What is a Maltese like?
Docile and affectionate, the Maltese are energetic and lively dogs, especially when near their human companions. Their exceedingly sweet and cute disposition makes them undeniable to anyone they meet. Consequently, they get away with just about everything.
Yet, the Maltese is one of the rare dogs that are highly intelligent and yet difficult to train. There is a pertinent streak of stubbornness in them. This means that an extraordinary amount of patience is required before they can be housebroken.
Generally, the Maltese are docile dogs who are easygoing and responsive. They are loyal to their owners, and a pleasure to be around with.
Even after I brought home my Maltese, Nicole is still very helpful and concerned about how I am coping with my new Maltese and follows up with his progress as well as answers all my questions promptly up till now.
Buyer info: Rui Han
Dog info: Leo, Maltese
I was awed when I first step into SingaporePuppyAdoption as everything was very sanitary and neat. At SingaporePuppyAdoption it is very clear that they do it for the passion and not the business itself. Everything at SingaporePuppyAdoption is abided by the hygiene protocols hence all their puppies are very healthy and active.
Buyer info: Yi Ting
Dog info: Hugo, Maltese
Very patient staff
Nicole was very patient and easy going despite all the ups and downs i had. My Maltese have been with them for the past 7 months and I am amazed by the tip-top care they provided for my Maltese. He was in amazing health condition and a very good boy.
Buyer info: Raj
Dog info: Pepper, Maltese
Coexisting with a Maltese
Similar to the Japanese Spitz, the most striking feature about the Maltese is its coat. The luxurious and silky white coat hangs close to the ground, giving off a sense of poshness and elegance.
These dogs have a small and compact body. Their head is proportionate to their body, with their beings neither too short nor too long.
A peculiar quirk can be observed whilst these Maltese are trotting along the ground. Their long coats would camouflage their legs so that they appear to be floating on air. When they are not trotting, these Maltese walk with a graceful gait and wear alert expressions on their faces.
I’ll do best in a home with children aged 12 and up.
I’m selective. I don’t dislike dogs, but I do best when I have time to adjust.
I’m still testing the waters with cats. I’ll do best with time and management.
Basic profile of a Maltese
01. Exercise Requirements
Maltese might be ever-curious dogs, but their exercises requirements are minimal. They are contented with just daily walks twice a day, lasting between 20-30 minutes each. These walks should see them trotting nicely with an energetic gait, the pace neither too fast nor too slow. For the most part, they will do just fine staying indoors for majority of the day.
Pet adopters should also take note to not over-exert your Maltese, especially when it is young. It is advisable to start bringing them out for light exercises only when they have reached the four-months old mark.
03. Potential Health Issues
Maltese are relatively healthy dog breeds who should live comfortably into their double digits. Regardless, there are still some minor issues which pet adopters should take note of.
Just like most other smaller-sized dog breeds, the Maltese is susceptible to developing dental problems. Gum diseases are not uncommon. Pet adopters should therefore schedule regular visits to the veterinarian for dental health care. Eye problems may also develop, but are usually not serious. Eye irritation can be caused by its long fur getting into the way. This can be easily avoided with regular trims.
02. Obedience Training Style
Maltese are highly intelligent, and through centuries of coexisting with their human owners, are highly attuned to human interactions. They often are eager to please, which translates to a willingness to learn command.
Their high trainability distinguishes them from other toy dogs like the Chihuahuas. Sometimes however, their independence can result in stubbornness and obstinacy. With enough persistence and patience, this habit can be easily subverted.
04. Nutritional Requirements
The Maltese are rather sensitive to the food it receives. Only high-quality food should be prepared for them. Avoid feeding them sweets, for this might compound their dental and gum problems. Refrain from treating them with scraps from the table as well.
Instead, look for foods which contain a high percentage of proteins. Beef and chicken-based meals work wonderfully for the Maltese, as do salmon and duck. Monitor their diet closely, and be prepared to change it up whenever necessary.