A dog breed who’s gentle and fearless, the Maltese greets everyone as a friend. His glamorous white coat gives him a look of haughty nobility.
There are TOP 10 interesting facts about Maltese.
The Maltese is one of the oldest-known breeds of dogs, and is said to be over 2800 years old. The small dogs happily sat on the laps of the Ancient Greeks, Romans, and Egyptians.
2) Therapy Dog
At Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center in Florida, Riley the Maltese is helping people every day. He has been working as a therapy dog since 2009, participating in more than 400 therapy sessions. Dogs like Riley are a wonderful help at nursing homes, hospitals, disaster areas, and underprivileged schools. Petting an animal can reduce stress, encourage empathy, and decrease bullying (just to name a few of the many ways dogs can make our days brighter). Maltese make great therapy dogs because they’re loving and small, which means they can cuddle right up to whomever they're trying to help.
Don't let their small stature fool you — Maltese owners call them a fearless breed, eager to stand up for themselves and their owners against dogs (or people) of any size!
4) Rich Dog
The wealthiest Maltese pooch is named “Trouble”. He was the much-loved fur child of billionaire New York City Hotelier, Leona Helmsley (aka The Queen of Mean) and when she died back in 2007 she bequeathed an estimated $12 million of her fortune to the care and comfort of wee Trouble.
The Maltese isn’t a very large breed of dog. In fact, they will usually weigh around four to six pounds (approximately two to three kilograms). They will also reach a height of around six to nine inches (approximately fifteen to twenty five centimeters).
6) Royal Dog
These lap dogs were a hit among royalty; queens especially would cherish these pooches, feeding them out of gold dishes. The dog's likeness has been found on ceramics and other pieces of artwork in Egypt and in Greece, where owners would construct elaborate tombs for their deceased canines. Publius, the governor of Rome in the first century, had a little Maltese named Issa that was endlessly spoiled. Her likeness was captured in a painting and the poet Martial wrote a poem praising her beauty. Queen Elizabeth I and Mary Queen of Scots both had and adored their little Maltese pups.
It’s important that if you own a Maltese you exercise them on a daily basis. A daily walk would suffice. On occasion you could also take your Maltese to a safe area where you can let them off the lead to run around freely.
Over the course of its existence, the breed has had a number of different monikers. Some include comforter dog, Maltese lion dog, Maltese terrier, Melitaie dog, Roman ladies' dog, shock dog, and the Spaniel gentle.
Sporting a thick coat of hair instead of fur, these little dogs don’t shed. Instead, they need occasional haircuts to keep their mops in check. Their white tufts are hypoallergenic, making them great for families with allergies.
Maltese have profuse coats, meaning they need a lot of attention. To keep their fur silky and white, they need to be brushed daily. Most non-show owners prefer to keep their dogs in a puppy cut to avoid having to constantly groom them.