Maltese dog breeds are said to be one of the oldest breeds in the toy category of dog breeds. They are small in size but are very charming, gentle and loves to play. Maltese breeds are very famous for their floor-length silky white coat which makes them look a showstopper. They can grow up to 8 inches tall to 10 inches tall and generally weight not more than 7 pounds. The Maltese breeds are very intelligent breeds and can become very attached to their people. If you live in an apartment, then this dog breed will be very much suitable for you. They are also very quick learners and can learn to do many tasks if they are given rewards such as treats or praises when they show effort. The average lifespan a Maltese dog breed can have is 12 to 15 years long.
Origin and History of Maltese Dogs
As already mentioned above, Maltese dog breeds are one of the oldest dog breeds and their history can be traced back at least two eras. The Maltese breeds are seen in many arts, poems, and stories about the culture of Egypt, Rome, and Greece. In a certain time, many Egyptians believed that Maltese breed had an ability to cure diseases of people. Due to this belief, they used to place them on a pillow of the ill person. This practice gave them the of “The Comforter”. Though there are a lot of places that mentioned Maltese kind of dogs, the origin of the dog is still not certain. Many people also believe that Maltese was originally created in Isle of Malta in the Mediterranean Sea. On the other hand, some people say that the Maltese breeds were created in Italy. Few people also believe that Maltese was neither originated in the Isle of Malta or Italy but it was actually created in Asia. They also say that the Maltese have a huge part in developing a lot of small-sized Asian dogs.
During the early 17th century, Maltese became very popular among nobilities and royalties. However later in the same century, the Maltese breed almost became extinct when people tried to breed them to make them the size of a squirrel. But when it didn’t work many people tried to save the breed by breeding them with Asian Miniature dogs, miniature spaniels, and mixed poodles. In 1950, the Maltese were registered in the American Kennel Club.
The recommended amount of food to feed your Maltese is ¼ to ½ cups of high-quality food which you can try dividing into 2 to 3 meals a day. This amount is not necessary for your dog and is just an average amount. The actual and correct amount of food will depend on how your dog is i.e. their age, body, weight, size, activity level and metabolism as well. If your dog is very active or you take them on walks regularly then you should probably give them a little bit more food so that they don’t become weak. Otherwise, you can give them a bit less if they are always laying around in your home. However, if you see or feel bones of your dog when you pet them or touch them then you should increase their food amount. You should also keep in mind that your dog can eat as much as you give them and will overeat when given the chance. So you should calculate their food and also limit their treats if necessary.
Maltese are very intelligent dogs and are very eager to please their people. However, they can also become stubborn during training so crate training is recommended. Also, to prevent your dog from developing separation anxiety while you leave them in their crate, you should buy some fun toys for them to play in their crate. You should also continuously encourage them while their training by praising them whenever you can and also giving them their favorite treats whenever they do the task correctly. If you are a first timer then you should probably first look at some dog training video so that you get some ideas of how you can train your dog. Respect training is also recommended for Maltese. In this training, you must teach your dog to stop doing things when you say “no”. If you are having a very hard time training your dog, then you can easily hire a professional dog trainer as well.
The average price to adopt a Maltese breed dog is £150 to £500. The price can also differ depending on location, season, breeder or from where you are adopting your dog. If you adopt the Maltese from a reputed breeder than the price may be more than from any local breeder. Also depending on the season the breeder may increase or decrease the price of the dog. Suppose in the season where many people have holidays the price increased as many people tend to adopt a dog during their vacations.
The average number of babies a Maltese can give birth to is 2 to 5. However, it is still normal if a Maltese give birth to just 1 puppy or 6 or more puppies. Generally, Maltese can be pregnant from 63 to 65 days. During this time, you should carefully take care of your dog. When your dog is pregnant, their appetite may increase so you should not hesitate to feed them more than usual. Usually, the appetite increases 20% to 30%. You should also calculate the days of pregnancy. If your dog passes 65 days of pregnancy then you should take them for a checkup to their vet.
Diseases and Their Cure
Reverse sneezing is not a very serious condition and goes away itself after a few minutes. This condition occurs when your dog eats or drink very fast or becomes very excited. Other causes can be some irritant or also some kind of pollen in the air.
White Dog Shaker Syndrome
Suited to the name, the white dog shaker syndrome is a very common disease among white dogs. This syndrome is not painful or harmful for your dog however if you see the symptoms of this condition then you should talk to the vet and do a checkup of your dog. The symptoms are lack of coordination and quick eye movements. This syndrome can also be caused if your dog becomes very excited.
Patellar Luxation is a condition where the knee joint of your dog slides out of place. The term Patellar Luxation literally explains the condition as Patellar means kneecap and Luxation means dislocation of a bone or joint. This condition can be very painful for some dogs while some can live normally. If you see your dog in pain then you should take them to the vet.