Maltese FAQ’s

Maltese FAQ‘s

What is the Maltese breed known for?
The Maltese breed is known for their small size, long silky white coat, and charming personalities. They are often described as loving, affectionate, and loyal companions.

What is the average lifespan of a Maltese dog?
Maltese dogs typically live between 12-15 years, but with proper care, some can live even longer. Providing a healthy diet, regular exercise, and regular vet check-ups can help ensure a long and happy life for your Maltese.

How big do Maltese dogs get?
Maltese dogs are typically small in size, weighing between 4-7 pounds and standing about 8-10 inches tall at the shoulder.

Are Maltese dogs hypoallergenic?
Maltese dogs are often considered hypoallergenic because they have hair instead of fur. While no dog is truly hypoallergenic, Maltese dogs produce less dander than some other breeds, making them a better choice for people with allergies.

Do Maltese dogs shed?
No, Maltese dogs do not shed, they need hair cuts just like humans, making them a good choice for people with allergies. Long coats requires regular grooming to prevent matting and tangles, most people prefer a “puppy cut” style grooming for easy maintenance.

Are Maltese dogs good with children and other pets?
Maltese dogs are generally good with children and other pets, but as with any breed, proper socialization from a young age is important. They are playful and affectionate, but may be easily overwhelmed by rough handling or loud noises.

How much exercise do Maltese dogs need?
Maltese dogs are small and active breed that enjoy regular walks and playtime. They don’t require as much exercise as larger breeds, but they still need daily physical activity to stay healthy and happy.

Do Maltese dogs have any health issues?
Maltese dogs are generally healthy, but like all breeds, they can be prone to certain health conditions such as hypoglycemia, dental problems, luxating patellas, and eye issues. Regular veterinary check-ups and a healthy diet can help prevent potential health issues.

How can I groom my Maltese dog?
Maltese dogs have a long, flowing coat that requires regular grooming to prevent mats and tangles. Daily brushing and regular baths are recommended, as well as regular trims to keep their coat looking neat and tidy. Additionally, regular dental care and nail trimming are important for their overall health.

Are Maltese dogs easy to train?
Maltese dogs are intelligent and eager to please, making them relatively easy to train. Consistency and Patience is key. Positive reinforcement training methods work best with this breed.

Are Maltese dogs good for apartment living?
Maltese dogs are well-suited for apartment living due to their small size and low exercise requirements. However, they are social animals that crave companionship, so it’s important to provide them with plenty of attention and stimulation.

Do Maltese dogs bark a lot?
Maltese dogs usually only bark to alert you to something. They make great watchdogs, but early training can help curb any potential barking issues.

Can Maltese dogs be left alone for long periods?
Maltese dogs are sociable and do not like to be left alone for long periods of time. They thrive on companionship and may experience separation anxiety if left alone for extended periods. It’s important to provide them with mental stimulation and company to prevent any behavioral issues.

How much should I feed my Maltese dog?
The amount of food your Maltese dog needs will depend on their age, size, activity level, and metabolism. It’s important to feed them a high-quality diet and monitor their weight to prevent obesity. Consulting with your veterinarian for personalized feeding recommendations is recommended.