or rescue group. And they don’t end up there because they’re bad dogs. In fact, often the only difference between the dog in the shelter and the one on your couch is a bit of bad luck. Think about it: let’s say you buy a Maltese puppy for sale by a breeder. Your new dog is great; you immediately enroll the two of you in obedience classes, and soon your best pal is housebroken and well trained. But what would happen to your wonderful Maltese if, tragically, something happened to you? What if he escaped from your home and ran away? Your best pal would very likely end up in an animal shelter. The lucky person who adopts your Maltese would be getting a great dog! Animal shelters are filled with wonderful, healthy, well-behaved dogs who have been in homes before, but whose owners have fallen on hard times. Many of them are housebroken and trained. Maltese rescue organizations often care for their adoptable dogs in foster homes, which means their foster families will be able to tell you if the Maltese you want to adopt is good with other animals or kids, and if he or she is housebroken and knows any basic commands. As you can see, adopting from a rescue organization is likely the very safest way for people with children to add a new Maltese to their family!