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Maltese Dog Breed Information | Kellyville Pets

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Thinking of getting a Maltese? Get all the information you need in our dog breed guide to see if a Maltese is the right dog for you.

Fast Facts:

How long will my Maltese live? 12-16 years

What will my dogs energy levels be like? Low

How big will my Maltese grow? 4-9kg 

Will a Maltese be suitable for my family? Maltese are suitable for most families

What size housing is recommended for my Maltese? A backyard is not essential

Maltese Temperament

The Maltese is an affectionate, boisterous and playful breed. They generally do well in any type of home and are quite happy around children as well as other dogs and pets, given they have been properly socialised as a puppy.

They are a clever breed, however training them requires patience and consistency on the owners behalf. Being a smaller breed, the Maltese can become fairly vocal. It is important to teach them from an early age that unprovoked barking is not okay. If it is an issue that develops it is essential that it is dealt with before it becomes a habit. It is also important to remember not to ‘baby’ small breeds like the Maltese, as they can become bossy and demanding - believing they are the top of the hierarchy in your home.

Maltese Health Issues

Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA): A group of retinal degeneration diseases that worsens over time and can lead to impaired vision or even blindness. 

Eye Discharge: Due to a having shallow eye sockets, tears can spill out and stain lighter coloured fur. Although this is more a cosmetic issue, it is important to regularly clean the affected area.

Dental Problems: Dental diseases are a very common issue, and they generally start with a plaque and tartar build up, which can then cause a variety of problems for your dog. If it is not addressed it can lead to periodontal disease and in more serious cases, kidney and liver diseases.


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CARE GUIDE © Copyright 2016 Kellyville Pets - All information found in this care guide is based upon our own experience. The information provided is not the only information available. In any medical situations,  you should always consult your vet, including questions regarding your pet's diet.