Things to Know Before Owning a Maltese
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Those that share their home with a Maltese or Maltese mix often describe them highly intelligent, devoted to their families, playful and high spirited. This breed can live quite comfortably in an apartment or condo but truly loves to play outdoors and genuinely enjoys the company of other dogs and even non canine housemates. Be careful not to allow your Maltese or Maltese mix to develop ‘small dog syndrome’ or to become spoiled and bossy or it may become willful and even nippy with both children and adults. This breed is sometimes inclined to be wary of strangers and to bark to alert you to their presence.
While it might not see like Maltese dogs shed, their hair can be trapped in the dog’s coat. Therefor it is less likely to be noticed. For this reason it is essential to brush your Maltese several times weekly to avoid having the hair become tangled or matted. The Maltese breed also needs to have their coats clipped regularly as the hair will grow quite long. The shorter you keep the coat the less work it will be to brush it.
Some Maltese may be prone to sunburn due to its light coloring. These dogs sometimes have weak digestive systems and can be picky eaters. They are also inclined to dental issues if the teeth are not properly cared for. Feeding dry food and hard biscuits can help keep teeth clean but regular dental cleanings are important.
5 Reasons to Consider Adopting Over Buying a Maltese for sale from a store, or Maltese Breeder:
Adoption is More Affordable - Typically, adoption fees are much less than you’d pay for a Maltese dogs and puppies for sale at a pet store, or even a reputable Maltese breeder. Adopting is especially a great deal because usually rescued dogs and puppies have already been to the veterinarian for a check-up, had a round of vaccinations, and have been spayed or neutered. It all adds up, but when you choose pet adoption you are paying less for a dog or puppy who is just as perfect as one you’d find for sale!
Near Purebreds & Healthy Mixes - Looking for a specific type of dog or puppy? It is estimated that 30% of all shelter animals are purebred, including Maltese. There are also Maltese rescue organizations specifically devoted to rescuing and adopting out only Maltese. On the other hand, you can find your own one-of-a-kind, amazing mixed-breed dog in a shelter. We love those fabulous mutts! Due to a larger gene pool to draw from, often mixed-breed dogs have fewer behavioral problems or health issues, and can even live longer than purebred dogs. In short, whatever you’re looking for you can find at your local shelter or rescue group, and right here on Adopt-a-Pet.com.
Be a Hero - Selecting a Maltese rescue group or going to your local animal shelter means that you are saving a dog's life. In truth, you are also making room for another dog to enter the shelter; therefore, you are saving another! When you choose to adopt, you’re an instant hero.
- Adult Adoption = Less Stress - Adopting an adult dog has many advantages. Adult dogs in shelters often have already been in homes, and many have already be housebroken or have had obedience-trained. Also, since adult dogs’ personalities are already established, it is easy to tell if they are good with children, or familiar and comfortable with other pets. One thing is certain; adult dogs require less attention and less work than puppies do. Best of all, any rescued dog will be forever grateful you saved their life.
- Finding the Right Match - Often rescue group and animal shelter staff and volunteers know the personalities of animals, meaning they will know the individual Maltese dogs and puppies in their care. They will be able to better match you up with a dog that fits your lifestyle and activities. This is one of many advantages to finding an adult Maltese dog for adoption, rather than for sale.
Maltese Focused Rescues
Below you'll find many Maltese focused rescue organizations. This is not a complete list! If you are a Maltese focused rescue and would like to be included, please sign up for an Adopt-a-Pet.com account here, then submit your request using the Contact Us link after you login to your Adopt-a-Pet.com rescue or shelter account. Thank you!