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Maltese

Throughout the year Little Rascals UK often have Maltese puppies for sale. So, if you are looking into buying a Maltese please speak to us. We will be able to help you find your new Maltese puppy. If you have a long journey and are looking for a Maltese puppy near you “don’t worry”, why not use our delivery service.

Key Breed Facts

The Maltese breed is also commonly known by the names Maltese Lion Dog.

Lifespan: 12 – 15 years

Pedigree Breed Status: KC Recognised in the Toy Group

Height
Males 20 – 25 cm
Females 20 – 25 cm

Weight
Males 1.4 – 3.6 kg
Females 1 – 3 kg

Breed Characteristics

Size

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very small (2/10)

Exercise

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low (3/10)

Training

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average (6/10)

Shedding

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minimal (2/10)

Grooming

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medium (5/10)

Children

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below average (4/10)

Health

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good (8/10)

Cost to Keep

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average (5/10)

Being Alone

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short periods (3/10)

Intelligence

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average (5/10)

Introduction

These little white dogs hail from Malta where they were highly prized for their charming looks and independent natures.  Over the years they have found their way into the hearts and homes of many people.  The Maltese is a charming character and one that is extremely loyal and affectionate.  Despite their small stature, the Maltese is a larger than life character that’s a real pleasure to share a home with.

History

The Maltese is thought to be among the most ancient of breeds on the planet with records of them being found dating back 8000 years.  Although the ancient Greeks and Romans.  However, there are those who believe the breed is a descendant of a Spitz-type dog that was bred by people who lived in Central Europe. 

By the mid-1800s and early 1900s, breeders here in the UK thought the Maltese should belong to the Terrier group all thanks to their fearless and courageous natures. 

Between 1859 and 1873, there were twenty-four Maltese dogs registered in The Kennel Club stud book.  It was a time when Lady Giffard who was a huge fan of the breed, promoted these pure white dogs that boasted such silky coats and kind natures to other interested parties. 

Appearance

Maltese Dogs boast a superb pure white coat with some dogs having a lemon or orange tinge in them.  Their hair is long and luxurious which means they are quite high maintenance in the grooming department.  They don’t have an undercoat so they don’t shed as much as many other breeds making them a good choice for people who suffer from allergies although it is more the dander than hair that causes the allergy problem.

Maltese dogs remain very puppy-like in their looks for most of their lives which is another reason why these dogs are so endearing and popular with people throughout the world.  Their heads are rounded without being domed and they boast a well-defined stop with a broad muzzle and striking black nose.  Eyes are oval in shape and dark brown in colour with black rims which adds to their sweet appeal.

The Maltese has long, feathered ears that hang close to the head so the hair on them blends in with a dog’s coat at the shoulder.  In a nutshell, these dogs have short and compact bodies, well sprung rib cages and nice level backs from their withers right to their tails.

Temperament

Maltese Dogs are very alert and intelligent characters that boast sweet, fun-loving natures.  They are lively and yet very affectionate because they thrive on getting as much attention from people as possible.  Even as a Maltese gets older, their energy levels remain high which means these little dogs remain lively and playful right through to their golden years. 

They are the ideal choice for people who work from home or who spend a lot of time in the house, but the Maltese is not a good choice for people who are rarely at home because it would make for a very unhappy dog.

Intelligence / Trainability

Maltese are intelligent little dogs and they adore being around people.  Because they are always eager and willing to please, these little dogs are easy to train. 

Children and Other Pets

Maltese Dogs can be “snappy” around smaller children and toddlers which means any interaction between dogs and the kids has to be well supervised by an adult at all times. 

Health

The average life expectancy of a Maltese is between 12 to 15 years when properly cared for and fed an appropriate good quality, well balanced diet to suit their ages.

Maltese Dogs are known to be healthy little dogs and unlike many other pure breeds, they don’t seem to be affected by common illnesses that plague other dogs. 

Caring for a Maltese

As with any other breed, a Maltese needs to be groomed on a regular basis to make sure their coats and skin are kept in tip-top condition.  They also need to be given regular daily exercise to ensure they remain fit and healthy.  On top of this, they need to be fed good quality food that meets all their nutritional needs throughout their lives.

Grooming and Exercise

Maltese Dogs shed very little which means they are easy maintenance when it comes to grooming and keeping their coats looking smart.  However, it does pay to take them along to be professionally groomed from time to time.  Cleaning tear stains can be done using a clean, damp cloth being careful not to hurt a dog’s eyes in the process.

These dogs may be small in stature, but they are lively, energetic characters and therefore need to be given the right amount of daily exercise and mental stimulation for them to be truly happy, well-balanced characters. 

Feeding

If you have decided to get a puppy from Little Rascals we will provide you with a feeding schedule and it’s important to stick to it for the first few weeks after bringing a puppy home.  Puppies do a lot of growing during the first couple of years of their lives which in short, means it’s crucial for them to be fed a high-quality diet when they are young.

It’s best to feed a mature Maltese Dog twice a day, once in the morning and then again in the evening, making sure it’s good quality food that meets all their nutritional requirements. 

Average Cost to keep/care for a Maltese

If you are looking to buy a Maltese, you would need to pay anything from £600 to over £1500 for a well-bred pedigree puppy.  The cost of insuring a 3-year-old Maltese in England would be £20.27 a month for basic cover or a lifetime policy, this would set you back £41.22 a month (quote as of March 2016).  When insurance companies calculate pet insurance, they factor in a few things and this includes where you live in the UK and a dog’s age and whether or not a dog has been neutered or spayed.

When it comes to food costs, you need to buy the best quality food whether wet or dry, to feed your dog throughout their lives making sure it suits the different stages of their lives.  This would cost you between £30 – £40 a month.  You would need to factor in veterinary costs this includes their second vaccinations, their annual boosters, the cost of neutering or spaying your dog when the time is right and then their annual health check visits.

As a rough guide, the average cost to keep and care for a Maltese would be between £60 to £80 a month depending on the level of insurance cover you opt to buy for your dog.

For any advice on the best choice of puppy for you please call Little Rascals Pets on 01522 789191

 

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