Maltese Puppies: Cute Pictures And Facts - DogTime
The Maltese is one of the oldest and most adorable of the toy breeds. Clever, soft, and cuddly, it is no wonder why Maltese puppies are becoming more and more popular as pets.
As you can see in the pictures above, Maltese puppies sure are cute! But you need to make sure you’re ready before you bring one home.
And, as always, remember that you can find just about any breed of dog from a shelter or rescue near you. You can even check DogTime’s adoption page and search by breed and location. Adopt! Don’t shop!
Thinking about adding a Maltese puppy to your family? Here are a few things to know about puppies of this breed.
1. They’re Easily Influenced
Maltese puppies are like sponges; they will soak up whatever behaviors or moods you convey to them. This means that if you baby them, you might have a puppy who grows into a dog with separation anxiety issues.
On that same note, if you properly train and socialize your Maltese puppy early on, you will have an obedient, happy pup.
Maltese puppies are fairly easy to train, given their smaller size and their quick minds.
2. They’re Generally Peaceful
Maltese puppies generally have great temperaments. They get along with other dogs, cats, and especially their human family.
Some lines of Maltese can be a little more cautious and shy, and it’s easy to see why, given their tiny stature.
Socialize your Maltese pup early on to help prevent the onset of anxiety around strangers.
3. They’re Ancient Royalty
Maltese puppies were originally bred thousands of years ago to be companions to royalty, hence their luxurious, white coats. The likes of the Maltese breed have been discovered on ceramics and other pieces of artwork from Ancient Greece and Egypt.
In modern times, they still seem to have this royal flair. Back in 2007, the Maltese dog Take Trouble had a net worth of $2 million. Yes, you read that right. When real estate developer Leona Helmsley passed away in 2007, she left 12 million bucks to her pooch in her will.
Take Trouble’s inheritance was cut down to $2 million by the government, and she lived in style until her death in 2011.
4. They’re Good For Allergy Sufferers
The Maltese is a breed that has a thick coat of hair as opposed to fur, which means minimal to no shedding. They are considered a hypoallergenic breed.
Although they don’t shed, their coats do require some maintenance and can get long and unruly without regular grooming.
Also, keep in mind that no breed is completely, 100 percent allergen free, so severe allergy sufferers must still beware.
5. They May Be Small, But They Have Hops
Despite their tiny frame and lack of wings, Maltese puppies seem to have the ability to fly. They have crazy hops and love to spring up on couches, beds, and right into your lap.
While they can jump like nobody’s business, it’s important to keep an eye on them during their acrobatic endeavors to make sure they don’t jump from too high and hurt themselves.
Remember, you can find just about any breed of dog you are looking for at a shelter or rescue!
Would you adopt a Maltese puppy? Do you know any other facts about these cute pups that we missed? Let us know in the comments below!