Maltese: What's Good About 'Em, What's Bad About 'Em (2023)

Maltese temperament, personality, training, behavior, pros and cons, advice, and information, by Michele Welton, Dog Trainer, Behavioral Consultant, Author of 15 Dog Books

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Maltese are great!

My experience with Maltese temperament

On the Mediterranean island of Malta, the Maltese was developed to be the household pet of wealthy, cultured families.

One of the brightest, sweetest, and gentlest of the toys, the Maltese is exceedingly playful and enjoys games of cleverness and dexterity such as "pull the hidden toy from under the cabinet with your paw.... then push it back under again!"

This curious, quick-moving sprite doesn't need much outdoor exercise, but he does enjoy dashing around your (fenced!) yard and accompanying you for walks.

Larger dogs may view him as a delicacy, so a Maltese must always be leashed or fenced for his own protection. Fences should be triple-checked for slight gaps, which would be fine for larger dogs, but through which a Maltese might wriggle.

Maltese are generally peaceful with the world, meaning they are not naturally dominant or aggressive. Some are more confident and friendly, others are more cautious or standoffish.

The general temperament of your Maltese depends to some extent upon genetics – outgoing parents tend to produce outgoing youngsters.

But along with the genes he inherited, how you raise your Maltese will also play a large factor in how he turns out.

As a behavioral consultant, when I'm seeing a "problem" Maltese, almost invariably the dog has been spoiled (over-indulged). His owner (1) has not taught the dog commands; (2) laughs at naughty behavior; (3) makes excuses for bad behavior; and (4) cuddles and "soothes" and "coos" over the dog too much. Far too much. Your Maltese is much more likely to end up anxious and insecure (or bratty and yappy) if you treat him like an infant or a stuffed toy.

Spoiling is a dreadful way to raise a dog; all it does is make the owner feel good, while creating an insecure dog who barks manically whenever he sees something that looks or sounds unfamiliar. What an awful state of mind for that dog to live with.

All dogs, whatever their size, should be taught how to walk on their own four feet, how to do what they're told, and how to get along peacefully with the world. This creates a confident, stable Maltese.

Now, you do need to take precautions! There are indeed dangers lurking everywhere for toy dogs. The trick is to let your Maltese walk on his own as much as possible, while still keeping an eagle eye out for real danger.

If you don't protect his safety, he can be hurt or killed, but if you baby him and don't require him to be well-behaved, he can end up insecure or downright nasty

The good news is that Maltese are very sensitive and responsive to training. In fact, a good number of Maltese excel in competitive obedience and agility.

The bad news is.... Unfortunately the same cannot be said of house training. The vast majority of Maltese do not excel at housebreaking.

Yes, sad to say, this fun-loving little breed is notoriously difficult to housebreak. Consider an indoor litterbox, or a doggy door leading outside to a small covered potty yard.

Finally, Maltese are prone to separation anxiety when left home too long by themselves.

More than most other breeds, Maltese need a great deal of companionship and do not like being left alone for more than a few hours. They tend to express their anxiety and unhappiness through destructive chewing and barking.

Pros and cons of Maltese

The Good

  • One of the smallest breeds – easy to pick up (and easy to pick up after)
  • Lively, funny, playful, affectionate
  • Usually peaceful with strangers and other animals
  • Sheds very lightly (often a good choice for allergy sufferers)
  • LOVES warm sunny weather
  • Usually lives a long time

The Bad

  • Physically fragile, requiring a great deal of supervision and monitoring
  • The fine line you need to walk with toy breeds, where you need to protect their safety, yet require them to stand on their own four feet and be well-behaved
  • "Separation anxiety" (destructiveness and yapping) when left alone too much
  • Notorious housebreaking difficulties
  • Frequent brushing/combing/trimming, or else regularly shearing the coat short (which looks really cute!)

Keep in mind that the inheritance of temperament is less predictable than the inheritance of physical traits such as size or shedding. Temperament and behavior are also shaped by raising and training.

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How big are Maltese?

According to the official breed clubs, Maltese are "supposed" to stand about 7-8 inches at the shoulder and weigh 4-7 lbs. But many individuals are smaller than 4 lbs (not good for overall health) and many individuals are larger than 7 lbs (safer, sturdier family pets).

Teacup Maltese? Tiny Toy? Micro Mini?

You might have heard those phrases associated with Maltese. For example, a breeder might tell you that "Toy" Maltese are a certain weight range, "Tiny Toy" Maltese are slightly smaller, "Extreme Tiny" Chihuahuas are smaller than that, etc. These breeders might even price their dogs according to weight, as if that should define a dog's value. And their prices are typically ridiculous.

Theses phrases are made-up marketing fluff, coined by savvy breeders who know that these cutesy phrases attract (gullible) buyers. Most of these breeders are irresponsible and their prices are typically ridiculous.

There is only one Maltese breed. There are no weight classes. Whether an individual weighs 2 pounds or 6 pounds or 10 pounds, he's still just a Maltese. Some individuals are simply smaller or larger than others.

Unfortunately, Maltese under 4 pounds are higher risks when it comes to health. Their bones are fragile. There is not enough room in their mouth for healthy teeth. Their internal organs are often weak and can fail suddenly. They tend to have difficulty regulating their blood sugar and can suddenly fall into hypoglycemic (low blood sugar) comas that can be fatal.

Responsible Maltese breeders never try to produce these tiny high-risk creatures. If a tiny one pops up in one of their litters, they do their best to find the best home that can keep it alive, yes, but they try hard not to produce them in the first place.

IRRESONSIBLE breeders, on the other hand, deliberately breed tiny, high-risk Maltese, because they can sell them for high prices to unsuspecting owners. If you reward irresponsible breeders by giving them your money, you are encouraging them to keep producing tiny, sickly, short-lived creatures.

Please be a responsible buyer and stick with Maltese who will mature at 4 pounds and up, who have the best chance of living a normal healthy life. In this way, breeders will be motivated to produce these sizes.

You can estimate whether a puppy will mature at 4 pounds and up by this guideline: if he already weighs at least 2 pounds at 10-12 weeks old, he should mature at over 4 pounds. It's not a perfect guideline, but it's usually close.

Look at the puppy's mother and father. If they're well over 4 pounds, their puppies are more likely to be, as well.

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How much exercise do Maltese need?

Not much outdoor exercise, but that's because they're so lively indoors and get most of their exercise running around the house.

So if you have an apartment or condo with no fenced yard, is a Maltese a good choice?

Well... honestly, I don't like to recommend any dog if you can't provide a safe fenced area so they can stretch their legs and run around a bit or do to the bathroom – off-leash.

You might be wondering if it would be okay to let your Maltese off-leash in that nicy grassy area beside your driveway. I would never do that – there are far too many dangers lurking for a dog of this size.

Along with physical exercise, your Maltese will appreciatemental exercise, where the dog gets to participate in interesting activities that keep his mind stimulated.

This might be a dog sport such as agility, rally obedience, or musical freestyle. It might be interactive dog toys, or a homemade obstacle course, or learning tricks, or playing games such as Hide 'n Seek.

Some of these activities are included in my training book, Teach Your Dog 100 English Words.

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Are Maltese easy to train?

Ah, that depends on what you want to teach them!

  • It's very easy to train a Maltese to do tricks and play games.
  • It's easy to teach a Maltese to be well-behaved and follow your household's rules and routines.
  • It can be a little more difficult to teach a Maltese to be quiet. All toy breeds can be quite noisy – it's a defense mechanism given their vulnerable size. Nonetheless, barking can easily get out of control. You must teach your Maltese not to bark excessively and to stop barking immediately when you tell him to. But this only works if you establish the right relationship between you and your Maltese, where you are the leader and he is the follower.
  • The hardest thing to teach most Maltese is housebreaking. As a behavioral consultant, I would put the Maltese on my Top 5 List of Hardest Breeds to Housebreak.

If you live in a cold or rainy climate, housebreaking will be especially difficult, because Maltese hate cold and wet.

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  • A COVERED potty area is strongly recommended.
  • Sometimes a doggy door is necessary so your Maltese can run outside the moment he feels the urge in his tiny bladder.
  • An indoor litterbox also works well for Maltese.

All of these housebreaking options are detailed in my puppy training book, Respect Training For Puppies.

Or see my advice on → dogtraining

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How sociable are Maltese?

Are they friendly with strangers?

Some Maltese are extremely friendly, while others are more standoffish.

Either type will bark when someone comes to the door. Your job is to teach your Maltese that some initial barking is fine... but that the dog must stop barking when you take over and go to open the door. This will only happen when your dog views himself as the follower and you as the leader.

This is covered in my dog training books.

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Are Maltese good with children?

I never recommend keeping a Maltese with children under the age of about 9, no matter how well-meaning the child.

Younger children cannot help being clumsy, and that a child "meant well" is little solace to a Maltese who has been accidentally stepped on, sat on, squeezed, hit with an errant ball, or dropped down the stairs or onto the concrete patio.

In addition, most Maltese feel overwhelmed by the loud voices and quick movements that children can't help making, and stress and fearfulness (even defensive biting) may be the result.

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Are Maltese good with other pets?

Maltese are generally peaceful and get along great with other pets in their own family.

But you should be careful about mixing them with larger dogs. If you want to try this, be sure you can read dogs accurately, and be sure the other dog is quiet, gentle, and well behaved. A big bouncy dog can hurt a Maltese by accident.

I would not mix a Maltese with a breed whose heritage is chasing prey animals. Maltese can look like prey animals, especially when they move quickly. This can trigger instinctive chasing behavior in breeds such as medium to large terriers, sighthounds, herding breeds, and northern (spitz) breeds like Alaskan Malamutes and Akitas.

With other dogs outside their own family, a Maltese might be friendly or not. Many toy breeds tend to pitch a fit when they spy a strange dog, especially a larger dog. Most likely they're blustering, trying to convince the larger dog that he needs to "move along" rather than having the toy dog for lunch.

This is an anxious state of mind for your little dog to live with. Better to teach him that you are the leader who will take charge of keeping other dogs away from him. Then he will be able to relax and leave everything up to you. That's the psychologically healthy and secure mind-set you want your dog to have.

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Grooming: do Maltese shed a lot? Are they easy to groom?

Maltese shed very little, but coat care is a major consideration with this breed. Without frequent brushing and combing and trimming, a Maltese becomes a matted mess.

The worst places for mats and tangles are behind the ears, in the armpits behind the front legs and the body, and on the chest, stomach, and groin. The legs and paws also need to be kept combed free of mats and tangles.

In addition, you should regularly clip around the dog's groin and anal area so they remain clean and sanitary when your little longhaired dog goes to the bathroom. Remember, anything that sticks to long hair (including waste!) eventually ends up on your furnishings.

Honestly, I recommend keeping a Maltese coat clipped short. You can do this yourself, or have a professional groomer do it. A sheared coat is more comfortable for the dog, it's always clean and sanitary, and it's so easy to brush and bathe. And it makes your Maltese look like an adorable puppy throughout his life!

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The only potential negative to a clipped coat is that some of the shed hair can more easily fall onto your floor and furniture. Whereas with the coat left long, the shed hairs get trapped by the long coat and only come out on your brush.

Either way, though, Maltese produce very little dander and are one of the few breeds tolerated by many allergy sufferers.

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Are Maltese healthy? How long do they live?

Maltese typically live 12-15 years.

But whether they actually make it to that age depends largely on YOU.

Like many toy breeds, Maltese are more prone to injury than to illness or disease. So whether a Maltese lives a long healthy life, or not, depends to a great extent on how careful you are to keep them safe.

Here are some of the injuries Maltese are vulnerable to:

  • Being stepped on – good Maltese owners learn to shuffle their feet forward and backward rather than stepping up and down
  • Choking on the tiniest objects – scan your floors frequently for anything that might have fallen
  • Being conked on the head by a dropped, thrown, or falling object

    Remember, a tiny creature can be seriously injured or killed by something that a bigger dog would barely feel.

  • Leaping or falling from a high bed or high-backed sofa, or through the open slats of a stairwell landing or a raised deck
  • Leaping from your arms. Some Maltese melt into your arms and stay there, but many are wriggly. They can be deceptive about it, too, apparently settling into your arms with contentment, then suddenly launching themselves through the air if you relax your grip. A fall from a few feet up, especially over a hard surface, can result in a broken leg or concussion. Hold on tight if you pick up a Maltese over concrete.

    Children should not pick up this breed. If an older child is trustworthy and your Maltese is calm and wearing a harness and leash, you can place her in the child's arms, but keep the leash short and under control. It's safer if children sit on the ground to hold and play with a Maltese.

  • Being accidentally jumped on by a larger dog
  • Being seized and shaken by another dog
  • Being grabbed by a great horned owl or an eagle (even a large hawk, if the Maltese is still a puppy)

    Owning a toy breed means constant supervision and surveillance of what's going on around your tiny dog. Outside of their own fenced yard, Maltese should always be kept under leash or arm control. Too much can happen to these little guys in the blink of an eye.

Re: illness and diseases, Maltese are most prone to:

  • dental disease – weak crooked teeth that form tartar as quickly as you can scrape it off; their mouth is too small to provide firm footing for healthy teeth
  • luxating patella – loose knee joints, which can require expensive surgery
  • chronic allergies that cause terribly itchy skin
  • eye diseases that cause blindness
  • collapsing trachea – a weak windpipe, resulting in chronic coughing
  • liver shunt – a severe liver condition that requires tricky surgery
  • heart diseases
  • epilepsy/seizures
  • eye diseases that cause blindness

Here is my complete list of health problems in Maltese.

See my advice on → keepingyourdoghealthy
(feeding, vaccinations, neutering, veterinarians, and more).

What colors do Maltese come in?

A Maltese is always solid white, or white with light tan or lemon shadings on his ears.

If you see someone advertising a "Maltese" as black or brown or any other non-white color, it's a crossbred Maltese, not a purebred Maltese. A crossbred means one of the pup's parents was a Maltese but the other parent was a different breed (one that comes in non-white).

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Maltese Puppies

If you already have a Maltese puppy....

Congratulations! I'll be happy to show you how to raise and train your new family member.

  • Take a peek at my best-selling puppy training book, Respect Training for Puppies: 30 seconds to a calm, polite, well-behaved puppy.
  • Or check out my training tips to teach your Maltese puppy to be well-behaved.
  • Also see my advice on Maltese health care, including feeding and vaccinations

If you don't have a Maltese puppy, but you want one....

I can help you with that, too.

Maltese are very common and easy to find.

But first, are you really sure you want one? Are you sure you can provide what this breed needs?

  • Someone home most of the day
  • No young children
  • No large, bouncy dogs in the household (safety issue)
  • Extra safety precautions – ongoing supervision and surveillance of what's going on around your Maltese, being careful where you step or sit, not allowing leaps from high places, keeping small objects off the floor, blocking all slats and gaps in fences and railings, etc.
  • An owner who will commit to crate training or litterbox training
  • An owner who won't treat the dog like an infant or doll by carrying him everywhere, laughing at bad behavior and barking, and making excuses for bad behavior instead of correcting it

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Or you can just hop onto Craigslist and buy a Maltese puppy from someone who "just breeds pets" or "just had one litter." But should you?

Not unless the seller has done the proper health certifications on the puppy's parents. One huge difference between a responsible breeder and an irresponsible "puppy producer" is – health certifications.

BOTH PARENTS of a Maltese puppy should have:

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  • a certificate from the Canine Eye Registry Foundation (CERF) – dated within the past year – certifying the dog to be free of eye diseases
  • a certificate from the Orthopedic Foundation of America (OFA) or PennHip certifying the dog to have normal knees

If a seller can't show you those certificates, the puppies are higher risk for health problems. You might choose to accept that risk. But then you need to be willing (and able) to pay a couple thousand bucks for future surgeries and lifelong meds if your Maltese ends up with glaucoma or crippled joints.

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How do I adopt a Maltese?

Adopting From Dog Rescue Organizations
Maltese (and Maltese crosses and mixes) are frequently available from Dog Rescue groups. Maltese may be turned over to Rescue because their elderly owner died, or due to their significant grooming needs or housebreaking problems or barking or "separation anxiety" when left alone.

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Adopting From Public Animal Shelters and Humane Societies
Maltese might sometimes be found here, although shelter personnel can be overzealous in labeling every small white longhaired dog as a "Maltese cross." Be aware that dogs can look like Maltese without having any Maltese genes at all.

Did you know there's a quick and simple DNA test that can tell you definitively which breeds make up any given dog?

What breeds are similar to Maltese?

The Maltese actually belongs to a "family" of related breeds. These kissing cousins are all similar in appearance and overall temperament.

They all need considerable coat care. They don't shed much. They make lively, playful companions. Unfortunately, they all tend to be slow to housebreak.

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Bichon Frise (bee-shon free-ZAY)

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Havanese

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Coton de Tulear (Ca-TONE duh TOO-lee-arr)

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Bolognese (bo-lo-NEES)

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LOWCHEN (the LOW is pronounced as in allow)

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The Yorkshire Terrier doesn't belong to the same family of breeds. But if you want a very small and light-shedding breed with more spunk than the breeds above, Yorkies are a nice blend of terrier and toy traits. You can clip the coat short for easy maintenance. Sadly though.... still very hard to housebreak!

About the author: Michele Welton has over 40 years of experience as a Dog Trainer, Dog Breed Consultant, and founder of three Dog Training Centers. An expert researcher and author of 15 books about dogs, she loves helping people choose, train, and care for their dogs.

FAQs

What are the bad traits about Maltese? ›

Other cons associated with the Maltese breed include difficulties that many Maltese owners encounter during housetraining. Not all small dog breeds have this issue. The Maltese breed can be difficult to housebreak. Excessive barking and separation anxiety are other cons to consider when selecting a Maltese breed.

Is Maltese a high maintenance dog? ›

Their coats are quite high maintenance and can easily become dirty and matted if they aren't tended to regularly. Because of their long bright white coat, they can develop some urine staining, this can be managed with regular washes using dog shampoo. Tear staining is also a common issue for Maltese Owners.

Do Maltese dogs bark a lot? ›

Though the Maltese may receive a pretty bad rep for being an excessive barker, in many cases this is no more so than the typical toy sized dog. And in addition, it may be a matter of needing to teach right from wrong. How you react to barking will play a huge role in a Maltese's continuation or ceasing of it.

Can Maltese dogs be left alone? ›

These small dogs that can be left alone include breeds such as Bichon Frise, Coton de Tulear, Maltese or Toy and Miniature Poodles.

How smart is a Maltese? ›

Maltese are very intelligent, and in centuries of being companions to humans they have learned how to get exactly what they want from their people. It is important to be consistent with their training.

Can a Maltese protect you? ›

Protective. Maltese are protective of their personal space and of their owners. Though they are generally patient and gentle, they will bark at people and dogs who get too close before proper introductions are made.

Are Maltese good house dogs? ›

The Maltese is a suitable indoor dog that thrives even in apartments and small confines. This breed can be difficult to housebreak, and they tend to be finicky eaters. Maltese are light shedders and are acceptable pets for most allergy sufferers.

How often should you walk a Maltese? ›

Frequency - This breed does best with two walks per day. Timing - Generally, a morning walk and an evening walk are best. Duration - The walk should last for a minimum of 20 minutes and up to 30 minutes is fine for most Maltese.

How long do Maltese live for? ›

Maltese Health Issues. Most Maltese will live well into the double digits, with a typical lifespan of 12-15 years. They are a generally healthy breed with few health concerns.

Do Maltese dogs sleep at night? ›

Older Maltese puppies from 6 to 11 months old sleep 14 to 16 hours in a 24-hour day and are working their way toward sleeping better and longer at night with fewer naps during the daytime. Adult Maltese dogs from the age of 1 to 7 years old sleep approximately 12 to 14 hours in a 24-hour day.

Why do Maltese lick so much? ›

There are six major causes of why your dog may obsessively lick [3]. These include: allergies, boredom, dry skin, hormonal imbalance, pain, and parasites. Allergies may be environmental or food-based.

Are Maltese hard to train? ›

The Maltese breed is extremely intelligent and relatively easy to train. Their energy level and eager-to-please personality make them excellent competitors in agility or other dog competitions. Some Maltese pups can be quite stubborn, however, so negative reinforcement training methods likely won't work on this breed.

How long can a Maltese hold its pee? ›

A young dog can hold their pee for up to 10-12 hours if needed, but that doesn't mean that they should. The average adult dog should be allowed to relieve itself at least 3-5 times per day. That's at least once every 8 hours.

Should you let your dog sleep with you? ›

So long as your dog is healthy, well-trained and isn't waking you up frequently in the night, feel free to let your pup sleep where they like. Whether or not your pup even wants to be in your bed might just be one of the things your dog wishes you knew.

How many times a day do you feed a Maltese? ›

Adults - Small dogs need to eat more frequently than their larger counterparts, so most adult Maltese will never do well with just one meal a day. Adult Maltese can continue eating 3 small meals per day or transition to two.

Do Maltese dogs have a favorite person? ›

These dogs can become extremely devoted to their favorite human companions, so it's important to make sure they are well socialized with all members of the household. This will help prevent them from becoming overly possessive of their favorite person and snappish toward other family members.

What are Maltese people known for? ›

The Maltese are by and large known for their friendliness and hospitality. English is widely spoken on the islands and many speak Italian as a third language. The Maltese have a strong sense of community and crime rates are among the lowest in the world.

Are Maltese stubborn? ›

Characteristics of the Maltese

Maltese tend to be very affectionate with their family. But their watchdog tendencies can make them somewhat defensive around strangers. They can be a bit stubborn when it comes to training, and they are a medium-energy breed.

Do Maltese like to be hugged? ›

They adore humans and like to be very close to them—either right underfoot, cozy in your arms, or cuddling in your lap. Because they like attention and closeness so much, they can be prone to separation anxiety.

Why does my Maltese follows me everywhere? ›

If your dog follows you everywhere then it's a sign that they trust and love you and that you make them feel safe. Following you very closely can be a sign that they're bored, they want something, they're feeling scared or are just being nosy.

Are Maltese loyal to one person? ›

The Maltese is an enchanting companion dog and they will happily live in a family; however, they bond closely to one person and are too small and gentle for noisy families with young and boisterous children.

Do Maltese ever calm down? ›

As a Maltese matures, he will calm down quite a bit and not be so hyper. Though, he will still be an alert, active dog. There are some elements that can cause a Maltese to seem lethargic with low energy levels or otherwise withdrawn. Changes to the household can trigger this, as well as issues with lack of stimulation.

Do Maltese need lots of attention? ›

Because they have a long history as companion dogs, Maltese require a lot of human attention and suffer from separation anxiety. If left alone for hours each day, they can bark and become destructive.

How often should a Maltese drink water? ›

How Much Water Should Dogs Drink. Most dogs should drink about 1 ounce of water for every pound that they weigh, every day. That means a 10-pound dog needs about two-thirds of a 16oz bottle of water daily.

What happens if you don't walk your dog? ›

And dogs who aren't getting enough exercise become something worse than couch potatoes. “If you're not walking your dog enough or providing them with enough playtime, they can become anxious or destructive,” says Dr. Sara Ochoa, DVM, a veterinarian at Whitehouse Veterinary Hospital.

How often should a Maltese dog pee? ›

Every so-many hours, based on age. Every 3 hours for a 3 month old, 4 hours for a 4 month old, etc. Before and after each daily walk.

What is the leading cause of death in Maltese? ›

Heart failure is a common cause of death of Maltese in their golden years, and 75% of the heart disease is caused by valve deterioration. A valve that regulates blood flow slowly becomes deformed so that it no longer closes tightly. Blood then leaks back around the valve and strains the heart.

Is egg good for Maltese? ›

Eggs are perfectly safe for dogs, Eggs are a great source of nutrition for your canine companion. They are high in protein, fatty acids, vitamins, and fatty acids that help support your dog inside and out. Remember that eggs are only as good as the chicken they come from.

How old is a 14 year old Maltese in human years? ›

14 94 - 14-years-old is the high end of this breed's expected life span, equal to 94 human yrs.

Can Maltese see in the dark? ›

Yes, dogs can see in the dark, but not in the way that you could see if you used night vision goggles.

What time should dogs go to bed? ›

Adult dogs sleep longer at night than puppies do — usually between 60% and 80% of the hours between 8 p.m. and 8 a.m. depending on their surroundings and their owner's schedule. However, daytime naps are still important for adult dogs, who may sleep for up to 37% of the day.

Where should Maltese puppy sleep? ›

Experts say that even the first night at home, your new puppy needs to sleep by himself on his own bed, not snuggled up to you like a favourite stuffed doll. Allowing your new pet to sleep in your bed will quickly become a learned habit, and one that's difficult to break when your dog decides it's your bed or no bed.

Why does dog follow you to bathroom? ›

If your dog follows you into the bathroom, it's likely a result of their animal instinct and pack mentality. Canines who do this are referred to as “Velcro dogs,” due to their desire to be attached to your side. They may follow you around, even to the bathroom, to protect a part of their pack.

Why does my dog put his paw on me? ›

Conclusion: Pawing means your dog wants your attention. If your dog puts their paw on you while you're spending time together, it's likely an expression of affection or the gestural equivalent of “pet me more!”

Why does my dog stare at me? ›

Just as humans stare into the eyes of someone they adore, dogs will stare at their owners to express affection. In fact, mutual staring between humans and dogs releases oxytocin, known as the love hormone. This chemical plays an important role in bonding and boosts feelings of love and trust.

Do Maltese get bored easily? ›

Living conditions for the Maltese

They are a very playful breed that can get bored if they do not get physically and mentally stimulated so it's important you take them on their daily walks and give them plenty of opportunities for playtime.

Which is better Yorkie or Maltese? ›

However, there are some behavioral differences between the yorkie and the maltese. The maltese is friendly and compassionate with people in their family, while the yorkie needs more time to warm up to people, both strangers or otherwise. Because of this, the yorkie makes a better watchdog than the average maltese.

How many times a day does a Maltese poop? ›

Times Per Day

In general, a dog should move their bowels at least once a day. Many will go two or three times a day on the regular, but if you're wondering how often do puppies poop, it's closer to five times a day.

Should I take away my dogs water at night? ›

As a rule of thumb, remove the food and water bowls about two-to-three hours before bedtime. So, if your lights-out time is at 11 p.m., a puppy should have no food or water after about 8–8:30 p.m. This gives you a chance to take him out for a one last potty break before settling in for the night.

How do I stop my Maltese from peeing in the house? ›

10 Proven Ways to Stop Your Dog from Peeing in the House
  1. Visit Your Veterinarian. ...
  2. Clean Up Accidents Properly. ...
  3. Spay or Neuter Your Dog. ...
  4. Train (or Retrain) Your Dog. ...
  5. Give Lots of Potty Breaks. ...
  6. Identify and Eliminate Anxiety Triggers. ...
  7. Calm the Excitement. ...
  8. Introduce New Things Carefully.

Can dogs watch TV? ›

Dogs absolutely can see TV, and many seem to enjoy it. There are a number of features about television shows that dogs find attractive. Some of these are visual, such as motion, while others relate to the sounds coming from the TV. Dog eyes are very different from human eyes, so they see things on TV differently.

Why do dogs want to touch you while they sleep? ›

As their pack leader, your pup sees you as their protector. So it stands to reason that he or she will want to stay right against the alpha for security and protection. Also, in a pack canines will sleep touching one another for warmth. Perhaps your fur baby just absolutely adores you, plain and simple.

Does a dog trust you if they sleep next to you? ›

Dogs choose to sleep where they feel most comfortable and at ease, so if your dog enjoys sleeping in your bed, or likes to snuggle up to you for a nap, they feel trust in you that they will be safe to do so.

What can Maltese not eat? ›

Look over this list of 16 foods that should not be eaten by dogs.
  • Chocolate.
  • Gum and candy.
  • Xylitol.
  • Grapes.
  • Raisins.
  • Macadamia nuts.
  • Avocados.
  • Onions.

What foods are Maltese allergic to? ›

In many cases, a Maltese who suffers from an environmental allergy may be prone to developing a food allergy as well. In most cases of food intolerance, an animal protein is to blame; usually, chicken or beef are primary causes, although some Maltese may be allergic to eggs, milk, corn, or soy.

What is the personality of a Maltese? ›

Weighing an average of 3-8 pounds, Maltese dogs thrive in apartments and smaller homes. They are affectionate, gentle, responsive, and trusting. Although they make for great family dogs with older children, they can be impatient and snappy with small or rambunctious children.

Can Maltese dogs be aggressive? ›

Maltese are not typically aggressive unless they're mistreated. They can, however, think of themselves as the alpha dog and try to dominate their owners if they're not properly trained. Their long history as revered companion dogs has made them experts at getting what they want.

At what age do Maltese puppies calm down? ›

Generally, most puppies will start to settle between 6 - 12 months, but as mentioned above there are a few other factors that can impact puppy energy levels.

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