Maltese Expert Advice

Trainer
“I have found the Maltese to possess a calmer, more predictable nature than many other small dog breeds. Overall, the Maltese has a mental stability that makes it a pleasure to be around and to work with.” – Al Breece, professional trainer from Johnstown, Ohio (from Popular Dogs: Maltese)

Veterinarian
Averaging just 4 to 6 pounds, Maltese possess small stomachs which can’t hold much food. Factor in picky appetite, and clearly, providing a food that is packed full of nutrients as possible becomes critically important. That means you’ll have to spring for a higher-quality food. – Susan Bertram, D.V.M of central Oregon (from Popular Dogs: Maltese)

Breeder
“Even though the Maltese is a toy dog, it should be as structurally sound as any bigger working dog. Toy dogs routinely go up and down stairs, jump on and off furniture – especially beds – go for walks or just race around the yard. They need four good legs, because they do much more than live in a lap – Vicki Fierheller, a breeder in Toronto, Ontario, Canada (from Popular Dogs: Maltese)
 
Grooming
The Maltese is one of those great breeds that doesn’t shed, which has advantages and disadvantages. Because they don’t shed, the hair remains on the dog waiting for the day you forget to take the brush out. The hairs begin to wind together, creating a nasty tangle. Forget to brush your buddy for two days and more tangles mysteriously appear. – Diana Mohler former grooming shop owner of Lake Elsinore, California (from Popular Dogs: Maltese)

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