Is Maltese a Good Family Dog?
With beautiful flowing locks and petite frames, the Maltese makes for a perfect lap dog. Outgoing, playful and hardy, these pups are perfect for any home. So, is Maltese a good family dog? Let us show you all the things that make these animals great for your family.
Bred to be a companion
The Maltese breed was a favourite among the ancient Greeks and Romans almost 3000 years ago. They were initially bred as companion pets to wealthy aristocrats. Roman noblewoman loved them so much they would carry them around in their robes wherever they went!
Centauries later, the Maltese became popular among American families too. They have been a staple at dog shows since the first Westminster dog show in 1877 when they were known as Maltese Lion Dogs. Today, the Maltese ranks #37 on the list of AKC's most popular breeds.
The Maltese was born to be a companion. They are loving, outgoing, and cuddly. They enjoy spending lots of time in the laps of their family. If you decide to go with a Maltese, just be sure to choose a good breeder who invests in early puppy education. These smart dogs are active and bold and will take a stand at anything they perceive as a threat, so poorly socialized Maltese may bark a lot! How you raise your Maltese will be a big factor in how they turn out.
Note a Maltese does not like to be left alone for more than a few hours. They tend to express their anxiety through destructive chewing and barking.
While Maltese dogs have lots of energy, their small size means they are perfect for family walks. They will get ample exercise relatively easy. Going for a walk once a day is ideal, but time playing inside the house or outside will also meet their needs!
Because they are so smart, friendly, and loving, Maltese dogs are easy to train and really good family dogs. Despite their tiny size, these tough toy dogs are naturals at agility which makes a great way to bond with your pet.
The Maltese is easily adaptable to different spaces. They love small confines and would be comfortable in a town house, house or apartment! Regular bathing and grooming is recommended in order to prevent matting. They are light shedders and acceptable pets for those who are allergic.