Everyone thinks their dog is the cutest dog on the planet, but when it comes to Maltese owners, they may have extra arguing power. That’s because these pups look suspiciously like perfect plush animals. Or at least it feels that way until you realize how smart they are.
Here’s what Maltese owners understand better than anyone else.
1. They’re almost too cute to be real
Maltese are so, so cute. They’re like living teddy bears, but smart, fun, and they love you back.
2. Maltese can rock any hairstyle
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Want a long-haired pup with a ponytail? The Maltese can pull it off. Want a short-hair no-frills dog? Ask for a puppy cut. The biggest challenge with a Maltese is keeping hair out of their eyes.
3. Maltese are one of the oldest dog breeds
They were bred in their namesake country, Malta, and have a long history of being a status symbol. How long? Well, the Maltese breed has been around since 1500 B.C.
4. Despite the hair, Maltese don’t actually shed much
All that hair may make you think of endless vacuuming, but the Maltese actually doesn’t shed that badly compared to other dogs.
5. But you still need a daily brushing schedule
That’s because their long, glorious hair tends to tangle, and daily brushing helps keep it in its naturally silky condition.
6. They won’t drive your allergies wild
No dog is fully hypoallergenic, but the Maltese doesn’t have a shedding coat and produces less dander than other breeds, and so is a great dog if you have pet allergies.
7. They love a good puzzle
“Where’d your treat go?” is one of their favorite games to play.
8. Potty training is a challenge
House training a Maltese is notoriously difficult. Whether that’s because they’re so darn cute — making them hard to keep in a routine — or for some other reason is up for debate. Maltese owners know you have to be super consistent when it comes to house training, and sometimes even set up little tricks so that they’re comfortable when it’s wet or cold outside.
9. Maltese are very affectionate
Looking for a sweet, cuddly companion? The Maltese didn’t get to be the choice dog of royalty and aristocrats for no reason. They love your love, and are happy to curl up on your lap.