The Maltese is a popular toy dog breed with ancient origins. Dating back over 2 millennia to Greece, it is by far the oldest toy dog breed in existence. The original breed was almost lost between the 17th and 18th centuries when attempts were made to make the breed too small. A lack of advanced veterinary care and no knowledge of how to care for a “tea-cup” size breed lead to the Maltese breed almost disappearing completely. Luckily, the breed was saved.
The Maltese, as we know it today, is thought to be the result of British dog breeders, but it is also known that the Maltese is a direct descendant of other toy breeds like the Bichon Frise and Havanese. The first Maltese is thought to have arrived in the United States in the latter half of the 19th century and first appeared in Westminster Kennel Club shows in the 1870s. To learn more about the Maltese dog breed, read on below.
When purchasing a Maltese puppy, it is essential to be aware of all characteristics of this toy dog breed. Looking for a puppy to bring into your family is an exciting process, but having the knowledge of what to expect with any dog is the key to successful integration into your family. A puppy is a huge commitment, so being knowledgeable about how to train and care for your puppy is particularly valuable. For information on these subjects, check our blog or a good book related to this specific dog breed.
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