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Info On a Maltese    Can someone hook me with on some info the breed Maltese?

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rockston
05/22/2008
02:04:59 AM
Maltese
Maltese is a small breed of white dog belonging to the toy group and Poodle. The Maltese does not shed, their hair is compared to carpet & they are extremely lively and playful. Never leave children alone with a Maltese. These dogs are highly excitable and can easily be hurt by children. They have a life span of about 15-20 yrs. Maltese do not require much physical exercise, although they should be walked daily to reduce problem behavior. They enjoy running and are more inclined to play games of chase, rather than play with toys. That's all I have to say about this breed.
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ashley
05/23/2008
10:25:29 AM
Info On Maltese
A Maltese is a small breed of white dog belonging to the toy group and Poodle. The Maltese does not shed and is covered from head to foot with a mantle of long, silky, white hair. Their hair is compared to carpet. An ancient breed long associated with the island of Malta, it has retained its distinct appearance for millennia. They are very lovable and often get along well with other dogs. Tear stains make red circles around their eyes, though, so their coat should be carefully taken care of.
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jessica
05/23/2008
10:28:14 AM
Temperament of Maltese Breed
The Maltese can be a handful for owners unprepared to deal with their energy. Maltese are also notoriously difficult to housebreak and often need to be box or paper trained rather than trained to "go out". If consistent, these dogs can be housebroken. However, be prepared to take the dog out around 11 times per day for around two weeks straight. This also may require to get up at around 4:30am to begin the first outing of the dog. Maltese should not be around aggression as they will relate to it and show aggression towards you.
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albertrulezz
05/23/2008
11:13:54 AM
How to care a Maltese
Maltese have no undercoat, and have little to no shedding if cared for properly. Like their relatives Poodles and Bichon Frisé, they are considered to be largely hypoallergenic and many people who are allergic to dogs may not be allergic to the Maltese. Daily cleaning is fully required as Maltese would then get tear-staining.
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jesash
05/23/2008
11:23:27 AM
Information on Health of Maltese Breed
The Maltese is generally a healthy breed with few inherent problems. The most significant issue for Maltese is their dental health. Maltese have notoriously bad teeth and it is not uncommon for animals to begin losing teeth at the age of 8 or 9.

There is also an inclination toward heart ailments, which usually surface around the 10th year. These might include a prolapse valve syndrome, or an enlarged ventricle. These conditions can be life threatening, but are manageable through medication.
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sophia
05/23/2008
11:29:49 AM
More Information Of Maltese Breed
The Maltese is a hardy little companion dog with a luxurious silky white coat hanging straight to the ground on each side of a center part line. The coat is single, with no undercoat, and should not be wavy, curly or kinky. It should be made of shiny, thick, heavy hair which is about 8½ inches (22cm.) long. The color is pure white, although light ivory is acceptable.
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sophia
05/27/2008
09:08:32 AM
Activity
The Maltese does not require a high level of exercise. They are suitable for apartment or condominium living. They enjoy a daily walk, indoor play sessions, or a romp and run in a secured small yard. The Maltese loves to be social, so a play date at the park is always welcomed. They must be supervised and securely leashed.
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sophia
05/27/2008
09:10:50 AM
Winter Walks
Maltese love to walk, day or night, winter, summer spring or fall, even in the rain or snow. If you plan to walk when the weather in inclement you should consider investing in a sweater and/or raincoat for your Maltese. Tiny doggy boots are also available to protect little feet in extreme conditions. As if a Maltese was not adorable enough on their own they are probably even more adorable with their sweaters on. And their sweater or raincoat will help them enjoy their frequent excursions.
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sophia
05/27/2008
09:16:35 AM
Not A Playmate For Small Children
Maltese are definitely entertaining little characters and with their love of people and small size many children are naturally drawn to them. While they may look like a stuffed toy they are not. Maltese can break -- if you have children that wish a dog to ruff house with, to roll and play with on the floor you may wish to consider a different breed. Because of their delicate bone structure they can easily break bones falling off chairs, tables and when caught in the middle of pile of overly zealous children. Many reputable Maltese breeders will not sell puppies to families with children under six or seven years of age.
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ashley
05/27/2008
09:19:27 AM
Sunshine and Fresh Air
Sunshine is good for the overall health of your Maltese. All dogs need to go outside daily for fresh air. If you don't have a fenced yard or exercise area a walk around the block on his leash will give him his needed daily outside exercise but caution must be taken as the Maltese is such a friendly fearless little dog, he meets no strangers and could be hurt by an approaching larger dog who is not so friendly.
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ashley
05/27/2008
09:23:45 AM
What Can You Expect From A Maltese
Your Maltese will constantly want be your companion. He will be happy sitting by you side while you read a book or watch television. But he will also like to accompany you wherever you go. They enjoy a walk with their owners and a trip in the car is always welcome. Maltese make good watchdogs and will sound alarms when a stranger comes to the door. But once welcomed into the home everyone is his or her friend. Phrases known to many are that "they will kill you with their kisses" or "they would go home with strangers". Maltese despite their diminutive size are a very hardy dog. Compared to many breeds they are quite free of genetic or congenital medical problems. Your Maltese will live well into his teens and you can expect him to be his same playful and mischievous self for most of those years.
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albertrulezz
05/27/2008
09:27:34 AM
Living with a Maltese
The Maltese is a very special sort of dog, with the spirit, heart and loyalty of a much larger animal contained in a very small body. Anyone who has become acquainted with a well bred member of this breed has a respect and affection for its attributes and its history. This spirited little breed is very intelligent, sensitive and responsive. Most of all they are extremely loving.
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albertrulezz
05/27/2008
09:33:46 AM
Getting along with other pets
Maltese because of their lively personality get along well with most other animals in the household. But do remember that your Maltese will probably be the smallest of the animals and you may need to supervise a rambunctious larger dog more closely when playing with a Maltese. Maltese are also with out fear regarding these larger dogs. On a lead in a strange environment a Maltese will more often than not have no fear approaching the larger dog. Do be careful as this larger dog may not return the affection.
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albertrulezz
05/27/2008
10:16:41 AM
Pet Maltese Should Not Be Bred
Many people, when they first become aware of this lovely breed, soon come to the conclusion that it would be a wonderful idea to buy a female puppy and raise litter from her in the future. The main objective would be to gain a hefty profit. Before you think of this think about the following: it is nearly impossible to make money breeding dogs. There are so many things that can do wrong and the heartbreak associated with this is not easy. Many times Maltese females cannot deliver their puppies on their own and may require a cesarean section, if the female survives the anesthesia her milk may be scarce, the puppies may then need to be raised by hand requiring around the clock feedings every three hours. If your female is your only Maltese and she survives and is able to raise her family she will be busy with them for nearly two months and you are no longer the center of her attention. Your faithful companion now has other interests. Are you willing to give up the companionship of your Maltese for that period of time?
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jessica
05/27/2008
10:24:01 AM
Housebreaking Concerns
The key to good house habits is consistency by the owner. The puppy should, if he must be left alone, not be expected to refrain from relieving himself. When the puppy is in the main part of the house, the owner should be present. When the puppy wakes from a nap, he should go outside and be praised when he relieves himself. Watch the puppy for sniffing and circling in the house, this probably means he is looking for a place to go. Take him outside and again praise. If you catch him too late, "in the act", do not spank him but scold him slightly and take him outside or to a place that he is allowed to potty. Soon the puppy will go to the door and "ask" to be let out. Praise the puppy for this action. A crate is a handy tool for housebreaking. Most dogs do not like to relieve themselves where they sleep and this teaches some control. Do remember that a puppy does not have a great deal of control and use the crate only for short periods of time. When he comes out of the crate, he should be immediately let outside and after he relieves himself, allowed to play in the house.
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jessica
05/27/2008
10:28:08 AM
Take Your Maltese With You
Maltese as adoring little companions love to travel with their owners. The easiest and safest way for your Maltese to travel with you is in his crate. If you will be going on a trip for an extended period of time remember to take a few of his favorite toys, his food and water dishes, a collar and leash and his food. Taking some of your home water along in a bottle can eliminate diarrhea that may be caused by changes in water. Alternatively you can use a squeeze of lemon in the water to help with problems of water away from home. Don't forget you doggy first aid kit and any medications he may take.
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jesash
05/27/2008
10:31:00 AM
Caring For Your Older Maltese
Modern veterinary medicine has made tremendous strides in protecting and repairing the health of family companions, and pets are living longer than ever before. Like people, pets go through life stages of growth, maturity, and aging. The passage from one stage to another is often blurred, and owners must be on guard to recognize the signs that their Maltese is getting old. A Maltese may easily live to be 15 years old or more. A strong, healthy dog will probably age later than a dog that is stressed by disease or environment early in his life. Dogs that are spayed or neutered before six months of age ordinarily live longer than dogs that are kept intact.
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jesash
05/27/2008
10:32:21 AM
Letting Go
One of the most difficult decisions to be made in any pet owners life is the day when one realizes their Maltese has lost its zest for life, its pains and tribulations are too much to bear. Euthanasia is never an easy decision. Sometimes it just makes sense to let go.
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