They are small, white and also very cute. It is not for nothing that the Maltese are a popular dog breed. There is more than enough to learn about these cute dogs. Are you looking for fun facts? Then read these top 10 facts about the Maltese.
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They have had many different names
Today everyone calls the Maltese by the same name, but it has been different. Over the years, this dog breed has worn many names. For example, this breed used to be called the Melitae, but also “the classic dog from Malta”. The Roman female dog, the Spanish gentle, the bichon, the Maltese lion and the Maltese terrier are also all names used for the Maltese.
They are good therapy dogs
The ancient Egyptians already believed in the healing qualities of Maltese. These dogs were therefore placed on the bed of a sick person so that he could cure the disease. Today we know that the presence of a dog does not solve all problems, but the Maltese are still a much-loved therapy dog. They are ideal for calming patients or students and giving them confidence.
It has been an official breed since 1888
As said, the Maltese has a long history, Aristotle wrote 370 BC. all about the dogs. They are also the progenitor of the many little white dogs we know today, think of the Yorkshire, the Bolognese, the Havanese, and the Bichon Frisé.
The FCI (Worldwide Dog Association) recognized the breed in 1888. And now, all these years later, it is still a popular dog breed. That has everything to do with their fine character. They are loving, playful, charming and also have a very beautiful coat. Unlike many other dog breeds, the Maltese only comes in one color: white.
They are your friend for life
Thanks to their sweet nature, Maltese attach themselves very quickly to their owner. That lays the foundation for years of friendship. The dogs usually reach an average age of twelve to fourteen years. A few Maltese are known who have reached the age of eighteen. When you bring these sweet animals into your home, you will enjoy them for years. For this reason, it is wise to take out animal insurance at a young age. The younger the dog when closing, the lower the premium.
They are friendly but also vulnerable
The personality of the average Maltese can best be described as social and playful. They like to make new friends and enjoy playing with other dogs. At the same time, they are also very vulnerable animals. They are very small, so they quickly get injured when children play with them a little too wildly. Most breeders, therefore, choose not to sell their Maltese to young families.
They are hypoallergenic
Do you suffer from a dog allergy, but would you prefer to have a sweet dog in your house? Then the Maltese is a perfect choice. These dogs do not have an undercoat, so they lose much less hair than other dog breeds. Maltese coats can get very long, but most owners choose to trim the hair.
We are not sure if they are from Malta
It is certain that the Maltese has been around for centuries, but we don’t know exactly where this breed originated. It is often thought that the dogs originated on the island of Malta, where they are descended from spiers and spaniels. Other people think the dogs are originally from Italy. There is also a theory that the Maltese was first found in Asia, where he descended from the Tibetan lion dog.
They were threatened with extinction
Dog lovers cannot imagine a world without the Maltese. Yet this dog was almost extinct. That happened in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, when breeders tried to make the Maltese even smaller. The goal was to breed the dog as small as a squirrel. This made many dogs sick and the breed nearly died out. The Maltese was then crossed with poodles and spaniels to save the breed.
High risk of hereditary disorders
As is the case with all dog breeds, the Maltese also suffers from many hereditary disorders. This has everything to do with intensive dog breeding. They often have ear infections, the beak is too small and they often suffer from dental abnormalities. Many Maltese also suffer from “patellar luxation” or a loose kneecap, a problem that is common in small dog breeds and is very expensive to suggest. Do not forget to take out dog insurance when you bring a puppy into your home.