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About Maltese dogs

Updated on November 11, 2014
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Hope Saidel is co-owner of Golly Gear, a bricks-and-mortar and online shop featuring fun, affordable and practical small dog products

Maltese are perfectly delightful companions!

According to the American Maltese Association: "It would be really difficult to find a more charming breed than the Maltese. Their intelligence and out-going personality make them a joy to own and their beauty attracts many admirers. Although the Maltese is a toy dog, this small breed is full of delightful personality with a zest for life. Their small size makes them easy to manage and they fit in with nearly anyone's lifestyle - from simple apartment living to being a world-wide traveler with a glamorous owner such as Elizabeth Taylor! The Maltese is happy to be your companion - ready to play and take walks or curl up in your lap."

Our shop,, specializes in products especially for small dogs. We've gotten to know quite a few Maltese and we understand completely why people can be totally devoted to these delightful dogs!


Maltese aren't for everyone

Delightful as Maltese may be in the right situation - it's not an "easy" breed or one for every situation.

Generally speaking, Maltese are not ideal companions for young children and many breeders and rescues will not permit adoptions to families with or planning children. Because of the dogs' diminutive size, it can become fearful and protective around loud noises and sudden movements. Early socialization is crucial for a Maltese to become comfortable around strangers, other dogs, and situations outside the home.

Maltese also require quite a bit of grooming. While pet dogs may not need, or their families want, the long, flowing coat of a show dog, Maltese fur still requires regular brushing and maintenance. Because this is a single, not double-coated breed, Maltese can get quite cold in the winter, and suffer sunburn in the summer.

An ancient breed

The earliest representation of a Maltese was found on an amphora dated to about 500 B.C. and the breed is believed to be descended from a spitz-type dog from Scandinavia, perhaps mixed with equally ancient breeds from China or Tibet. The first mention of these dogs on the Mediterranean island of Malta dates back to the 1st century A.D.

Regardless of origin, the Maltese has always been a companion dog, and while its size may have been reduced by selective breeding through the centuries, Maltese have always served as excellent companion dogs.

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      AustriaChick 6 years ago

      loved all the pictures! Of course, all maltese are wonderful ... just ask Houdini Clarke, my 8 year old "fur" boy!

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      GoPoochYourself 7 years ago

      Great lens! I have a Maltese named Tiffany. She's 5 years old and I can't imagine life without her. You can read more about her here

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      Hope 8 years ago from Skokie, Illinois

      I completely understand your pain - but as a wise friend once told me "You can't make your pet's death more important than his life." We can't replace our beloved companions, but love is infinite and there's room for another love!

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      Delia 8 years ago

      nice lens...5* last dog was a Maltese, I have not been able to get another dog it's too painful for me...