Thinking about getting a Maltese dog and how perfect it would be for your family? Choosing the right breed of dog is something that should not be taken lightly. Before making this very important decision, find out more about the Maltese dog breed and how to go about finding the right dog breed for YOU.
Instead of just listing the characteristics of Maltese dogs, I surveyed thousands of real Maltese dog owners to get the scoop on what it's really like to have a Maltese dog in their family.
Already have a Maltese dog? Feel free to participate in these polls and let others know exactly what it's like bringing a Maltese into your family!
Thousands of real Maltese dog owners were asked to describe their dogs with one word. Playful, friendly, and energetic topped the list followed by smart and loyal. If these are the characteristics you're looking for in a dog, you may be choosing the right breed of dog by getting a Maltese.
Since smart and energetic dogs can sometimes equal trouble, I'd advise you to take advantage of this dog obedience training course.
What words best describe YOUR Maltese? Vote in this poll!
According to real Maltese dog owners, potty accidents followed by barking top the list of common Maltese dog behavior problems.
Thinking of bringing a Maltese into your family? First decide how you will handle these potential problems. Of course all these problems can be fixed or completely avoided if you know what to do. Get started off on the right foot with these great Maltese puppy training resources.
What are YOUR Maltese puppy's frustrating behaviors? Vote in this poll!
When asked what their dogs' health, real Maltese dog owners have all agreed that eye stain is the most common of all Maltese health problems. A few have had dental problems, but most haven't had any health problems with their Maltese.
Before bringing a Maltese dog into your home, read up on Maltese eye stain and ways to effectively treat it for a happy and healthy Maltese.
Has YOUR Maltese had any health problems? Vote in this poll!
According to most Maltese dog owners, their full grown Maltese dogs weigh anywhere from 5-8lbs. This is close to the favored 4-6lb weight range of AKC Maltese champions. Although some tiny Maltese are under 5lbs, only a few are over 10lbs.
With this in mind, expect a small dog. Maltese are sometimes fragile and do best with older children.
Currently have a puppy now? Find out how big your puppy is going to get using our puppy weight chart.
How much does YOUR adult Maltese weigh? Vote in this poll!
Maltese dogs need quite a bit of attention in the area of grooming. Most owners groom their Maltese once a day or at least twice weekly.
Their long, white hair needs brushing and trimming. Maltese also tend to have issues with dog eye stain, which can be remedied with daily grooming.
How often do you groom YOUR Maltese? Vote in this poll!
Although Maltese do tend to need alot of attention with grooming and love, they are happy to just run around the house and don't necessarily need daily walks.
Running around the house or in a yard is what a majority of Maltese dogs owners do to give them exercise. This is perfect for people who are older or disabled, as they don't need to do much physically with a Maltese.
How much exercise does YOUR Maltese get? Vote in this poll!
By far, most Maltese owners bathe their dogs once per week. This should give you an idea of how often a Maltese needs to be groomed. Their hair is long and white, so Maltese dogs can get dirty pretty fast.
How often do you bathe YOUR Maltese dog? Vote in this poll!
Dry food is definitely the preference when it comes to feeding Maltese dogs. Close behind is the combination of wet and dry food.
Not many people feed their Maltese raw or homemade dog food, but if you have a little bit of extra time, it's easy to make your own dog food.
What type of food does YOUR Maltese usually eat? Vote in this poll!
Can you believe that most Maltese dog owners let their dogs sleep in bed with them? I can! It's easy to see why... Maltese dogs are both small and cuddly, the perfect bedtime companion.
Some people utilize a crate for a good night's sleep for their Maltese. Only a few Maltese dogs are sleeping on the couch or floor. These are some pampered pups!
Where does YOUR Maltese usually sleep at night? Vote in this poll!
Thinking a Maltese dog is a good fit for your family?
Read below to find out where to get your forever friend!
Most Maltese dog lovers get their Maltese from a private breeder. Some find their forever friends from Maltese dog rescues or even a pet store.
Let's get those rescue numbers up! Would you please help me educate other dog lovers on finding their precious pets from rescues? There are lots of beautiful Maltese dogs for adoption and even Maltese puppies for adoption.
Where did you get YOUR Maltese dog? Vote in this poll!
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