The Maltese together with the Bichon Frise are the best known within the Bichons, more known that the Bichon Bolognese and the Bichon Havanese. From all the Bichons, the Maltese is the oldest. Actually statuettes of it were found in the tomb of Pharaoh Ramses II.
Their appearance has not changed over the centuries judging by the works of art discovered. They are introduced in Asia in the first century A.D. at the hands of the merchants as they accompanied people along the Silk Road. Anyway we do not have an exact origin since there are many hypotheses about this.
In recent times the Maltese Bichon is present in Europe since the fifteenth century.
The Bichon Maltese is a companion dog, it is not the type of at all the dogs we can leave in the garden. As for sports, it is not the most adequate breed.
Bright and elegant, very attached to their owners, the likes to play with the little kids and to go outside (not necessarily by walking though). Often being so elegant and cute their owners tend to treat them like teddy bears leading to moderate behavioral problems inside and outside the home.
Grooming can be quite complicated in order to retain their spectacular coat on which the whole reputation of the breed is based. Grooming is better done at the hands of professionals.
Around 100gr of food per day.
To avoid the behavioral problems mentioned above it is necessary to have rule. Despite their size they are not weak at all. I have encountered some cases were these dogs have become true dictators, making it a real hell to live with them biting all family members. With firm rules however, your Maltese will make a wonderful pet.
Needs regular short walks, ideal for household people.
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