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Basic characteristics

Country/Region of Origin:                                                            Italy
Trainability:                                                                                 Easy
Size:                                                                                          Small
weight:                                                                                       2-4Kg
Energy level:                                                                               High
Exercise needed:                                                              20min/daily
Color:                                                                                        White
Protection:                                                                              Medium
Shedding:                                                                                    High
Area needed:                                                                             Small



Additional information (Wiki): Maltese are bred to be cuddly companion dogs. They thrive on love and attention. They are extremely lively and playful, and even as a Maltese ages, his or her energy level and playful demeanor remains fairly constant and does not diminish much. Some Maltese can occasionally be snappy with smaller children and should be supervised when playing, although socializing them at a young age will reduce this habit. The Maltese is very active within a house, and, preferring enclosed spaces, does very well with small yards. For this reason the breed also does well with apartments and townhouses, and is a prized pet of urban dwellers. Maltese have a bad reputation as yappers.

An Australia-wide research project (but not in Tasmania) in conjunction with RSPCA found owners likely to dump their Maltese terriers, citing their tendency to bark constantly.

Maltese have no undercoat, and have little to no shedding if cared for properly. Like their relatives Poodles and Bichon FrisÚ, they are considered to be largely hypoallergenic and many people who are allergic to dogs might not be allergic to the Maltese (See list of Hypoallergenic dog breeds). They make very good friends with different breeds especially the lhasa apso. Daily cleaning is required to prevent the risk of tear-staining.

Regular grooming is also required to prevent the coats of non-shedding dogs from matting. Many owners will keep their Maltese clipped in a "puppy cut," a 1 - 2" all over trim that makes the dog resemble a puppy. Some owners, especially those who show Maltese in the sport of conformation, prefer to wrap the long fur to keep it from matting and breaking off, and then to show the dog with the hair unwrapped combed out to its full length.

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