Maltese in the movies.
Maltese has appeared in films such as.
Pavilion of Women
My Dog's Christmas Miracle
The Tippy Story
Last Man Standing
Breed standards may change over time.
Both appearance standards and standards regarding breed character or working
qualities may change. The works of art of the early years depict the most typical
representatives of the breeds of that time. Comparing with the modern appearance of
the breed, you will be able to assess how much the breed has changed over time. Also
of interest are archival photographs of specific breeds, which you can find on the Internet in
specialized forums about the breed.
Historical reference of the
breed and subgroup.
The Maltese, or Maltese is an ancient breed of toy dog used
as companions. Cheerful, cheerful, playful.
The group of indoor-decorative dogs covers a large
number of breeds, in most cases not related to each other, of various builds, different sizes,
all kinds of coats and colors.
And all of them, big and small, black and white, short-haired and
long-haired, are primarily dogs with all their inherent features, devotion and love for humans.
The uniting link of this group, consisting of a wide variety of breeds, is the
closest communication with a person.
The value of such a community can best be
appreciated by an elderly and lonely person, for whom a dog can be the only close creature who,
with incorruptible devotion, shares loneliness with him, goes for walks with him. A man takes
care of his four-legged friend and in his company forgets about his harsh fate. In such frequent
cases, real canine loyalty manifests itself.
In families where there are children,
the dog helps to shape their character, instills love for all living things,
ennobles their character and helps to suppress the selfishness inherent in children.
The benefits of decorative dogs to mankind are undeniable, and their existence
fully justifies itself.
Although the famous Mediterranean island
of Malta appears in the name of the breed, starting from the 16th century, its ancestors were
known even during the time of the Roman Empire. The Maltese is considered to be one of the oldest
indoor and decorative dog breeds in Europe. For centuries, she served as a
model for famous European artists, in particular, Rubens, Goya.
The formation of the
modern look of Maltese was completed in England, it was from there that it
spread throughout the world.
The Maltese is an ideal lap dog with
a friendly and lively disposition. Not whimsical in food, is distinguished by
good health and longevity. Understandable, kind and funny. Doesn't need long walks. The
coat of the dog is abundant and beautiful, but requires regular and thorough grooming.
Dimensions and general appearance. The height of the male at the withers is from 21 to 25
centimeters, females from 20 to 23 centimeters, weight from 3 to 4 kilograms. A small dog of
a stretched format. The length of the neck is approximately equal to half the height
at the withers, and the girth of the neck, normally covered with hair, should be equal
to the height of the dog at the withers. The neck is set very straight, which makes the
head seem slightly thrown back. Deep, oval chest, straight, strong back, lower back continues the
line of the back; the length of the loin reaches one third of the height of the dog at the withers
and is equal to its width. Broad and short croup, slightly sloping towards the base of the tail.
The forelimbs are set strictly vertically.
Maltese is very strongly attached to
the human family in which he lives.
Some breeds are strongly attached to one person,
others to all members of the human family, others may have a friendly attitude towards
all people in general, and the fourth may not have close ties even with the owner.
Maltese most often chooses one person in the family.
They do not show sympathy for strangers,
they may show aggression towards them.
The attitude of any dog to strangers strongly
depends on the breed of the pet, but even more strongly this attitude depends on the upbringing
and socialization of a particular individual, while socialization in the early puppyhood of a
pet is especially important in this regard.
At the same time, Maltese does not get along well
with children. Even under the supervision of the owner, great care should be taken when small
children and Maltese spend time together.
Some breeds of dogs are more relaxed about
the behavior of young children and may not pay attention to some antics of children, however, it should be understood that dogs of all
breeds, no matter how friendly they are, should be with children only under the supervision
of the owner or adults, since in addition to the qualities of the breed in relation to children,
there are also the individual characteristics of each dog, its upbringing and previous
experience in communicating with children. Even these relationships are largely
influenced by the behavior of children.
But with other dogs, Maltese
finds a common language quite well and they get along well with each other, if, of
course, other dogs show similar behavior.
Different breeds of dogs treat their own kind
differently, some dogs will play and interact in every possible way with dogs they meet or
live with, other breeds may try to dominate or even attack similar four-legged ones.
At the same
time, the relationship between dogs can be very different from how a dog will react to people. The
behavior of a dog in relation to other dogs and people depends not only on the breed, but also on
the socialization of a particular individual.
Communication of Maltese with small
pets such as hamsters, domestic rats, squirrels, chinchillas and other rodents
should be limited. Cats can get along.
One of the very big advantages of the Maltese
breed is the undemanding nature of this breed to the owner's dog ownership experience.
Some dog breeds are easier to keep and train, while others are more independent and even
assertive and require an experienced owner.
The Maltese breed is perfect for
inexperienced dog owners or even those who get a dog for the first time.
Also, Maltese are just fine for keeping in an apartment, but it should be borne in
mind that they cannot stand loneliness and cannot be left alone even for a short time.
The quality and quantity of wool does not allow Maltese to comfortably endure even a slight
cold. and a very low or high temperature is no longer safe for a quadruped.
should be avoided in the warm season.
Learning and training.
All dogs can be trained and trained, but some breeds remember and execute commands faster
and more readily than other breeds. Different breeds need a different approach to training
and education. Some breeds may appear to be poorly trainable or even stupid, however, in most
cases, a dog breed's trainability is due to the stubborn or independent nature of the dog breed or
individual. this is exactly the case of Maltese, they are smart enough to understand what they
want from them, but they are just as stubborn. Also of great importance in the trainability
of a dog is the role of what training methods the trainer uses for a particular breed.
In the book The Intelligence of Dogs, published in 1994 and written by University of British Columbia
Vancouver psychology professor Stanley Coren, Maltese is ranked 59 out of 80 in terms of
In this regard, the breed stands next to such breeds as the Pug, French Bulldog,
Italian Greyhound and Chinese Crested Dog.
In Professor Stanley Coren's book,
Maltese is located In the group.
Dogs with below average learning ability.
Mastering a new team from 40 to 80 repetitions.
Execution of the command from the first time
in 30 percent of cases and above.
The disadvantage of this scale of learning
ability, by the author's own admission, is its strong dependence on the ability to
obedience and command execution, for example, for working or service dogs, and its weak
connection with understanding and creativity, for example, hunting dogs. As a result, some
breeds rank lower on the list because of their stubborn or independent nature, which does not
make them weakly intelligent or untrainable.
Tendency to bark.
Among other things, breeds differ in the level of noise, or rather,
in the frequency of their barking. Some breeds can bark all the time without stopping and never get
tired of barking at every stranger or strange dog that passes by your house or by herself,
other breeds bark only on business, when it is necessary in her opinion, and still others
can only give a voice in exceptional cases.
Maltese has a tendency to bark unreasonably.
But these dogs are not particularly distinguished by the desire to gnaw.
The desire to gnaw
and taste everything is common to puppies of all breeds, but as adults, different
breeds have varying degrees of propensity to explore the world with their teeth.
Maltese is not prone to such pranks.
Activity and energy level.
According to the level of charge and activity, breeds can also be divided into active and calm
or even lazy. An active dog will require constant walks, training and frequent mental stimulation
from you. Calm and less energetic dogs will be happy with short walks around the house and will
gladly share your desire to lie on the couch at home.
This feature should be taken into account
when choosing a pet, since the unfulfilled needs of an active animal will be realized at home on
the things and objects of your home. The amount of energy in the dog also determines with what desire
and for how long the dog will play games with you or with your child under your supervision.
Maltese Very active dog, loves to play outdoors. Runs very fast and loves to jump. Inventive
and very smart, curious. A real little friend, devoted, brave, sincere, loves the owner, his
relatives and friends. It is impossible to resist the charm and liveliness of this dog.
Maltese are very inventive and playful. Due to their small size, they can easily
turn an apartment into a kind of training ground for their fun. These dogs just love
exercise. Maltese are very fond of playing with the owner, for example, in catch-up.
In addition, many breeds have an innate desire to chase moving objects and animals, the degree of
this desire may vary from breed to breed. If this innate instinct is highly developed in a dog, you
need to carefully monitor the pet during a walk and keep it on a leash, since any moving object
can provoke the dog to chase, even if it is a car that can harm the animal, at such moments
the dog can disobey the call of the owner and switch all your attention to the moving target.
In addition, such breeds pose an additional danger to small domestic animals and birds.
In Maltese this instinct is highly developed, this should be kept in mind when
walking with your pet.
Passion for vagrancy and love of freedom.
Some breeds have a tendency to cover long distances on their fours, for which they were
bred, so these dogs, following their instinct, will not miss the opportunity to escape
from you and run a couple of kilometers, despite your calls.
Sled dogs, hounds and
bloodhounds are mainly inclined to such walks. Maltese is absolutely not inclined to run
away from the owner or from the house.
Tendency to drool.
The amount of saliva produced depends on the characteristics of the breed.
Some breeds salivate so much that they can leave marks on the carpet, on the sofa, on the
floor and on you, other breeds also salivate, but this happens in much less quantities.
Luckily, Maltese produces very little saliva. Also a big plus of Maltese is the fact
that they leave little wool behind.
The amount of dog hair in your home and on your
clothes depends a lot on what breed you choose, some breeds shed all year round, others
only seasonally, others hardly shed. This characteristic of the breed can
be important depending on where you plan to keep the pet, whether members of
your family are allergic to animal hair, and how important it is to
you in general.
General health of the breed
on a 10-point scale.
The general health of dogs of this breed
and the possibility of the appearance of genetic diseases in them can be assessed
on a ten-point scale of 7 points, that is, they are quite healthy dogs with a minimum
number of genetically predisposed diseases.
The most frequently recorded visual impairment,
damage to the teeth and gums, as well as hypoglycemia.
Please note that dry food should be
present in your dog's diet in small quantities; otherwise, Maltese's digestion may be upset.
Maltese is predisposed to bronchial asthma. When choosing a puppy, be careful, take your time and
carefully study the parents' medical records.
The average life expectancy of Maltese
is 12 to 14 years..