There are many well loved and cherished dog breeds in the world today, and preference differs all across the globe between dog lovers and dog owners alike as to which dog is the best to have as a pet in general. One of these breeds that has definitely made its mark on the hearts of many is that of the Maltese dog breed. Often seen featured in dog shows as one of the top competitors, the Maltese is known for its beautiful long white fur, playful and affectionate personality, and many other features and traits that it exhibits on a daily basis. There are often many who don’t realize that they Maltese, however, is more than just a snooty show dog, and that is why we are her. In this article, we are going to count down the top twenty facts that you may or may not have known about the Maltese dog breed, and why they are still so popular among dog lovers and owners today. With that said, let’s get started with our count down:
1. Their Origin Story
The Maltese dog breed is actually said to have originated on the small island of Malta, which is located in the Mediterranean Sea, though the majority of researchers often locate the origination of the breed to somewhere in the central Mediterranean region of the world. This breed is one of the oldest breeds that is in existence today, as it has had references that trace back all the way to about 500 B.C. It has also been stated that Aristotle was actually the first person to make any sort of reference to the breed, and he referred to it as the Canis Melitaeus. Since then, the breed itself has made its way all across the globe, even being part of many royal families and empires throughout its long history. Although this breed has had some changes throughout the course of its history, it is still most certainly one of the cutest toy breeds that is in our society today.
2. They Are Often Fearless
As we will get to later in this article, the Maltese is a dog of amazingly sweet personality. They are always on the go, always energetic, and always eager to meet new people and discover new things. This can be a blessing and a curse at the same time, as this makes the breed utterly fearless. This is why it is so important to keep a watchful eye on your pup, as they will have no problem walking up to any creatures, even if they risk a potential danger or putting themselves in harm’s way. It is good to remember that, even with a fenced in back yard, it is best to stay outside with your dog while they are doing their business or just exploring in the grass.
3. They Typically Don’t Shed
Allergy sufferers, you can take a huge sigh of relief, as the Maltese is one of the better dog breeds that you can bring into your home if you are allergic to dog dandruff and fur. The Maltese, although sporting a long, silky, white coat in some cases, does not shed whatsoever; This is because the breed does not have an undercoat lying beneath their long white hairs that cover their body, which makes them less likely to shed throughout the home in general. This can also help with grooming as well, although it is best to brush or comb through their fur at least once or twice a week to keep the tangles and snarls at bay. It is also good to bring them into a groomer every once in a while to trim the hair that forms around the face, so that they can at least see where they are going, right? If you don’t want to dedicate time to the hassle of having to bring your Maltese to the groomer for a cut, you can easily trim their hair at home as well.
4. They Are Powerful Jumpers
As we said before, the Maltese dog breed is one that is fearless, and loves to explore and discover. They also have an intense energy, that when combined with their agile physique, allows them to be excellent jumpers in general. Although they seem little and dainty when simply lying on the couch, these dogs will do whatever it takes to jump and get where they want to go. This can mean jumping from object to object, jumping off of higher ledges or other high spaces, and leaping out of your reach and the comfort of your hold without a notice whatsoever. It may also be good to keep your special belongings and precious keepsakes out of the reach where they could make their way, just as a forewarning!
5. The Puppy Cut
While there are quite a few Maltese pups out in the world who keep their coats long and luscious (almost skirt like), especially those that are often competing in dog shows, the majority of families choose to give their dog what is known as the “puppy cut”. This cut often includes significantly trimming or even shaving your dog so their hair is an inch or less in length. When the fur is cut, there are some Maltese puppies that can have curly white hair develop, especially around the ears, but this is typically not quite common for the breed in general.
6. They’ve Had Many Different Names Throughout The Years
While they are strictly known as the Maltese today, the dog breed itself has had quite its fair share of nicknames throughout its history as a dog breed. Some of the names that have circulated in various generations have included the Maltese Lion Dog, the Melitaie Dog, the Maltese Terrier, the Spaniel Gentle, the Roman ladies’ dog, and a few others as well. These various nicknames, obviously, have very different origin stories, but we are glad they have shortened it to the Maltese today.