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Maltese Breed Information

Maltese was originally developed in Italy. This breed was bred from poodle and miniature spaniel. Maltese was recognized by American Kennel Club in the year 1888. They are small in size and is covered with silky and long hair. They are fine boned and are very compactable. They have round skull, with muzzle which tappers towards the end. Their ears are low hang, in the shape of a pendant. They ears are covered with soft curls. The body of this breed is covered with soft and silky coat. They are available in ivory as well as white colour. The Maltese are very playful and also cheerful. They are generally gentle and are also very calm in nature. They are quick learners and very easy to train. They are a great choice as companion dogs. They are very loving and also affectionate. They are generally calm around other household pets. They can easily develop eating disorders; hence you should be careful with their diet. They can be very sensitive towards harsh treatment; hence they should be trained by calm but firm owner. If not properly trained they can be very destructive in nature. The average height and weight of a male Maltese is 21 cm to 25 cm and 3 kg to 5 kg respectively. The average weight and height of a female Maltese is 20 cm to 23 cm and 3 kg to 5 kg respectively. They are perfect pets for apartments. They can easily adjust even without a yard. But you should be careful that they are provided with their daily exercise. They are very playful, and hence and off the leash play is recommended for the breed from time to time. Grooming is very important for this breed. They should be softly combed or brushed daily. Their eyes should be cleaned from time to time in order to avoid staining in them. They should be bathed regularly and then warm dried afterwards. The major health conditions affecting this breed are, eye infections, sun burns, skin allergies, slipped stifle, and also respiratory problems. The average life expectancy of this breed is 12 years to 15 years.

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