About Maltese Puppies

About MALTESE Puppies

This ancient breed of a puppy has been known by a variety of names throughout the centuries. It is called the "Canis Melitaeus" in Latin. Apart from that, it is also known as the " ancient dog of Malta", "the Roman Ladies Dog", "the Maltese Lion Dog", and the "Bichon" amongst other names. The Kennel Club settled on the name "Maltese" for this puppy breed in the 19th century. This breed is available and for sale in Illinois.

Originally, the Maltese is thought to have been a descendant of a Spitz type dog and was selectively bred to obtain its small size. Evidence would further show that the breed originated in Asia and is related to the Tibetan Terrier breed. But its exact is unknown up to the present. There were writers who actually believed the puppy breed made their way with the migration of nomadic tribes. The breed could have been used for rodent control before it gained paramount importance among the breeders and dog owners or pet lovers.

The breed was recognized in 1888 by the American Kennel Club. As an FCI breed it was recognized under the patronage of Italy in 1954 and the latest standard in 1964.

The Maltese breed is characterized by its slightly rounded skulls with a finger-wide dome and black nose that is two finger-widths long. It has a very long hair and very dark eyes surrounded by darker skin pigmentation called a "halo" making a Maltese appear to have expressive looks. They were bred to be cuddly companion dogs and they thrive on love and attention. It is a devoted breed to its master. The puppies are also good at learning tricks. They are bold and quick to sound an alarm in case of suspicious noises. They do well with other non-canine animals like cats and even other dogs. Further, they also love to play outdoors and some like to jump in puddles.

Generally, the Maltese breed is a good dog for apartment life. It would need a daily walk for its regular exercise to avoid display of behavior problems. For it life span, it can live for 15 years or longer and they remain playful even if they are old. Note that they should be kept out of the damp. For their grooming, daily combing and brushing of the long coat should be done gently. Their eyes should be cleaned daily to prevent stain so as their beards.

For more information on the Maltese puppy breed, Please visit AKC at www.akc.org/breeds/maltese