The Maltese is a cheerful, lively, and very devoted dog that can be characterised as an Intelligent, gentle, kind, and obedient breed. Being so responsive and friendly, it is a truly lovable little pooch. Because of its sensitive nature, strict words impact it very deeply. At the same time, it is a well balanced dog that rarely gets nervous and is very far from ever becoming aggressive. It is very loyal to its owner and family and does not like being left alone. This is not necessary, anyway, since due to its small size and excellent ability to adapt, its owner can take it with him or her practically anywhere. It is not suitable for being kept outdoors. It barks only when something seems to be out of the ordinary.
The Maltese is a very sociable dog that gets along perfectly well with other dogs, pets, and children alike. Its owner must pay special attention, however, to make sure that little kids do not play too wildly with it. It usually welcomes visitors with great enthusiasm.
Although its grooming needs are definitely not low, this breed still has a great advantage: it does not shed. Its coat is supposed to be long, reaching the ground, parted along the back. The long hairs on the top of its had are generally tied up with an elastic band. The coat has to be brushed through thoroughly every day and washed regularly. If we keep the Maltese “only” as a family dog, its hair should be trimmed from time to time to make grooming easier. Tear stains may occasionally develop under the eyes of Maltese dogs, which can be prevented by using the proper solution designed for this specific purpose.
Teaching a Maltese is relatively easy. It learns very quickly, especially if it receives consistent and unambiguous orders in a cheerful tone of voice, and if we also reward it for displaying the desirable behaviour. Since it reacts very sensitively to scolding, strict treatment, and the atmosphere prevailing in the home, it should never be trained with harsh methods.
The exercise needs of the Maltese are low, so it does not require long walks. However, if its owner loves walking, this lovely dog is happy to accompany him or her. We do not need to worry that our Maltese may escape since it does not like to lose sight of its owner. It behaves in an absolutely calm manner inside the home, that‘s why it can be an deal companion for the elderly.