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This all-white dog has silky hair instead of fur, which makes him more tolerable for allergy sufferers. Maltese love to be pampered, cuddled and held in arms. They are gentle, affectionate, and easy to train. Buy healthy, purebred Bichon Maltese puppies direct from ethical breeders. Shipped worldwide with a 10 year health guarantee. We have male and female puppies. Simply select below to buy Bichon Maltese puppies.
The Bichon Maltese (also known as “Bichon Maltiase”) is the oldest toy breed in Europe, native to the Mediterranean island of Malta, a former trading port. The first written evidence of Maltese Bichons dates back to the XNUMXrd century BC. Over the centuries, this breed has been known by many names, including the "Shock Dog", the "Maltese Lion Dog", "Spaniel Gentle", "Comforter Dog", "Roman Ladies Dog" and my favorite, “Ye Ancient Dogge of Malta”. The name "Maltese" was not given until the XNUMXth century. The origins of the breed are unknown; he can descend from the Spitz or from an Asian breed such as the Tibetan Terrier. Maltese may have been used to hunt rodents before their regal appearance became paramount. In any case, the little white Maltese remained isolated on the island of Malta for centuries and therefore remained faithful to reproduction. Eventually, they were exported throughout Europe and became popular with the upper class, supposedly including Mary, the Queen of Scotts, Josephine Bonaparte, and Marie Antoinette.
The Bichon Maltese has a shoulder height of 20-25 cm (8-10 in). Maltese have a domed skull, round dark eyes surrounded by a dark "halo", a large black nose, and low ears covered in long hair. Some people have a “winter nose” that turns pink in winter; the color change may be permanent in older dogs. The Bichon Maltese carries its tail on the back and to the side and has small round feet.
The Bichon Maltese has a distinctive long, white, silky coat with no undercoat. Some have cream or lemon colored ears. Maltese does not moult and is ideal for allergy sufferers.
The Bichon Maltese is eager to learn, fearless, friendly and sociable. Its high energy level can overwhelm new owners who are not prepared for it. Maltese Bichons are not prone to excessive barking, but their tendency to bark at suspicious activity makes them excellent guard dogs. They love to cuddle, but don't demand too much attention.
Maltese easily become friends with other dogs and cats, even larger ones. Maltese puppies can be too playful for small infants. Maltese Bichons will bark in the presence of strangers but will quickly get used to them.
The Bichon Maltese requires a bit of grooming, from daily brushing and combing to special lotions to remove tear stains (careful brushing with a hot metal comb will also work). Dead hair should be brushed, as the Maltese does not shed. Irritating hairs around the eyes should be removed. Some Maltese animals are cut in a "puppy cut" that is 1 to 2 inches in length over the entire body for easier maintenance. Some show dogs are "wrapped" to prevent the formation of fur rugs. The Maltese Bichon has a lifespan of 12 to 14 years, although some live up to 18 years. Most are healthy, but some are prone to heart problems such as prolapsed valve syndrome and enlarged ventricle, which usually start around the 10th year and can be controlled with medication. Many Maltese Bichons have dental problems. They can start losing teeth at the age of 8 if not properly cleaned. Maltese are prone to sunburn where their hair falls out. They cool easily in cold climates, but can also quickly become overheated because they do not easily dissipate heat.
Encouragement rather than harsh words should always be used when training Maltese Bichons. They are very sensitive. Maltese are very difficult to train and may require paper or cage training.
The Bichon Maltese does not need a lot of exercise. He can have his needs met through games and indoor activities and enjoys playing chase. Maltese are well suited to apartment living.
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