Learn about the temperament and personality of the Maltese. Discover what he's like to live with, his traits and characteristics and how he generally behaves. And look at lots of Maltese photos.

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Maltese Temperament

The Maltese is a best friend and an accessory, all in one. They will surely attract attention from everyone you meet. The Maltese is an ideal companion, as they are so gentle and affectionate. They are sensitive and responsive and love to cuddle. They will want to be by your side at all times, and will demand to go with you wherever you go. They love to go for walks and rides. These funny little dogs are lively, playful, and entertaining. They have no idea how small they are, and they are fearless. That's why they need you to protect them. They will sound an alarm when someone is at your door, but as soon as you invite that someone in, the act is over. Maltese love children, but because they are so small, they are easily injured by a well-meaning toddler who thinks he's just discovered the world's best stuffed animal. For this reason, many breeders will not let a Maltese go into a home with children under the age of 7. They get along well with other dogs and pets. Maltese are devoted companions with a contagious zest for life.

Maltese Training

The Maltese is moderately easy to train. He learns new commands at the average rate. He is neither difficult nor easy to train.

Maltese Shedding

The Maltese sheds practically no hair at all. You'll virtually never find a hair in your home!

Maltese Grooming

Pet coat (less work): Cut his coat short every few months and then it only needs to be brushed every so often.
Show coat (more work): Professionally groom his coat to the breed standard. Brush it daily.

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