The Maltese

The cute, devotional Maltese seems the term toy dog to do all honor and is happy when he is allowed to follow toward its owner everywhere .

The dog breed is one of the oldest in Europe and was already in the 16th century at many royal courts as a lapdog popular. Today Malteser successful House and show dogs that adapt to all situations.

Maltese - good companion dog

Even today, the Maltese is often kept as a companion dog.

The Care

The coat is in need of care, it must be combed daily and washed regularly . Special lotions ensure that it will not be too painful for the dog during the subsequent combing.

The hair around the eyes can cause irritation of the eyeballs and therefore require more attention (usually the hairs covering her eyes with "Zopfspangen" o . Ä . Tied together)

Since the hair is devoid of any wave, no annual moulting takes place. The coat should be enough of a significant peak on the back to the ground. It is difficult to keep the coat of a show dog in shape. Often the Hare oiled it and turned on curlers , to protect them against breaking.


Friendly, loving, playful, sociable, eager to learn and full of feeling, comes from excellent with children and is highly dependent on its owner.


Only in more recent times it has been recognized that the Maltese is more than a spoiled lapdog, namely a bright, clever and spirited, indeed naughty and brave family dog playing and frolicking like. He is very in need of love and snschmiegsam and closes extremely tightly to his caregiver. Strangers he does not like and tried to intimidate them by Dauerkläffen.

Rearing and education

Education is fairly easy since Malteser appreciates spending time in the company of its owner and is always easy to adapt to the circumstances.

They are very sensitive, harsh words or even a hard hand are not so necessary.


The Maltese is not a brawler and is compatible both with other dogs and other pets as well as with children. Even when visitors he makes no difficulty.


With a Maltese you do not necessarily take hours-long walks, but also in broader Spaziegängen the dog will be a joyous companion.


Whether the Maltese or their precursors to the island of Malta, where Phoenician merchants should they hanen exported over 2000 years ago, is controversial.

Many experts derive the name from the Dalmatian island Mijet who was called Melita in antiquity and in those days was famous for its dog breeding. Anyway, the Maltese are among the oldest lap dogs at all and have been described and praised by many ancient writers. Especially in Malta they have received a number of relevant inscriptions. The dogs Dwarves have always been particular favorites genteel Women, as well as emperors and kings, artists and snobs adorn themselves with them.