Meet the ‘Aristocrat’: Maltese Dog Breed Info

Interested in getting a Maltese? You most likely have plenty of questions about this breed, like how much work does it take to maintain their coats? Do they make a good family pet? Are Malteses easy to train? Are Maltese barkers? Get Maltese dog breed info and answers to these questions and more.

Does the Maltese Dog Breed Bark a Lot?

Like all dogs, Malteses bark; it’s their way of communicating. While vocalization is a good thing, and you can’t completely eliminate your dog’s barks, constant barking is not good for his health or yours and it needs to be addressed. Unfortunately, if your dog is a Maltese, you may have your work cut out for you because this breed is prone to excessive barking. This is especially true if they feel deprived of attention and exercise. The obsessive barking can be directed at anything such as outside noises, visitors to your home, or cars driving past. If you find your pet is barking merely for your attention, it’s time to take control with some training.

How to stop Maltese from barking?

To ensure Maltese training is successful, you need to exercise your Maltese every day. A regular routine that mixes physical exercise with mental stimulation will tire her out and decrease the barks (this is true with most any breed of dog).

Whatever method you employ for dog training, you and everyone in your household must be committed — time, patience, and consistency are key.

What triggers your Maltese to bark? Can you eliminate the triggers? If not, can you distract her? For example, if your Maltese reacts when visitors come to call at your home, plan a walk before their arrival. This will wear your pet out enough that she will be less likely to bark and jump upon your guest’s arrival. You can also distract her when visitors come to call, with a toy or a treat.

Once you’ve identified triggers, we recommend using the BarxBuddy ultrasonic training tool and the train, treat, repeat methodology for dog training, which we describe in our guide to (stopping) barking dogs. The sound from the ultrasonic device interrupts their barking. You follow that up with firm voice commands (quiet, stop), praise, and treats. Although it can be frustrating to hear your Maltese bark constantly, never use harsh corrections or yell, as this may confuse your Maltese and cause him to bark even more.

Make sure everyone in your home knows the method you’re using to correct your dog’s behavior. Otherwise, if you’re the only one training him, your Maltese will learn to not bark around you and bark like crazy when other household members are around.

Learn more about training devices for dogs

Facts About Maltese 

Maltese are known for their luxurious white coats. They are affectionate, happy, and friendly; however, Maltese can be intolerant of other dogs and small children, so they aren’t a great pet choice if you have little ones. The small stature of this breed makes them easy to injure. Maltese enjoy being pampered and spoiled. Such catering can cause this breed to be stubborn and difficult. Although Malteses are full of energy, they only require occasional exercise, like a daily walk or romp around the house, to stay happy and healthy.

  • Size: The average height range for Maltese is 7-9 inches, the average weight is under seven pounds.
  • Life expectancy: The average lifespan of a healthy Maltese is 12-15 years.
  • Coat: The Maltese coat is long, straight, and silky.
  • AKC group: Maltese breed belongs to the AKC toy group.

Are Malteses Easy to Train?

It depends. While they are eager to please, they have an independent streak that can make training a bit challenging. Maltese, afterall, do know how to get whatever they want from their humans. This breed responds well to positive reinforcement, aka plenty of praise and treats. However, it’s important not to feed your Maltese too many treats, because they can have issues with obesity. Physical corrections or harsh treatment aren’t necessary and may send a Maltese into defense mode, proving your training session useless.

Do Malteses Need Grooming?

Maltese don’t shed much and are a good pet choice for allergy sufferers. To maintain the Maltese coat, it’s necessary you brush and comb it every day down to the skin. This brushing will help prevent tangles and matting. Your pet’s coat length and level of outdoor activity will determine how often you need to bathe your Maltese. The longer the coat and the more active your dog, the more often you will need to bathe him, possibly every week. A high-quality conditioner is suggested to help maintain the coat’s silkiness and to prevent flyaways. Don’t forget to keep your pet’s nails trimmed with the proper tools, like the BarxBuddy nail clippers. Frequent tooth brushing is also necessary to protect your Maltese’s overall health and well-being.

What If My Breed Is a Maltese Mix?

Maltese are a popular choice for designer dog breeders. Although the coat of a Maltese is all white, a mix is likely to have any number of shades. Since a mixed breed inherits traits from both parents, a Maltese mix can result in all kinds of cuteness. It also might bring an increase in shedding so it’s important to consider the physical and personality traits of both parents.

Here are some popular Maltese breed mixes:

  • Cortese — Maltese + Pembroke Welsh corgi
  • Havamalt — Maltese + Havanese
  • Malchi — Maltese + Chihuahua
  • Mal-Shi — Maltese + shih tzu
  • Maltichon — Maltese + bichon frise
  • Maltipom — Maltese + Pomeranian
  • Maltipoo — Maltese + miniature poodle
  • Mauxie — Maltese + dachshund
  • Mauzer — Maltese + miniature schnauzer
  • Morkie — Maltese + Yorkshire terrier
  • Papitese — Maltese + papillon
  • Sheptese — Maltese + German shepherd
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