Maltese

About

Maltese dogs are kind and polite, and they will confidently welcome strangers. They've been bred as friends for ages, and they're never happier than when they're sitting in their owner's lap. Maltese are not from Malta, despite their name. The term comes from a word meaning shelter or harbour in one of the Mediterranean languages, which also happens to be the basis of the name Malta.

Breed specifics
  • CountryMediterranean Basin
  • GroupUnknown
  • Size CategoryToy Breed
  • Average life expectancy12 Ė 15 years
Key facts
    • Playful
    • Affectionate
    • Sweet-tempered
    • Easy going
    • Lively
Pros
  • Easy to pick
  • Funny & Playful
  • Peaceful
  • Sheds very light
  • Lives long
Cons
  • Fragile
  • Separation anxiety
  • Notorious house-breaking
  • Frequent brushing

FAQs

Why does my dog eat poop?

This is a nasty one, especially if you see it and your dog subsequently wants to land a huge, sloppy kiss on you. From an evolutionary standpoint, dog mums consume their newborn puppies' faeces to keep the cave clean and free of scents that may attract predators. Some pups bring this tendency with them to their new home, though most grow out of it as the dog develops; nonetheless, if they aren't on a well-balanced diet or have digestive illnesses like as intestinal parasites or pancreatic disease, the behaviour may remain. Some dogs consume excrement because they are stressed, bored, enjoy receiving attention, even unpleasant attention, or to escape punishment. Some canines eat excrement just because they enjoy the flavour!

Why Do Dogs Sniff Each Otherís Butts?

Anal glands, which emit a foul-smelling liquid, are utilised for scent identification and branding. They can process odours with no perceptible odour, such as pheromones, due to their extensive olfactory system, which includes a component called Jacobsen's organ in addition to their nose. A butt sniff is the canine counterpart of a human handshake, allowing canines to recognise one another as individuals and distinguish sex, age, health variations, and social order. Dogs communicate using body language and physical signs as well; high, waving tails suggest contentment, whereas tucked tails indicate anxiety. When greeting other dogs, a waving tail might assist to distribute those chemical odours. Tails are important for balance and mobility, like as the swimming retriever's rudder-like tail or the whip-like tail of the sight-hound, which allows them to change direction in the blink of an eye.

Why Do Dogs Walk in Circles Before Lying Down?

Dogs had to create their own beds in the days before soft pillows. They constructed a comfy nest and chased away creatures like snakes by flattening the grasses and bushes for themselves and their young. Scratching adds a fragrance to their bed, which is released by tiny glands in their feet, further distinguishing the region as their own. While we have domesticated pets, some of these innate behaviours and useful anatomic traits are what make dogs such intriguing creatures!

Why Does My Dog Lick My Ears?

Dogs might develop an obsession with ear licking for a variety of reasons. All dogs, whether hairless Chinese cresteds or stocky Neapolitan mastiffs, are descendants of wolves, who are pack animals. Wild animals that live in packs or family units frequently have complicated social structures and, as a result, complex social behaviours. Grooming one another is frequently one of these acts that helps give the unit structure.