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Maltese temperament, personality, training, behavior, pros and cons, advice, and information, by Michele WeltonDog Trainer, Behavioral Consultant, Author of 15 Dog Books. 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 This curious, quick-moving sprite doesn't need much outdoor exercise, but he does enjoy dashing around your fenced!
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 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. 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. 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. Get your book today. A healthy dog is a happy dog, so buy your copy today. According to the official breed clubs, Maltese are "supposed" to stand about inches at the shoulder and weigh 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. 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. 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 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. Not much outdoor exercise, but that's because they're so lively indoors and get most of their exercise running around the house. 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 appreciate mental 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. If you live in a cold or rainy climate, housebreaking will be especially difficult, because Maltese hate cold and wet.
All of these housebreaking options are detailed in my puppy training book, Respect Training For Puppies. Either type will bark when someone comes to the door. Your job is to teach your Maltese that some initial barking is fine This will only happen when your dog views himself as the follower and you as the leader. I never recommend keeping a Maltese with children under the age of about 9, no matter how well-meaning the. Younger children cannot help being clumsy, and that "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.
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.
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! 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! 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. 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.
Remember, a tiny creature can be seriously injured or killed by something that a bigger dog would barely feel. Children should not pick up this breed.Malta naughty reviews
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