The Maltese dog packs a great deal of personality into a tiny body. This toy breed sports a beautiful, silky white coat. Some owners may clip the coat, but other owners opt to allow the majestic coat to grow into its own. The Maltese often exhibits spurts of energy during which they may run and jump with little abandon. The Maltese is generally healthy, but some dogs will experience joint issues such as patellar luxation and hip dysplasia. The Maltese is meant to be an inside dog primarily, but they do enjoy playtime outdoors as well. Owners must take caution when it comes to exercise for the Maltese pup during his first year of life. The bones of the Maltese are still developing and it is not recommended that the Maltese do any exercise other than walking.
The Maltese is a fun, playful, and energetic little bundle. They are highly intelligent, and they catch on to games and tricks rather quickly. They will learn what you expect of them rather quickly, and they respond well to praise and treat rewards. They will enjoy any interaction with you. Always remember to keep your Maltese in a temperature-controlled environment, taking breaks after about ten minutes of play.