Top things you should be aware of before getting a Maltese

Maltese is one of the most precious little pups you’ll ever have the pleasure of owning. This precious little dog is so pretty that no one would blame you for bringing it home with you. And while it’s fantastic that you found a canine companion of your own, it’s not a good idea to take a dog home with you just because of its looks. In this case, you shouldn’t take a Maltese home with you unless you all the proper information about them. What to expect when you bring them home and what to expect as a general rule and what life will be like once you’ve officially become a dog owner.

People who have already owned pets in the past and know what to expect as a general rule and others are thinking about adopting their own Maltese as their first canine pal. Honestly speaking, Maltese can be some of the sweetest pets for those who are getting their first dogs. But that doesn’t mean that you should adopt one without first becoming knowledgeable on the ins and outs of owning a Maltese.

We’ve decided to break it down for you and give you all the key facts that are going to make the process much easier. The more you know, the better prepared you are to take care of that pupper once you’ve decided to bring them home. Here are some things you should know about the Maltese before you adopt one of your own.


Maltese is one of the longest living breeds, more than a decade on average. Meaning that you’ll have to be ready to have a dog that is going to live alongside you for a very long time. This point is one of the most important parts you need to understand about this particular breed. When you adopt one, you have to care for it for the rest of their life. Another thing to be aware of is that this breed should stay inside and supervised quite often as possible since it’s small and it could be attacked by bigger animals.

Health problems

Due to being a small breed, Maltese often suffers from all sorts of health issues, such as itchy skin conditions caused by chronic allergies. The constant scratching will make them lose their minds and possibly you as well. Maltese are also known for being afflicted with knee joint problems requiring expensive surgery. Other health issues that plague the Maltese include eye disease that can lead to blindness, bladder stones, heart disease, and epilepsy.


This is a very loving breed of dog, This is the kind of information you should become aware of because you have to know what to expect from the dog. It’s got tons of energy, and it’s very affectionate with owners who take care of them. They love to spend time with people and it loves to be the center of attention. It’s not a dog that barks much nor is it loud, but is definitely a very friendly pup.


Without frequently brushing or combing its fur, the Maltese will become a matted mess. For an easier time, it’s recommended you keep the Maltese coat sheared short. This way, it remains neat, sanitary, and comfortable for the dog, so easy to brush and bathe. The best part is that it makes your Maltese look like an adorable puppy for the rest of its life.


For such a small breed these dogs can be quite fearless. This is something you will have to keep an eye out for if you ever go out on a walk, even if you think 5 minutes in your fenced yard without supervision is a good idea. It’s very courageous, so it has no problems walking up to random strangers or animals much larger than it. That is why you should always keep an eye out so they don’t get into trouble with something much larger.

They enjoy exercise

This particular breed of dog has medium energy, according to the American Kennel Club. Although, this is a breed that does enjoy to exercise and it does love to be outside. Meaning, if your the type that goes out on walks then make sure to bring your dog alongside. If now you can let them run out in the yard for a bit so they can burn off some energy and gain some exercise throughout each day.

Lap Dogs

With an average weight of 7 pounds, the Maltese are definitely a lap dog. If you are searching for a small dog that you can sit on your lap and be very close to you, this is the breed you should adopt. It’s not one that will want to do much away from your presence, and it’s going to want you home as often as possible. This is not to say that you can’t go outside and go to work or generally have fun, but it’s a dog that will need to be occupied and entertained when you are gone so that it doesn’t become bored to tears. They tend to express their unhappiness through destructive chewing and barking.


Too many people adopt a small breed puppy without understanding how incredibly fragile these types of breeds can be. The potential of seriously injuring a Maltese by stepping on them or by sitting on them when they are curled under a blanket or pillow is quite high. A Maltese can seriously injure or kill itself by simply leaping off your arms, or off the back of your sofa. A large dog can also grab a Maltese and break its neck with a single quick shake. Owning a small breed means constant supervision and surveillance of what’s going around the small pup. Maltese must always be kept on a tight leash, they are just too easy to injure when they are not under your total control.

Good with Kids

These are very precious dogs with a gentle personality. They love being around kids, but they can get somewhat excitable at first. Give them a couple of minutes to get used to the presence of kids and then they will calm down after a while. However, it’s always recommended that you never leave your dog unattended with children. It’s simply the safest way to have both children and dog together for both of their sakes.


The Maltese are a wonderful breed of canine to have as a part of your family. Along with their amazing personality, they are typically very active, happy, and playful. Though they can be a bit shy at times, unlike other smaller breeds that tend to become nervous of new situations, Maltese dogs are generally easy going and fairly content as long as they are with their owner. So if this dog interests you and the information provided above peaks your interest, then go ahead and adopt that cute Maltese dog you saw the other day!

Full disclosure: I own a Maltese 🙂


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