Maltese are known as “The Diminutive Aristocrat”
from author and A.K.C. judge Vicki Abbott. They love to run and play and are
very good at agility competitions. Maltese think they are big dogs when
they are out in the yard. They can be very vocal or just lay in your lap and
sleep. They are a small dog ranging from the standard of 4 to 7 pounds.
They are not large boned but are not fragile like some other toy breeds.
They do like to be spoiled and think they are entitled, bringing into focus the
aristocratic nature of this breed. Maltese though hardy and playful are
gentle in nature. They are always white and have hair not fur making them more
desirable for being a non-shedding dog. Some books say the average life span is
15 years, but most people that have experience with the Maltese will say it is
better put at 17+ years. I personally know that The Countess Maki’s last
Maltese known as Dolly lived to be 21 years old. I had the privilege of
placing one of our puppies with her this last year. Maltese are very loving and
loyal and are a breed that do well with children, as well as with other dogs.
They do require faithful grooming. They love the attention so bathing and
grooming are generally enjoyed by the Maltese. These are just some notes to
inform you why they are one of the most popular dog breeds of today. TIP:
I use PROCLAIM Spray on Glosser after bathing our Maltese to help detangle
and also lightly mist them before any brushing. It has a very pleasant
scent and can be purchase at any beauty supply company like Sally’s Beauty