Before choosing the dog to bring home and be a part of your family, you first need to consider the size of the dog. The focus here is to get to know what dog is most suitable to you and your family. Learn the good and the bad about Maltese dogs before you make any decisions.
The Pros of Owning a Maltese Dog
- Firstly, the Maltese dog breed promises cuteness. They really are adorable, but they are also very smart and gentle. Some say they have the best temperament of all the toy dogs. These dogs are also very playful and curious, and very friendly and polite.
- Maltese dogs don’t need a lot of exercise, so that’s a good thing if you’re not that active.
- Their size is often a plus for those who don’t want large dogs in the home and they make wonderful companions who love resting on your lap.
- The Maltese dog breed is hypoallergenic, so it doesn’t shed much and is a good choice for anyone with allergies.
- They are very responsive to training, as long as it’s non-forceful.
The Cons About Owning a Maltese Dog
- Being one of the smallest of all dog breeds, the Maltese is quite the fragile dog. Their small size makes it a bit stressful for owners to ensure their dog’s safety (as is the case with any toy breeds), so as not to step on them.
- When a Maltese dog is left alone for too long, they can suffer from separation anxiety, which is displayed through excessive barking (to the point where it can be extremely frustrating and annoying for neighbors) and destructiveness.
- This toy breed with its gorgeous coat requires frequent grooming. They need constant brushing or combing, virtually daily, which is time-consuming. Beyond that, they need regular visits to the groomer for stripping or shearing, which can be costly.
- The Maltese dog, unfortunately, is also known to be difficult with housebreaking or potty training, but with persistence and patience success will be had!