The Maltese has remained a dog breed of distinction - highly esteemed and quite sought-after. Towards the late 1800s, the Maltese was introduced to the US and was officially recognized by the AKC in 1888. The breed has remained relatively popular to this day.
About the Breed:
The Maltese is just one of many dogs thought to be hypoallergenic dog breeds. However, because of its coat type, routine grooming is an absolute necessity. The Maltese should be brushed out thoroughly every 1-2 days and haircuts are typically necessary every few weeks.
Like all dogs, the Maltese can benefit from basic obedience training. The breed is smart and therefore a quick learner. Some feel that the Maltese has an endearing stubborn streak and can be a little on the vocal side.
An active little dog, the Maltese should get daily exercise. The breed is a brave and joyful toy dog, making it a wonderful companion for most households. The Maltese is also rather gentle, making it an appropriate choice as a pet for most children (specifically older kids).
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