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Maltese dog

The Maltese is a small breed of dog which has its origin in the Mediterranean area. The FCI guides the Maltese dog in group 9.

Characteristics of the Maltese Dog

The life expectancy of the Maltese is about 12 to 16 years, so the breed can become relatively old for a dog. With a height at withers of 20 to 23 centimetres in females and 21 to 25 centimetres in males, the Maltese is quite small.

He has a slim body and should weigh between three and four kilograms. The head of the Maltese is quite broad. Its large nose is black and, together with its round, large (also dark) eyes, provides the typical facial expression of the Maltese.

The probably most characteristic characteristic of this dog-race should represent the long, white fur however. Uncut, this can reach almost to the ground with the Maltese dog.

Maltese dog nature and character

The Maltese builds a very close bond to his holder and is considered intelligent and spirited. He is extremely cuddly and attaches great importance to receiving enough attention and attention. If the Maltese was well educated, the keeping with other pets, such as cats, is usually no problem.

Activities with the Maltese dog

Activities with the Maltese dog

Maltese are perfect as a family dog. Due to their small size they do not need much space and can therefore be kept well in an apartment. A Maltese dog is also a good choice for seniors. However, in this case you should make sure that the animal is sufficiently occupied.

Because although they are very small dogs, Maltese need enough activity. Extensive walks are just as popular as games and other activities where the Maltese can let off steam physically and mentally.

For example, the following dog sports are also suitable for Maltese:

  • dogdancing 
  • agility

Maltese dog diseases

The Maltese is a very healthy and robust dog, which has no hereditary predisposition to diseases typical for the breed. Nevertheless, there are some diseases for which this dog breed seems to be quite susceptible.

Among others, the following diseases can occur in Maltese dogs:

  • skin diseases
  • infections and irritations of the eyes
  • dental malocclusion and tooth loss
  • patella luxation

Maltese dog food

When feeding the Maltese it is generally recommended to use a high quality and well-tolerated dog food which is free of artificial additives.

In order to avoid overweight, attention should also be paid to appropriate food rations. Various factors such as weight, age and activities of the animal must be taken into account.

In addition, we recommend an additional dietary supplement for Malteser International with the following products:

Bellfor Haut & Fell (Skin & Coat) (in combination with a regular coat care as a preventive measure for skin problems).

Bellfor Gelenke & Knochen (Joints & Bones) (in combination with the prevention of overloading and overweight as a preventive measure against patella luxation).

The Bellfor nutrition concept supports the health and well-being of your Malteser International from an early age.

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